Academic Technology @ Palomar College

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”,¬†this simple tool leverages the YouTube service to not just allow playback of video (as the YouTube mashup component...
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Blackboard Profiles

One of the aspects of the next version of Blackboard (9.1 Service Pack 10, which will go live on production here at Palomar in early January) is the ability to list profile information about yourself, have it follow you between Blackboard environments, and show your profile with other users within Blackboard. The following video from Blackboard describes how and why students might get use from the Profile: ¬† Of course Blackboard also provides a more stodgy “step-by-step” video describing how to create your profile within the system. Watch the Blackboard On Demand video “My Blackboard...
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Grading? Back up!

Grading? Back up!
As the Fall term draws to a close, quite a bit of grading is going on. If you’ve just spent the last two hours at your computer punching in student grades, this might be a good time to back up that work. If you’re already in your course site now, just follow these 6 simple steps to create a grade backup: Go to the “Full Grade Center” view, so you can see the whole grade grid for your course. Over on the upper right of the grid, open up the “Work Offline” menu, then choose “Download”. If you are hiding student grades in the grade grid, be sure to...
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