Consistent, easier grading in Blackboard Learn

New grading sidebar

Blackboard Learn has implemented a new grading sidebar across the discussion, blog, wiki and journal tools.  This change should improve, but not dramatically alter your normal grading workflow. 

new grading panel for discussions, blogs, wikis, journals

New grading sidebar for discussions, blogs, wikis and journals

Learn how to use the new sidebar:

Assignment grading goes full screen!

Look at all the space I have to grade assignments!

Blackboard Learn has also improved its inline assignment grading tool. Now, you have greater control over your grading workspace, enabling you to expand your commenting area.

Blackboard Learn - Whats new maximize

Inline assignment grading tool with new buttons for maximizing grading area.

Update to Blackboard Collaborate

We’ve updated the integration between Blackboard Collaborate and Blackboard Learn.

Attending a Session

  • Both students and instructors now click the Launch Room button to join your session.
  • Mac 10.8.4 and later users can now download and install the Collaborate Launcher.
    • This is a one-time installation that comes with a safe version of Java.
    • This alleviates issues Mac users have had with Java updates in the past.

*** Important note***

Downloading and installing the Collaborate Launcher may take 10-15 minutes. Faculty and students should plan accordingly. Contact ITSS (530) 898-HELP if you have trouble with Collaborate Launcher.

launch room with highlights


View Session Attendance

Instructors now have the option to view attendance for their live sessions after the session has ended. To view session attendance, click the down arrow next to your session name and choose View Session Attendance.

Update for session attributes view session attendance

Creating a Session

Instructors will notice a few changes when creating a new Blackboard Collaborate Session.

1. Ability to set defaults for all future sessions within your course.

For example, you can specify that you want the maximum number of cameras to “6” for all future sessions.

Create session button

2. Streamlined options for session settings now appear vertically down the page.

Update for create session

3. Link the session to a course folder AFTER you create the session.

Click the down arrow next to an existing session and click Add Link.
Note: this does not apply if you use a single link to make all your Bb Collaborate sessions and recordings available to students.

Update for session attributes add link

If you have questions on any of these changes, please contact TLP at (530) 898-6167.




January intersession and Spring 2014 Bb Learn courses released to faculty

The course shells for all January intersession and Spring 2014 course shells have been created and should show up on the Bb Learn home page course list of faculty who are assigned to those sections.

Course codes

Courses that start with the code 141 are January courses. Courses that start with 142 are Spring courses.

Combining sections

Now is the time for faculty to request any course combinations or cross-lists through their department. It’s best to combine sections prior to building or copying content.

Copying from a previous section

You can follow this tutorial to copy content from a previous section to a new course. Keep in mind the default file copy option will not work for courses that make use of interlinked HTML files or Camtasia videos that playback in web pages. If you have questions, contact TLP before performing a course copy.

What if you can’t see a section?

If a section you expect to see does not appear on your course list, you may not be officially assigned to the section in PeopleSoft. Talk to your department to verify this before contacting TLP.