Proctoring Options – Blackboard Training Webinar Recording

Spring Training Workshops

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, we conducted our third Spring Training webinar of 2014 with a session on “Proctoring Options (Including Remote Proctor Now)”  Here is a recording of that session.

Watch the Recording

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Description: During this session, we discuss the test proctoring process and new options available for faculty who give proctored exams.  With Secure Remote Proctor, students can complete proctored examinations at home while they are recorded using a webcam.  The videos are reviewed and a report documenting any suspicious behavior is provided to the instructor.  We present how to set up your exams for Remote Proctor and review the reports.


Test Creation – Blackboard Training Webinar Recording

Spring Training Workshops

On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, we conducted our second Spring Training webinar of 2014 with a session on “Test Creation and Importing.”  Here is a recording of that session.

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Description: There are wide variety of ways to create tests within Blackboard.  There are also a number of different resources available through publishers for importing tests.  Dr. Trifilo will walk us through these options and help clarify the settings for assessments in Blackboard.

Kaltura – Blackboard Training Webinar Recording

Spring Training Workshops

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, we conducted our first Spring Training webinar of 2014 with a session on “Creating and Uploading Your Own Media with Kaltura.”  Here is a recording of that session. We’ve also included links to the handouts for the session.

Watch the Recording
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Download the PDFs:
Introduction to Kaltura
Kaltura_adding saved media
Kaltura_Recording the screen

Readspeaker Added to Blackboard

download (1)We have just finished our testing of a new feature within Blackboard which will allow all users to highlight sections of text on their screen and then click a “Listen” or “Play” button to have their computer read the text aloud.  This feature is called ReadSpeaker and you will now see a couple of new options appear on your screen while logged into Blackboard at Wayland.

You will find the ReadSpeaker Icon and control panel in the upper right area of the classroom near the edit button (as an instructor) when you first open your classroom. There is also a small activate/deactivate button in the top center of the page (it is an on or off button).

Activate/deactivate button:
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ReadSpeaker Control Panel:
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The Listen Icon/button is on the small control panel that can be customized by the learner using it. It can also be moved to a different location on the page.

Students wanting text read should highlight the text and click “Listen.”  That’s it. That’s all it takes to use the features.  Students not wanting ReadSpeaker can choose to deactivate it using the toggle switch at the top of the screen.  Turning it off will cause the ReadSpeaker control panel to disappear.

For more details read our ReadSpeaker Faculty Support article.

30 Boxes – an easy to use Course Calendar Tool

30 Boxes is a calendar tool that “supports drag-and-drop capabilities, one-click editing, plain-language event adding, as well as unique features aimed towards social networkers.”[1]  It’s a great tool for Blackboard classrooms because

  • It is easy to use
  • You can embed or share a link to your calendar with anyone
  • Students do not have to be 30boxes users to view your calendar
  • You can schedule multiple terms at one time

Powerful Powerpoints

When students access a PPT file in Blackboard, they have to

  1. download the file
  2. open it in MS Powerpoint (which requires them to also have the program)
  3. then view the file as a show

There are BETTER options for sharing your PowerPoint presentations.

Saving your presentations as a Powerpoint show (PPS) file will eliminate the need to open the file in Powerpoint (but still requires students to download the file).  Students who do not have Powerpoint on their computers, can still view the show through Microsoft’s free Powerpoint viewer.


For instant access that does not require students to download a file in order to see your PowerPoint Presentation, consider saving it as a pdf file.


If you are not sure which option is best for you, consider uploading in both formats.


For optimal Powerpoint viewing, remember to save as a pps or pdf.  PPT is an option that should only be used if you need for students to have the ability to edit and revise the file you are sharing.

Blackboard Upgrade to Service Pack 11

On Thursday, May 23rd, we upgraded our Blackboard Learn system to 9.1 Service Pack 11.  Along with this upgrade come a handful of new features and bug fixes.  In order to take advantage of these improvements, we have some resources available to introduce you to these tools.

New Features
There are several new features Included with Service Pack 11. I have highlighted the major additions below and included a link to a video or pdf for additional information.

1. New Content Editor:
The most noticeable difference in the new version of Blackboard is the new content editor. This feature replaces the current text editor with a more robust tool. Almost all of the tool bar options are in the same location but there is a slightly updated look to the text box, as well as some new features.
Check out a demo here.
More information on the changes here.

2. Global Navigation:
With this update there is a new global navigation tool. Now all your academic information is organized in one place, providing a consistent quick and easy way to find everything.
Check out a demo here.

3. My Blackboard Profile
With Service Pack 11, you can create a Blackboard Profile. Your profile is completely separate from your Blackboard account so you can add a picture, a nickname, and even information from Facebook and Twitter. By default, only members of your class can view your profile, but you can also elect to share it across the University or even with other schools that use Blackboard.
Check out a demo here:

4. Video Everywhere
If you have a YouTube account, you can use your content editor in Blackboard to create video using your webcam. Upload your recordings directly to YouTube using your registered Google account and YouTube channel.
Read about it here.

5. Item Analysis
Use Item analysis to see statistics on overall test performance and on individual test questions. Identify and easily correct ineffective or misleading questions and your tests are re-graded automatically.
Check out a demo here.

6. Retention Center
The Retention Center provides an easy way for instructors to discover which students in their courses are at risk. Instructors can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement.
Check out a demo here.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know at

Spring Webinar Recordings Available!

This spring, Dr. Trish Trifilo conducted a series of Blackboard Training workshops.  Below is a list of the recordings for each session covering various Blackboard tools and topics.  In preparation for your summer class, please feel free to view any of these videos and follow up with Dr. Trifilo, or Ms. Brown, for additional assistance.