Essential Bb Videos and Articles

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Overview

This article contains only videos and articles associated with the basic tasks discovered when needing to get started with Blackboard at UWindsor. Most are from the Blackboard Learn: On-Demand Tutorials site, but some pertain to local procedures at the University of Windsor. Most videos are hosted from YouTube or MS Stream.

Essential Bb Videos (and Articles)

The link to the video or article is listed, followed by a brief description, and the length of the video (if applicable). View in sequence or as the task at hand requires.

Logging In and Getting Started

Title Description Length
Blackboard Bare-bones Basics Video for instructors just getting started This video is the bare-bones basics of getting started in Blackboard specifically, at the University of Windsor. 6:10
Introduction to Blackboard Learn with the Original Experience for Instructors Instructors, take a quick tour of your Blackboard Learn course environment. Find out how to access your course controls, add and edit the course menu, and edit the default Home Page. 1:07
My Blackboard & the User Menu This video shows how to access global navigation, navigate the user menu, and discusses My Blackboard. 1:03
Notification Settings in Blackboard Learn with the Original Experience (Students) Always know what is happening in your courses by setting Blackboard's notification system to alert you when events occur. You can receive alerts for events such as when new content is posted when new discussion board postings are submitted when a test is available and much more. Alerts can be sent to your course homepage, your email address, and to your mobile device. 1:16
Course to Course Navigation in Blackboard Learn with the Original Experience Use the course-to-course navigation function to quickly jump from one Blackboard course to another. By using this drop-down list, you can move from a tool in one course to the same tool in another course. 0:32
Organizing and Sorting Blackboard Sites in Your Interface Is your Blackboard environment (Courses or Organizations) getting too cluttered? This video will show you how you can organize your listings and hide unneeded sites. 4:03
Logging in and Getting Started Videos

Preparing Site and Releasing to Students

Setting up (or adjusting) your course menu, changing your course's Home page entry point, previewing your course as your students will see it, using the text (or content) editor, enabling or disabling tools or adding them to the menu, setting your Site Availability adding a user (instructor or support) are featured below.

Preparing Site and Releasing to Students
Title Description Length
Creating a Banner This video from the University of Windsor details how to create a banner using PowerPoint, then setting this banner on your Course Entry Point (similar to the video below, but with UWindsor details and banner creation) 5:11
How to Make Your Course Available in the Original Course View (Blackboard's video).The first page students see when they enter your course leaves a lasting impression. Use this first look to orient students and convey important information. This tutorial will show you how to set your course entry point page and add a banner image to it. 0:47
Student Preview With Student Preview, you can experience your course exactly as your students do. Use Student Preview to review the course content and validate the course behaviors, such as those that control the availability of course content, or require a particular interaction from the student to be triggered. This tutorial will show you how to enter student preview mode, exit student preview mode, and delete the preview user account. 2:23
Adding a Student Preview User account to a group When using the Student Preview User option, you can select the second option when leaving the Student Preview to Save user and all data. This gives you a sample student in your site. With groups, you can't see what a group sees until you add your Student Preview User to that group. This video shows you how to add that user. Note, you can add a separate tool to your menu for Groups, or when students are in a group, that group name will appear under the main menu in your site. 1:40
How to Make Your Course Available to Students Courses under development are set to unavailable to prevent students from accessing them before you are ready for enrolment. This tutorial shows you how to make your course available to students by changing the course properties. 1:14
How to Turn Tools On and Off in your Course Setting which tools are available in your course and who can access them is a critical part of course design. Course tools allow you to control the different ways students interact, add content, and stay on track. While Blackboard has many different tools available, you need to select the best ones for your users. 2:03
Using the Content Editor This tutorial shows you how to use the content editor to add formatted text, links, images, and media to Blackboard Learn. The Content Editor is available frequently throughout Blackboard Learn. 3:58
How to Add a Tool Link to Your Course You can help students access what they need by adding links to frequently used tools in different parts of your course. For example, on the course menu, add links to My Grades and Email. In content areas, place relevant tool links near instructional content. 3:04
How to Turn Tools On and Off in a Course Setting which tools are available in your course and who can access them is a critical part of course design. Course tools allow you to control the different ways students interact, add content, and stay on track. While Blackboard has many different tools available, you need to select the best ones for your users. 2:03
Resources and Syllabus and more. Not a video, but article from http://help.blackboard.com containing videos - Features how to plan, manage and create course Content Areas. When in a Content Area, such as Resources or Syllabus, you can add Content Folders, Learning Modules, Lesson Plans, upload files, create web links, or many more options available within the Content Area's action bar. While there is a Syllabus tool available with Blackboard, many instructors choose to use a Content Area instead, if the goal is to only upload a file for students. N/A
Course Copy Utility (video 5:41) Part 1 The course copy utility available to instructors enables a direct copy of all or part of your course into a new destination site (course shells). This video shows how to utilize the tool for a basic course copy process. 5:41
Course Copy Utility (video 6:53) Part 2 The course copy utility available to instructors enables a direct copy of all or part of your course into a new destination site (course shells). This video shows how to utilize the tool for a basic course copy process. 6:53
Adding a User in a Support Role to your Course (video 4:32) Adding users to your site, such as a co-instructor, Lead TA, TA Grader, or Departmental Support can be done by accessing the Control Panel -> Users and Groups -> Users -> Enrol User -> Find User to Enrol. Enter just the individual's UWinID into the Username> field (not the full email address which includes the @uwindsor.ca), select the correct role, select the Enrolment Availability to be Yes, then click Submit. (4:32 video)
Adding a User in a Support Role to your Course Adding users to your site, such as a co-instructor, Lead TA, TA Grader, or Departmental Support can be done by accessing the Control Panel -> Users and Groups -> Users -> Enrol User -> Find User to Enrol. Enter just the individual's UWinID into the Username> field (not the full email address which includes the @uwindsor.ca), select the correct role, select the Enrolment Availability to be Yes, then click Submit. Article

Communicating With Students

There are several tools available to send information to, and communicate with, students in your courses. The Course Messages (only accessible when logged into Blackboard), and Email (sends email directly to user's UWin email account) and Announcements tool are featured in the list below.

 Communication Options from Blackboard
Title Description Length
How to Send Email in Blackboard Learn Send email directly from Blackboard to any member of your course. Use the convenient email tool to communicate with everyone enrolled in your course. Email sent from Blackboard is received and stored in your own UWindsor email program, not in Blackboard. Please ensure you only have either Send Email or Course Messages enabled in your course to avoid student confusion (see video below). 1:52
Adjust the Email Settings in your course By default, the Email tool in Blackboard is set so all users can contact other users in your site - by Instructors, Groups, Individuals, etc. This may be a desirable feature in some courses, but problematic in others. If you would like to disable the tool, so that only instructors would be the destination for the email, you can adjust the settings in the Email tool. Visit the UWindsor Wiki article to show you how. N/A Article
How to Send and Receive Course Messages The course messages tool provides you with a familiar, email-like environment that you can use for course communication.However, unlike email, you can only access this private and secure text-based form of communication by logging in to your course. This eliminates external factors such as incorrect or out-of-date email addresses. This tutorial will show you how to, access, send, and view course messages. Please ensure you only have either Send Email or Course Messages enabled in your course to avoid student confusion. 1:35
How to Create an Announcement Keeping your students informed on timely issues in your course is critically important to their continued success. This video shows you how to create an announcement in your Learn course, how to immediately send notification of the announcement to your students, and how to reorder announcements so they appear in your desired order. 0:52
Creating Discussions You can create forums and threads to organize discussions into units or topics relevant to your course. 1:46
Using Discussions In Blackboard Learn, course members can have thoughtful discussions that take place in the traditional classroom, but with the advantages of asynchronous communication where they can take the time to consider your responses carefully. 2:35
ePortfolios in Blackboard (video - 4:56) The Blackboard Portfolio tool enables students to submit their own artifacts to build into a portfolio collection accessible through Blackboard, and available to export as a snapshot file. This video highlights the features of the tool and where to access from within Blackboard. 4:56
Groups - Creating a Self-Enrol Group and Sign-up Page Instructors often want to have an area for students to sign up for a particular group or groups. This can also apply if you have a time slot that could apply for a group, that you can have students sign up for that "slot". This video details how to create self-enrol group(s), deploying into your site, what the students will see, and utilizing options from the tool. 5:26

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

 Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Title Description Length
Accessing rooms and recordings, settings, and sessions This video shows how to access the virtual classroom and any recordings made. It also explains the difference between a session and the course room. Finally, it describes recommended settings instructors should use. 4:01
Collaborate Ultra recording audio and video This short video will demonstrate how to ensure you are recording your audio and video using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. 2:53
Using Chat, whiteboard and screen sharing in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra This video shows how to use the chat, whiteboard, and screen sharing features of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. It also demonstrates the attendee's panel and what can be done within there. 4:07
Various ways to use breakout rooms This video shows how to use randomly assign students to breakout rooms, let students move themselves so you can have the same group each week, and how to set up a waiting room and private office hours. 7:56
Generate poll and attendance report This video shows how to access reports of any polls you had in a session and an attendance report for a session. 1:04
Importing the Virtual Classroom This video shows University of Windsor instructors how to import the Virtual Classroom in their Blackboard course sites. 1:21

How to activate MS Teams for your course

MS Teams
Title Description Length
Creating a MS Team from your class list This video walks you through the manual process you need to follow to create a new MS Team for your class list. The class list is synchronized daily from the SIS, so your student list should be current every 24 hours. (Note: You need to be logged in using your UWin ID to see this video from MS Stream) 00:46

Adding Subtitles to Videos

Adding subtitles to videos
Title Description Length
Using Microsoft Stream to automatically add subtitles to your videos and how to edit those subtitles This video shows how you can upload a video to Microsoft Stream and have it automatically add subtitles to your video. It also demonstrates how you can edit these subtitles if needed. 1:53
Using YouTube to automatically create subtitles for videos and how to edit those subtitles This video shows how you can upload a video to YouTube and have it automatically add subtitles to your video. It also demonstrates how you can edit these subtitles if needed. 4:14

Assessments

Assessment Options
Title Description Length
How to create, and retrieve assignments Instructors can create an assignment to receive a file, inline content, or both using the Assignments tool available within a Content Area only 8:47
Grading an assignment (without rubric) Grading an Assignment 5:26
How to convert a test in a word file to a Blackboard friendly file Third-party tools are available to convert tests from a word document into a Blackboard friendly format which can be imported into your site. 5:59
Importing Publisher test materials into Blackboard Publishers often provide pre-packages sets of questions which can be imported for use in Blackboard. 4:57
Grading Tests A few test question types require a manual grade to be assigned. 3:46
Blackboard test options A detailed review of the test options in Blackboard 7:41
Troubleshooting a Blackboard test Some ways you can help students who are having trouble with a Blackboard test 3:09

Using the Grade Centre and Needs Marking Tools

The Grade Centre is a very powerful tool with many features and options. Below, the essential tasks are highlighted with videos and articles. More on this tool can be found at http://help.blackboard.com and select the Learn product, version 9.1 2014, and the instructor role to access the latest content about Blackboard. Enter Grade Center into the search field to reveal all articles related.

Using the Grade Centre and Needs Marking Tools
Title Description Length
Blackboard Bare-boned basics of using the Grade Centre (YouTube)(MS Stream) Version This video will give you an overview of finding the Grade Centre, adding a basic column, entering grades, and a brief chat about other features in the Grade Centre 8:47
How to Customize the Grade Centre View Instructors can customize their view of the Grade Center by hiding columns to focus on specific data and reduce scrolling. Hidden columns are not deleted from the Grade Center, and you can show and reorder them at any time. This tutorial will show you how to customize the view of the Grade Center by hiding a column, accessing the Column Organization page, showing a hidden column, and reordering columns. 2:31
Entering Grades You can enter grades in the GradeCenter in the following ways:
  • Scores are entered automatically into the Grade Center for course items you create such as online tests, exams, and surveys.
  • You can upload grades from an external source, such as a comma-separated values (CSV) file or an Excel spreadsheet, eliminating the need for double entry.
  • You can manually enter grades into the Grade Center using any of the views of the Grade Center.
This article provides details about the above topics and links to compatible topics.
N/A Article
How to Download and Upload Grades from the Grade Centre How to upload and download grades to be worked on offline is featured in this video. New data can then be uploaded back into the Grade Center. This tutorial will show you how to set download options, download the Grade Center file, upload the new file, and select which grades to change. 1:43
Import to Grade Centre (Scantron Results) How to import Scantron results into Blackboard's Grade Centre with a tool developed at UWindsor. 7:30
Compare Two Weighted Total Columns and Create Final Grades Column This video will help instructors who have a scenario where they would like to compare what would be in the best interests of the students to include or exclude an assessment for a final grade. It uses two weighted total columns to compare the scenario, then uses a Max/Min column to compare. Finally, a manually created column gets created to house the final best choice which can then be used to transfer the grade to UWinsite Student. Helpful if instructors want to see what the effects of including a final exam or not for situations like COVID-19 affected semesters. 4:30
Transfer Final Grades Tool How to transfer your Final Grades from within Blackboard to UWinsite Student. This video will walk you through how the tool works, selecting a course to transfer grades, what to expect, and options that exist in UWinsite Student for uploading grades. 6:54
Colour Code the Grade Centre You can use Grading Color Codes to apply background and text color to items in the Grade Center that meet specific criteria. Adding color rules to the Grade Center provides visual indicators to help you interpret information quickly. This tutorial will show you how to enable color coding in the Grade Center, and set color coding options. 1:46
Calculating a Total Column (Article) The Total Column is a type of calculated column that generates a grade based on the cumulative points earned, related to the points allowed. You can select which columns and categories are included in a total column's calculation. When creating a Total Column, you can include other calculated columns. A Total Column is created by default and appears in new courses. You can rename, change the settings, change which columns are included, or delete this default column. N/A Article
Creating and Using Weighted Columns in Grade Center The weighted column is a type of calculated column that generates a grade based on the result of selected columns and categories, and their respective percentages. When creating a weighted column, you can include other calculated columns or other weighted columns. A default weighted total column appears in new courses. You can rename it, change the settings, change which columns and categories are included, or delete this default column. The default Weighted Total column displays no results until you select the columns and categories to include in the calculation. This column is included in the Final Grade View Smart View. Weighted totals are calculated based on percentages. N/A Article
My Grades (Student View of Full Grade Center) Students see their grades in a companion tool from the Grade Center, called My Grades. This tool reveals what columns, rubrics, or feedback that you have set to be visible for the students. This article is geared to students, but it discusses how they will use this tool. You need to be sure you've set up the course's Grade Center properly, in order for the correct information to be visible. Switch to your Student Preview option, to ensure that you have actually assigned grades properly. Don't forget to ensure you have actually assigned grades to the Student Preview user, in order for you to observe content appropriately. N/A Article
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