Blackboard Resources

Blackboard Wikis

Wikis allow course members to collaboratively construct one or more pages of course related content. The system tracks which users contribute what parts of each page.
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Blackboard Performance Dashboard

Blackboard has a tool to track student performance within a course site, the Performance Dashboard. This tool provides a view into all of a student's activity within the course all on a single page.
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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS)

Blackboard's webinar series providing strategies and pedagogy to improve instructor efficiency and outcomes.
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Blackboard Retention Center

The Retention Center provides a dashboard interface for identifying students at risk. Instructors can fine tune the settings that flag a student who may have difficulty in the course.
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A Comparative Analysis Of SafeAssign And Turnitin

A common question that faculty ask is how does Turnitin compare to SafeAssign. Which one is better at detecting plaigarism. This recent paper compares TurnItIn to SafeAssignment. The authors conclude that the two tools are about equal in their detection of plagiarism.

Hunt, J., & Tompkins, P. (2015). A Comparative Analysis of SafeAssign and Turnitin. Inquiry: The Journal of the Virginia Community
Colleges, 19 (1). Retrieved from http://commons.vccs.edu/inquiry/vol19/iss1/6

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Rubrics Best Practices

Blackboard's website on how to best use rubrics with assignments
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Copying Content From A Previous Section

Blackboard's help page showing how to copy a course from one term to another in Blackboard
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Changing Course Availability

Blackboard's help page showing how to change availability dates of a course.
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Copyright On Campus

Five minute tutorial on copyright in higher education.
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Get The Facts About Copyright

Copyright Clearance Center's Educational page on understanding copyright and fair use.
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How To Create A Random Block Of Questions In A Test

Random question blocks allow instructors to randomize the questions that students see on tests and can help reduce cheating.
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Using Date Management

The Date Management tool adjusts due dates and availability dates in courses with copied content. Dates can be adjusted in bulk or individually from a single page.
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How To Create A Rubric For Grading Student Work

Rubrics allow instructors to share the criteria that you use to evaluate their work. Rubrics also keep grading fair by applying the same standards to all students.
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Make Your Course Available

Blackboard video showing instructors how to make a course available (or unavailable).
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How To Add A Syllabus To Blackboard Using The Basic Template

Fall 2015 brings a new basic template to Blackboard course sites. Learn how to add a syllabus to your course site.
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