Blackboard Version 7.1 Introduction to  New Features & Tools
Primary Feature Changes <ul><li>Discussion Board </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment and Gradebook </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Text ...
Discussion Board
New Appearance
Forum View
Thread Detail
Forum and Thread Grading
Forum Moderation and User Management
Group Discussion Features <ul><li>Group discussion board members can now create new threads in the group discussion board ...
Rate Postings
Statistics
Thread Subscriptions
Other New Discussion Features <ul><li>Copy an entire forum within the same discussion board or to another discussion board...
Assessment & Gradebook
Customized Feedback <ul><li>Feedback options are now ungrouped so that you are able to display any combination of them to ...
Enhanced Submission Reports <ul><li>Assessment submission reports now include first name, last name, course name, username...
Extra Credit <ul><li>Questions within texts can be marked as 'extra credit only.' The total number of possible points for ...
Multiple Attempts
Self-Assessment Options
Test and Survey Import/Export
Visual Text Box Editor
Cross-browser Support <ul><li>The visual text box editor has been completely rebuilt and includes a variety of new functio...
WebEQ Tool
MathML Equation Editor
For more information… <ul><li>www.blackboard.niu.edu </li></ul>
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Blackboard Version 7.1: Introduction to New Features and Tools

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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 from version 6.3 to 7.1. See the Teaching with Blackboard website at http://www.blackboard.niu.edu for more details.

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  • Welcome to this presentation introducing the new features and tools available in Blackboard 7.1. I’m Jason Rhode, Assistant Director with the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at Northern Illinois University. The focus of this presentation is to provide a brief overview of the most substantial new features that NIU faculty and staff can expect when Blackboard is upgraded in 2007 from version 6.3 to 7.1. See the Teaching with Blackboard website at www.blackboard.niu.edu for more details concerning this upcoming upgrade. Subsequent tutorials and handouts will address new features in greater depth. 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 NIU faculty and staff can expect to find in Blackboard beginning in version 7.1. These new features will be available in all NIU Blackboard courses and communities.
  • Blackboard Version 7.1: Introduction to New Features and Tools

    1. 1. Blackboard Version 7.1 Introduction to New Features & Tools
    2. 2. Primary Feature Changes <ul><li>Discussion Board </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment and Gradebook </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Text Box Editor </li></ul>
    3. 3. Discussion Board
    4. 4. New Appearance
    5. 5. Forum View
    6. 6. Thread Detail
    7. 7. Forum and Thread Grading
    8. 8. Forum Moderation and User Management
    9. 9. Group Discussion Features <ul><li>Group discussion board members can now create new threads in the group discussion board by default without the faculty member having to create a forum or thread first. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Rate Postings
    11. 11. Statistics
    12. 12. Thread Subscriptions
    13. 13. Other New Discussion Features <ul><li>Copy an entire forum within the same discussion board or to another discussion board in the course </li></ul><ul><li>Posts can be saved as drafts before publication </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty can make all discussion fora available or unavailable without having to archive them </li></ul><ul><li>Search through a current forum, thread or all forums in the course </li></ul><ul><li>Users can group posts into collections </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty can &quot;lock&quot; a forum to prevent users from further posting </li></ul><ul><li>An individual forum can be set to “unavailable” </li></ul>
    14. 14. Assessment & Gradebook
    15. 15. Customized Feedback <ul><li>Feedback options are now ungrouped so that you are able to display any combination of them to students upon their completion of the assessment. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Enhanced Submission Reports <ul><li>Assessment submission reports now include first name, last name, course name, username, course ID, name of the assessment and date/time of the submission, serving as verification of assessment completion for the student. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Extra Credit <ul><li>Questions within texts can be marked as 'extra credit only.' The total number of possible points for the test will not include extra credit points. These points will be added if the question is answered correctly but not deducted if the questions is answered incorrectly. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Multiple Attempts
    19. 19. Self-Assessment Options
    20. 20. Test and Survey Import/Export
    21. 21. Visual Text Box Editor
    22. 22. Cross-browser Support <ul><li>The visual text box editor has been completely rebuilt and includes a variety of new functions and features. </li></ul>
    23. 23. WebEQ Tool
    24. 24. MathML Equation Editor
    25. 25. For more information… <ul><li>www.blackboard.niu.edu </li></ul>

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