Monday, November 25, 2013

ITC's Winter 2013 Newsletter

The Instructional Technology Council’s Winter 2013 Newsletter is now Available Online!

Topics include:
  • Confessions of an Online Student
  • Including a Welcome Video in Your Online Course
  • Writing to Think
  • Constructivist Theory and Web 2.0 Technologies
  • Information on Upcoming ITC Professional Development Webinars 
and more!  Click here to read the newsletter in its entirety.

Friday, November 15, 2013

New Blackboard Feature of the Week: Math Formulas Improved, Quick Links Tool, and Mobile Support for Mashups

Math Formulas Improved in the Content Editor
Instructors now have full math editing capabilities on all platforms with the new JavaScript-based WIRIS editor.

The new math editor supports the editing and display of LaTeX formulas. In display mode, the formulas display normally. In editing mode, the LaTeX for the formulas displays. LaTeX formulas can be edited directly using LaTeX or by clicking in the formula and opening the WIRIS editor for true WYSIWYG editing. When you save the formula, it is not converted and retains its LaTeX origin. This is useful for users who have libraries of LaTeX formulas. You can simply copy and paste a formula into the editor for reuse or as the basis for new formula.

Click here for more information.

Quick Links Tool
The Quick Links tool allows you to quickly locate any heading or section within a page in the Blackboard Learn application and jump directly to it.

Located in the top left, the Quick Links icon (see below) opens a pop-up window which displays the landmark and navigation links on the page. Any available keyboard shortcuts for the page are also displayed.

screenshot of quick links tool

Click here for more information on the Quick Links tool.

Mobile Support for Mashups
Mashups (YouTube, Slideshare, Flickr, NBC Learn, etc) can now play on mobile devices.

This is the final installment of New Blackboard Features of the Week for the Fall 2013 semester. For information and videos on the new Blackboard 9.1 SP13 interface and features, please visit our What's New for Faculty - Blackboard 9.1 SP13 webpage.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

New Blackboard Feature of the Week: Test Enhancements

Test Enhancements
    Q and A image
It is now easier to create a new question in the middle of a test.
Before students begin a test, the instructor can add new questions anywhere they choose on the test canvas by clicking the plus sign before or after another question and choosing a question type.

New test availability settings allow instructors to make a number of exceptions to test options after the test is added to a content area for either a single user or a group (e.g. to accommodate disabled students).
Instructors can select one or more groups of students and make a number of exceptions to the already established availability settings. Exceptions may include:
    • number of attempts
    • timer
    • auto submit on or off
    • availability of test using start and end dates
    • force completion on or off

Event-based method for releasing feedback
After students complete a test, test results and feedback are available to them. By setting up rules, you can set the release of progressive feedback to keep test results secure and prevent cheating. For example, you can choose between the following options:
    • After Submission to present Score
    • All Answers
    • Correct
    • Submitted
    • Feedback
    • Show Incorrect Answers
Students can also see their submitted answers marked as correct or incorrect and any feedback you provided.

Click here for more information on Test Enhancements.

All Questions Are Now Retained in Exported and Imported Tests

All questions are now retained in exported and imported tests, including questions that originate outside the exported test, such as Question Sets, Random Blocks, and Question Links. When the user exports a test and imports it back into a different course, all questions are now present irrespective of their origin.

Click here for more information on retaining questions when importing/exporting tests.