Blackboard Features

Student Success

Calendar:   Blackboard has made dramatic improvements to the calendar. It now does all the things you'd expect from a modern calendar and more.
Performance Dashboard:  The Performance Dashboard provides instructors a view of different types of user activity within the course.  It lists all users in the course with information about each user’s progress and activity.
Retention Center:   Imagine being able to help a student change directions if you were aware, early on, of risk factors in the course. The new Retention Center brings retention factors and student engagement to your attention, quickly alerting you to potential risk and allowing you to take immediate action.
Goals:   Instructors want to align content items to standards, objectives & goals, as well as understand whether or not they are covering the material needed in their courses. This is critical to improve insight for instructors and administrators around true student performance, and to provide academic leaders with data critical for managing and reviewing overall program and student performance.
Rubrics:   Interactive Rubrics are a vital tool for efficiently and consistently evaluating and providing feedback to students. Whether you need a rubric to help manage essay responses, open-ended answers, or collaborative submissions to a wiki or blog assignment, Interactive Rubrics create a simple, flexible process integrated directly into your normal grading workflow.
Quality Matters (QM) Course Template:   Quality Matters (QM) is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning. The University of Cincinnati is a QM subscriber and is working toward the implementation of Quality Matters standards in all courses by incorporating a new university course template.
Inline Grading:   Stop waiting for files to download. Now you can view collaborative tools and assignments, provide feedback within the web browser itself, making grading faster, smarter, streamlined.

Student Engagement

Active Collaboration Tools:   Blackboard Learn has a comprehensive set of native collaboration and reflection tools including Wikis, Blogs, Journals and Discussions that all support different educational use cases. In addition to addressing the education community's desire to promote active learning and collaboration, all of these tools are built for education.
Social Learning:   Students and educators need to connect and collaborate with their education community, but they prefer to keep their academic life separate from their online social life. Blackboard has developed a global learning network that connects users at Blackboard Learn institutions around the globe and enables them to learn from each other informally, to complement more formal online courses.
Video Everywhere:  The Video Everywhere Building Block allows you to record, embed AND reuse video all throughout a course.  Using Video Everywhere requires that you set up an account on YouTube.
Kaltura Video:  Kaltura is a video streaming service that integrates with Blackboard.  Instructors can use the building block to record and upload video directly within their course using the Mashup tool in the text editor or from the My Media link under Blackboard tools.
Lync:   Microsoft Lync provides options for instructors to schedule and record online meetings with students.  Lync is included in Office 2013, so there is no need to download any software if you are using the latest office software.
Group Management:   Group experiences are critical for fostering a more personal and engaging student experience in courses and organizations. Whether you have a large number of groups with many students or just a few small groups, creating and managing those groups in Blackboard is easier than ever.

Student Assessment

Online Assessments:  Tests, quizzes, surveys, pools…build your own assessments based on your needs. Reuse questions or create new ones on the fly. There are multiple options for online assessments in Blackboard Learn.
Mobile Tests:  Instructors can deliver tests, not just in a web browser, but on popular mobile platforms as well.  Blackboard has designed mobile interfaces for common question types that mean more engagement for your students.
SafeAssign:  The SafeAssign Originality Report has also been streamlined and enhanced. SafeAssign is the only plagiarism prevention tool deeply integrated into core Blackboard Learn workflows.

Course Tools

Submitting Grades Online:   This tool allows instructors to easily submit student grades to the registrar directly from the Grade Center within their Blackboard course.  Note that only the primary instructor of record can submit grades to the registrar.

Publisher Building Blocks

McGraw Hill:   McGraw-Hill Connect is a web-based assignment and assessment platform that helps connect students to their coursework and to success beyond the course.  Innovative, adaptive technology engages students in the course content so they are better prepared, are more active in discussion, and achieve better results.
Pearson:   Learn how the powerful features of Pearson's MyLab and Mastering enhance teaching and learning for you and your students.  MyLab & Mastering provides a collection of online homework, tutorial, and assessment products designed to improve student results.
Cengage:   Built on principles of learning design and created hand-in-hand with educators, Cengage Learning solutions focus on engagement, taking students through the levels of application, analysis, and critical thinking.
Wiley Plus:   This online teaching and learning environment integrates the entire digital textbook with effective instructor and student resources to fit every learning style.
Web Assign:   WebAssign provides online instructional tools for faculty and students. Instructors create assignments within WebAssign and electronically transmit them to their class. Students enter their answers online, and WebAssign automatically grades the assignment and gives students instant feedback on their performance.