Here is the link to the website created by Associate Vice Chancellor, Ray Schroeder, for his presentation to the campus community about new developments in the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service: https://sites.google.com/site/colrsupdate/
To add an avatar image to your Blackboard profile:
Log into Blackboard
In the upper right of the screen you will see your name next to a blank avatar. Click on the triangle to the right of your name open your personal menu.
Click on the word “Settings” in the lower portion of the panel, then from the dropdown list, choose “Personal Information”
Click on “Personalize My Settings”
Change option #1 to “Use custom avatar image” and click to “Browse My Computer” for an image. (Note: Recommended pixel size for an avatar is 150 by 150. Larger images should be clipped.)
Select the image and click to “Open”. This will add the image to your Blackboard account. Avatars will appear next to discussion board postings and, for faculty members, in the Grade Center and the Users list.
Other setting options have been reordered, but not changed.
Avatar images appears next to name in DB.
Mark as unread and flag are available as buttons
Google Tool Integration
In any content area of Blackboard (Course Materials, Assignments, etc), you can link to and enable your students to use and edit Google Sites, Documents, and Calendars.
The Blackboard and Google Apps for Education integration logs you into both services with a single sign-on.
Blank Page tool
If you are going to post only text and images on a page of Blackboard, this is a great tool for you!
Profile (Avatar images)
Course Themes & Teaching Styles
The “Teaching Style” area replaces the Style tool in the Customization menu of the Control Panel. You can choose from several predefined menu styles and choose different colors schemes for your course.
More modern look
Due dates from across your course are automatically integrated
Add events more easily
Drag and drop to change due dates
Export to third-party calendars (Outlook, Gmail)
Easy to create! Save time! Reusable!
Click on the score and totals automatically
Can be used with
Does not work with groups assignments
Test Options have changed quite a bit.
Exceptions make it easy to create differently timed tests and availability for making up tests or for ODS accommodations.
How you show results and feedback to students is now more flexible.
Add a question at any point in the test canvas, not just to the end.
Upload page changed for students. It is less confusing and students are able to preview their document before submitting.
The inline grader works when students upload their work in supported formats: Word (DOC, DOCX), PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX), Excel (XLS, XLSX), and PDF (PDF).
Inline grading rocks!
Vastly improved functionality.
Full Screen edit mode.
Course Copy Process is Easier!
When you copy course content from one Blackboard course site to another, you’ll find a “Select All” box for all those little check boxes. Be sure to only check the boxes you want copied! Announcements, especially, take a long time to clean up for a new course.
Discussion Board Copy Options
“Include only the forums, with no starter posts”
–> Now, no former student posts to delete!
“Include starter posts for each thread in each forum (anonymized)”
–> This is the way discussions have copied in the past.
–> When you next go to the Discussion Board in your new course (that you just copied into), you will now have the option to set the author of the anonymous posts.
The Retention Center replaces the Early Warning System. It aggregates data automatically and displays information about the status of your students. You can set up customized alearts and reach out to students through the RC, and it tracks and records those contacts. Plus, it also tracks your engagement with the course.