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Teaching with Blackboard

About Blackboard

Blackboard™ is a course management system used campus-wide at NIU. The system allows faculty to post materials, deliver tests and surveys, hold online discussion and many other course-related functions. All currently-enrolled students and teaching faculty have access to the Blackboard system. We are running Blackboard version 9.1 Service Pack 14, having upgraded the system May 25, 2014. Login to the NIU Blackboard site at: http://webcourses.niu.edu

Tips for Increasing Student Retention with Blackboard

Posted: 9/24/2014

Tips for Improving Student Retention with Blackboard

There are many issues that impact student retention, such as financial needs, family issues, personal adjustment, curriculum design, teaching methods, and academic advising. Improving retention requires dedication and contribution from everyone at NIU. In this online workshop offered 9/19/14, we discussed some features in Blackboard that can impact student success and retention by creating a stronger community in the classroom and identifying potential problems early. Watch the archive to learn more about these tools.

To learn more about Teaching for Student Retention, read this article from our Spring 2014 Spectrum newsletter.

New Tool Available for Posting Audio and Streaming Video

Posted: 6/19/2014

Screenshot highlighting the Helix Media Library option under Mashups in the Text Box Editor

The Helix Media Library is available as a mashup in the Text-Box Editor, which is used for most of the areas that text is typed into Blackboard, including (but not limited to) when adding an item, submitting an Assignment, posting to a Discussion Forum, or providing feedback in the Grade Center.A new tool is now available in Blackboard that makes it easier for both faculty and students to add their own audio and video files to Blackboard. The Helix Media Library allows both faculty and students to upload audio and video files to a server that is optimized for streaming media and embed them within Blackboard.

Files uploaded will not be included in the Course Quota. Faculty, staff, and students will have 4 Gigabytes (GBs) of storage space, and individual files can be up to 2 GB in size. If necessary, free 4 GB quota increases can be requested from ITS by completing the Computing Access Resources (CAR) form.

To learn more about the Helix Media Library, please visit www.niu.edu/blackboard/build/content/helix.shtml.

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