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New Course Availability and Deletion Policy To Be Implemented May 2016

Apr. 5, 2016—The Center for Teaching, as the administrative home for Blackboard, is announcing a new Course Availability and Deletion Policy for Blackboard.  This policy, recommended by Vanderbilt’s Blackboard implementation team and approved by the Blackboard Faculty Advisory Committee, is intended to reduce the amount of storage space Vanderbilt purchases annually from Blackboard, while also allowing most...

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Saving Course Materials for Future Use

Apr. 5, 2016—Want to know how to back up your Blackboard courses on your own computer or other device? The Blackboard support team at the CFT has resources that can help. There are two primary ways to back up course content. The first way is to back up a course in its entirety, including the layout and course customization...

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Considerations for Effectively Creating Educational Videos

Apr. 4, 2016—With the integration of the Kaltura media tool within Blackboard, users of the CMS now have the ability to easily implement streaming video into their course or organization.  If users are attempting to create their own educational videos for use in their course, CFT Assistant Director Cynthia Brame has written a teaching guide that outlines three...

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Campus encouraged to participate in Blackboard feedback survey

Mar. 30, 2016—The CFT, as the administrative home for Blackboard, Vanderbilt’s primary course management system, is conducting an assessment in March to determine the extent to which Blackboard is meeting the needs of campus users. Results of this needs assessment will inform Vanderbilt’s decision to renew its contract with Blackboard, set to expire in 2017, or to...

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Complements to Blackboard: Constructing Effective Multiple Choice Questions

Feb. 8, 2016—Did you know that you can create tests or quizzes in Blackboard and have students take them online? The on-demand resources page of our website includes a guide to creating a test. The testing feature allows instructors to set up different types of questions, several of which are automatically graded. While Blackboard may help streamline the technical side...

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Sunday, January 31, 2016 1-5am: Blackboard Maintenance

Jan. 28, 2016—Regular Blackboard Maintenance Window: Early Sunday Morning 1:00-5:00 AM Central Time Between 1-5am early Sunday mornings, Blackboard undergoes weekly mmaintenance. Often, Blackboard continues to be available for users during that time, but occasionally a shut-down and restart of the system is required. Users should not plan on scheduling or taking quizzes, assig nments, or using...

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Taking our Blackboard Workshops on the Road!

Jan. 15, 2016—Many of you have visited us for Blackboard trainings and drop-in hours here at the CFT. What you may not know is that we have also taken that support model on the road to various schools, centers, and departments across campus. If you work with a group that you think might benefit from a tailored...

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Your textbook may integrate with Blackboard

Jan. 8, 2016—Beginning in the spring 2016 semester, Vanderbilt faculty will be able to integrate online textbook materials and grading with Blackboard. If your textbook includes publisher-provided online content, email us at blackboard@vanderbilt.edu or come see us during our drop-in support hours to find out if your textbook is one of the many that have partnered with Blackboard to...

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Comprehensive Tools List Added to Support Website

Nov. 10, 2015—Have you ever run across a tool in Blackboard and wanted a quick explanation of what it does? Or are you a Blackboard power-user, determined to master every feature of our Learning Management System? If you have ever found yourself wondering about one of the more (or less) obscure tool offerings in Blackboard, the Comprehensive...

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SafeAssign integrated into Blackboard assignments

Nov. 3, 2015—Using SafeAssign is easier than ever now that it is integrated directly into the Blackboard assignments feature. SafeAssign is a tool used to prevent plagiarism and to create opportunities to help students learn to properly attribute sources. How does SafeAssign work? SafeAssign’s proprietary algorithm analyzes submission text and compares the words and terms against multiple...

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