Blackboard News You Can Use – June 2020

Blackboard Online Campus News You Can Use

Welcome back to Blackboard News You Can Use, your brief monthly newsletter to help you promote student success through MATC’s web-based learning environment, Blackboard Learn. In this edition, we share a few resources and reminders to support your teaching practice.

Summer Blackboard Training Courses and Webinars

Faculty may enroll in professional development’s free 1 credit online courses this summer to learn how to use Blackboard tools for teaching and learning online. See the Summer Training Course Schedule for details.

In addition to our training courses, faculty are invited to attend a series of free Remote Instruction Webinars provided by the Blackboard Company throughout the month of June. Register through the provided link above to view webinars on such topics as getting started with Blackboard, designing mobile-friendly content, using Collaborate Ultra for online office hours, grade center management, and using Bb Annotate.

Resources to Support Your Move to Online Instruction

Faculty Support 

Student Support

NBC Learn to Be Discontinued

As of June 30th, 2020, the NBC Learn mashup will no longer be available for use. NBC has permanently discontinued this product. Please refer to the Video Accessibility Resources Guide for alternative tools.

New Technologies

Bb Annotate

As of May 26th, Blackboard’s inline assignment preview tool has been replaced with Bb Annotate. Bb Annotate provides improved tools for previewing and annotating files students have submitted. Features include support for a variety of comment types, customizable comment banks and stamps, and downloadable annotations. Annotations that were created with New Box View were fully migrated over to Bb Annotate.

TechSmith Relay

MATC has purchased a site license to TechSmith Relay to provide faculty a new resource for recording, curating, and adding closed-captions to instructional videos. Additional details discussing the tool’s availability and training will be released soon!


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