Flipped Classrooms at Blackboard Faculty Day

Another successful Blackboard Faculty Day was held on September 23rd throughout the day. Over thirty faculty members attended workshops on flipped classrooms, the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program, and Blackboard Portfolios. The session that got the most attention was on Flipped Classrooms. Here’s a recap of what  was covered. The ideal flipped classroom is student centered […]

Blackboard Accessibility Tips: Designing Courses for Students Using Screen Readers

Blackboard hosts an annual conference known as BbWorld. In July I attended my first BbWorld with Rachel Kleinsorge (LMS Applications Specialist) and Kari Slettemoen (Application Engineer). The conference was held at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. More than 2,000 professionals in K-12, Higher Ed, and Professional Ed attended. Today’s Learner and […]

Finding Help for Blackboard Is Now Easier

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I’ve recently returned from Blackboard World, a week-long conference filled with Blackboard workshops and vendor presentations. One of the most interesting presentations I saw showcased the redesign of the Blackboard help system. How to Find Blackboard Help Our default course shell includes a link to the Blackboard help at the bottom of the course navigation. […]

Quick and Easy Blackboard Test Uploading

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During my recent Blackboard Basics class on tests in Blackboard I heard a lot about how long it takes to create test questions. Professors shared their frustration about the time lag between clicking on an option (say, adding a unmatched answer to a matching question) and the Blackboard screens reloading. The class agreed that it […]

Join This Summer’s W&M Blackboard Basics Class

The best part of my job is Blackboard outreach. I love showing professors new ways to use this powerful tool. But while it’s fun, one-on-one support doesn’t reach many people. That’s why I’m offering a Blackboard Basics class this month. Designed to cover every aspect of a W&M Blackboard course, from creating your course to […]

Accommodating Different Needs in Blackboard

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I have a disability and I’m fairly open about my needs. It’s hard not to notice the font size on my monitor or the special lighting in my office. But not every accommodate is that obvious, in fact, the easiest accommodations in Blackboard are a little tricky to find. Test Availability Exceptions Blackboard added a […]

Oops! Getting Help with Blackboard

Accidents happen. You clicked the wrong thing or dropped when you needed to drag, and now your Blackboard course doesn’t work right. Don’t worry, it happens to everyone, and IT is here to help. Here are the best ways to get in touch with us. Via Email The bbhelp@wm.edu email is monitored by the different […]

Seven Life Hacks for Blackboard Grade Center

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Okay, so there was just another post by Rachel Kleinsorge about Blackboard Grade Center, but guess what? It’s the end of the semester and grades are on everyone’s minds. I’ve been talking faculty members through setting up their shiny new Grade Centers when they first set up their Blackboard sites now for many years, and […]

Our Top Two Blackboard Gradebook Questions, Answered!

Even if you're not teaching students about breakfast, you will still have to figure out how to best use Blackboard's Gradebook feature. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Students might worry about exams, but for professors the real problems come when it’s time to calculate and turn in final grades. While Blackboard can help, it can also cause confusion. Here are answers to two of the most common questions bbhelp@wm.edu receives this time of year: How Do I Turn in Final Grades? Final […]

7 Tips for Giving Tests in Blackboard

W&M’s Blackboard system is available 99.98% of the time. While that’s a comforting statistic, it doesn’t help when you’ve scheduled a critical test and the system experiences issues. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to make sure Blackboard tests go smoothly. 1. Give a Practice Test This will ensure that your students […]