BLACKBOARD TUTORIALS

These tutorials will help you address specific classroom challenges, develop new skills, and become a more effective educator. Whether you want to increase student engagement, analyze student data, improve course administration, or make your courses more interactive, these Blackboard tutorials will put you on the best path with the right tools.

Adaptive Release for Assignments

What is it?

A tool that controls the release of content to users based on a set of rules you create, such as availability, date and time, individual users, group membership, scores, or attempts.

Why is it important?

It allows you to create a structured course experience that is more interactive and tailored to the needs of individual students.

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Assignments

What is it?

An online space for creating assignments in several course areas and reviewing and commenting on student work.

Why is it important?

It allows you to centralize creation of coursework and assess students in a variety of meaningful ways.

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Blackboard Store

What is it?

A store that enables you to discover, compare, and assign materials from the largest online catalog of commercial and open educational content.

Why is it important?

It provides you one-stop access to the best-quality course materials directly within your teaching and learning environment—all searchable by author, ISBN, subject, or title.

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Calendar

What is it?

An online scheduling tool that provides a consolidated view of institutional, course, organization, and personal calendar events.

Why is it important?

It provides centralized access to information critical to course success, such as upcoming deadlines, quizzes, and tests.

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Chat

What is it?

A tool that enables you and your students to participate in real-time discussions using text-based chat.

Why is it important?

It provides an informal medium for students to ask questions, allows for immediate responses to increase engagement and discussion, and facilitates greater connection between you and your students.

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Content

What is it?

Multiple options for creating and organizing files, videos, links, folders, and tools in your course.

Why is it important?

It provides students with centralized access to a wide variety of learning materials and experiences that are more relevant, interactive, and engaging.

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Content Editor

What is it?

A tool that allows you to add and format course material text; insert equations, hyperlinks, and tables; and attach different types of files using automated functions.

Why is it important?

It simplifies the creation of richer course materials by automatically reading, writing, and rendering modern HTML.

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Course Activity Reports

What is it?

Reports that provide different ways to view information about student activity, content usage, course standards, and course objectives.

Why is it important?

It allows you to easily view which course areas are used most frequently and identify course access patterns for specific students, alerting you to potential at-risk behavior.

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Date Management

What is it?

A content transfer tool that automatically "shifts" course content and tool dates from one term to the next.

Why is it important?

It provides a streamlined process for moving course material from term to term, without having to reload and reschedule.

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Delegated Grading

What is it?

A tool for assigning specific users, such as teaching assistants, to grade student submissions.

Why is it important?

It promotes reliability by using grades and feedback from more than one grader and removing potential bias.

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Discussion Board

What is it?

An online place for asynchronous interactions among students, extending learning beyond the classroom.

Why is it important?

It allows students to collaborate with each other and demonstrate their understanding of course materials, while building a sense of community.

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Grade Center

What is it?

A dynamic, interactive dashboard that allows you to record data, calculate grades, and monitor student progress.

Why is it important?

It provides a way to more effectively monitor student progress and identify and address specific student needs.

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Inline grading

What is it?

A capability within the Grade Assignment page that allows you to view, comment, and grade student-submitted assignment files.

Why is it important?

It ensures more timely feedback to students by enabling you to grade more efficiently.

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IP Address Filters

What is it?

A feature that allows instructors and institutions to restrict access to tests by location using specified IP addresses or ranges that identify specific computers in specific locations.

Why is it important?

It aids in enforcing that students are required to complete exams in a proctored or supervised lab environment, assists with meeting institutional requirements for identity verification at the time of assessment, and deters cheating instances whereby a student might ask another student to complete a test on his or her behalf.

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Item Analysis

What is it?

An analysis tool that collects and measures student performance data to provide statistics on overall test performance and individual test questions.

Why is it important?

It helps you measure the effectiveness of your course materials and identify areas for improvement.

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Journals

What is it?

Private spaces for students to communicate with you or to reflect on topics covered in the course.

Why is it important?

It encourages reflection, collaboration, and brainstorming, as well as opportunities to increase communication and engagement.

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Mashups

What are they?

Tools that combine elements from two or more sources, allowing you to incorporate external content sources directly into your Blackboard course.

Why is it important?

They allow you to provide greater variety of course materials to engage students and address a number of different learning styles.

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My Blackboard

What is it?

An online dashboard that provides educators and students with quick and easy access to critical school and course information.

Why is it important?

It provides centralized access to timely information and collaboration tools.

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Outcomes Reporting

What is it?

A systematic collection of information about student learning, enabling you to align course content and activities with goals in Blackboard Learn, in order to inform decisions about how to improve learning.

Why is it important?

It provides institutions and instructors the visibility they need to demonstrate both current progress and historic progression of student learning, as well as assess return on investment.

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Portfolio Assessment

What is it?

A digital collection of artifacts, including demonstrations, resources, and accomplishments, that showcases progress and provides evidence for formative and/or summative achievement.

Why is it important?

It promotes personal reflection and encourages students to be active participants in their own learning.

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Publisher Integrations

What is it?

Single-sign on access to high-quality, third-party content that you can integrate into course materials, across all course levels and disciplines.

Why is it important?

It allows you to enrich your course materials more easily by incorporating more sources, content types, and supplemental material from reliable publishers.

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Retention Center

What is it?

An instructor-only tool that enables you to give focused attention to students who need it.

Why is it important?

It helps you identify struggling students early and take proactive action for improvement.

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Rubrics

What is it?

An assessment tool for listing evaluation criteria for an assignment and communicating standards and expectations to students.

Why is it important?

It helps students more easily track and meet assignment requirements while helping you explain evaluations and ensure consistent and impartial grading.

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SafeAssign Integration

What is it?

An anti-plagiarism tool that compares submitted assignments against a set of academic papers to identify areas of overlap.

Why is it important?

It allows you to easily review submissions for plagiarism for any of your assignments, providing both a deterrent and an opportunity to help students learn how to properly attribute sources.

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Self and Peer Assessments

What is it?

A tool that enables students to assess their own or each other's work, easily and efficiently within Blackboard Learn.

Why is it important?

Reviewing the work of fellow students through criteria-based evaluation allows constructive feedback, enhances comprehension of material, and provides valuable insights into students' own efforts.

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Significant Figures in Calculated Formula Questions

What is it?

Feature in Calculated Formula Questions that allows you to define the number of significant figures required in the automatic generation of answer sets and in the automated grading process.

Why is it important?

It enables you to create assessments to promote critical thinking and interactivity that also have the benefit of automated grading.

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Social Learning Tools

What are they?

Tools, such as Profiles, People, Messages, and Spaces, that enable you and your students to discover, connect, and collaborate with others from your institution, as well as other Blackboard Learn institutions.

Why is it important?

They allow instructors and students to learn from each other through social, informal means and help develop a greater sense of community and connection in the overall education experience.

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Student Preview

What is it?

A feature that allows you to review your course content as your students will interact with it and validate course behaviors, such the availability of content or adaptive release.

Why is it important?

It enables you to confirm that your course is well designed and functions as intended—before your students see it.

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Test Access Logs

What are they?

Logs that provide item by item, minute by minute information on student test attempts.

Why is it important?

They can help you determine when students ran into technical difficulties during a test attempt to help guide decision-making regarding tests; allow you to compare the attempts of two or more students to help determine if academic dishonesty occurred; and enable you to review specific items to see which ones students consistently took more time to answer.

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Test Exceptions

What is it?

A feature that allows you to make a number of exceptions, for individual students or groups, to the delivery settings already established for other students.

Why is it important?

It provides different availability rules for different users, or groups of users, such as an accommodation for a student who is disabled or has language differences.

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Video Everywhere

What is it?

A tool that allows you to record a video on the fly and seamlessly embed it into course materials, student interactions, and assignment feedback.

Why is it important?

It allows you to connect with students more personally, create customized support, and improve the revision process.

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xpLor

What is it?

A global learning object repository for rich educational materials, including assessments, assignments, discussions, HTML pages, and more.

Why is it important?

It enables sharing and discovery of educational content, including copyright management using the Creative Commons system, providing you access to a larger universe of content for your courses.

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