Blackboard 8.0 Introduction


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  • Welcome to this presentation introducing the new features and tools available in Blackboard 8.0. The focus of this presentation is to provide a brief overview of the most substantial new features that faculty and staff can expect when Blackboard is upgraded in 2008 from version 7.1 to 8.0. See the ??? website at www.???.edu for more details concerning this upcoming upgrade. While Blackboard undergoes regular updates behind-the-scenes that do not impact the user experience other than improving overall system performance, this particular upgrade includes some substantial new user features and system capabilities that previously have not existed. Therefore, this presentation will seek to mention these new features that faculty and staff can expect to find in Blackboard beginning in version 8.0. These new features will be available in all Blackboard courses and communities. This presentation will highlight both the new features that will be available to existing Blackboard Tools as well as new tools that will be available to Blackboard users when version 8.0 is made available. This presentation is based upon the Blackboard Academic Suite 8.0 Release Notes and Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual for Release 8.0 in consideration of system customizations specific to our institution.
  • Blackboard 8.0 Introduction

    1. 1. Blackboard Version 8.0 Introduction to New Features & Tools
    2. 2. Primary Feature Changes <ul><li>Announcements </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion Board </li></ul><ul><li>Timed Assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Content Collection </li></ul>
    3. 3. Announcements
    4. 4. Sending Course Announcements Via Email When posting a new announcement, to send a copy of the new announcement to students, click this option
    5. 5. Discussion Board
    6. 6. Hiding / Unhiding Search Options Click this icon to show or hide the search fields, thus conserving screen space in the discussion board.
    7. 7. Post Tagging Faculty can tag posts with text labels; Other users can search using these tags
    8. 8. Replying with a Quote
    9. 9. Subscribing to a Forum Once subscribed, click Unsubscribe to unsubscribe from new forum messages
    10. 10. Tree View vs. List View
    11. 11. Timed Assessments
    12. 12. Test Timer to Track Time Spent on a Test The timer will now appear at the top of the page on the right hand side.
    13. 13. Content Collection
    14. 14. Collaboration (Workflow)
    15. 15. Portfolios
    16. 16. Permanent URLs Links to the Blackboard Content Collection items no longer break if files are later moved to a different location within the Content Collection
    17. 17. Notifications
    18. 18. Copying Files to the Content Collection
    19. 19. Course Link Checker
    20. 20. New Tools <ul><li>Grade Center </li></ul><ul><li>Early Warning System </li></ul><ul><li>Self and Peer Assessment </li></ul>
    21. 21. Grade Center
    22. 22. Grade Center Capabilities
    23. 23. Action Links
    24. 24. Icon Legend
    25. 25. Interactive / Non-Interactive Views
    26. 26. Grade Information Bar
    27. 27. Inline Editing
    28. 28. Searching and Sorting
    29. 29. Adding Calculated Columns
    30. 30. Smart Views
    31. 31. Freezing Columns
    32. 32. Grading Periods
    33. 33. Showing / Hiding Users and Columns
    34. 34. Generating Reports
    35. 35. Sending Email From the Grade Center
    36. 36. Adding Comments to a Grade
    37. 37. Exempting a Grade / Dropping the Lowest Grade
    38. 38. Grade History and Reverting a Grade
    39. 39. Early Warning System
    40. 40. Early Warning System Rules
    41. 41. Reviewing Alerts and Notifying Users
    42. 42. Self and Peer Assessment
    43. 43. Self and Peer Assessment Capabilities
    44. 44. For more information… <ul><li>blackboard. niu . edu </li></ul><ul><li>teachingwithblackboard . niu . edu </li></ul>