Blackboard Faculty Support

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*NEW* Features in Blackboard - December 2014

Here are the major new features enabled by the upgrade to Blackboard 9.1 April 2014 release, as of December 30, 2014

*NEW* Features in Blackboard - December 2013

Here are the new features enabled by the upgrade to Blackboard 9.1 SP 13, as of December 28, 2013

  • Global navigation - Now all your academic information is organized in one place, providing a consistent, quick, and easy way to find everything.
  • Inline Grading - You can view, comment on, and grade submitted Word assignments without leaving the grading page.
  • Date Management - Quickly transition your course from one semester to the next by automatically changing old availability dates and dates to new ones.
  • New Text Editor - The improved content editor allows you to format text, attach files, embed multimedia, and insert equations, hyperlinks, and tables.
  • New Calendar - The new calendar allows you to access all of your courses in one color-coded calendar page to keep up with events, assignments, and more.
  • Video Everywhere: Embed Webcam Recording - You can record video everywhere from the content editor.
  • Enhanced Test Options - New test features improve access and functionality.
  • New Discussion Board Option: "Participants must create a thread in order to view other threads in this forum"
  • Retention Center - Allows you to monitor student engagement and offer assistance to students who are struggling.

Blackboard FAQs

  • Click Here to see some tips and frequently asked questions about Blackboard

Blackboard Tutorials

- Adding Web 2.0 Tools in your course site
- Customizing the Course Site
- Communication and Interaction
- Assignments and Assessment

The files types that Turnitin can check for originality include: Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx), OpenOffice Text (.odt), WordPerfect (.wpd), PostScript (.ps/.eps), HTML, Hangul Word Processor file (.hwp), Rich text format (.rtf), Plain text (.txt), Google Docs via Google Drive, Adobe PDF, Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx, .ppt, .ppsx, and .pps), Microsoft Excel (.xls and .xlsx). For more detailed description on file types and size, go to: User Guide on File Types and Size  

- SafeAssign (anti-plagiarism tool)

- Grade Center and Test, Surveys, Pools
- Content Collection
- EAC Visual Data Blackboard Building Block
EAC Visual Data is a web-based application and a Blackboard building block. It can perform detailed item analysis and validity statistics as well as report student learning outcomes for tests completed on Blackboard. It enables faculty to easily obtain test item statistics that validate student attainment of the learning outcomes, make informed decisions regarding test items and thus student retention.
- Housekeeping Tasks

How to Create Blogs and Wikis:

1. Blackboard native blog and wiki

They are developed by Blackboard. Here are some tutorials on how to work with Bb blog and wiki:

2. Campus Pack blog and wiki

They are developed by Learning Objects, Inc. and will no longer be available by the end of the Fall 2013. The following link gives a quick start guide for instructors on how to create, configure and use Blog and Wiki.

Blackboard Instructor Tutorials posted on the CUNY Bb site

Click the above link to see many tutorials on CUNY's Blackboard site about how to work with different tools and course areas in Blackboard 9.

Blackboard Learn Instructor Guide created by Blackboard Inc.

If you need further assistance, contact the help desk at 718.262.5311, or send an e-mail to