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.
Check the schedule for regular Instructional technology workshop events for Fall 2012.
|5/12/2013||NA||Blackboard Learn will be updated to Service Pack 11. This will result in some changes to system look and feel; and also introduces new featues and functions.||NA|
|5/13/2013||Blackboard collaborate, UAB's new virtiual classroom solution, will be available in all course shells.|
|8/26/2013||Blackboard Collaborate will become UAB's only virtual classroom solution. Wimba will no longer be available. Click for details|
|3/28||9 - 11:30
|Effective Use of clickers - pedagogy and mechancs of use. Click for more details||EB241C
|5/21 & 5/22, 2013||UA System Scholar's Institute||UAH|
|Click for schedule
||UAB Center for Teaching & Learning will host demonstrations of the Collaborate virtual classroom||EB240|
|Click for Schedule||Instructional Technology Workshop sessions are now posted||EB240A|
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|