eLearning Blog

    Enhanced Text Editor in Blackboard

    October 28, 2020 | Cristina Gamalie

    Blackboard has introduced an improved text editor with the newest Blackboard Learn 9.1 release.  This new release will be applied to our environment on November 5th. Adding content has been simplified, and it works better on both hand-held devices and larger screens. There are several improvements for accessibility and some new features, too. Here are…

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    Improve Your Course Accessibility. Blackboard Ally Pilot Sign-Up.

    October 13, 2020 | Jake Martar, M.Ed

    Beginning Spring 2021 faculty and programs can sign-up to enable Blackboard Ally for their courses. What is Ally? Blackboard Ally is a course accessibility tool with multiple features that can help instructors, students, and the institution. It can provide alternative formats,  feedback, and accessibility reports. How does Ally help? Alternative Formats. Out of the box,…

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    Seven Copyright Best Practices for Online Teaching

    July 10, 2020 | Janay White

    Guest Writer: Lisa Ferris, Ed.S., Instructional Designer (OED) Seven Copyright Best Practices for Online Teaching If a video, photo, or document is on the internet, is it OK for faculty to freely use it in their course materials? Answer:  It depends!  Follow these seven best practices to help you legally use resources for your online…

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    Asynchronous vs Synchronous Activities Online

    June 15, 2020 | Cristina Gamalie

    The online environment enables us to use powerful tools for teaching and learning.  Asynchronous and synchronous eLearning strategies have benefits and limitations and they complement each other. Asynchronous eLearning is related to activities taking place when participants are not present online at the same time. Synchronous eLearning happens when participants who are not located in…

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    Grade Student Assignments with Bb Annotate

    May 14, 2020 | Cristina Gamalie

    Starting with June 1st, 2020  Blackboard assignments will be gradable inline with a new tool called Bb Annotate.  This tool will replace the Box tool. Old Box tool   New Bb Annotate tool Instructors can access information about Bb Annotate here .  A video tutorial is included in the documentation. After Bb Annotate becomes available, Box annotations…

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    Spring Cleaning: Declutter Your Content Collection

    April 23, 2020 | Janay White

    Over the last few weeks, we all have been working hard to effectively deliver instruction online. We have added course materials, videos, lectures, and more to our courses in attempts to mimic our face to face interactions. With all of the content being added, it’s important to monitor our content collections and specifically, our course…

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