Blackboard 9.1 Upgrade Overview

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Blackboard 9.1 Upgrade Overview

  1. 1. The VCCS is moving up in the Blackboard world! We will soon have some new enhanced features and tools available to us through the Blackboard Environment.2/14/2012 Southside Virginia Community College 1
  2. 2.  The upgrade will take place on May 12, 2012  A Blackboard 9.1 overview session will be offered on each campus for instructors who wish to attend. (February 23rd: Alberta Room B45 from 11:30 -12:00; February 28th: Keysville Room 22 from 11:30 – 12:00 )  Upon request, instructors will be set-up with a practice course area on our “Explore” site to practice using Blackboard 9.1.  Blackboard 9.1 sessions will be offered during the New Horizons conference.  Several training sessions will be offered on the Christanna Campus and the John H. Daniel Campus throughout the month of April and the beginning of May. An email will be sent in March with specific dates, times, and locations.2/14/2012 2
  3. 3. The following slides walk you through some of the new additions coming with Blackboard9.1, and give you an opportunity to take a look at some of the new options that will beavailable to you soon. This certainly does not replace training or actual practice with 9.1. 2/14/2012 3
  4. 4. In the control panel, you will have a My Files drop-down menu. These areas allow you to locate, upload, and manage any files, such as documents and images, that you utilize in your course. Files can be uploaded here directly. You can also access any files here that you attach in any content area in your course. Consider this aCourse My Files storage area that gives you one spot where youarea. can manage files that you either have linked in your course, or you plan to link in your course.2/14/2012 4
  5. 5. Through your My Files area, you can upload entirefolders all at once into your course. You can simplydrag and drop multiple files and folders to upload,and then create links to these files throughout yourcourses. Upload once and share throughout yourcourse or in multiple courses. Then if you need tomake a change to that document, you can overwritethe original file and replace with a new one in yourMy Files area. This then updates the documenteverywhere you have it linked. 2/14/2012 5
  6. 6. Wiki: A website thatusers can modify, addto, and delete content.These are oftencollaborative projects. 2/14/2012 6
  7. 7. 1) Audio, Image, Video, URL – You can now add these without creating an item. URL’s were also referred to as external links in Blackboard 9.2) Learning Module—This has been enhanced in 9.1 to now include a table of contents.3) Lesson Plan--Containers for content that present objectives and other details directly above its list of content items.4) Blank Page —New option in 9.1 that allows you to add a blank page to content areas.5) Module Page--This new content presentation mode can be added to a content area to display specialized content from a variety of prefabricated modules such as Content Collection, Dictionary, and Thesaurus, to name a few.6) Mashups – Blackboard 9.1 now offers a quick way to embed content from these three outside sources. (Flickr, SlideShare, and YouTube) 2/14/2012 7
  8. 8. • Flicker Photo • SlideShare Presentation • YouTube VideoThese are searchable now through Blackboard and can be embedded in the followingthree ways.Thumbnail: displays a small size of the item on the course page with controls to launch it.Text Link with Player: displays a link to launch the item on the course page.Embed: displays the item directly on the course page. 2/14/2012 8
  9. 9. Flickr: Online photo sharing websiteSearch Flicker for images to insert into Blackboard, without leaving the Blackboard area.Citations can automatically be added with your images to address copyright. 2/14/2012 9
  10. 10. SlideShare: Website for sharing presentations, documents, and videos onlineYou can now access SlideShare through Blackboard, search for presentations, andadd those to your course area without ever leaving Blackboard.2/14/2012 10
  11. 11. YouTube: Video sharing website Access YouTube through Blackboard, search for videos, and add those to your course area.2/14/2012 11
  12. 12. • Interactive Rubrics • Timed Assessment Options • Question Numbering within Editor • Copy Function for Tests, Surveys, and Pools • Question Finder • Link to Questions • Question Sets2/14/2012 12
  13. 13. Create a rubric to provide guidelines on how tasks will be graded.2/14/2012 13
  14. 14. Rubrics can be associated with gradable itemssuch as assignments, specific discussionboards, journals, blogs, wikis, essay tests,short answer tests, or even through the gradecenter column. More than one rubric can beassociated with an item, and you can createone rubric and use it multiple times within onecourse.2/14/2012 14
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  16. 16. Yes!!! Test question numbering is back within the test canvas.2/14/2012 16
  17. 17. You can now create a copy of a test, survey, or pool.2/14/2012 17
  18. 18. When creating a test youcan browse your poolsand/or tests based onvarious criteria such askeyword or question type,and then add those specificquestions to the new testyou are developing. 2/14/2012 18
  19. 19. When using “find questions”, you can either copy questions into a new test, or you can link to questions within a course. (Linking does not work if the existing test or pool is not in the same course as the new test.) When linking, any changes you make to the original question will automatically be updated in all linked questions. If you copy a question, you create a completely separate question that will be unaffected by any changes made to the original.2/14/2012 19
  20. 20. Utilizing question sets, gives instructors a little more control over which questions pop-up when using a random block. Create a set of a few questions by selecting from existing tests and/or pools. Add the set to your test and decide how many of those questions will display on your test and how many points they are worth. (Example: Create a question set with 10 questions, but set it so that only 5 of those 10 will display on the test.) Blackboard will randomly select which questions display for each student from that set, therefore each student has a different test.2/14/2012 20
  21. 21. • Grade Center Location • Needs Grading Page • Anonymous Grading • Grade By Question Attempt • Grading Color Codes2/14/2012 21
  22. 22. The Grade Center has its own menu now located on the Control Panel, instead of being part of the evaluation menu.2/14/2012 22
  23. 23. You also have a Needs Grading page now as an option. This will show any assignments or tests with student submissions that need to be scored. You can then select to Grade All Users or Grade Anonymously. You can also sort and filter the results to help you decide what to grade first. For example you could filter by due date, to make sure you are grading assignments that are the highest priority. Once all student submissions have been scored for a particular assignment, it is then removed from this list.2/14/2012 23
  24. 24. You can choose to grade an assignment or test while keeping identifying information about the student hidden. After an attempt is graded, the student’s name is then revealed.2/14/2012 24
  25. 25. Question-By-Question GradingThrough the Grade Questions option, you can view all questions for a test, question type, default points, andnumber of responses for each question. You can then click on the response number for a particular question,grade/review all of the responses for that particular question for each student, and edit each students’ score forthat question on that screen. This works well if you need to grade essay or short answer questions and would liketo view all student responses for a particular question before entering grades. You can access this through the column drop-down menu for a particular assessment. (Click the double down arrows at the top of the column to display the menu.) 2/14/2012 25
  26. 26. You can color code to identify in progress, needs grading,2/14/2012 26
  27. 27. When creating a blog or journal area, you can set up grading. This automatically creates a column in the grade center for that particular blog or journal. You can then enter grades, feedback, and grading notes within the blogs and journal area and those scores will then display in the associated column in the grade center.2/14/2012 27
  28. 28. You had the capability to enable grading on discussion board forums in both Blackboard 9, but this has been enhanced in 9.1. Now instructors have the capability to post feedback and grading notes from within this area as opposed to going through the grade center.2/14/2012 28
  29. 29. • Bulk Delete • Messages2/14/2012 29
  30. 30. Through Bulk Delete, you can remove multiple areas within your course in one step. Although this could be a useful feature, this could also be very dangerous. This action can not be undone, so use this with caution.2/14/2012 30
  31. 31. To utilize this new tool, you would need to add a link to this tool on your course menu. This is very similar to email, but these private message can only be sent and accessed through Blackboard. In comparison to the email tool within Blackboard, messages does give you text formatting options. In messages you have the option to carbon copy and blind carbon copy others in on the message as well, but only those enrolled in your course.2/14/2012 31
  32. 32. Along with the usual formatting options, when creating these messages, you alsohave the capability to add Flickr Photos, YouTube Videos, and SlideSharePresentations. (We currently do not have a subscription to add NBC content.) Remember: If you decide to utilize this tool, you would need to remember to check this area yourself for messages.2/14/2012 32
  33. 33. I encourage you to utilize the Explore site and attend upcoming training sessions to help you prepare for this upgrade. (See slide 2 concerning training.) To utilize the Explore site, please submit your name and MySVCC/Blackboard user name. You will be enrolled in a practice area, but be aware that you may be sharing a practice area with other Southside instructors. http://tiny.cc/bb-explore The explore site is accessible through the following web address. http://explore.vccs.edu/ To log-in, you will utilize your normal MySVCC user name and password. You may find that you need to clear out your browser cache and cookies for the site to accept your log-in. The following web address has instructions on how to do this through various browsers. http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser%27s-Cache2/14/2012 33

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