Video just got a little easier with Kaltura

Be on the lookout for these Kaltura updates starting Saturday June 1st, 2019.

Easy Webcam Recording from Blackboard Learn

  • Works easily from any browser (no Adobe Flash required)
  • Easy adjustment of microphone and camera settings
  • Easy re-record option

webcam recording showing record again, download a copy and use this buttons

Streamlined Screen Capture with Kaltura Capture

  • Can record your screen, audio and camera
  • Record computer audio in addition to microphone (e.g. video clip)
  • Similar to Kaltura CaptureSpace but easier
  • Requires separate install

kaltura capture

Kaltura In-Video Quiz

  • You can embed quiz questions within Kaltura videos to help keep students engaged
  • Remove quiz attempt now available under Analytics; multiple attempts coming later this year
  • New Question Types:
    • Open Question
    • True/False
    • Rhetorical Questions
  • Can restrict students from fast forwarding to next quiz question
  • Can add links to questions using Ctrl-K or CMD-K
  •  Welcome to quiz screen now optional

Improved Captioning Service

Kaltura Reach is our automatic captioning service for all Kaltura videos.

  • Unified caption editor that is streamlined and can work with all media captions
  • Unified Transcript Widget with the default display mode-allows showing the transcript in the widget by default, or hiding it

Blackboard Learn Summer Update

Starting June 1, 2019, the following updates will be available in Blackboard Learn:

Download Instructor Comments on Graded Assignments

Instructors and students will appreciate that you can now download graded assignments in Blackboard Learn.  Comments are numbered and will appear at the end of the downloaded paper.

To download a marked up assignment:

  • Instructors can download their comments on student papers from the Assignment Details page where they entered the grade.
  • Students can download the instructor’s comments from My Grades, which also takes them to the Assignment Details page.

Assignment Details page with arrow pointing to Download Annotated PDF

As a reminder, this only applies to student submissions using MS Word or PDF. Students using Google Docs, can download as a Word or PDF before submitting to the assignment.

Attendance Tool

Blackboard Learn now has an Attendance tool. For each session, you mark students as present, late, absent or excused.  Check out this video demo to get a brief overview.

In our initial testing, the Technology & Learning Program found that this tool is best suited for smaller, in-person classes. Please contact us if you are interested in using it.


New Workshops this Month

The Technology and Learning Program is excited to offer new workshops this spring.
Please register ahead of time using the instructions below.

zoom logoin for Office Hours, Guest Speakers & More

This is a fun,  online workshop where you will participate  in a Zoom virtual meeting and experiment with some of its advanced features  including screen sharing, annotation, polling, and breakout rooms. You will leave the workshop with an active Zoom account,  and the confidence you need to integrate Zoom within Blackboard Learn for virtual office hours, guest speakers and student-to-student collaboration.

  • Thursday, April 12th at 12:00 PM (online)
  • Friday, April 13th at 9:00 AM  (online)
  • Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00 PM  (online)

Spring Cleaning Tips for your Bb Learn Grade Center

Is your grade book clean and organized? Does it work for your students? Come to this workshop, and find out a few tips and tricks for ensuring there are no unpleasant surprises at the end of the semester. After a brief presentation, a few Instructional Technology Consultants from TLP will be on-hand to provide personalized, one on one assistance.

  • Monday, April 23rd at 10:00 AM in THMA 131
  • Tuesday, April 24th at 3:30 PM in THMA 131

Adding Video to Enhance Student Engagement Online

While this is not technically a new workshop, there is a new, and exciting element added to our existing Kaltura workshop…the ability to embed quiz questions in your Kaltura videos! Come and learn how.

  • Monday, April 16th, at 1:00 PM in THMA 131
  • Wednesday, May 2nd at 3:00 PM in THMA 131

Registering for Workshops

  1. Got to
  2. Click Log in to DTS
  3. Enter your Portal ID and pwd.
  4. Select Schedule.
  5. Select the link to your preferred workshop and choose Register.

If you have any issues, email


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.




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.