You can select which tools are available in your course and determine if guests can access them. For example, if you won't use the course messages tool, make it unavailable. No one can see it or access it, including you, until you make it available again. On the Tool Availability page, available tools are listed alphabetically.
Your institution can turn off select tools, making those tools unavailable for use in your courses. Your institution can also remove your ability to choose who has access to select tools.
For the tools you make available in your course, you can add links to them on the course menu and in course areas. The Tools menu item is made available in all courses so students see all the tools that you have made available on one page.
Instructors can view a summary of student activity in the Blackboard course by accessing the performance dashboard. All users enrolled in the course are listed, including instructors, students, teaching assistants, graders, and guests. See a person's last access date and time, how many Review Status items have been completed, the student's progress through Adaptive Release rules, and a summary of their Discussion Board activity.
You can run several types of course reports to view information about course usage and activity. You can view summaries of course usage such as which course areas are used most frequently and course access patterns for specific students.
Report data is automatically refreshed every 4 hours for all reports except activity reports. Activity data is refreshed once per day at midnight. Your institution can refresh the report data manually if needed.
View Blackboard's Course Reports page for more information on they types of reports available.
Portfolios are organized collections of work completed over time. The collected evidence of education, work samples and skills tells a carefully crafted story about the creator's accomplishments and abilities. Students can create more than one portfolio to tell more than one story. Portfolios can be downloaded for sharing outside of Blackboard.
Instructors can request that portfolios be submitted for a Blackboard assignment. To be sure that students are creating portfolios that follow the correct pattern for your course or program you may want to a have a portfolio template created.
View Blackboard's Portfolios page for more information.
The achievements tool allows instructors to designate criteria for issuing rewards to students in the form of digital badges and certificates. Students can see which rewards they’ve earned and what is required of them to receive additional rewards, providing insight into learning progression toward defined competencies. Students are able to publish badges to the Mozilla Open Backpack, transporting evidence of their learning outside of Blackboard Learn. You can easily see which students have reached learning milestones.
Blackboard’s Content Collection is a file repository that allows faculty and students to store, manage, and share content. The Content Collection functions as a virtual hard drive that can be accessed from any computer by logging into a user’s Blackboard account. When a file resides in the Content Collection, it can be easily reused and linked to from any Blackboard course, and if a file that resides in the Content Collection needs updating, faculty need to update it only once, eliminating the need to go into each course to upload an updated version of the file.
Visit Blackboard's Content Collection page for more information.
Blackboard Ally works seamlessly with Blackboard to gauge the accessibility of your content. Ally provides guidance and tips for lasting improvements to your content accessibility.
- Receive feedback on the accessibility of your content
- Improve content accessibility with Ally's step-by-step instructions
In addition to providing you with insight to your content accessibility, Ally automatically creates alternative versions of your files. This allows students to choose the type of file they want that best suits their needs. While you're in the process of improving files, students still access alternative copies.
Blackboard Instructor is a mobile app that enables you to view course content, modify settings, grade assignments, connect with students in discussions, and launch Blackboard Collaborate sessions. The app is available for iOS and Android mobile devices.
See the Blackboard Instructor Help page or view the Blackboard Instructor App Tour video for more information. During setup, search for North Dakota University System instead of University of North Dakota. The app will automatically detect your courses from UND and other NDUS institutions.
- Course Archiving - Archives (a complete copy of the course, including student interactions) of all semester-based courses are made at the end of the semester, the day after grades are due. Instructors can also create an archive of their course and save it for record retention.
- Course Availability - All semester-based courses are made unavailable one week after grades are due for the semester. Instructors for the course can make the course available again, as needed.
- Course Removal - Courses are removed from the Blackboard system one year and one semester after the course was taught. Email notices are sent to instructors advising of the date for course removal, including the option for the instructor to retain the course for a longer period. If instructors choose to keep their course(s) on the Blackboard system longer, they can email blackboard@UND.edu with their information.
- Course Retention - The archive copy of courses is retained in accordance with UND records management guidelines.