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) […]

Devil in the Details

A screen capture of the Divvy app for iPhone.

The devil’s in the details when it comes to technology tools. Sometimes the difference between technology that doesn’t work at all and tools that work great can be really small.

5 Reasons to Use Blackboard’s Online Quizzes

With online quizzes, say goodbye to piles of quizzes to grade by hand.

After using online quizzes for a few weeks already this semester in my Geology 101 course, I have five reasons why I think you should try it out.

Vote to Improve Blackboard’s Default Options!

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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.

More on Blackboard’s Inline Grading


I’ve just finished grading all the reflection papers from my summer data-driven decision-making class, and I think it’s safe to say that the inline grading tool is my favorite new Blackboard feature for a long while. Here’s my take on this new tool — I think it will prove to be a great time saver (not to mention a paper saver) for anyone with lots of complex assignments that require extensive comments.

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


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

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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.

Learning in the E(ye) of the Beholder

Although all teaching uses technology of some kind (like the abacus), that's not what we mean when we talk about e-learning.

Mentioning e-learning to people is likewise liable to elicit a lot of different ideas. Mention “e-learning at William & Mary” and that situation weights an already fuzzy topic with all the stakes of another: an older and more storied one, a proud and precious one, laced with tradition and values. The two might seem juxtaposed, the one impersonal as a glowing screen observed by a lone student, the other more like the warm glow of the Yule Log on the faces of a host of students. How can these things ever go together? In this post, John addresses this question.

Using Surveys to Foster Individual Responsibility for Learning


How might an instructor use surveys to help teach a class? In this post, Gene talks about his technique of having students fill out electronic survey to help him tailor his syllabus to groups of students as well as encourage them to take responsibility for their own learning.