Best Practices for Courses Using Bb Learn

This section offers some simple things you can do to help ensure students can access your content in your courses, and to allow you to use Blackboard Tools (links to the left). It also offers some ideas on extending Blackboard's value as a learning environment.

Just as in the classroom, there are many paths to exchanging ideas that teachers and learners can explore in the online environment. The links below offer some tips from faculty at other institutions on getting the most out of Bb Learn.

We would like to build on this content in ways that are specific and meaningful to UAB faculty, and for that we need your help. If you have a practice or tip to share with your colleagues, please pass it along to us and together we can develop an artifact of assistance. Ultimately our goal is to create a library of content that helps all system users at UAB, from novice to expert.

A Beginning-of-Semester Checklist (PDF)

An End-of-Semester Checklist (Video)

Balancing Asynchronous and synchronous Learning (PDF)

Delivering Documents to Students (DOC)

Assessing Learners (Video)

Using Blackboard for Problem-Based Learning (PDF)

Using Grading Forms (PDF)

Help Students Prepare Using a Sample Quiz (PDF)

Grading Assignments Offline (Video)

Audio and video standards for online content (PDF)

Reviewing a Course Moved from Vista (PDF)

Getting Started with the Course Environment (PDF)

Exploring Tabs (PDF)

Modify Your Course Menu (PDF)

Customize Your Course Environment (PDF)

Tracking Student Activity

This material will show you how to generate reports on activity in your course.
Click on a topic below to learn more:

Generating Course Reports
Run a Report on all User Activity Report Activity by Forum
Save a Course Report Report Activity by Content Area
Report Activity by Group
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This section provides information on how to navigate the grade center, create and manage assignments, and tests, and monitor student performance.

The links below and in the right side menu provide general information on assessment functions in Bb Learn. The left side menu provides links to specific information on the grade center, assignments, and tests.

The Performance Dashboard (Video)
Grade Rules and Student Notifications (Video)
Compare Assessment Reporting in Vista 8 and Learn (PDF)
Create an Early Warning System (PDF)
Create a Grading Rubric (PDF)

Known Issues and Solutions in Blackboard Learn

There are some as yet unresolved technical issues with the Blackboard Learn 9.1 system. This page will be updated as additional tests are completed. If you find an issue with the system, please let us know.

Blackboard's list of supported browsers includes Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.6.
Although not listed among them, Chrome also seems to work satisfactorily, and some higher education institutions explicitly recommend it. If you encounter issues using a specific browser, you may switch to an alternate browser and check performance (different operating systems, java versions, and other system configurations can all result in different issues on disparate systems).

For committed users of Explorer, you may want to access Blackboard in compatibility mode to clear up potential issues:
In the horizontal tool bar at the top of the browser, click Tools, select Compatibility View Settings, Check Display all websites in Compatibility View at the bottom of the dialog box and then hit Close.
You will need to close IE8 and reopen the browser before this change takes effect.

We will list additional known issues affecting tools and functions that may be important to you as test and develop workarounds. If you encounter an issue please forward that to us so we can pass that information along to Blackboard and develop a workaround until it is resolved.

System Area Issue Solution or Workaround
Adaptive Release The What's New module provides students access to blogs and discussions for students not in that group TBD
Collaboration A User's virtual classroom Window freezes if another user enters the session We recommend not using the collaboration tool until this issue is corrected by Blackboard in an upcoming service pack
Content: Course Files Internet Explorer may interpret the request to open and download a Microsoft Word file as a security threat, and serves a dialog box asking for login and password information. Close the dialog box asking for login and password information and the word file will open; upload content as .pdf files where possible
Early Warning System The notifications tool can does not send emails for assignments built within a learning module; emails can contain garbled messages We recommend not using notifications until this issue is corrected by Blackboard
Early Warning System The due date rule may send a notification that an assignment is past due even if the student has submitted the assignment We recommend not using notifications until this issue is corrected by Blackboard
Early Warning System The notifications History filter will not filter based on notification, rule name, or user We recommend not using notifications history until this issue is corrected by Blackboard

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