New Features and Enhancements in Blackboard 9

Using the “Add File” feature

How to Add a File to your Blackboard CourseSometimes you may wish to simply add a file to you course for your students to download, without any extra descriptive information. This does not replace the usual “Add Item” feature which has been the standard method for adding content.

Using the “Add Picture” feature

How to Add a Picture within your Blackboard CourseA specific “add picture” feature is now available within Blackboard.

Using the “Add Audio” feature

How to Add an Audio File to your Blackboard Course This guide explains how to add an audio file to your Blackboard course. You may prefer to add audio files as podcasts.

Using the “Add Video” feature

How to Add a Video File to your Blackboard Course Blackboard now has a specifc “add video” option which is suitable for video files below 20 MB in size. Larger files should be placed on a streaming media server.

Start a “Blank Page”

Start a "Blank Page" The blank page feature allows you to create a page of text and graphics within your course.

Learning Modules

How to Add a Learning ModuleLearning Modules allow you to order content in a sequence so that students access it in order.

“Lesson Plans”

Creating a Blackboard "Lesson Plan"If you wish you can use Blackboard to share lesson plans and their associated resources with your students.

How to set up a “Course Module” page

How to set up a "Course Module" page“Module pages” allow you to add modules that contain dynamically generated information about your course, such as what new materials have been added and what deadlines are approaching.

YouTube “mash-ups”

Embedding a YouTube video within your blackboard course It is possible to embed a YouTube video within your Blackboard course. Note that this method may stop working if YouTube changes the way their videos work. YouTube is a third party web site and iSolutions cannot be held responsible for the content held on it. Users should read the YouTube terms and conditions.

SlideShare “mash-ups”

Add a SlideShare Presentation to your Blackboard CourseThis guide explains how to embed a presentation from SlideShare into your Blackboard course. Users should read the SlideShare terms and conditions.

Flickr “mash-ups”

Embed a picture from Flickr into your Blackboard courseThis guide explains how to embed a picture from Flickr into your Blackboard course. You should read Flickr’s terms and conditions.

Easily paste from Word and reduce formatting issues

Paste From WordUsing this new feature will prevent the situation where hidden code can sometimes lead to formatting not working correctly and content breaking in non-Microsoft browsers.

What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) Text Editor

What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) Text EditorThe WYSIWYG text editor has been updated and includes more functions. This includes a British English spell check.

Edit Mode

Edit ModeThe Edit Mode function allows you to quickly edit materials in your Blackboard course.

Course Files

Course FilesThe Course Files area shows the files that you have uploaded to your course and allows you to upload new files in bulk.

Blackboard notifications

Blackboard notificationsThe Blackboard notifications system allows you to recieve email updates about events in your course.

Change the Appearance of a Content Area or Folder

Change the Appearance of a Content Area or FolderYou can change the way a content area appears so that that only icons are shown, only text is shown, or that both are shown.

Blackboard Assignment Feature

Blackboard Assignment FeatureBlackboard’s assignment feature now has extra options to allow multiple submissions. Previously only one submission per assignment was possible.

Self and Peer Assessment

Self and Peer AssessmentThe Self and Peer Assessment feature in Blackboard allows you to set questions to your students. Students enter answers for these questions. Then following a deadline passing students are able to assess the answers of their peers and themselves, anonymously if you wish. You can provide model answers for the students to compare that of themselves and their peers against, and provide criteria against which the students give these answers scores.

New Group Features

New Group FeaturesThe groups feature has been expanded to allow for students to nominate themselves to be members of groups. You can also randomly assign students into groups. Group areas offer more personalisation opportunities. Students can create their own groups without instructor authorisation, you may wish to disable this aspect of the group feature.