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Blackboard Upgrade Features & Tutorials
UND's Blackboard System now has some of the new features that many of you have requested, including:
- Grade assignments inside the browser without having to download files (Inline Grading)
- Record videos into Blackboard easily using YouTube integration and the improved Content Editor
- Expand and Collapse more user friendly discussion boards
- Set test exemptions for specific students (i.e, extended time period)
- See all posts, grades, calendars, updates, and more in one place (Global Navigation)
Click the links below for more information about these new features and others including: Retention Center, Accessibility, Calendar, and Quick Links.
My Blackboard Global Navigation
Click on the link next to your name (upper right corner of page) to quickly move from one course to another, view course updates, posts, calendar, and the retention center. Edit your profile and add an image, which appears next to your user name in Users, Discussion Board, Blogs, etc.
My Blackboard Global Navigation (3 minutes and 41 seconds)
Social Learning Tools (4 minutes and 18 seconds)
Creating Profiles (1 minute and 27 seconds)
Content Editor (Text Box Editor)
The content editor (or text box editor) is viewable when adding content to Blackboard and is used to format text, insert hyperlinks, tables, and attach files. The updated content editor has two views (Simple and Advanced). To switch views, use the chevron in the upper right corner of the content editor. Additional content editor features are:
- New tool icons
- Expanded and full screen views
- Preview option
- Previously used icons have changed – ex: chain icon to add web links and bolded T for bold
- Mashups for adding audio, YouTube videos, Atomic Learning Tutorials and Blackboard Collaborate.
- Embedded video using YouTube channels
- Record video on the fly using a webcam and upload it directly to a private YouTube channel (you need a Google email account).
- Reuse previously recorded videos by choosing from one's own "library" of videos
- Available to instructors and students in any Content Editor: Build Content, Blogs/Discussions/Journals, Grade Center.
- Videos can be seamlessly embedded in course materials, interactions, and feedback via a Toolbar button in the content editor
Using the Content Editor (4 Minutes)
Video Everywhere (set up YouTube account)
The Thread Detail page is thoroughly redesigned yet maintains all of its existing functions. Highlights include:
- View all posts for a single thread on one page using expand/collapse views.
- Icons mark posts made by instructors and forum managers.
- Inline replies keep students on the same page when replying to a post.
- Post First setting requires students to post to a forum before they can see other students' posts.
- Accessibility improved through easier reading by screen reader technology.
Retained: Ability to see ALL threads in expanded view by checking the box to select All and clicking the Collect button. You can then organize the order by: date, author first or last name, or thread order.
More User Friendly Discussion Board (1 minute 23 second video)
Instructors can view student-submitted files "inline," meaning in the web browser, without having to download, grade and upload them again. Additionally, annotation tools in the inline viewer enable instructors to provide feedback – comments, highlights, and even drawing/annotation – directly in the document.
- When students view their submitted attempts, they see the converted document in an inline viewer (as well as any annotations the instructor may have added). Students cannot edit instructor annotations or add their own annotations.
- Inline Assignment Grading can convert, display, and annotate Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and PDF file formats. File formats that cannot be converted are presented for download, as in the past.
- The viewer has a toolbar with following features:
- Zoom In and Out. This feature is also available to students when they view their submission.
- Comment - Shows a menu of all annotation tools.
- Download - Downloads a copy of the document. If annotations have been made, there is an option to download the copy in the original format or in a PDF version that includes the annotations. This feature is also available to students when they view their submission.
- Page Forward and Back buttons. This feature is also available to students when they view their submission.
- Show all annotations button
Inline Grading for Assignments (4 Minute Video)
Test and Survey Options: Availability Exceptions, Results and Feedback
Availability Exceptions: The new settings allow instructors to select one or more groups of students and make a number of exceptions to the already established availability settings. Exceptions can be used to provide an accommodation to a disabled student or provide accommodations for technology and language differences. You can change these settings at any time, even after the test has been attempted by some students. You can create exceptions for:
- Number of attempts
- Timed tests – allow time extensions for specific students
- Auto submit on or off
- Force completion on or off
- Availability of test using start and end dates
Due Date and Late Submissions: Instructors decide whether to allow a student to take a test after the due date has passed. If allowed, late submissions are clearly marked when grading.
Control when Students see Test Results and Feedback: After they complete a test, test results and feedback are available to students. By setting up rules, you can set the release of progressive feedback to keep test results secure.
Sets the time when test results and feedback are shown to students:
Shows the final score out of points possible to students.
Shows all answer options for certain question types, such as multiple choice.
Shows the answers the student answered correctly.
Shows all the student's submitted answers.
Shows instructor generated feedback messages for each question.
Show Incorrect Answers
Shows the answers the student answered incorrectly or partially incorrectly.
- Instructor-only tool that enables instructors to give focused attention to students who need it (replaces the Early Warning System feature).
- Easily monitor at-risk students using preconfigured or custom rules, which visually display student engagement and participation.
- Quickly communicate with identified students and help them take immediate action for improvement, or reward them for top-performance.
The Retention Center is automatically on and immediately visible in your My Blackboard menu, and also accessible in the Evaluation section of a course's Control Panel. The information in the Retention Center is for instructors only and is not seen by students.
Instructor Course Activity
The retention center provides a one-stop collection of instructor activity, engagement, and participation in the course. This data helps instructors to become more aware of how their behaviors are (or are not) contributing to student success. Each course instructor is only able to see activity associated with their individual performance. The information provided includes:
- Your last login
- Time lag for grading student submissions
- Your participation in the interactive components of your course. For example, the numbers appearing for blogs shows how many times you have posted, not your students or co-instructors.
- Recent announcements
- New course content
Retention Center (1 minute and 45 seconds)
- The Quick Links tool - navigation efficiency for sighted keyboard only users
- Test Availability Exceptions provide flexible options for students with different test-taking needs
- Improved usability of all of the interactive tools (discussion boards, wikis, blogs and journals)
- Discussion board redesign makes threads simple to read with screen reader technology
Other Additional Features
The calendar feature has been redesigned and can show personal or individual course dates. The calendar will show assignment due dates and allows users to add their own dates. The calendar can be exported to Outlook or Google, but cannot be imported back into Blackboard.
Quick Links paper clip icon (upper-left corner of every window) opens a pop-up window that displays the landmark and navigation links on the page and available keyboard shortcuts for that page. Click here for a short (1 minute and 25 second) video on using Quick Links.
The Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies will continue offering workshops on these new features in August. Please check the Workshop Schedule for details on these sessions.
Additional Blackboard Resources
The Official Blackboard Help Site (UND is currently on Service Pack 12)
Faculty Resource Site in Blackboard under your My Courses list
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