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Attend an Upcoming Webinar: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams!

Jun. 23, 2017—Instructor Training for LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor Respondus LockDown Browser™ is a customized browser that increases the security of test delivery in course management systems. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser to access an exam, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. Respondus Monitor is a companion...

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What’s New on Brightspace? (June 2017)

Jun. 21, 2017—Every month, Brightspace will release new features and updates. You can get a comprehensive view of the updates here,  but this blog post will give you a quick overview of what’s new on Brightspace!   Activity Feed The Activity Feed, which is a new course homepage widget, provides a central location for instructors to post messages and...

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Summer Flex Schedule at Brightspace Support

Jun. 9, 2017—Have you heard about the Chancellor’s summer flex schedule policy? While most of the CFT will be open as usual on Friday afternoons this summer, the Brightspace support team will be taking advantage of the policy to rearrange our staff hours during the months of June and July. For the next two months, Brightspace support...

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Brightspace support on holiday May 28, 29, 31!

May. 25, 2017—We know many of you have come to rely on Brightspace support’s availability six days a week, and we love hearing from you! However, on Sunday May 28, Monday May 29 (Memorial Day), and Wednesday May 31 (CFT Staff Retreat Day), the Brightspace team will be taking a few days off. We will stick to our usual office...

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Brightspace Launched as Vanderbilt’s New Course Management System

Apr. 17, 2017—The Center for Teaching is excited to announce that Brightspace is now available for instructors planning their summer and fall courses.  Brightspace will replace Blackboard as Vanderbilt’s course management system starting this summer.  The new platform has a modern, responsive design and a number of features that faculty and students will find useful, including drag-and-drop...

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Kaltura media on Brightspace

Apr. 14, 2017—As Vanderbilt transitions to Brightspace, our new course management system, some faculty may wonder what will happen to the video content they have created, stored, and/or shared using Kaltura (“My Media”) on Blackboard. We are happy to report that Kaltura media works well within Brightspace and that plans are underway to ensure that faculty have...

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What students need to know about Brightspace

Mar. 28, 2017—Many instructors have asked us where students will go to learn about Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s new course management system. While students are always welcome to reach out for support, we put together a list of four important resources that students will find helpful as they navigate this new course management system. –> One new feature students will encounter...

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Brightspace Implementation Timeline

Feb. 13, 2017—by Derek Bruff, Director, Center for Teaching As we announced last month, Brightspace has been selected as Vanderbilt’s next course management system, replacing Blackboard. I’m writing now to update the campus on the planned implementation timeline, based on what we know as of this writing (February 13th). What follows is (a) brief and (b) somewhat...

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Brightspace Selected as Vanderbilt’s New Course Management System

Jan. 9, 2017—The Center for Teaching is glad to announce that Brightspace will be replacing Blackboard as the campus-wide course management system beginning Summer 2017. This transition will bring change for students, faculty, and staff. As Brightspace’s administrative home, we at the Center for Teaching want to reassure you that we are doing all that we can to...

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Holiday Hours — Winter Break 2016

Dec. 15, 2016—With the fall 2016 semester winding down, the Blackboard support team at the Center for Teaching has already begun working with many instructors around campus to ready spring courses. If you plan to work on your Blackboard courses over the winter holiday, we will be available to help via email at blackboard@vanderbilt.edu. Please note that...

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Grading Center Feature: Returning Assignments to Students

Oct. 5, 2016—The Grade Center provides useful features to keep track of student grades, customize the Grade Center to your course, and provide students feedback on their work. Recently, Blackboard support has fielded several questions from instructors about how to upload graded documents for students to view feedback within the Grade Center — even when the document...

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SIPX: A Blackboard-Integrated Tool for Copyright Compliance in Course Readings

Sep. 16, 2016—You may have heard about SIPX, a tool recently acquired by the Vanderbilt Library to streamline the copyright compliance process for course readings. With the addition of SIPX to the Blackboard tool set, instructors now have the ability to find course readings themselves from the library holdings (or from other sources)  and place the links...

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Is Blackboard FERPA compliant?

Aug. 18, 2016—Here at Blackboard support, we often get questions from faculty and teaching assistants about Blackboard’s compliance with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the federal law that governs the privacy of student educational records. The good news is that the guidelines that protect student privacy in your physical classroom work in much the same way...

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Blackboard Support Summer Hours

May. 25, 2016—This summer the Blackboard support team will focus their support efforts from 7am to 4pm Monday through Friday. You can expect a fast and thorough response from our team whether you contact us by email or phone during those hours. We will continue providing support via email 4-11pm Sunday through Thursday, with an expected response...

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Blackboard Upgrade Underway!

May. 21, 2016—You should have received emails alerting you to Blackboard’s upgrade this weekend, or you may have seen the announcement on the Blackboard log in page. That upgrade period is now underway. We expect Blackboard to be available to users again no later than 8pm on Sunday May 22. Updates about the upgrade status can be...

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