Archive for July, 2011

What’s New in Blackboard?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

As you have been notified, Blackboard will be down on August 1 for an upgrade. Some miscellaneous issues have been resolved and a few important new features have been added.

View a list of new features in Blackboard (available after August 1).

Don’t forget to review your courses before they launch to ensure that they are ready for the new semester.  The Department of Distance Learning provides an interactive checklist to help you review your courses:

Course Readiness Checklist (pdf)

If you would like to receive DL news updates (generally just one or two each month), visit the there are two options:

Enjoy the remainder of your summer. We’ll see you in the fall!

Blackboard Training, Any Place, Any Time

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Do you have difficulty attending live Blackboard training due to schedule conflicts? If so, the Department of Distance Learning has a solution.

We are now offering our basic Blackboard training courses as self-paced courses, which you can choose instead of the face-to-face workshop. If you choose this option (select through the registration form), you will be enrolled in a course with an empty shell, and be provided with instructions on how to complete some basic activities. The instructional materials are available to everyone, but you must register and complete the course online to receive credit for this training, if choosing the self-paced option.

View Blackboard 9.1 self-paced faculty tutorials.

Of course, we will continue to offer these workshops live, for those of you who prefer this method.