Kaltura + Quizzing = Increased Student Engagement

Interactive video quizzing for your Kaltura videos increases student engagement, tests knowledge and retention, and gathers effectiveness data for your media. 

How do interactive video quizzes work?

  1. You create a quiz for any of your Kaltura videos.
  2. As users watch a video, a multiple choice question appears at your chosen point.  Depending on configuration, students may be allowed to repeat sections, skip questions, revise answers, receive hints, and discover the correct answers.

    quiz player composite

    Sample quiz question as it appears to students during video playback

  3. When students take the quiz, their grades are automatically sent to your course grade book in Blackboard Learn.

Known issue:  All Kaltura Grade Center Columns are set to be worth 100 points. Contact the Technology & Learning Program for Weighted Total grading options.

How do I create a quiz for my own Kaltura media?


Changes to the Bb Learn Assignment Inline Grading Tool

In January, Blackboard Learn started using Box for inline grading.
(Inline grading refers to the instructor’s ability to mark up and annotate student submissions to Blackboard Learn assignments.) 

Why the change?

Box bought Crocodoc, the former 3rd-party product Blackboard used for inline grading. 

Is there anything that I have to do?

No. All student submissions and associated annotations will automatically be converted from Crocodoc to Box by 12pm on Jan. 11th. 

Safari High Sierra version 11.0.2 users, please see note at end of article. 

What can I expect after the change?

  • Box does not currently allow students or faculty to download and print annotations. Box is working on a solution for this issue.
  • The Box annotation tool is somewhat limited. It does not enable strike-through, or free-floating text-entry annotations.
  • Students must refresh the page in order to see their submissions in the assignment preview window.

Detailed Feature Comparison

Functions Crocodoc New Box View
File types you can view in the grading window PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, DOC, and DOCX Over 100 different file types, including video, audio, image, and programming code

File Types and Fonts Supported in Box Content Preview

File types for annotation PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, DOC, and DOCX PDF, PPT, PPTX, DOC, and DOCX

New Box View also supports only point-based annotations on these file formats: AI, BMP, DCM, EPS, GIF, PNG, PS, PSD, SVS, TGA, TIF, and TIFF

Videos and images displayed No Yes
Course areas Blackboard Learn assignments Same
Annotation types Text and point-based comments, highlighting, and drawing Point-based comments and highlighting
Download You can download a copy of a student file with the option to download in the original format or in a PDF version that includes the annotations You can download a copy of a student file, but annotations won’t appear
Print function No Yes
Students Can’t add annotations to documents Can’t add annotations to documents
Bb Grader Can add annotations to documents Can add annotations to documents with workaround.. Annotate submissions in Bb Grader app
Safari High Sierra version 11.0.2 users

Select Safari > Preferences > Privacy and un-check the following boxes:

  • Prevent cross-site checking
  • Ask web websites not to track me

For more Information

See the Detailed Feature Comparison below or  view Blackboard’s Transitioning from Crocodoc to Box View article. The Technology and Learning Program is also happy to assist.




December Blackboard Workshop Offerings

The Technology & Learning Program had a new slate of workshops offered this last December to help you better maximize your use of Blackboard in your classroom.  These workshops were available in addition to our regular consulting options and could be signed up with their own form.

Our offerings included:

Adding Video Online to Enhance Student Engagement

When: Monday, Nov. 30th 2:30PM – 4:00PM
Friday, Dec. 8th 2:30PM – 4:00PM
Where: Tehema 131

Come learn how to better improve your student’s engagement with your course material through adding effective video assets from Kaltura and beyond.  Two different offerings are available this time around to better fit your schedules.

Blackboard Learn Grade Center

When: Friday, December 8th 10:00AM – 11:30AM
Where: Tehema 131

The Grade Center is the heart of your coursework and can present a number of challenges with all of the features provided.  At this workshop we help you peel back some of these mysteries and leverage more from your grades than before.

Introduction to Blackboard Learn

When: Friday, Dec. 15th 9:00AM – 10:30AM
Where: Tehema 131

Blackboard Learn is a daunting product to learn on your own.  This workshop is offered to help get you more comfortable and settled with Blackboard while introducing you to classroom-expanding tools already available to you.  Perfect for someone investigating using Blackboard for the first time, an expert looking for fresh tips, or anyone in between.

Blackboard Learn: Bring Questions, Get Answers

When: Thursday, Dec. 21st 9:00 AM- 10:30 AM
Where: Meriam Library 457

Bring any Blackboard question you have, we’ll provide the solution you need.  Held in our new walk-in lab we’ll be providing answers to all Blackboard problems brought in.

Individual Consultation

When: Your schedule
Where: Where ever you need

You could also use our sign-up form to request an individual question.  Perhaps you need something sooner or are needing an individualized redesign.  Easy, just use check that box in the form and we’ll get back to you to set something up!

There are lots of options here to help you out so go ahead and choose any and all that suit your needs.  If you have any questions go ahead and contact us at tlp@csuchico.edu or 898-6167.

Blackboard Learn Unavailable December 22-25


Plan now for a stress-free holiday.

Blackboard Learn will be unavailable from Friday, December 22, 12:00am through Monday, December 25, 11:59pm as we migrate our content to more robust servers.

As a gift to yourself, we encourage you to use this opportunity to take a break, recharge, and renew. To help you prepare for this time away from your computer, you may want to:

  • Complete your grading in Blackboard Learn prior to December 22nd.
  • Post an announcement telling your students  you will be unavailable December 22-25.

If you feel you must work during those off-contract days, here are a few useful tools:

Blackboard Learn

If you want help using the Blackboard Assignment and Grade Center Download tools, please contact the Technology and Learning Program at (530) 898-6167 or drop by our lab in MLIB 457 prior to December 22nd.


Although Blackboard Learn will be down, faculty can still access PeopleSoft from the Faculty Center on the portal to enter grades and email students.



October Blackboard Learn Workshops

The Technology and Learning Program is offering a series of Blackboard Learn brown-bag workshops the week of October 9th, in Tehema 131.

New faculty can sign up for our upcoming training workshops using this form.

Bb Learn Assignments

Monday, Oct. 9th 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This workshop provides hands-on experience creating, presenting and grading assignments in Blackboard Learn.

  • Create and edit Blackboard Learn assignments.
  • Create a Bb Learn rubric and associate it with a Bb Learn assignment.
  • Submit to an assignment using Student Preview.
  • Enter a score and provide feedback for student submissions using Needs Grading or the Grade Center.
  • Use the Inline Grading feature to mark up PDF and MS Word assignment submissions.
  • Download assignments for viewing offline.
  • Differentiate between a Bb Learn assignment and a Turnitin assignment.

Bb Learn Groups

Tuesday, October 10th 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This workshop provides hands-on practice creating, editing, and using Bb Learn groups.

  • Create a group using manual, self, or random enrollment
  • Access groups from a content area or the My Groups shortcut.
  • Differentiate between group and group set
  • Create a group set using self or random enrollment.
  • Edit group membership and properties
  • Grade group work submitted using the group tools.
  • Create and grade group assignments.

Bb Learn Tests

Wednesday, October 11th 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This workshop provides an introduction to tests within Blackboard Learn.

  • Create a test in a practice space.
  • Add a variety of question types to a test.
  • Set the test display options for students.
  • Access student test attempts from the Grade Center.
  • Run a test item analysis.
  • Consider alternate methods to create tests through Respondus

Bb Learn Grade Center

Thursday, October 12th 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This scenario-based, hands-on workshop provides experience working in a live gradebook that contains enrolled students, activities, and grades. The materials were created so that a faculty member can enter the gradebook and edit freely without fear of disrupting an actual live CSU Chico section. Each faculty member has access to his or her own private section and may edit, remove or add data in order to experiment with the gradebook feature of Bb Learn.

  • The participants will be able to examine the full Grade Center and its tools.
  • The participants will be able to experiment with a sample Grade Center, sample data and the associated tools.
  • The participants will be able to take gained knowledge and apply it to their own class grade centers

Additional Training & Consultation Options

If the above dates/times do not work, you can:

  • Stop by our drop in lab in MLIB 457 from 9:00-5:00 M-F. Phone is 898-6167.
  • Request a consultation from an Instructional Technology Consultant.
  • Department chairs can also request custom training for your  department. Contact Laura Sederberg for more information.

Sign Up for Blackboard Learn Training

New faculty can sign up for our upcoming training workshops using this form.

Intro to Blackboard Learn (90 minutes)

This workshop is designed for those new to the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS), or for individuals who need a quick refresher.


  • Access Bb Learn from the portal and from the direct link
  • Identify common Bb Learn components
  • Add items to the course menu (left side of course page)
  • Differentiate between email and messages within Blackboard
  • Add content to the course
  • Select a template or model to use for building your course
  • Locate additional resources and workshops


  • Tuesday, Aug 15th 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (MLIB 226)
  • Saturday, Aug 19th 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (THMA 131);
  • Wednesday, Aug 23rd 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (THMA 131)

Bring Questions / Get Answers  (2 hours)

Bring your Blackboard Learn questions for the Technology and Learning Program’s Instructional Technology Consultants (ITCs). At least two ITCs will be available during this open session.

  • Saturday, Aug 19th 12:00 PM – 2:00PM (THMA 131)

Additional Training & Consultation Options

If the above dates/times do not work, you can:

  • Stop by our drop in lab in MLIB 459. Our regular hours begin 8/14 and are from 9:00-5:00 M-F. Phone is 898-6167.
  • Request a consultation from an Instructional Technology Consultant.
  • Department chairs can also request custom training for your  department. Contact Laura Sederberg for more information.

Blackboard Learn Update Scheduled for Thursday, June 15th

The following are highlights of the Blackboard Learn release scheduled to go into production Thursday morning, June 15th. 

Please refer to Blackboard Learn Release Notes for full details.

Fixed Issue

Instructors can once again reorder items on the course menu, within a folder, and within the Grade Center column organization using drag and drop.

New Features

Drag and drop available for student submissions

Students can now drag and drop file attachments and folders when submitting to an assignment, journal or blog. Prior to this feature, they had to click the Browse button.

drag and drop files for student assignment submissions

Dashed line indicates ability to drag files from your local computer and drop them into Bb Learn.

Drag and drop available for instructor’s Content Collection

Instructors can use the same drag and drop feature to add files to your course Content Collection.  However, drag and drop is NOT yet available for adding files within a content folder.

Assignment submission receipt

Students now receive a submission receipt when they submit to a Blackboard Learn assignment. The submission receipt is located in My Grades, under the Submitted tab.

student submission receipt

submission receipt 2

Fewer Needs Grading Items

When multiple-attempts assessments are set to calculate using the first or last attempt, there are potentially numerous other attempts that will never be used for the grade calculation. A new filter is now available both in the Needs Grading workflow as well as within the Grade Center to show or hide these attempts. Attempts that won’t calculate towards the assessment grade are now indicated with an icon.

Clarification on Recent Changes to Bb Learn Roles & Process for Adding Users

In an effort to streamline and secure access to Blackboard Learn, there have been recent changes to the process for adding users to your course or organization.   

Who can add users in courses?

  • Only someone who has the role of Course Instructor can add other users.
  • The Course Instructor is the Instructor(s) of Record from PeopleSoft.

See Adding New Users to Your Course  for roles, permissions, and instructions.  

course roles

Who can add users in organizations?

  • Only Organization Leaders can add other users.
  • There can be multiple organization leaders per organization.

See Adding New Users to Your Course  for roles, permissions, and instructions.  

org roles

Why have certain roles such as guest instructor and co-leader been discontinued?

  • In courses, the role of Guest Instructor had the ability to add other users to the course, which is now restricted to the Course Instructor (Instructor of record) only.
  • In organizations, the role of co-leader had the ability to see the Grade Center. Although most organizations do not use the Grade Center, the decision was made to limit that view to Organization Leaders only.

Why do I see discontinued roles on my Bb Learn home page?

Discontinued roles will continue to display on your Blackboard Learn home page.

For example, if you were assigned as a Guest Instructor in another faculty member’s Prep Area, you will continue to see and have access to that prep area. However, you will no longer be able to add users to that prep area per the new security guidelines.

past terms

Bb Learn Self-Support Functions Moving

The Blackboard Learn Self-Service tool will be shut down as of February 16th, 2017. Its functions are moving to new, streamlined locations.

self support functions are moving February 16, 2017


Where Do I Manage my Bb Learn Enrollments?

You can now provide users access directly from within the course or organization itself, provided you are a course instructor or organization leader.

Managing your Blackboard Learn Course & Organization Enrollments (print instructions)

Video How To: (1 minute)


Where Do I Create Prep Areas?

By default, each Blackboard Learn Faculty user has 5 prep areas. If you want additional prep areas, or you want to delete existing prep areas, you must submit a support request using the links below.

Additional Prep Area:


Delete Prep Area


Remodel Course: