Check out the following demo movie to find out about the new features available in Blackboard 9! Click on the link to the format that works best to view on your computer.
Windows Media Player Format
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
NSU has posted a very thorough Student Guide to using BB 9; you might want to link to this within your BB resource page. The guide includes written directions and screen shots for the following:
- Logging into BB - p.1
- Exploring the My Institution tab - p. 2
- The course environment - p. 4
- Accessing course content and tools - p. 5
- Using the tools link - p. 11
- Accessing tests - p. 17
- Finding staff information - p. 24
- Sending email - p. 25 and 71
- The discussion board - p. 27 (viewing forums, posting threads, responding to threads and much, much more)
- Viewing and submitting assignments - p. 50
- Viewing assignment grades and feedback - 52
- The journal tool - p. 55
- The blogs tool - p. 64
- Accessing and viewing grades - p. 72
- Viewing feedback - p. 76
USC has some helpful BB 9 student video tutorials that you might want to make available to your students this summer and fall. Student video tutorial topics include:
Course Navigation Concerns
Course Navigation Concerns
Submitting Papers, Files and Assignments
- Preparing files for submission (file names and extensions)
- Submitting an assignment via a BB assignment submission link
Monday, March 22, 2010
Bb has provided us with numerous print and video tutorials for Bb 9 via its On-Demand Learning Center. These resources are divided into three content areas:
- Understanding and Building Your Course - working in the course environment, building course content, setting permissions, and course utilities
- Communicating and Collaborating - discussion board, groups, blogs and journals, and announcements and scheduling
- Assessing Learners - grade center, tests, surveys and pools, and assignments
Are you looking for a quick start with Bb 9? If so, check out these short interactive videos.
- The Course Environment covers edit mode, the course menu, the course home page, and customization of course elements.
- Adding Content discusses creating a content area, creating an item in the content area, and selecting the options for the content.
- Making Tools Available on the Course Menu shows you how to add a tool, make it available to students, and reorder the course menu options.
- Creating Blogs shows you how to create a blog within a content area.
- Creating Single Groups and Adding Users guides you in creating a group, selecting the group options, and adding students to the group
- Creating a Grade Center Column shows you how to create a column, select options for the column and enter grades.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
How are other colleges and universities supporting faculty as they move to Blackboard 9? Searching their resources reveals that most are also using Quick Start guides. See, for example, Hamilton University's "Blackboard 9 Quick Start Guide," which has some great screen shots. Among other things, this guide discusses these changes in BB 9:
- the edit/display mode
- the chevrons
- dragging and dropping items
- the absence of the control panel