New Features and Enhancements in Blackboard 9

Blackboard 9 logoBlackboard 9 provides a number of new features. Below you will find details of these new features with links to step by step guides on their usage.

Adding Content

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How to Add a File to your Blackboard Course

Sometimes you may wish to simply add a file to you course for your students to download, without any extra descriptive information. This guide explains how.

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How to Add a Picture within your Blackboard Course

A specific “add picture” feature is now available within Blackboard.

small icon iconHow 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.

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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.

New Content Types

small icon iconStart a “Blank Page” 

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

small icon iconHow to Add a Learning Module

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

small icon iconCreating a Blackboard “Lesson Plan”

If you wish you can use Blackboard to share lesson plans and their associated resources with your students.

small icon iconHow 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.

‘Mash Ups’

small icon icon 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.

small icon iconAdd a SlideShare Presentation to your Blackboard Course

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

small icon iconEmbed a picture from Flickr into your Blackboard course

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

Enhanced interactions

small icon iconWhat You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) Text Editor

The WYSIWYG text editor has been updated and includes more functions. This includes a British English spell check.

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Edit Mode

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

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Course Files

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

small icon iconBlackboard notifications

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

small icon iconChange the Appearance of a Content Area or Folder

You can change the way a content area appears so that that only icons are shown, only text is shown, or that both are shown.

Enchanced features

Assignment feature iconBlackboard Assignment Feature

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

small icon iconNew Group Features

The 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.