Need to add a teaching assistant, administrative assistant, or writing consultant to your course? You will not need to add students since this information comes from the Registrar.
Follow these easy steps: Continue reading ‘Adding Users to a Course’
Sixty days after the last day of each semester, instructors’ students will disappear from that semester’s Blackboard courses. In general, this means students will disappear from fall courses early the next February and will disappear from spring courses in the following July.
So if you are an instructor using Blackboard, we strongly recommend that you create an archive of your course that you retain and that you also download students’ grades and discussion board interactions. The best time o do this is after instructors have completed grading but before the 60-day mark arrives.
Other than student interactions and grades, all materials will remain in your course until you request its removal or three years has passed (whichever comes first).
To download your grades, in Grade Center go to Workoffline > Download and save the full Grade Center. On the next screen, be sure to hit Download instead of OK. Continue reading ‘Retaining Grades and Student Materials’
Blackboard has a NEW Calendar feature to help you keep track of due dates in your courses. As professors add material and assignments to the course, along with due dates for those items, they will appear on your calendar color coordinated for the course. You also can add your personal entries to the calendar. If you would like, you can link the calendar to an outside calendar as well so that you do not miss any deadlines this semester. Check out the video below and the link to additional functionality of the calendar.
Continue reading ‘Keeping on Track This Semester’
Hopefully it was a very productive summer for all. As we turn our attention to Fall 2013, it is time for faculty to request Blackboard courses and for students to get back up to speed on how to turn in assignments, contribute to discussion groups, take online assessments, and retrieve content from Blackboard.
Faculty should take a look at this post on how to request your Blackboard course. If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 287-6860.
For students (or anyone needing a refresher), check out the Atomic Learning videos about the tools in Blackboard. You can access Atomic Learning within Blackboard on the “My Blackboard” page or by visiting http://is.richmond.edu/training/tutorials.html.
If you are not familiar with Atomic Learning, it is the online video training services provider for the University of Richmond. There are hundreds of applications in their inventory, often spanning multiple versions of the application and for both Windows and Mac users. Applications include but are not limited to Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign, etc.), Blackboard, iPod Touch, and Windows and Mac OS. Tutorials are broken up into short (1-4 minute long) video tutorials that you can watch using Flash or QuickTime formats. Users can pause, rewind, or navigate easily between video clips. You can access the system outside of Blackboard by going to http://is.richmond.edu/training/tutorials.html. Continue reading ‘Atomic Learning Building Block Now Available’
It is time to give assessments and Blackboard can help! The following information assists you in creating a test and deploying it in Blackboard. Continue reading ‘Using Assessments’
We all do it and we all suffer. You know what I mean, we copy our text, tables and other information from Microsoft Word into Blackboard. The next thing you see is an item that doesn’t display correctly or at all. Now there is a solution: Paste from Word!
The Paste From Word feature provides an easy way to paste text from Microsoft® Word into the text editor without bringing Microsoft specific markup with it. This is added to the text editor. When used to paste text from Word, Microsoft markup is stripped out so the text does not become corrupt and appears as it did in the original Word document. When using the Visual Textbox Editor, you can access through a toolbar. The image below will help you locate this hidden gem! Continue reading ‘NEW Feature – Improved Pasting from Word’
Did you know you could customize several aspects of Blackboard to meet your needs? Start by deleting buttons you don’t use for your course by clicking on the chevron on the button and “delete”. (Make sure to select your course entry point prior to deleting buttons.) Next, rename buttons to reflect your course. If you prefer a button for “Articles” instead of “Content”, click the chevron on “Content” and then “Rename link”. Finally, organize the buttons that make the most sense for your course by dragging the button into position using the black, 2-way arrow to the left of the button.
This is a reminder that the University of Richmond maintains a building block to allow professors to see photographs of their students within Blackboard. To access this feature, the instructor must be in an academic course within Blackboard (this is a course with a CRN from the Registrar). In the control panel click on “Course Tools” and then “Student Photographs”. For support with Blackboard contact email@example.com or 287-6860 or your CTLT liaison. [This feature only applies to instructors not students].
For faculty choosing to use Blackboard with their academic courses, a new Blackboard course must be requested each semester. To request a Blackboard course, please follow these few steps.
Go to http://blackboard.richmond.edu and look to the right of the log-in screen. You will see a link to “Faculty Blackboard Course Request System”. Click on that link.
On the next screen, log into Blackboard with your NetID and Password.
On the next screen, you will notice your name at the top followed by options to request academic, non-academic or removal of courses.
Follow the prompts to request an academic course.
If you need further assistance, we are having Blackboard training on Aug. 28 at 10:30. You can sign-up for the workshop at http://cygnet.richmond.edu/events/1213workshops.