Blackboard 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.
- Remember also to watch the videos explaining the new interface.
- You may wish to print out our single “Need To Know” sheet.
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.
A specific “add picture” feature is now available within Blackboard.
This guide explains how to add an audio file to your Blackboard course. You may prefer to add audio files as podcasts.
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
The blank page feature allows you to create a page of text and graphics within your course.
Learning Modules allow you to order content in a sequence so that students access it in order.
If you wish you can use Blackboard to share lesson plans and their associated resources with your students.
“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.
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.
This guide explains how to embed a presentation from SlideShare into your Blackboard course. Users should read the SlideShare terms and conditions.
This guide explains how to embed a picture from Flickr into your Blackboard course. You should read Flickr’s terms and conditions.
The WYSIWYG text editor has been updated and includes more functions. This includes a British English spell check.
The Edit Mode function allows you to quickly edit materials in your Blackboard course.
The Course Files area shows the files that you have uploaded to your course and allows you to upload new files in bulk.
The Blackboard notifications system allows you to recieve email updates about events in your course.
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.
Blackboard’s assignment feature now has extra options to allow multiple submissions. Previously only one submission per assignment was possible.
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.