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What's New

FIU Online is committed to providing the best online learning experience for faculty and students. Review the information below for some of the tools that are new in Blackboard Learn.  

Newest Features

CreatorPro

CreatorPro is an application that allows faculty to easily create, update, and publish their syllabi online. The application's user-friendly interface exports a syllabus link that can be embedded directly within your Blackboard course. Go to https://creatorpro.fiu.edu to start creating your online syllabi today!


Blackboard Analytics for Learn

Blackboard Analytics for Learn combines extensive data from Blackboard with student and course attributes from PantherSoft to create comprehensive reports and dashboards for our students, instructors, staff, and leadership.

You now have access to 4 analytics reports in each of your Blackboard courses.

    1. Course at a glance
    2. Activity and Grade Scatter Plot
    3. Activity Matrix
    4. Course Submission Summary

Course Analytics

In addition to the faculty reports, there is an optional student report that can be made available for your students to view.
To learn more about Blackboard Analytics:

Spring 2015

Bb Grader

Bb Grader provides on-the-go faculty a mobile solution to conveniently measure student success anytime, anywhere. With Bb Grader, not only can you review and grade Blackboard learn assignments, but you can provide feedback using the tablet’s microphone and video camera.

Learn more:

Although rare, if you are currently enrolled in more than 50 courses, you will be unable to access your courses in the Bb Grader app. 

Outcomes Assessment

Blackboard’s Outcomes Assessment tool makes it easy for program leaders to see how courses are meeting accreditation standards and learning objectives.

Course grades are not enough to assess student learning. Collecting authentic student artifacts gives you a deeper understanding of where students are with respect to meeting program objectives.

The Outcomes Assessment process works like this:

  • FIU’s Blackboard team uploads program goals to the Outcomes Assessment tools
  • Faculty and instructional designers align course content and activities to program goals

  • An evidence collection process is run to collect student artifacts

  • Once artifacts are collected, a samples can be evaluated via a rubric

  • Program leaders can  make data-driven decisions based on the results of the evaluation  

Portfolios

Portfolios empower students to showcase their academic achievements and provide instructors a view of students’ work completed over time and outside of an individual course.

With the Blackboard Portfolio tool, students can effectively present their information in an easy to use, personalized format. Other features with include:

  • Assignments can now accept portfolios as an assignment submission. Assignments can then be graded inline, all from within the Blackboard Learn environment.

  • The Portfolios tool provides step-by-step guidance on how to create a portfolio, regardless of technical know-how. Therefore, anyone can easily create a feature-rich portfolio.

  • Authors can choose from different layouts and color palettes to fully customize their portfolio.

Fall 2014

Student Preview

The new Student Preview feature in Blackboard allows an instructor to experience their course exactly how a student would. This is way more than just a ‘dummy’ student account. This new feature is a full fledged student account that is automatically enrolled in your course so you see exactly what your students see. You can take quizzes, submit assignments, post to discussion boards, blogs, etc. The new Student Preview feature can be found right next to the Edit Mode button.

Learn more by watching Blackboard’s Quick Hits Video about Student Preview.

fall2014 student preview  

fall2014 student preview page


Portfolios

Portfolios empower students to showcase their academic achievements and provide instructors a view of students’ work completed over time and outside of an individual course. With the new Blackboard Portfolio tool, students can now effectively present their information in an easy to use, personalized format. Below are some other features that come with Blackboard Portfolios:

  • Blackboard Learn Assignments can now accept portfolios as an assignment submission. They can then be graded inline, all from within the Blackboard Learn environment.

  • The Portfolios tool provides step-by-step guidance on how to create a portfolioregardless of technical know-how. Therefore, anyone can easily create a feature-rich portfolio.

  • Authors can choose from different layouts and color palettes to fully customize their portfolio.


Learn more on Blackboard’s Help page for Portfolios.


fall2014 portfolio  

fall2014 portfolio student


SafeAssign

SafeAssign is Blackboard’s tool to prevent plagiarism and to create opportunities to help you identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase. SafeAssign compares your submitted assignments against a set of academic papers to identify areas of overlap between the submitted assignment and existing works. With the new Fall release of Blackboard, SafeAssign is now integrated with Blackboard Learn Assignments. Enhancements were also made to the SafeAssign Originality Report.

Learn more on Blackboard’s Help page for SafeAssign or by watching Blackboard’s Quick Hits Video about SafeAssign Integration.

fall 2014 safeassign

Summer 2014

Test Availability and Feedback

Instructors can provide availability "exceptions" to tests. Instructors may select different availability rules for different users, or groups of users. Exceptions can be created for:

  • Number of attempts

  • Timer

  • Availability

  • Force completion

Test results and feedback are available to students after they complete a test. Instructors can set the release of progressive feedback to keep test results secure and prevent cheating by setting up rules. For example, you can choose After Submission to present Score, All Answers, Correct, Submitted, Feedback and Show Incorrect Answers to show students their scores along with all answer options. Students also see their submitted answers marked as correct or incorrect and any feedback provided.

Inline Assignment Grading

 

Test Access Logs

Blackboard provides detailed information on student test attempt interactions. Instructors and other users who are granted permission, can view the Access Log for a test from the Attempts page of the test.

Retention Center

 

Quick Links

The Quick Links tool allows a user to quickly locate any heading or section within any page in the Blackboard Learn application and jump directly to it. This type of navigation efficiency for sighted keyboard only users is not available in any other application anywhere in the industry.

My Blackboard Global Navigation

 

Group Management

With group management, instructors have the ability to:

  • Easily see which students are in which groups, including which students are not in any groups.

  • Easily see and modify group memberships. Avatars are now available to distinguish among users.

  • Choose and manage membership for group sets with an improved workflow.

  • Import and export groups and group memberships.

  • Sort columns, perform bulk actions for deleting groups, and create Grade Center smart views for one or more groups on the All Groups page.

  • Optionally, manage tool availability for all groups on the All Groups page.


Video Everywhere

 

Achievements

The Achievements tool allows instructors to designate criteria for issuing rewards to students in the form of both Badges and Certificates. Students can see which rewards they've earned and what is required of them to receive additional rewards, providing insight into learning progression toward defined competencies. Students are able to publish badges to the Mozilla Open Backpack, transporting evidence of their learning outside of Blackboard Learn. Instructors can easily see which students have reached learning milestones.

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