Greetings! As the Spring term is winding down, it's time to let you know about some imminent changes and improvements to Blackboard.
—Justin Henry, UVM Blackboard Administrator
In May, Blackboard will be getting the largest accessibility update (and visual makeover) we've seen in quite some time. This will bring a number of changes, including:
The 2017/2018 pilot of Respondus Lockdown Browser is ending in May. If you've been using Lockdown browser in your course or are planning to use it this semester, please help us evaluate this tool by taking our short survey. We will be incorporating your feedback into our decision-making process this summer when we determine whether to recommend the purchase of this tool.
UVM is also currently piloting an accessibility add-on for Blackboard. This tool automatically converts uploaded files to a variety of formats and provides feedback to instructors on how to improve accessibility of posted documents. More information on Ally, including how to join the pilot and read about features and timelines, can be found on the CTL how-to page.
We continue to work towards improving our Blackboard support materials and invite you to look at the Teaching with Blackboard pages on the CTL website.
This is a reminder that all final grades must be submitted to the Registrar's system, Banner (via MyUVM). Many faculty post grades to Blackboard for students to see them, but for the grades to be officially submitted, they must be entered at myuvm.uvm.edu. This FAQ on the Registrar's website provides instructions for submitting grades.