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What's New in Blackboard
May 2015 Blackboard Upgrade
The Framingham State University Blackboard system will be unavailable May 14th and 15th while the system is upgraded to the latest version, Learn 2014. These upgrades focus on fixing bugs and enhancing existing features, so will not introduce any significant changes to the way the system currently looks and functions. The upgrade will also introduce a few new tools for faculty, including the ability to preview courses from a student’s point of view with just one click. To learn more about these exciting new and improved features, continue reading below or consider attending one of our upcoming workshops.
May 2015 Blackboard Upgrade Highlights & Features
- Portfolio Improvements:
Portfolios are now accessed from the Blackboard Home Page and have a new authoring canvas. Faculty will experience a tighter integration with the course, including an option to issue Portfolio Assignments. Learn More
Individuals have more control over the Calendar format and display settings, including the ability ti display a consolidated calendar of events. Learn More
- Student Preview:
Instructors may view any of their courses as a student with just one click. Learn More
- Significant Figures:
Istructors will now be able to define significant figures for calculated forumla-type test questions. Learn More
- Video Everywhere:
Blackboard Learn has integrated with OAuth 2.0. With this update users are able to record and upload videos more easily and with fewer authentication issues. Learn More
- Blackboard Collaborate Launcher:
The Blackboard Collaborate Launcher provides a convenient and reliable way to launch blackboard Collaborate web conferencing sessions and recordings. Using Blackboard Collaborate will require far fewer steps for first time users. Learn More
- Annonymous Grading:
Instructors can hide student names from submitted assignments for anonymous grading. Learn More
- Delegated Grading:
Multiple graders may be assigned to grade your assignments to eliminate bias. Instructors can allow students to see feedback from more than one grader. Learn More
- My Grades:
The look and feel of the student My Grades (gradebook) tool has been updated. Students may now view feedback by clicking a “View Feedback” button. Learn More
- SafeAssign Integration:
The SafeAssign plagiarism checking service is now integrated into the standard file submission Assignments tool. The existing SafeAssign tool will continue to be available. Learn More
Is your course Blackboard ready?
Navigating Your Course
Building Your Course
Personalizing Your Course
Communicating with Your Students
Creating Collaboration in Your Course
Assessing Your Students
- Getting Started with Assignments (PDF)
- Downloading Assignments for Grading
- Using SafeAssign (Plagiarism Detection Software)
- Creating a Rubric
- Associate a Rubric with a Gradable Item
- Creating a Test (or Survey)
- Review Survey Submissions
- Importing a Test or Survey
- Getting Started with the Grade Center (PDF)
- More Help Resources
Begin from the Control Panel of the old course:
- Select Packages and Utilities from the Control Panel
- Choose Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course from the drop down menu
- Enter the course ID of the new semester course (example: S15.EDUC.987C0A)
- Select the content you wish to copy (Check all that apply)
- Click Submit to copy your course content to your new course shell.
- Remember to remove all of the old discussion forum posts from previous students, blog entries, and wiki details before you make the course available to your new students.
Making your Course Available to Students
- Go to your course’s Control Panel, select Customization and then click Properties.
- In the Set Availability section, click Yes.
- Click Submit to make your course immediately available to students.
Merge Course Sections
- Go to http://password.framingham.edu.
- Select the Reset Expired or Forgotten Password link and follow the instructions.
Guides and Resources:
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