Following the upgrade to Blackboard there are a number of exciting new features available along with an updated interface. This page summarises what Students who use Blackboard at the University of Southampton need to know. A shorter summary is available on our blog at http://blog.soton.ac.uk/mle/2014/06/09/blackboard-2014-upgrade-what-do-you-need-to-know/
While we have updated more than 100 of our Blackboard guides we still have more work to do and will be updating all our pages to account for the updates and changes to Blackboard over the coming months.
Watch this 6 minute video for an overview of some of the changes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GprGaPHDU6E
Below is a summary of the main changes. On the left is the information you really must know. On the right are the links to where you can find instructions on using the new features.
How to get get help with University IT Services.
The text editor has been updated to use “true HTML” and have much better handling of tables and other elements. A “full screen” mode is also available. The text editor also supports copy and paste from Word without requiring the special “Paste From Word” mashup.
Blackboard now allows you to create videos using your web cam and post them within the text you are writing. The system does this by linking into your YouTube account and using this to create an “unlisted” video that is only known to you and those with whom you share it, e.g. other people on your Blackboard course.
The look and feel of the discussion board has been refreshed and looks much more contemporary. User avatars are shown beside discussion board posts. Instructors can set their discussion board so that students must post an introductory message before being permitted to view the rest of the forum, to encourage interaction.
Your course instructors have a new feature called the Retention Centre that they can use to monitor student usage of their course. It is in your interests to be aware of what can be done with this feature.