CELT will be offering open lab support sessions for faculty, staff and teaching/graduate assistants to drop-in and get assistance with their Blackboard 9.1 courses. You may receive Blackboard Learn assistance with creating tests, working with the grade center, grade submission or just have a dedicated place to work on your course – all while having a CELT staff member on hand! It’s ok to come late or leave early. Bring your work, and your laptop (this is a must). Ask specific questions. Some familiarity with Bb Learn is recommended.
Bb Learn open labs are designed for faculty, staff, and teaching / graduate assistants who have attended training but need some extra help working in their course. Since this is NOT a training, just an open question and answer session, there is no registration needed and you may come and go as you please.
Blackboard Learn: Open Lab
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 9 to Friday, December 13
Monday, December 16 to Friday, December 20
1151 Communications Building
Questions? email firstname.lastname@example.org
On October 16, 2013, CELT hosted Dr. Larysa Nadolny, Assistant Professor (School of Education) and she presented, “An Epic Win: Using Blackboard to facilitate Game-based Learning (GBL).” In the Game-based Learning (GBL) model of classroom instruction, students are actively engaged. Well designed challenges help students collaborate and compete towards a shared goal. Come to this seminar to see how one instructor is using the tools in Blackboard to facilitate Game-based Learning in a large lecture course. Nodolny shared some of the critical tools and changes she made to the default Blackboard Learn structure, including badges, points, adaptive feedback, and social media. [View Panopto Video] [Download Presentation Slides]
Note: All users will be invited to set up their profile the first time they log in after Thursday, August 22 at 6:30 am – or just click “do it later” and proceed to log in.
Users may choose to:
- Add a profile and an “about me” blurb
- Set your privacy:
- visible to everyone who uses Bb Learn at ISU as well as other institutions,
- visible to everyone at Iowa State University
- private – visible to classmates and collaborators only (*default upon initial setup of Profile Card)
- Profiles enhance Discussions, Journals, Blogs, and Recent Activity views
- The new “People” tool lets you see who is in your classes
Watch the YouTube video below to see the new Profiles in action…
Iowa State University will be updating Blackboard Learn to the latest version, Service Pack 13 on August 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm CDT – 11:59 pm CDT. This update will add rich features to facilitate teaching and learning as well as provide fixes to existing bugs.
Below is a list of new features that will be available to instructors after the update:
Improved Group Management Tool – Instructors will now have additional tools that will enable them to manage group membership across all groups, view which students are not enrolled in a group, and manage tools for all groups in one location.
Achievements (Badging) – Instructors can create criteria to assign course achievements, certificates, and badges to students. The badges are part of the Mozilla Open Badge project; students can export course badges by using this platform.
Accessibility Improvements – includes improvements that will make it easier for students with disabilities to navigate their course(s). New test availability exceptions will simplify the setup of tests for students with disabilities; enhancements include deployment exceptions, progressive feedback to students, and improved handling of late submissions
Improvements to Test Exporting and Importing – Instructors can now export and import tests that contain questions from outside the test being exported, such as question sets, random blocks, or linked questions.
Test Access Logs – Instructors can now track student activity in Blackboard tests. Access logs will show when students answered specific questions, and can aid instructors in determining whether to clear a student’s attempt due to a technical problem.
Inline Assignment Grading – view student-submitted files inline (in the same browser window) and provide feedback, comments, and annotations. Note: Inline Assignment Grading can convert, display, and annotate Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and PDF file formats. This accounts for well over 95% of submissions to Blackboard Learn Assignments. File formats that cannot be converted are presented for download, as in the past.
The Blackboard support team at Iowa State would love to hear from you how these new tools are working in your courses. Please considering joining your fellow colleagues and the Blackboard support team at our next Blackboard User Group Meeting, Friday, September 13, 2013, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm in 1230 Communications Building. Register Here.
CELT will be offering open lab support sessions for teachers to drop-in and get assistance with their Blackboard 9.1 courses. You may clean up your course, get assistance, or just have a dedicated place to work on your course – all while having a CELT staff member on hand! Bring your work, and your laptop (this is a must). Familiarity with Bb Learn is recommended as the open labs are designed for faculty, staff, and teaching / graduate assistants who have attended training but need some extra help working in their course. Since this is NOT training, just an open question and answer session, there is no registration needed and you may come and go as you please. However, registering on http://isubbhelp.appointy.com merely helps our staff.
Blackboard Learn: Open Lab in 1151 Communications Building
- Wednesday, August 14 – Friday, August 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 21 – Friday, August 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Monday, August 26 – Friday, August 31 (1st week of classes) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registering for a time(s) on http://isubbhelp.appointy.com merely helps our staff.
Blackboard Learn Service Pack 11 will be installed at ISU May 17, 2013.
Most of the updates included in SP 11 are new features (e.g. a new Global Navigation Menu). There are also some major improvements to current functionality (e.g. a completely redesigned Calendar). These updates will not require any user to do things any differently within their courses, but it is strongly recommended that everybody take a minute for a quick review of the new features.
New Features for Instructors / New Features for Students
NOTE: Blackboard will be unavailable during installation of Service Pack 11, from Thursday, May 16th at 5:00 p.m. – Friday, May 17th at 6:00 a.m.
CELT will be offering numerous workshops on Blackboard Learn, Panopto and more throughout the 2013 Spring semester.
Get up to speed with Blackboard Learn before the start of classes by attending pre-semester workshops beginning January 7, 2013.
Visit the CELT Calendar of Events for registration information and discover more Teaching and Learning events, which will be posted in mid-January.
Instructors may submit Final Grades for Fall semester 2012 from Blackboard Learn beginning Dec. 6 at 8:30 a.m. The deadline to submit grades is 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18. For step-by-step instructions, see:
Also, be sure to:
Five Tips for Submitting Final Grades from Blackboard Learn
- You can calculate Final Grades by using Total or Weighted Columns.
- If you want to review or adjust the Grading Schema (e.g., 94% to 100% = A, 90% and less than 94% = A-, etc.) that Bb Learn uses, see Changing Grading Schemas.
- Extra Credit columns work correctly only if you specify 0 Points Possible. See How to Create an Extra Credit Column in the Grade Center. If you use extra credit, it is possible that a Final Grade calculation may result in some students scoring more than 100%. If that happens, it will cause a grade submission error. If that happens, see tip 4.
- Blackboard Learn Grade Center does not allow any manual adjustments of grades in calculated Total or Weighted Columns. If you need to make changes, see Making Adjustments to Individual Grades in Calculated Columns.
- Lastly, you must use ISU AdminTools to submit Final Grades from Bb Learn, but you must first Set the Final Grade Column as External Grade.
This free Bb Learn course for instructors and content developers explores what accessibility and universal design mean and how they can be applied to online learning. You may preview the course or enroll online. The course was created by Blackboard and customized for use at ISU.
Use Blackboard Drive to manage files in your course’s Content Collection
Blackboard Drive can be a huge time-saver. You can:
- Access your course’s Content Collection as if it were a drive on your own computer.
- Open, edit, and save files directly from the Content Collection in your Bb Learn courses without downloading and uploading.
Blackboard has an app
Blackboard just released the new Blackboard Mobile Learn app, which allows instructors and students to access all of the content and most of the functions and features within Blackboard Learn. The app works:
- on Android and iOS smart phones and tablets
- using any carrier and network
NOTE: This new app, which requires a small fee, replaces a previous version that was free—but had less capability and was not available for all carriers and networks.