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Blackboard Learn is the Learning Management System available to the Saint Louis University community at both the St. Louis and Madrid campuses. Blackboard provides an online space for instructors to share course content, manage student work, and access to tools that can support activities such as group work, class discussions, and student projects.
Types of Courses in Blackboard Learn
News about Blackboard at SLU (Updated 6/14/2016)
Current Blackboard Features
Support Browsers and Operating Systems
Faculty Support and Training Information
Student Support Information
Standard Maintenance Window
Access your courses by clicking on the Blackboard Learn icon on the Tools tab of mySLU. Depending on your role at SLU and course enrollments, you may see two kinds of courses in Blackboard Learn:
- Courses from Banner: All courses in the Banner catalog are automatically created in Blackboard Learn; however, the instructor has the choice whether or not to utilize Blackboard Learn and when to make the course available for students.
- Courses not in Banner: Departments, programs, and instructors may have a need for a course in Blackboard Learn that is not tied to a course in Banner. These courses can be used for course development, department/program orientation content, or other purposes. Faculty and staff can request a non-Banner course in Blackboard Learn - click for the Blackboard course site request form.
Click here for the non-Banner Blackboard Learn course request form.
Several new Blackboard tools have been made available as of May 28, 2016. The tools are My Portfolios, My Content, Crocodoc (inline grading and annotation), McGraw-Hill Connect & Create, Pearson's My Lab & Mastering, Sapling Learning and TurningPoint Cloud. Information and tutorials for each of these tools are coming soon.
My Portfolios is a tool that allows students or instructors to gather and organize work into an area outside of a particular Blackboard course. It is accessed from the Home page of Blackboard in the Tools & Links module. Students can create, manage and share their work with multiple Blackboard users. Click here for more information about this exciting new feature in Blackboard.
My Content, like My Portfolios, is located in the Tools & Links module of the Blackboard Home page. It is a place to store files and resources outside of a particular Blackboard course. Every user has 250mb of space to put folders, files or any other data.
Inline Grading with Crocodoc
Crocodoc is a third party add on to Blackboard that allows for inline grading of Blackboard assignments. Graders can view, grade and annotate files without downloading the files. For more detailed information and a video tutorial, click here.
Several tools have been added for easy integration of publisher content. These include McGraw Hill Connect, McGraw Hill Create, Pearson MyLab & Mastering and Macmillan Sapling Learning.
TurningPoint Cloud is an interactive polling tool that uses student phones, tablets or laptops for interactive, real time surveys. Click here for more information from TurningPoint's web site.
One of the most requested features has been included in the latest Blackboard version: Student Preview Mode. This allows you to switch, with the click of a single button, to see your Blackboard course as your students do. Due to this great new feature, the Add Test Student tool and Test Students will be retired. Click here for more information about this exciting new addition to Blackboard.
Grading: Delegated Grading
Instructors can delegate grading to specific users from the create Assignment screen. (Smart Views in the Grade Center will still be available.) Click here for more information.
The Delegate Grading option offers many grading scenarios including Parallel Graders, Blind Parallel Graders, Sample Double Graders, Sample Double Blind Graders and Instructor + Colleague Grader. Click here for more information.
Grading: Anonymous Grading
Instructors can turn on anonymous grading in the create Assignment screen. In addition, there are Proofs that the Assignment was graded anonymously. Click here for more information.
The create Assignment screen has been updated to include the Delegated and Anonymous Grading options and has arranged other current options into collapsable sections to make navigating the screen more efficient. Click here for more information.
Courses that are hidden on the My Course module will also be hidden on the calendar. This will make the Calendar much easier to use because you will have less course calendars to turn off. Click here for more information.
In calculated formula questions, instructors can select the number of decimals or significant figures for the correct answers generated by the system. Click here for more information.
Improved "My Grades" Tool for Students:
The look and feel of My Grades has been updated. You can now view feedback by clicking View Feedback. Click here for more information.
New First Names:
Blackboard will now pull first names from Banner using the "Preferred Name" rather than the "Legal Name."
The new "Organization" module will be added to the Blackboard "Home" tab page beneath the "Announcements" module. This module is the first use of the Blackboard Community features that are being implemented on the SLU Blackboard installation. Watch for more news about Blackboard Community in the coming months.
Note: The Blackboard Learn Mobile app is not directly impacted by this upgrade. The Mobile app update schedule is managed by the Blackboard Mobile development team according to a separate schedule.
SUPPORTED BROWSERS & OPERATING SYSTEMS
View the Blackboard Learn Browser Compatibility List to find an appropriate supported operating system/browser for your computer. Please note that other applications you may use, such as Tegrity, may have different supported browsers.
Faculty Blackboard Support can be contacted at 314-977-2252. Support hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Faculty can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Faculty Support pages for help with Blackboard Learn. This team can also provide individual technical training for Faculty to explain the features and tools in Blackboard Learn. Please use the contact information above to submit a request for a training session.
Faculty can get help incorporating Blackboard Learn into a course from the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning: email@example.com. Contact the Reinert Center to discuss why and how best to use this or any other technology to achieve your instructional goals.
STUDENT SUPPORT INFORMATION
Students can visit the Tech Services Center webage or contact the TSC-North or TSC-South at 314-977-4000, extension 2 for assistance.
- Wednesday 10 p.m. to Midnight CDT
- Sunday 6 a.m. to Noon CDT
What this means is that if system maintenance is required, any downtime would be scheduled during one of those two maintenance periods. These times were selected based on system usage reporting to identify lower-usage periods. The maintenance schedule will then be communicated to the University community via Newslink.
Occasionally, other systems that the Blackboard Learn system relies on have maintenance occurring outside those times, and we are forced to schedule outside those windows. Whenever we have an planned maintenance outage, we try to notify the University community as soon as we possibly can.
Updated: 9/26/2016 by TCR