Category Archives: Blackboard Tips

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 is the case with the Edit Mode button), instructors will be able to take exams, […]

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 and those actually entered.  In other words, when you first set up grading on a […]

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 to a new semester run more smoothly. Links throughout this post take you to specific […]

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 moving away from this method. What we see most frequently now is that publishers host […]

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 in the Grade Center is now yellow where once it was green. The Content (Text) […]

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 a few highlights. New Features Test Access Log The Test Access Log allows instructors to […]

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 groups.  Delivering training courses for faculty, staff, and students to ensure compliance with policies and […]

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 is always recommended but of special importance now when we may be making more changes […]

Simplify Your Bb Course List

If your list of courses is long and overwhelming, there are solutions! You can either: re-sort the list so that your current course spaces show at the top, or hide older courses from the list (and restore them again, if desired) To learn how, see the CTL How-to page for course list management. (Note that […]

Collecting Student Work with the Bb Assignment Tool

For many instructors, the Blackboard (Bb) Assignment Tool is a helpful time saver.  A few of the advantages are: there are no papers to haul around—they live in Bb feedback and grades can be distributed within Bb the rubric tool makes grading easier and more consistent (especially helpful for TAs) To read more, visit the […]

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