Blackboard Learn, the course management system utilized by Northern Illinois University faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and students, continues to be an important platform for facilitating teaching at learning at NIU, with over 96% of students and 92% of teaching faculty using the system during Fall 2015. Over the past several years, there have been significant upgrades implemented to the system which have added many new features as well as an improved overall user experience.
The upcoming upgrade is expected to be completed over Memorial Day weekend, May 27 - May 30, 2016 and will provide an even more user friendly and modern experience for students and faculty alike. An outage will be necessary to perform the upgrade, and details will be announced as they become available. In this upgrade, many existing features have been improved and some exciting new features added to make the user experience more accessible and efficient. The following is a quick overview of the tools that are now available.
Blackboard Collaborate has been completely redesigned to provide a better teaching and learning experience, so you can spend more time teaching and less time setting up.
The new Blackboard Collaborate features quick session launch directly in the browser, without the need for Java or a dedicated launcher. The sleek and intuitive interface is clutter-free and puts all of the tools you need at your fingertips. Starting summer 2016, all Blackboard courses will have access to the new Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.
For further information see: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Using the Goal Performance Dashboard, you and your students can track progress toward degree or program student learning outcomes. The Goal Performance Dashboard can help you better understand how your students are performing and progressing against course Goals, based on how those are mapped against assessments.
For further information see: Goal Performance Dashboard
Throughout Blackboard, the Spell Check feature will be ON by default. This applies to anywhere that uses the text editor, such as when creating Announcements, Items, or Discussion Board Posts.
Quick guides, and tutorials developed by Blackboard are also available in addition to workshops from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.
Last Updated: 4/18/2016