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What's New in Blackboard for Fall 2014
UND's Blackboard System now has some of the new features that many of you have requested, including:
Student Preview allows instructors to view their course(s) exactly as a student does, by using a student account the system generates for them.
SafeAssign Integration allows instructors to check any assignment for plagiarism by making it a SafeAssignment.
Once the student has submitted the SafeAssignment the instructor can grade it using In-line Grading and view the newly updated SafeAssign Originality Reports.
New grading options for Assignments includes Anonymous Grading which allows instructors to hide student names while grading and delegated grading which allows instructors to assign grading to specific teaching assistants and/or graders.
Blackboard Portfolios can now be accessed from the global navigation menu and have a new authoring canvas. Instructors can also create portfolio assignments.
Enhanced Blackboard Profiles show peers and employers what has been accomplished in classes, projects, volunteerships, internships, and work experience.
Click the links below for more information about some of these new features.
As an instructor, you want to be confident that your course is well designed and functions as intended—before your students see it. Use student preview to review the course content and validate the course behaviors, such as those that control the availability of course content or require a particular interaction from the student to be triggered.
- Submit Assignments
- Take Tests
- Create blog and discussion posts
- Create journal and wiki entries
- View student tools, such as My Grades
SafeAssign Integration and Originality Report Changes
SafeAssign is now integrated into regular Blackboard Learn assignments. With the integration between SafeAssign and regular assignments, almost all of the regular assignment features are available with the SafeAssign service.
Whenever you want to add another layer of fairness and impartiality to your grading, you can use the anonymous grading feature. Without knowing who submitted an assignment, you are not unduly influenced by a student's previous performance, class participation, conflicts, race, gender, or perceived student aptitude. This practice can also contribute to the student-instructor relationship because students are assured that grading was unbiased.
Using grades and feedback from more than one grader helps to promote reliability and remove bias. For large classes, you can divide up the grading tasks among TAs and other graders. Roles with default grading privileges include instructor, teaching assistant, and grader.
Portfolios are an invaluable tool in academic and professional development. They provide a powerful medium for users to efficiently collect and organize artifacts representative of work completed over time. Portfolios offer a means to demonstrate formative and/or summative progress and achievement. Portfolio authors are empowered with tools to effectively present their information in a cohesive, personalized format.
With the update, you can carry your educational identity outside the institution and share it with not only your peers, but also employers. Learn profiles are now connected to profiles on MyEdu—a site dedicated to helping students achieve their goals and position them for career success.
The Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies will continue offering workshops on these new features in August and September. Please check the Workshop Schedule for details on these sessions.
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