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Bb Learn Themes, Blogs, Wikis, Journals & Grade Center

Bb Learn Themes, Blogs, Wikis, Journals & Grade Center

Check out this Thinglink of a Blackboard Learn landing page linked with videos explaining Bb Learn Themes, Wikis, Journals, and Blogs, and the Grade Center.

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Go Green with Bb Learn

In honor of St. Patrick’s day check out this post on going green with Bb Learn.  Lots of good ideas in there on how to be more organized and cut down on printing and papers.

Blackboard Mobile for iOS

Blackboard just released a new universal app for iOS devices.  The app will now work with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. If you have previously downloaded Blackboard Mobile you will be prompted to download the new version when you open up the app.  Make sure to delete the old app so that you won’t be confused.  This should make it easier for users with multiple devices to access Bb Mobile on all of their devices. If you have problems, follow the steps created by Blackboard here.

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Blackboard Learn vs. Vista Comparison Chart

Blackboard Learn vs. Vista Comparison Chart

Purdue University put together this handy comparison chart for universities migrating from Vista to Bb Learn.  Keep in mind that the chart refers to Bb 9.1 Service Pack 6 which is not the latest version of Blackboard.

Announcements in Bb Learn

Announcements are important to any online course.  They can be used to notify students of upcoming due dates, changes to the course, and/or any important news that needs to be communicated to students quickly.  Bb Learn gives you the ability to change the order of your announcements and to always list important announcements above new announcements.  Follow the directions below to learn how to make an announcement.

1. Log into Blackboard Learn and go into the course you want to make an announcement in.

2. Find the Control Panel on the left side of the window and click on Course Tools.

3. Click on Announcements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Click Create New Announcement.

5. Complete the fields with your announcement and select the appropriate options for your announcement.  Click Submit when you are finished.

6. Your announcement is now listed.  If you want to reorganize the order click and drag the up/down arrow icon.  You can put important announcements above the “New announcements appear below this line” bar.

7. Your announcements will look similar to the image below to your students.

How to embed Web 2.0 tools in BbLearn.

If you want to use an external Web 2.0 tool to engage your students in interesting ways follow the steps below.

  1. Access the website for the Web 2.0 tool you plan on using.
  2. Create your content using your selected Web 2.0 tool.
  3. Locate the embed code. This is usually found by clicking “Share” or something similar.
  4. Copy the embed code
  5. Go back to your course in Learn.
  6. Create an Item in a Content Area.
  7. Fill in the Name field with the title of your tool or title of your content.
  8. In the text editor box, turn OFF the Text Editor in the top right corner.
  9. Make sure HTML is selected at the bottom of the text editor box.
  10. Paste the embed code.
  11. Click Submit.

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