What's New with Teaching Tools & Technologies
New technology and teaching tools are being added to the TTaDA portfolio throughout the year.
Created in partnership with clients around the globe, Bb Annotate is a new tool in Blackboard Learn for inline assignment grading. Bb Annotate replaces the New Box View integration. Bb Annotate offers a more robust feature set for instructors to provide customizable feedback to students. Features include a sidebar summary view, freehand drawing tools, various color selections, and much more.
Blackboard Ally was developed to help institutions understand and tackle accessibility in a way that benefits all students. One of the driving forces behind the creation Ally is the belief that accessibility should not be connected only to disabilities. Accessibility should be about providing better access to everyone and improving the quality of the educational experience for everyone. The North Dakota University System (NDUS) purchased Blackboard Ally to help all the campuses become more inclusive through improvement of digital content. Resources for creating accessible documents and presentations can be found on the Accessible Technologies page.
Blackboard & Campus Connection Grades Integration
This integration allows the instructor of record to import term-based final grades from their Blackboard course(s) directly into Campus Connection. The option provides a one-way transfer of data and will help to ensure a secure and accurate recording of grades from Blackboard to Campus Connection.
Enabling Downloads for Course Media Channel - Content Owners can now enable download privileges to an entire course-level Media
Channel to viewers. This removes the need to update the download settings of individual
recordings published to a course media channel. To enable downloads for a course,
please see these instructions.
YuJa Proctoring - YuJa's Exam Proctoring ensures the security of student exams taken from remote locations. Exam Proctoring also allows the instructor to provide tools to record video. The Proctor Recorder also ensures that the recording is only securely allocated to a centralized instructor folder which will avoid distribution of the exam recording by the student. To set up YuJa proctoring in your course, please follow these instructions.
SmartUpload Capability Introduced for PC - YuJa implemented the SmartUpload algorithm that is able to perform better on low-bandwidth, rural and high-latency connections. This should reduce situations where weak or intermittent connections result in slow uploads due to frequent disconnections. This feature was already available on Mac computers.
Default Location for Recordings Now Top-Level My Media Folder – To make it easier for novice users to find their recording, the content now, by default, goes to the top-level My Media, rather than the Default Collection sub-folder.
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) - takes a picture of text, whether it’s a scanned document or a PowerPoint slide, and converts the image of text into usable and searchable text. The OCR-ed text is shown within the Media Player’s Sidebar.
Zoom video conferencing is now available for all faculty and staff. After a successful pilot in 2018, a license was purchased which makes Zoom available for all faculty, staff and students at UND. Zoom enables web conferencing, group meetings, and office hours for online classes. Student, faculty and staff groups are able to host virtual meetings and stream events.
UND’s partnership with ProctorU allows students to take a test with a live proctor from anywhere using a webcam and Internet connection. Starting fall 2019, ProctorU will be the sole source for proctoring for online semester-based courses and students will no longer have to pay for proctoring services. Using a single vendor will improve service to students, since only one platform will be used and it will be integrated into Blackboard. It also offers better test integrity and security.
GradeHub is a Blackboard add-on which works similar to Scantron that can check and grade multiple choice questions. Additionally, GradeHub offers mass grading and report generation for its grading system. GradeHub is currently licensed for Arts & Sciences use only.
Please visit the GradeHub website for updates on fixes, improvements and new features.
Digital Credentialing (Credly's Acclaim) - Digital badges assist with promoting, tracking, and organizing achievements by capturing and communicating credentials. Credly's Acclaim provides the framework through which UND can create badges, define evidence and criteria and then issue badges/digtial credentials to the earner. TTaDA is issuing badges for all workshops and events.