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.

Objectives

  • 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

Dates/Times

  • 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)

https://cdnapisec.kaltura.com/p/670832/sp/67083200/embedIframeJs/uiconf_id/29182902/partner_id/670832?iframeembed=true&playerId=kaltura_player&entry_id=0_otrn43b5&flashvars%5BstreamerType%5D=auto&flashvars%5BlocalizationCode%5D=en&flashvars%5BleadWithHTML5%5D=true&flashvars%5BsideBarContainer.plugin%5D=true&flashvars%5BsideBarContainer.position%5D=left&flashvars%5BsideBarContainer.clickToClose%5D=true&flashvars%5Bchapters.plugin%5D=true&flashvars%5Bchapters.layout%5D=vertical&flashvars%5Bchapters.thumbnailRotator%5D=false&flashvars%5BstreamSelector.plugin%5D=true&flashvars%5BEmbedPlayer.SpinnerTarget%5D=videoHolder&flashvars%5BdualScreen.plugin%5D=true&&wid=0_bs7b14q7

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:

https://support.csuchico.edu/TDClient/Requests/ServiceDet?ID=17085

Delete Prep Area

https://support.csuchico.edu/TDClient/Requests/ServiceDet?ID=17083

Remodel Course:

https://support.csuchico.edu/TDClient/Requests/ServiceDet?ID=15873

 

 

New year, slightly new look for Bb Learn

On January 2, 2017, Blackboard Learn will have a new look and feel. Although the new “theme” is fairly subtle, it will enable a much more responsive design for students accessing their courses through their mobile devices.

What will it look like?

  • The Blackboard Home page will have a 2-column layout (see Figure 1 below)
  • The Blackboard Home page separates organizations on their own tab (see Figure 1 below)
  • The Blackboard Home page includes links for the Bookstore, Mobile Access and Career Center (see Figure 1 below)
  • The course menu is now white, with limited ability to customize  (see Figure 2 below).

Can I customize my course menu at all?

No. The new theme will override any customization to your course menu, including background colors and buttons. You can however, change the title colors for names of folders, files and items in the main content area.

Questions or Feedback?

If you have questions about how the new look and feel impacts your course, contact the Technology and Learning Program at 898-6167 or send an email to tlp@csuchico.edu.

 

Bb Learn Home page with new look and feel

Figure 1: Blackboard Learn Home page with new Organizations tab and 2-column layout. Click on the screenshot to zoom in.

screenshot of new blackboard learn course menu with white background

Figure 2: Blackboard Learn Course menu is now white; with no ability to customize color. Click on the screenshot to zoom in.

PeerMark Discontinued for Spring, 2017

Please note that CSU Chico will turn off access to Turnitin PeerMark on January 5, 2017.

Keep in mind, it is only PeerMark that is being turned off; Turnitin Originality Reports and GradeMark are still available.

According to the Turnitin Product Roadmap, they are “no longer making any changes” to the current PeerMark product. Their long term goal is to “replace PeerMark with a new tool that instructors and students can use with ease.”

Please contact a Technology and Learning Program consultant to discuss other peer review options including:

  • Google Docs
  • ePortfolio tools
  • Blackboard Learn’s Self & Peer Review tool
  • Other open source/web solutions

While these may not have the same level of integration with Blackboard Learn, they are worth exploring.

Thank you for your understanding and willingness to explore other options. And of course, if you have a favorite tool you want to share with us, we welcome your input.

Blackboard Collaborate “Classic” Discontinued

Blackboard has discontinued Collaborate “Classic,” for its more modern interface referred to as Collaborate “Ultra.” This means you will no longer have access to Blackboard Collaborate Classic or Classic recordings as of Spring 2017.

Accessing your Blackboard Collaborate Classic Recordings

If you would like save any of your Bb Collaborate Classic recordings, follow the steps in this tutorial or contact the Technology and Learning Program (TLP) at 898-6167. Please save your recordings prior to February 15, 2017.

Web-Based Video Conference Options for Spring 2017

CSU Chico now supports two web video conference technologies:

  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
  • Zoom

While Zoom has a reputation of being more robust and easier to use, we are still in the early adoption phase and you should note that the integration with Blackboard Learn is not as deep as Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. We recommend you meet with a consultant from the Technology and Learning program to determine the best option for your needs.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra / Zoom Feature Comparison

How do I try Blackboard Collaborate Ultra?

  1. Login to Blackboard Learn.
  2. Access any course.
  3. From your course menu, click (+) and add a tool link to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.
  4. Click Join Room to check out Bb Collaborate using your default course room.
  5. Refer to Blackboard’s Getting Started resources if you want to quickly learn how to share content, invite guests, record a session, etc.

How do I try Zoom?

  1. From your web browser, go to http://www.csuchico.edu/zoom.
  2. Click Sign In.
  3. From your Personal Meeting Room, click Start and invite a friend to join you. It’s fun and easy.
  4. Refer to the Getting Started with Zoom at Chico State guide for information on changing default settings, enabling breakout rooms, and integrating with Blackboard Learn.

How can I learn more?

The Technology and Learning Program is available to do individualized Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or Zoom training for faculty and support staff. Contact Jim Aird (jaird@csuchico.edu) or Marjorie Shepard (mkshepard@csuchico.edu) to schedule your training for December 2016 or January 2017.

 

 

 

 

Blackboard Collaborate “Ultra” Available

  • Modernized interface
  • Browser-based (no more Java launcher download)
  • High definition audio and video
  • Session attendance reports
  • Shared content, polling, and breakout rooms

How do I try it?

  1. Login to Blackboard Learn.
  2. Access any course.
  3. From your course menu, click (+) and add a tool link to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.
  4. Click Join Room to check out Bb Collaborate using your default course room.
  5. Refer to Blackboard’s Getting Started resources if you want to quickly learn how to share content, invite guests, record a session, etc.
    If interested, sign up for TLP training coming this August.

Is it available for mobile?

Participants must download the Bb Student app to view a session on their mobile devices.

Any Caveats?

  • Does not currently support live, synchronous sessions with more than 100 live participants. (This limitation does not apply to recordings.)
  • Moderators must use the Google Chrome browser to share desktop applications.
  • Recordings
    • Recordings do not play back text Chat activity. As a workaround, the instructor can save the Chat to a text file.
    • Recordings do not play back instructor video if  content shared at the same time. Live participants can see both; but not in the recordings.
  • Does not currently support Plan (.elp) files

 

Turnitin set to release a new look starting Monday, July 18th

Turnitin is set to release a major product upgrade that will automatically take effect on Monday, July 18th.  Once upgraded, you can expect to see a new, modernized interface after you open up a paper in the new Turnitin “Feedback Studio.”

Try it out before July 18

To get acquainted with the Turnitin Feedback Studio upgrade BEFORE Monday, July 18th, you can try out this interactive demo.

Not ready for the new look?

  • If after July 18th you decide you are not ready for the upgrade, simply click Return to Classic at the bottom of the Turnitin window.
  • You can go back and forth between the new look and the old look at any time. This screen recording demonstrates how to Return to Classic.
Resources
Note to instructors: 
Turnitin will also no longer support "Student Preview" mode in Bb Learn. 
As an alternative, TLP is in the process of updating our student tutorial for Viewing Graded Turnitin Assignments in Bb Learn.