UAB Online Announces Campus Overview Sessions for Blackboard and Instructure/Canvas

As the academic learning system selection process continues, the two finalists will be making presentations to the UAB Campus between October 29-31.  Sessions will be held in the Center for Teaching and Learning
(Education Building Room 243 across from Sterne Library) and will also be streamed live for those that wish to participate online.   Both Blackboard and Instructure/Canvas will present identical sessions over different days to accomodate as many schedules as possible.

Schedule: (Note: session archives are now available, see below)

  • Tuesday October 29
  • Wednesday October 30
    • Canvas overview session at 11:00am
    • Blackboard overview session 2:00PM (view archive)
  • Thursday October 31
    • Blackboard overview session 11:00am

More information on the learning system selection process can be found on the UAB Online website.
New Features of Blackboard Learn 9.1

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
Calendar Video Everywhere
**My Blackboard  
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Browser Information

Supported Browsers & Operating Systems for Blackboard Learn

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
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Apple Mac OS Operating System
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  • 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.

Blackboard Learn Toolbar

The Blackboard Learn Toolbar for Internet Explorer and Firefox enhances the browsing experience for learners.
It facilitates research using context-aware decision support information rather than raw search results.
Learners can use the toolbar to discover resources using the Microsoft Bing Decision Engine.

BBLearn Toolbar

Combined with this new way to search are notifications your students use every day from the Blackboard Learn software.
You can reach students with course updates where they already are – browsing on the web.
Any time their web browser is open they are connected to your institution and getting notifications from classes.

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Course Files

Course Files: Manage Content at the Course Level

Course files eliminate redundancy and simplify the management of content updates.
An in-course file storage structure makes it easier to keep track of documents used in courses,
similar to the type of file and folder structure that is used on your PC.


content management

The new table of contents allows students to see and navigate the organization of the
set of content on the same page as the materials. A new thumb nail view and
drag and drop upload applet make it quick and easy to get files into Blackboard and to view the image files.

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Customized Grade View

Customize Your Grading View: Develop a Personalized Workflow

The Grade Center has been enhanced in Release 9.1 to include a dynamic filter that allows you
to instantly view grade data by selecting a category and status criteria. Using the filters, you can
easily change the Grade Center view to show, for example, l tests that need to be graded.

Customize the grade center

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Mashups

Mashups: Integrate Visually Engaging Content

You can easily integrate rich media learning content using Web 2.0 resources from Youtube, Slideshare, and Flickr.
This tool allows you to deliver engaging course content in a convenient and powerful way by searching, finding,
and inserting in a few clicks.
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Blackboard has added an accessible wrap around the YouTube player to make it accessible to everyone.

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Wikis

Wikis: Promote Active Collaboration

Wikis enable active collaboration around course content and group projects. Users collaborate on a document using only a web browser.
As an instructor, you can see the process and evolution of the work and can also participate.
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You can also see each participant’s contributions and grade accordingly.

Blackboard Learn is a new platform. Many of the functions you use in CE Vista 8 will still be available to you, but some have changed.

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Screensync

SyncSpaceSync Space

Sync Space for iPad provides a zoom able drawing space that can be shared in real-time over the net a sort of shared whiteboard. Turn on synchronization and send a link to the document to others who will be able to see your drawing and also make changes using Sync Space.

The resulting drawings can be posted to Twitter, 37 Signals' Campfire and Face book or emailed as a PDF.

lt’s the perfect whiteboard replacement for distributed teams. See a demonstration video a tour web site.

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