Category Archives: Blackboard Tips

Online Course Teaching Tip

Thank you to Katherine Merrill, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics & Statistics, for contributing this post. As an avid learner, I have always been amazed at students who think that the instructor is solely responsible for their learning. And this is … Continue reading

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Blackboard for Beginners

I’ve only recently begun working at UVM, which means, like many folks out there, I’m learning Blackboard (Bb), made perhaps more challenging for me by having vigorously used Moodle for the past eight years! So, for those of you who … Continue reading

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Save Time and Headache: Bb Date Management Tool

While editing a document to change dates from one semester to the next (syllabus editing, anyone?) might be the epitome of administrivia, Blackboard, fortunately, has a handy Date Management tool to automatically make many such updates. First, bring your old … 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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Resources for Getting started With Blackboard

For instructors who are new to Blackboard or who just want a refresher, there are a number of ways to learn. See the recently-launched CTL resource, “Teaching with Blackboard.” For general one-on-one help setting up your course and getting to … Continue reading

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What’s New in Bb?

As Fall has begun, take a moment to peruse the Fall 2017 Blackboard @ UVM newsletter.  Highlights in this issue include: New Bb Mobile apps – one for students, and  one for instructors. The Respondus Lockdown Browser pilot has been extended through the end of … Continue reading

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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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