Individual Tutorials for Specific Tasks
- Associating rubrics video with assignments, gradable blogs, discussion forums, etc.
- Bb Annotate
- Creating a grading rubric video (This is for all Blackboard native tools, not for Turnitin assignment)
- Downloading students' SafeAssign similarity reports
- Grading an assignment with rubric video
- Grading assignments on the Blackboard Instructor App video
- Inline grading for assignments video
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BCU)
Combining rosters from multiple course sections into one section
- Changing course entry point and adding a course banner video
- Making your course available to students
- Using the 2016 Course Theme
- Audio/Video feedback in Grade Center
- Creating Grade columns with Non-Blackboard assign and Recording Grades
- Grade Center
- Adding LinkedIn Learning Content to Bb
- Connecting your LinkedIn profile with LinkedIn Learning
- Logging into LinkedIn Learning
Monitoring students in a large class
Blackboard has a "Retention Center" tool that enables instructors to easily see students who haven't participated in class activities recently or have lower performance, and communicate with those students. This tool is especially useful in large classes where instructors may not be able to track students' progress frequently.
Peer Review and Assessment
Peer review and assessment can provide a powerful learning experience for students. On one hand, students can interact with peers and learn how to provide constructive critique. On the other hand, more importantly, students could gain deeper learning when they review and assess peers' work. To make peer review fair and more effective, provide criteria based on which students review peers' work and provide feedback. You can also involve students to develop criteria for peer review and assessment.
There are several tools for peer review and assessment in Bb.
You can create a discussion forum and ask students to post their work by creating a thread, and review or assess peers' work by replying to peer's threads. To ensure all students get equal number of reviews, you can ask students to review to 2 peers' work, and each student can only get 2 reviews. That is, if student X has got 2 reviews, no one else should review student X' work.
Similar as Discussion Board, you can create a blog for students to post their work as blog entries. Each blog entry has a comment link at the bottom for peers and instructor to provide review feedback.
The Self and Peer Assessment and Turnitin PeerMark listed below provide structured peer review and assessment. These two tools ensure that each student will review the same number of peers' work by design.
Self and Peer Assessment
Re-use Course Materials
- Adjusting due dates and release dates after course copy – Bb Date Management
- Re-using course content only (not assignments, grade center, etc.)
- Re-using the entire course
- Clear an attempt/grade
- Displaying Test question numbers
- Enhanced Test Options – it enables instructors to give extra time for students with special needs in a test
- Export and import a test
- Grading questions one at a time
- Upload test questions
- Using the Random Blocks tool to reduce cheating in tests
Text Editor Tools
- Adding social media to enrich your student’s learning experience – Bb Mashup Option
- Textbox (audio)
- Using Chemistry Notations
- Using Math Editor
- Using the Attendance tool
- Changing user roles and availability
- Enrolling a Colleague to Observe a Course in Bb
- Enrolling a user
- Viewing and downloading class roster
- Collecting video files with Dropbox file requests - when signing into Dropbox, use CUNYFirst credentials
- Embedding unlisted video on YouTube in your Blackboard course
- Using Dropbox to share video links