Blackboard and Adobe Shockwave player

Some courses use Adobe Shockwave to access/distribute class content. Support for Adobe Shockwave has been removed from modern web browsers as it is insecure. To use Adobe Shockwave for your Blackboard course on a Mac please follow the guide below. You must download and install the Fire Fox ESR web browser. FireFox Extended Support Release is the only browser that will work. The standard version of FireFox, Google Chrome,and Safari do not allow Adobe Shockwave as it poses security risks. Download Read more [...]

Blackboard: Course Wiki

Wikis A Wiki is a mini-web site you and your students can build within your course. You can think of it as a series of interconnected web pages. Each member of the course, or group, can create, delete, and edit pages in the wiki as well as create links between the pages. A Wiki can be set up to be edited by the whole class or by individual groups. It can be a collaborative project tool or a place for individual. You can create multiple wikis with a course for different purposes. For example, Read more [...]

Blackboard: Video Everywhere Tool

"Video Everywhere" This new feature in Blackboard enables faculty (and students) to easily record and add video to many areas within a course space. This feature is useful in situations, particularly in online or hybrid courses, when more “presence” might be needed to explain a complicated idea or clarify assignment expectations. The “everywhere” part of this feature’s name is not too much of an exaggeration! If you are using the Blackboard text editor, you can record a video using Read more [...]

Blackboard: Tool Availability

Tool Availability Blackboard is made up of a series of tools, which allow you to do certain things in your course, such as upload files, communicate with students via email or discussion board and post announcements. However, there may be cases when you don’t want tools available to your students (or guests) to use within the course. Conversely, you may not see a course tool available for use that you would like to employ. Many tools can be turned on or off at the course level. Here is how Read more [...]

Blackboard: Backup Tests

How to Back Up Tests (or Surveys or Pools) Note: Instructors are responsible for making and keeping backups of their course materials and other course data. Deleted data in a Bb course cannot otherwise be recovered. These instructions describe how to back up a Blackboard test, but the same instructions apply to surveys and question pools. In your Blackboard course control panel, click "Course Tools." Then choose "Tests, Surveys and Pools." On this page, choosing "Tests" will provide Read more [...]

Blackboard: Test Tool

Tests and Surveys Blackboard Tests and Surveys are a great way to assess the progress of your students. Faculty find the test tool helpful for short self assessments on the course material. Surveys are anonymous and have the same functions as the test tool but the answers are not associated with a particular student in the class. Faculty use surveys for student evaluations of the course and for quick polls about how students feel the course is moving along during the semester. Creating Tests The Read more [...]

Blackboard: Test Tips

Test Tips Jump to tips for instructors. For Students: Tips for Taking Online Tests or Surveys in Blackboard The stability of the Internet can sometimes be sporadic so there is always a possibility of encountering some type of error while taking an online exam. If this happens to you please contact your instructor immediately via email and inform them of your situation (be sure to include the time, course ID, and assessment title in your email). However, below are some precautions that you can Read more [...]

Blackboard: Syllabus Tool

Uploading a Syllabus There is a syllabus link pre-loaded in the Course Menu to an empty Content Area that you can decide how to fill. You have the option to either present your syllabus so that it can be read within Blackboard (See figure #1, below) or attach a file (usually a .pdf or .docx). In the latter instance, students click a link to download the file and then view it with common software such as Adobe Acrobat or MSWord. (See figure #2, below.) To add content to your syllabus page, follow Read more [...]

Blackboard: Survey Tool

Tests and Surveys Blackboard Tests and Surveys are a great way to assess the progress of your students. Faculty find the test tool helpful for short self assessments on the course material. Surveys are anonymous and have the same functions as the test tool but the answers are not associated with a particular student in the class. Faculty use surveys for student evaluations of the course and for quick polls about how students feel the course is moving along during the semester. Creating Tests The Read more [...]