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with Patrick Crispen

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Well, we are almost done and I want to thank you for joining me on this tour of Blackboard 9. We've really only scratched the surface of what's available in Blackboard 9, but we did want to cover the essentials. What I want to do now before we leave is I want to point you in the direction of some great resources that can help you as you start using Blackboard more and more with your student. The best resource really is going to be your institution's help desk or central IT. Chances are your help desk has created handouts, customized movies, telephone support, and drop-in support is probably going to be available.
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  1. 7m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
    3. What is an LMS?
      4m 15s
    4. Understanding Blackboard 9.X versions and campus customizations
      1m 52s
  2. 28m 38s
    1. The new graphical user interface
      5m 53s
    2. Exploring course-to-course navigation
      2m 20s
    3. Using course themes
      2m 15s
    4. Looking at course structures and the Quick Setup Guide
      6m 56s
    5. Using new and improved assessments
      7m 24s
    6. Looking at temporary obstacles and workarounds
      2m 36s
    7. Finding more Blackboard information
      1m 14s
  3. 26m 27s
    1. Logging in to Blackboard
      2m 9s
    2. Accessing your course and uploading files
      5m 40s
    3. Creating announcements
      4m 15s
    4. Sending emails
      4m 57s
    5. Viewing your roster
      3m 50s
    6. Downloading the Grade Center
      3m 17s
    7. Setting course availability
      2m 19s
  4. 14m 9s
    1. Understanding the tabs and sub-tabs
      5m 51s
    2. Working with modules
      3m 25s
    3. Personalizing the My Institution page
      1m 40s
    4. Editing the My Courses module
      3m 13s
  5. 12m 38s
    1. Understanding the course layout and breadcrumbs
      5m 13s
    2. Toggling the Edit Mode
      1m 26s
    3. Hiding and unhiding the Course Menu
      1m 9s
    4. Touring the Control Panel
      4m 50s
  6. 23m 53s
    1. Renaming, reorganizing, and deleting
      4m 58s
    2. Adding new menu items
      6m 4s
    3. Managing tools
      3m 40s
    4. Customizing a course
      9m 11s
  7. 16m 17s
    1. Viewing the course roster
      4m 55s
    2. Enrolling students and others
      7m 31s
    3. Why not to unenroll
      3m 51s
  8. 53m 34s
    1. Organizing content into folders
      5m 24s
    2. Uploading files
      11m 49s
    3. Using the Text Editor
      6m 19s
    4. Inserting a multimedia file
      9m 56s
    5. Linking to an external web resource
      4m 25s
    6. Linking to an internal course file
      6m 3s
    7. Making content available to students
      2m 2s
    8. Using the Content Collection
      3m 35s
    9. Copying and moving content
      4m 1s
  9. 24m 24s
    1. Exploring how students view course grades
      4m 1s
    2. Optimizing the Grade Center
      1m 36s
    3. Changing the default letter grading schema
      4m 24s
    4. Creating score columns
      6m 37s
    5. Entering grades
      5m 19s
    6. Viewing grade histories
      2m 27s
  10. 56m 19s
    1. Creating text columns
      3m 1s
    2. Managing columns
      4m 52s
    3. Creating grading periods
      5m 34s
    4. Creating categories
      5m 42s
    5. Dropping scores in the Grade Center
      9m 3s
    6. Weighting grades in the Grade Center
      6m 4s
    7. Downloading grades and editing in Excel
      7m 51s
    8. Uploading student grades
      4m 29s
    9. Changing grades
      3m 37s
    10. Changing a final grade
      6m 6s
  11. 16m 26s
    1. Creating assignments
      6m 22s
    2. Downloading assignments
      5m 16s
    3. Grading assignments
      4m 48s
  12. 37m 51s
    1. Best practices for using online assessments
      4m 21s
    2. Creating an empty test and choosing the Question Settings
      5m 29s
    3. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 57s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      2m 48s
    5. Creating essay or short answer questions
      4m 5s
    6. Creating fill-in-the-blanks questions
      3m 39s
    7. Creating opinion scale/Likert questions
      5m 51s
    8. Reusing questions
      3m 41s
  13. 30m 28s
    1. Setting test availability and deploying the test
      13m 13s
    2. Assisting students with common testing obstacles
      8m 16s
    3. Viewing the student results
      6m 40s
    4. Reviewing the differences between surveys and tests
      2m 19s
  14. 16m 43s
    1. Sending emails
      6m 20s
    2. Creating announcements
      7m 14s
    3. Using the Course Calendar
      3m 9s
  15. 33m 15s
    1. Creating discussion forums and threads
      13m 1s
    2. Facilitating discussions
      9m 32s
    3. Moderating forums
      3m 36s
    4. Rating posts
      2m 47s
    5. Grading discussions
      4m 19s
  16. 9m 2s
    1. Creating groups
      7m 57s
    2. Adding members to groups
      1m 5s
  17. 4m 32s
    1. Next steps
      4m 32s

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Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors
6h 52m Beginner Jun 30, 2011 Updated Oct 09, 2012

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In this course, Patrick Crispen teaches the ins and outs of Blackboard 9 so that educators and trainers can get up to speed in the system quickly—even if they've never used Blackboard before. The course explores customizing a course site, managing users, and adding and organizing content, including multimedia. It also shows how to perform student assessments in the Grade Center, as well as how to communicate with students and encourage participation and collaboration.

Topics include:
  • Accessing a course
  • Creating announcements
  • Viewing the roster
  • Working with modules
  • Adding new menu items
  • Enrolling students and others
  • Making content available to students
  • Entering grades
  • Downloading and editing grades in Excel
  • Creating assignments and collecting papers
  • Creating online tests
  • Adding discussion forums and groups
Subjects:
Elearning Teacher Tools Education Educational Technology Higher Education LMS
Software:
Blackboard
Author:
Patrick Crispen

Next steps

Well, we are almost done and I want to thank you for joining me on this tour of Blackboard 9. We've really only scratched the surface of what's available in Blackboard 9, but we did want to cover the essentials. What I want to do now before we leave is I want to point you in the direction of some great resources that can help you as you start using Blackboard more and more with your student. The best resource really is going to be your institution's help desk or central IT. Chances are your help desk has created handouts, customized movies, telephone support, and drop-in support is probably going to be available.

They may even offer webinars and workshops and seminars. When in doubt, call the help desk or whoever manages Blackboard at your institution. And as a favor to me, from time to time when Blackboard is working and doing something right, call them and thank them. Working and supporting on Blackboard can be a thankless job,. Getting a pat on the back, these people really deserve it. Now with Blackboard used by thousands of institutions around the world, there are lots of Blackboard support information resources available to you on the World Wide Web.

For example, let me go to Google and I'll just type in Blackboard 9.1 adaptive release. That's the topic we didn't have time to talk about and I've got 40,000 hits for Blackboard 9.1 adaptive release. So Google is a wonderful resource for you to find information. Do include the version of Blackboard when you do searching, because Blackboard's been around for a while. I think I started using it in Blackboard 5. We are now up to Blackboard 9.

Your help desk can tell you what version your institution is running. The other place that you can go is check YouTube. Remember, most institutions are also creating videos that they have customized just for the institution's look and feel and the features that they've enabled and disabled. So if I do again Blackboard 9.1 adaptive, I am going to find movies that are specifically made about that particular topic. Now one word of warning.

Each campus has its own look and feel in Blackboard and in fact their own settings. So when you search Google or you research YouTube, what you see on your screen may not exactly match what's available in your version of Blackboard, but it should be close. Finally Blackboard Inc., the company that makes the Blackboard software, also has some resources that have been steadily improving over the past year or so. If you haven't checked out the Blackboard Help site in awhile, check it out again.

Go to help.blackboard.com. Now this is only going to be for Blackboard 9.1, not 9.0. But I want you to notice that there is a Student Help section, an Instructor Help section and even one for Administrators. If I click on the Instructor Help section, it actually opens up a Web help tool. It shows me some frequently asked questions like why can't I log into Blackboard or why am I getting browser errors or how do I make a course available to students. Well, you watched my movie, I already showed you how to do that, but you can click on any of these links.

There is a search box up here. The thing about the search box is you have to know about exactly what you are looking for. My recommendation is if you know what you're looking for, search for it. For example, if I type adaptive release, it gives me information about it. But you can also down here at the bottom click on the Table of Contents and notice that there is a Help Guide for Students, also a Help Guide for Instructors, and then this is actually broken down piece by piece.

So I can see information about announcements, about contacts, about the course calendar, things we've talked about in this movie, but if you're interested in learning more, for example here's some information about the course calendar or how to access it, and they have pictures. Again, the pictures may not match exactly what you see on your campus as Blackboard instance, but there it is. It's actually kind of helpful. So remember what you're seeing here is going to be generic information. Your institution may have disabled some of the tools or features mentioned in these help guides.

When in doubt, contact your help desk. Well, that's it! We are at the end. Thank you again for joining me! Have a safe and productive academic term!

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Q: This course was updated on 10/09/2012. What changed?
A: This update adds 7 new movies in the "What's New in Blackboard 9.x SP8 and SP9," on topics such as course themes, new and improved assessments, and other new features found in service packs 8 and 9.
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