UAB implemented a service pack upgrade for Blackboard Learn 9.1 on August 12th, 2013, and this change results in a new look and feel and some new features to the Blackboard environment.
The information below provides a summary of major changes and links to additional content on the change.
*Student information on new features in Blackboard Learn Service Pack 13.
*Not all features may be available for the system as a whole or for certain schools.
|Global Navigation & My Blackboard||Create a blackboard profile|
|New discussion thread and post features||Social Learning Tools|
Certified: fully tested and supported.
Compatible: partially tested but should function properly.
Provisional: future technologies considered supported by Blackboard Support.
Unsupported: either impossible or not tested.
Microsoft Windows Operating System
Apple Mac OS Operating System
- Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 are tested in Standards Mode. Some known issues can be resolved by using Compatibility Mode (emulates IE7 behavior).
- Both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have moved to a rapid release cycle. At the time of testing, Chrome 16.0 and Firefox 9.0 were the latest available versions. Since then, new stable versions may have been released and widely adopted. Blackboard is supporting all newer stable versions of Chrome and Firefox.
Barnes & Noble Nook Study
Nook Study is a free e-reader application for both PC and Mac that allows you to read purchased digital texts on your desktop computer or laptop, make annotations, highlights, create notes, and tag key paragraphs and passages.
You can also create course folders to help you organize e-textbooks, notes, and related electronic documents for different courses.
Features and Benefits
Download the app and 1) as a student, try their free titles and test out the study and organization tools; 2) as an instructor test out the Blackboard integration.
You should note that Nookstudy is an application for your desktop or laptop, it is NOT designed for use on the nook reading tablet.
Required Operating Systems
|XP, Vista, or Windows7||ccccc||OS 10.6 or higher|
Check the FAQs for additional important information related to this tool.
App of the Month for Mobile Device Users
There are over 500,000 apps in the Apple and Android Marketplace App Store. If you are like many mobile device users, going to the app store is like an online, endless mall—so many apps, so little time.
Although strolling through the App Store is a lot of fun, it can be overwhelming. So, the UAB Instructional Technology (ITIT) department invites you to attend our ‘Apps of the Month’ sessions where we share with you some of the interesting apps that we have found.
No mobile device, but still interested. No problem! ITIT has a limited number of iPads for use during these sessions.
Below you'll find summary information on some apps we've reviewed to date:
|Sundry Notes||Mobile Air Mouse||Dropbox|
|Screen Sync||Screen Sync||Readability|
|Go-to Meeting||JabberPad||Encore B2B|
NOOKstudy is a feature-rich and easy-to-use software application that allows you to store and manage digital content for your classes – eTextbooks, class materials, personal notes, and teacher handouts - in a single location.
NOOKstudy is a free download, and can be used on either a Mac or PC. You should note that it is not available on nook readers - a little confusing and a cause of some irritation if you check out discussion boards - this is due to the nature of textbook presentation and something that Barnes & noble is working on for future iterations.
Some Key features:
- The ability to create course specific files where you can maintain and organize all electronic content related to your courses: syllabi, hand-outs, scanned written notes, links to content
- The flexibility to electronically highlight and take notes in a variety of colors for easier recall and improved organization
- Tools that allow you to tag content for future reference
- The option of having multiple eTextbooks open simultaneously to make studying more efficient
- One click access to complementary online reference materials and resources (e.g. Google, Wikipedia, dictionary, etc.) directly from the eTextbooks
Submitting Assignments using Turnitin
Some of your instructors might use Turnitin to manage written assessments. The document below walks you you through the process of submitting work to this system.
Submitting Turnitin Assignments
Blackboard Collaborate is a platform of tools that provides synchronous video and audio interaction, display, and collaborative tools for online and blended courses. It is the result of a merger between the elluminate and Wimba systems.
This system is being used on a pilot basis on some UAB courses during the Fall 2012 term. It provides many of the same features and functions that Wimba does, and will be the UAB online classroom tool from Fall 2013 forward.
The following links provide information on using the system from the participant perspective. If your course uses Bb Collaborate, please use these links to familiarize yourself with this tool.
|Collaborate Online Orientation||Check System Requirements|
|Participant Reference Guide||Quick Start Guide|
In an effort to establish a well supported, cost-effective use of clickers ("classroom interactive response systems"), and to assist with their integration across campus, UAB has selected i>Clicker as the standard UAB Response System. The i>Clicker2 system was chosen for its ease of use, compatibility with UAB computing environment and technical support.
Purchasing the i>clicker2
Student i>clicker2 units are available through the Barnes & Noble UAB bookstore and Snoozy's. The current retail price is $45 per unit; there are no annual license fees. To register the unit, please review the instructions provided in your course. The unit can be used in multiple classes.
Swap out your existing Clicker
Students who have already purchased an eps or Turning point clicker through the UAB bookstore will be able to exchange that unit for the i>clicker2 unit at no additional charge. The exchange dates for Summer and Fall 2013 terms will be posted to this page.
Please Note: i>Clicker will exhcange eps and turnign Technologies clickers only; they will not exchange previousversions of the i>clicker.
To register your i>clicker:
1. Your instructor will create a link to the i>clicker registration page in your course:
2. Click on this link to access the following page, then enter your clicker remote ID in the box shown below:
Self-paced Polling User Guide