Academic Technology @ Palomar College

New Blackboard Discussion Forums

New Blackboard Discussion Forums
It’s been quite some time since Blackboard last made changes to the discussion board forum system available within Blackboard courses. Finally a stride forward has been made, which should make forums significantly easier to read and reply to. The Blackboard team has also thrown in a bit of wholly new functionality to this new Discussions tool, which will soon be replacing the existing Discussion Board tool here at Palomar. Barring some esoteric problem, we should have the new Discussions tool available on our production Blackboard environment beginning in early June 2013, as part of the...
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Blackboard Thing of the Week – Content Areas

Blackboard Thing of the Week – Content Areas
To host any of your handouts, deploy your tests, or offer students the chance to upload assignments through your Blackboard course you’ll need to use a content area. An empty course shell starts out with two, but you can create as many or as few as you like. Did you know that it’s possible to set date and time restrictions on when a content area is available to students? Did you realize that it’s just two-click simple to manually render a whole content area unavailable to students? Well, watch the below video, and you’ll know exactly how to do those things. Share this:Click to...
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New Blackboard Calendar

New Blackboard Calendar
Have you noticed that the calendar in Blackboard is… bad. Well, no longer. Blackboard has just released an update (their first significant update to the calendar tool, perhaps ever) to the Calendar tool now that Service Pack 10 is out, which makes calendaring finally useful. Drag-and-drop functionality to move calendar events, the ability to create events for multiple courses from one interface (although not all at once, sadly), automatic calendar entries for anything you set a due date on, even iCal feed functionality! This new calendar may not “have it all” but it is a serious step...
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Blackboard over the Break

Blackboard over the Break
As I write this, the Fall 2012 semester is going through finals week. All around, I see students either frantically studying or getting ready for the semester break. As such, this seems a good time to emphasize what will be happening with Blackboard throughout the semester break. On Monday, December 17th, the Fall 2011 semester courses will vanish from Blackboard. So, if you haven’t archived something from way back a year ago, this would be the very last chance to do so! (Please note this is the two thousand eleven course sites, not the ones just ending.) According to the normal Blackboard...
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Video Everywhere

Ever wish you could assign your students to leave a video recording of themselves presenting something, right into a discussion board post in Blackboard? Ever have a need to quickly record feedback for a student, so that they can review your comments when looking at their grade? Blackboard has a way. Starting with version 9.1 Service Pack 10, a new tool is available which can meet that need. Called, variously, either “Video Everywhere” or “Record from Webcam”,┬áthis simple tool leverages the YouTube service to not just allow playback of video (as the YouTube mashup component...
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