What’s New in Blackboard 9.1 ServicePack 11

Inline Grading for Assignments (click title for tutorial)

inline grading

You can view, comment, and grade student-submitted assignment files without leaving the Grade Assignment page. When you view a document submitted in an assignment, that document is converted to a format that is viewable inside the web browser. Supported document types that can be converted are Word (DOC, DOCX), PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX), Excel (XLS, XLSX), and PDF (PDF). The converted document is displayed in a viewer on the Grade Assignment page. Formatting and embedded images of the original document are preserved in the conversion.

The Retention Center (click title for tutorial)

retention_center_main_pageThe Retention Center provides an easy way for you to discover which students in your course are at risk. Based on preconfigured rules and rules you create, students’ engagement and participation are visually displayed, quickly alerting you to potential risk. From the Retention Center, you can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement.

Running Item Analysis on a Test (click title for tutorial)

tests_item_analysis_contextualmenuItem analysis provides statistics on overall test performance and individual test questions. This data helps you recognize questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance. You can use this information to improve questions for future test administrations or to adjust credit on current attempts.

My Blackboard (click title for tutorial)

my-blackboardPosts, Updates, and My Grades, enable faculty and students to stay up-to-date on what’s going on across all their Courses and Organizations in Blackboard. Now, the critical information you need to know from across all of Learn is consolidated in a simple, modern, easily consumable way. Notifications and updates will also be combined with the student having the ability to control what notifications are seen and how they are transmitted.

Video Everywhere (click title for tutorial)

video-everywhereYou can record video everywhere from the content editor. Users will be able to record video and upload it directly to YouTube safely,  The feature provides the ability for users to record a video on the fly using a webcam and have it seamlessly embedded in course materials through the content editor.



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Jing…An easy way to capture your screen and share with others!

Presentation from the Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Day

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Adjunct Orientation Presentation

How can you make a difference in 3 Minutes, 3 Weeks, 3 Months?

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Resource: Preserving and Promoting Culture online

From Google’s Homepage today…….  Google Cultural Institute Link

Great resource on the following subjects:

  • Nelson Mandela
  •  World Art
  • Holocaust
  • Dead See Scrolls
  • 17th Century France

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Come learn with us in the TLC

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Find and translate Newspapers from around the World!

Here are two great newspaper resources:

Newseum Map of Newspaper Front Pages

889 front pages from 88 countries.  This map allows you to hover over an area and see the headlines of the local papers.  There is also a tab for archived papers.

Map of newspapers around the world

This site is not as easy to navigate, but well worth the effort!  It has links to 10,000 newspaper websites.   Using the interactive map, you can link directly to any of the newspapers located on the map and translate the paper into your language of choice!

Both of these maps have unlimited active learning uses in the classroom:

Current events, Biased reporting, Point of view, freedom of the press, etc.

I hope you will take the time to explore!  KD

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Need to copy eCampus course content from your old course to the new eCampus 9.1 server?

Here are the steps to move content in eCampus:
1. Do you already have a template for your content?  (ex. TEMPLATE-ENGL-1301-DAMRON)
If yes, go to question 2
If no, you will need to create a template for the course content.
Use this form to request a template: Template Request Form
2. Request a copy from old course to template
 Now that you have a place (your template) for you content to go on the new eCampus 9.1 server, we can copy your old content to the template.   Use this form to request a copy of your old course content to be placed in your template: Template Copy Request Form
3. Make updates to your course content in template
Once your course content is located in your template, make updates to course information.
4.  Request a copy from template to Fall course shell
Once content is up to date, use this form to copy from your template to your Fall course shell: Course Copy Request Form
All of these forms are available on the Courses tab in eCampus.  Here is a picture:
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How long does it take for a course or template copy?
The normal time is 24-48 hours.  During busy time like Return week this can take longer.  If you have placed a request and it is past 48 hours, please call the eCampus Faculty Help Desk and they will help troubleshoot the issue.
Copying Course Content Best Practice:  Create or make changes to eCampus course content in your template.
Then, copy updated content to Fall course shell when complete (or about 2 weeks before the semester begins)
What is a template?  A course shell that is not tied to student registration.  This means no students are added to a template.  You should not add students to your template either.   A template is where you keep a copy of your content that is up to date or where you can make changes as needed without affecting students.   Think of it as your own safe electronic sandbox to create your online course without affecting others.
What is a course shell? Same as a course template but it is tied to student registration information.  Students are automatically added to your course when they register for your class.

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