Did you know that you can import existing exams, quizzes, and surveys into Blackboard? For example if you would like to import the academic integrity quiz questions provided by the Office of Academic Initiatives and Integrity (found on TIPS) you can!
A great way to get anonymous student feedback is to create a survey through Blackboard. This allows you to ask students questions about teaching, course materials, assignments, and texts and get honest feedback (since it is anonymous). You can also give students a grade for taking the survey (to ensure student responses). Some instructors use surveys to ask students if they like the text book, the topics in the course, or what topics they would like to see in the future as well as asking questions for research purposes.
There are many different assignments on blackboard that you can use to engage your students. A great example of this is blogs. You can create a “course blog” which looks like Facebook and familiar social media, or you can create “Individual blogs” which posts as single blog entries instead of a list of all the student blogs. All students can see each others’ posts and can interact with one another.
Want to get your students excited about the subject? Try an assignment that uses mediums that already excite them!
Teaching about an event in history and need to give the students a brief overview? Rather than having them read about it, they can view short vintage video clips on NBC Learn.
Blackboard now has Grade Display Standardization. This standardizes the decimal places in the grade center to ensure more accurate grade reporting.
Many of us teach more that one course per semester and just navigating from course to course on Blackboard can sometimes take up valuable time when you are trying to do something in multiple courses at once. Here are some tips from moving from course to course to save you some clicks and make your job a little easier!
With the upgrades to Blackboard there are many new and exciting features and changes. Between the modern look and feel, the added responsiveness with mobile devices, and changes to tools and features, Blackboard is more functional and user-friendly.