Category Archives: Blackboard Tips

Secure Online Testing

Respondus Lockdown Browser Pilot Program Over the years, faculty have expressed interest in a more secure environment to deliver online exams. In response, the CTL is testing Respondus Lockdown Browser (RLB) during AY 2017-18. RLB is a stand-alone browser replacement … Continue reading

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Software to help prevent cheating on Bb tests

UVM is currently piloting a tool called “Respondus Lockdown Browser” that can prevent students from opening other windows on their computers while taking a test in Blackboard. We have until May 13, 2017 to evaluate this tool so we’re looking … Continue reading

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Three important new features coming to Blackboard@UVM

On May 13, Bb is getting a few important additions. 1. Student Preview (Finally!) A “true” student preview has been one of the all-time top requested Blackboard features. Instead of just being able to see what content is visible (as … Continue reading

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Common Bb Grade Center “Gotcha”

There’s a complaint that we hear frequently this time of the semester: The weighted column doesn’t come out right. It’s a common problem caused by that tiny Devil who resides in the details. Very often, the cause is this: a discrepancy between a column’s possible points … Continue reading

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Putting Your Course(s) to Bed

You put a lot of work into your Blackboard course space. As we move through each semester there are tasks you can do to protect that work. This checklist can help you wrap up the semester and make the transition … Continue reading

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Publisher Tools Now Available on Blackboard

UVM’s Blackboard now has tools that allow instructors to connect their courses to publishers’ online textbook materials and assessments. In the past, publishers sometimes offered “course cartridges” to place publisher materials into your Blackboard course space. Recently, however, they’ve been … Continue reading

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New features coming to Blackboard @ UVM

On May 14th, UVM’s Blackboard will be getting some new features and enhancements. What’s new? There are a number of minor cosmetic changes coming. For example, the logout button now looks like a power button, and the Needs Grading icon … Continue reading

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New Features Coming to Blackboard @ UVM

This May, Blackboard @ UVM will be getting an upgrade that will deliver some brand new features and greatly improve a few of the existing ones. We’ll be posting more about these changes in the coming weeks, but here are … Continue reading

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Non-Credit and Extra-Curricular Activity in Bb

UVM licenses a Bb add-on tool that allows individual colleges and organizational units to create and manage course-like “organizations” in Bb. Example uses of these spaces might include: Providing collaborative environments for Residential Learning Communities and student clubs or interest … Continue reading

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Grade Center Tips

As we head down the last stretch of the semester, it’s a good time to recheck our Blackboard course grade centers and make sure everything’s working as it should be. Here are a couple of tips: First, make backups! This … Continue reading

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