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Research Academy for Integrated Learning (RAIL)

Location: Building 41, Level 1

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Office Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Faculty Resources

Faculty Resources contains information, instructions and tutorials to assist you in becoming an astute user of all the technology tools available to UDC faculty.

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Blackboard 9.1

How To: Quick Tips for BlackboardBlackboard 9.1 is the University of the District of Columbia course management system (CMS). It is available to faculty, students, and staff. For academic purposes, it is primarily used to facilitate instruction, manage courses- both face-to-face or online, administer assessment, collaborate with students or colleagues using web 2.0 media and applications, facilitate organizations, or manage assignments. It is a rich and powerful tool.

On this page you will find a variety of resources to help you get started or solve problems in Blackboard. If you have additional questions not answered here, don't hesitate to contact the Help Desk Tell: 202.274.5665 Toll Free: 877.736.2585

 

New features in Blackboard 9.1Content Editor
Video Everywhere
Calendar
Discussion Board
Inline Assignment Grading and Item Analysis
My Blackboard

Building and Modifying your Course

Modifying your Course Menu
Adding a Syllabus
Adding tool link to your course
Adding Discussion Board Links to Content Areas
Creating Course Areas
Creating Content in a Course Area
Editing and Managing Course Areas and Content 
Working with the Text/Content Editor  

Adding Video
Adding Hyperlinks  
Adding YouTube, Flickr, and SlideShare Content (Mashups)

Controlling the Release of Content
Deleting content from your course  

Tools

Blog
Wiki
Journal
Discussion board
Groups
Email
Announcement

Assessment

Assignments
Pools
Test
Survey
Using the Performance Dashboard

Grade Center

About the Grade Center
Setting Up the Grade Center
Using Smart Views in the Grade Center
Customizing the Grade Center View
Creating and Managing Grade Center Columns
Entering Grades
Grading Assignments
Grading Group Assignments
Grading Tests
Including Comments with a Grade Entry
Viewing Grade Details
Working With the Grade History
Viewing and Downloading Grade History
Overriding Grades
Deleting and Clearing Grades
Calculating and Exempting Grades
Working with Grade Center Reports
Working Offline with Grade Center

Archiving and Copying Courses

Exporting a Course Package
Importing a Course Package
Archiving Courses
Copy your course

Miscellaneous

Using the Performance Dashboard
Rubric
Safe Assign

Content Editor

The new Content Editor improves your experience for entering text, pasting content from Microsoft Word, and adding content to all areas of Blackboard. Simply bring your course materials to life.

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Video Everywhere

Use the content editor in Blackboard to create video using your webcam. Upload your recordings directly to YouTube using your registered Google account and YouTube channel.

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New Calendar Tool

The new Calendar feature allows instructors and students to view university-wide, course, and personal events in a single calendar view.

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Discussion Board

Discussion have been updated in two ways:

  1. The Discussion Thread Detail page has been redesigned to allow you to view multiple posts at one time by simple scrolling down the page.
  2. Instructors can now require students to first post to a forum before they can view others' posts.

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Inline Assignment Grading

Inline Assignment Grading is a revision to the workflow for grading Assignments in Blackboard Learn. Instead of requiring Instructors to download student-submitted files to view or edit those submissions, Instructors will now be able to view student-submitted files "inline," i.e. in the web browser, without requiring any plugins, applets, or client-side applications. Additionally, annotation tools will be made available as part of the inline viewer, enabling Instructors to provide feedback including comments, highlights, and even drawings/annotations directly on the inline view of the document.

How it works:

  1. Review and comment directly in the document.
  2. From the inline viewer toolbar you can zoom the contents of the document in or out, open the annotation tools menu to comment in the document, download the document and move from page to page.
  3. Grade the submission from the inline grading sidebar. From here you can view the assignment details, the grading rubric and each attempt. You can type an overall grade and grades for each attempt as well as provide feedback to your students without leaving the page.

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My Blackboard

A completely new, modern user experience that consolidates critical information from all of your Courses and Organizations. Students can update their profile, respond to discussion posts, see course updates, and view My Grades for all courses in one location.
Includes the following features:

  • New Global Navigation Menu
  • Profile & Profile Card
  • Posts (Discussion Board)
  • Updates
  • MyGrades

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Item Analysis

The new Item Analysis feature helps you easily refine your tests and quizzes by evaluating the quality and validity of each question and that question's ability to discriminate between students who understand the material and those who do not. Ineffective questions can be easily identified and then you can quickly correct them with the Automatic Regrade feature.

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Building and Modifying your Course

Modifying the Course Menu  
 
Adding a Syllabus
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Adding tool link to your course
Adding Discussion Board Links to your content Areas
 
Creating Course Areas
Creating Content in a Course Area
 
Editing and Managing Course Areas and Content 
Working with the Text/Content Editor  
 
Adding Video (Video Everywhere)
Adding Hyperlinks  
 
 
Adding YouTube, Flickr, and SlideShare Content (Mashups)
Controlling the Release of Content
Delete content from your course  
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Tools

Blogs

What is a blog
Creating a Blog
Editing and Managing Blogs
 
Creating and Editing Blog Entries
 
Editing a Blog Entry
 
Commenting on a blog
 

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Journal

Best Practice: Benefits of Reflective Learning
 
Creating a Journal
Editing and Managing Journal
 
Creating and Editing a Journal Entry     
 
Commenting on a Journal Entry
 

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WIKIS

What is WIKI
Creating a WIKI
 
Editing WIKI pages
 
Linking WIKI pages                
 
Viewing WIKI page history
 
Adding Rich Content to WIKIS
 

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Discussion Board

Discussion Board Overview
About Forums and Threads
Set Up Discussions
 
Creating Forums
 
Creating Threads
 
Reply to Discussion Posts
 
Manage Discussions
 
Search and Collect Discussions
 
Create Group Discussions
 
Communicating with Your Students
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Methods of Adding Discussion Board Links to Content Areas
 
Announcements
 
Leaving Feedback in the Grade Center (Inline Annotation Tools)

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Groups

Course Groups and Tools
 
Creating Groups
Enrolling Students in Groups
 
Editing Groups
 
Sending Email to a Course Group 
Creating Group Discussions 
Creating Group Assignments 
Grading Group Assignments 

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Email

Email

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Announcements

Annoucements

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Assessment

Assignments

Creating and Editing Assignments
Downloading Assignments
 
Grading Assignments
Creating Group Assignments
 
Grading Group Assignments
 
SafeAssign Quick Start Guide
web
 
Adding a SafeAssignment
SafeAssign: Direct Submit
 
Using the Performance Dashboard
Creating a Rubric 
Using Rubrics
Associating a Rubric with a Gradable Item 

Pools, Test and Survey

Building a Pool
 
Creating and Editing Pools
Creating Tests and Surveys   
Editing Tests and Questions
 
Question Types
 
Test and Survey Results
Grading Tests
Exporting Tests, Surveys, and Pools
Importing Tests, Surveys, and Pools
Importing Test Bank into Blackboard
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Grade Center

Grade Center Quick Guide
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Setting Up the Grade Center
 
Using Smart Views in the Grade Center
 
Customizing and Organizing the Grade Center
 
Creating and Managing Grade Center Columns 
Entering Grades
 
Grading Assignments
Grading Group Assignments 
Grading Tests
Including Comments with a Grade Entry 
Viewing Grade Details
Working With the Grade History 
Viewing and Downloading Grade History 
Overriding Grades
 
Deleting and Clearing Grades 
Calculating and Exempting Grades 
Working with Grade Center Reports
Working Offline with Grade Center

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Archiving and Copying Courses

Exporting a Course Package  
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Importing a Course Package
Archiving Courses
 
Copy your course 

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