11/19112 - Latest edition of Blackboard Tip of the Week has been uploaded. This week's edition deals with Interactive Rubrics. Read this and all previous editions by clicking the Tip of the Week Archive link under Documents on the menu to the right.
Blackboard Learn, Service Pack 8 has a new look that is visually clean yet still familiar. In addition to the usual bug fixes associated with the release of a service pack, Blackboard has enhanced functionality with a few great new features:
New Look and Course Themes
Now with its cleaner look, you will see only the tools you need by hovering over the item you want to modify. You can also change the “skin” of an individual course by changing its course theme.
Course to Course Navigation
You can now move from course to course within a course rather than having to go through the modules page. Because you will go to the same area in the next course, you can move easily from one Grade Center to the next, one Assignments section to the next, etc.
Instructors can fix errors in assessment questions while they are open to students, without causing problems for students who have already completed the assessment. Blackboard will automatically recalculate the grades for the submitted assessments and notify the faculty and students impacted by the change.
Enhanced Student Reports
The Student Overview for Single Course report displays an individual student's activity within a course, sorted by date. Data includes the total overall time the student spent in the course; as well as detailed information about the student's activity, such as which items and content areas the student accessed and the time spent on each. The Course Activity Overview displays overall activity within a single course, sorted by student and date. Data includes the total and average time spent per user and the total amount of activity the user had in the course.
Course Copy Improvements
SP8 features a new "Select All" checkbox when using course copy and export processes. Also, when copying content from one course to another, duplicate menu items are no longer created. Rather, the content is combined.
For additonal help...
Summer is the time for changes and upgrades at Bryant. This is particularly true for our Blackboard Learning Management System. Last summer we made a major upgrade from version 7 to 9. Over the next several months a number of new features will be added to our current installation of Blackboard. Many of these modules will be available later this summer for incorporation into Fall courses. Basic capabilities will remain the same - no huge user interface changes like last summer. What will change is the addition of a number of features that weren't available before. Specifically, the following components will be added:
Content Management System
Content Management will provide better and easier sharing of information and true document management. You can access files directly from the course and manage one version of the file across multiple courses or sections. You can also manage who has permission to files, add comments and see who made changes.
Offers secure URL (web) links to share documents and collaborate on files with individuals both inside and outside the Bryant community, without having to email attachments.
Community Engagement System
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Bob Shea (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Philip Lombardi (email@example.com).
The change to Blackboard 9.1 is complete! We wish to thank everyone for their support and patience during the upgrade.
If you wish to hone you Blackboard skills, a number of workshops will be offered by Bryant's Center for Teaching and Learning. Workshop topics include Discussion Boards, Assignments, TurnItIn, Testing, Respondus, Grade Center and many more. For a full listing of workshops topics and schedules, see the Center's website at www.bryant.edu/ctl. For any questions, comments or suggestions on the workshops, please contact Sam Grabelle (firstname.lastname@example.org, x6039).
Sam is also the primary contact for faculty and staff Blackboard support. Students with Blackboard questions should contact Laptop Central (email@example.com, x6550).
Continue to check this site for additional information, tutorials and instructions that will assist you in getting the most out of Blackboard.
Blackboard Learn, is a much needed improvement to the user interface of Blackboard as well as enhanced features that have been added to allow students and instructors to be "engaged collaborators" in learning.
The new interface introduces "drag and drop" editing capabilities, which makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an instructor’s courses and employs "in-line" editing throughout (no more flipping to and from the Control Panel).
Drag and drop has also been incorporated into the file system - no more clicking through multiple screens and no more uploading one file at a time to your site! Keep an eye out for additional information and training material as the summer goes on. In the mean time, click this link to get started with the new Blackboard environment.