Blackboard Spring Cleaning: Archiving Your Gradebook and Courses

Cleaning up all the papers.

The term has ended; the dorm rooms have been emptied. Painstakingly-taken class notes were thrown away just minutes after final grades were distributed. Students sold books back or passed them along to friends. No one wanted to carry the minutia of the spring term into their summer. Post-Semester Blackboard Clean-Up A similar ritual takes place […]

Blackboard Usability Suggestions — the W&M Student Perspective

Changing the course name in Blackboard helps students know which course is which.

W&M students are a notoriously busy group, so when I invited twenty of them to lunch to talk about Blackboard I wasn’t surprised that only four could attend. I was surprised, however, by some of the things they said. For example, while all of the professors I know are excited about flipping their classrooms, students […]

Blackboard, Yea or Nay? Join the LMS Search Committee to Decide

blackboard

William & Mary chose Blackboard as our learning management system (LMS) in 1999.  Our senior students graduating in 2014 were in kindergarten.  MySpace ruled social media and YouTube didn’t exist.  DVDs were still fairly new and iPods weren’t even in development yet. That first version of Blackboard looked a lot different from the version we […]

Blackboard Upgrades 2014

An example Access Log.

Blackboard is an ambitious company, releasing updates several times a year. Our most recent Blackboard update took place on January 3rd. While there are some small formatting changes, like the addition of a quick links button to the upper left of the screen, the changes below will probably be the most noticeable. Test Access Log Things […]

Blackboard Feedback at Exam Time

This option combination will show the student’s answers and the correct answers.

It seems like midterms are barely behind us and already final exams loom on the horizon. Writing good test questions, creating multiple versions of a test, and grading the tests in a timely manner can be a trial. Thankfully, Blackboard can grade a number of different test questions (multiple choice, fill in the blank, calculations) […]

Vote to Improve Blackboard’s Default Options!

default course shell side nav

Help me out by voting on new Blackboard default course options. We’re going to be changing what the default folders and links are for an “empty” Blackboard course, to help making your Blackboard course setup easier this Spring. I’d like to pick the options that are most helpful for faculty members. To do that I’ll need your help, so click through to read more and to vote for your preferred options.

Blackboard Classes and Help at W&M

As the summer starts to fade we’re excited about the Fall Semester. Soon new students will come to campus ready to learn. Here in IT we’re getting ready to help them. But it’s not just students, our faculty members deserve a chance to learn new things and try new technologies. With that in mind, we’re […]

Multimedia Content in Blackboard

blackboard-multimedia-featured

From filmstrips to field trips, enhanced classes are more fun than a plain lecture format. As you plan for Fall you’re probably thinking about incorporating media to wow your students. Blackboard allows you to add a variety of multimedia content. From the Content section of your course you can upload audio, image, or video files. That’s handy if you’ve recorded a lecture podcast style or if you’d like to upload a video from your computer. You can also add multimedia from the Web, and in this post I’ll show you how.

The Inline Grading Tool: Blackboard’s Electronic Red Pen

red pen

You might miss the feeling of the red pen in your hand, not to mention its ability to clearly mark portions of an assignment, when students submit assignments electronically through Blackboard. Thankfully, Blackboard’s inline grading process is a red pen for the electronic age.