The Fall semester is upon us, so it's time to share some information with you about some upcoming changes to Blackboard as well as other news and resources.Justin Henry
As the term begins, take note of these recently added features and tools in Bb:
There are such a variety of tools available in Blackboard, so we'd like to spread the word, especially to faculty who only use their course spaces to upload files or post announcements. If you identify with that description, then this video may pique your interest. In it, the CTL presents some of the lesser known (“underdog”) features, such as:
Blackboard has released two improved mobile apps that are replacing their previous mobile product. "Blackboard Instructor" is an app for instructors and the eponymous "Blackboard" app is for students. If students or instructors still have the Mobile Learn app, they are encouraged to replace it with these newer apps. As with the deprecated Mobile Learn app, please note that these, too, have limited functionality. Many tasks, such as taking tests, are only supported in a desktop/laptop browser. More information on the Bb mobile tools is available on the CTL Bb How-To's area.
You can now create certificates, badges, and other rewards for student activity in a course. Students can see which badges and certificates they have earned and what is required to receive additional recognition. They can use these rewards to gain insight into learning progression toward defined competencies.
The achievements tool uses Blackboard Learn’s adaptive release technology. This means you can attach rewards to a wide array of course items, including:
Did you know you can share materials between
courses without directly copying or importing files?
The content collection allows you to:
You can align goals to the content items created with the achievements tool, and they will appear in the Goal Coverage reports.
Big Blue Button is the open-source conferencing tool that is available for you to use in your course for things like online office hours, live presentations, and video conferencing. This summer will see Big Blue Button get a refresh. The way you add it to your course will stay the same, but the tool has three main enhancements described in the following YouTube videos hosted by BBB.