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  • How to Add Users in Blackboard

    Sometimes it may be helpful to grant access to your Blackboard courses to users who aren’t enrolled.  A few examples include student employees who are grading assessments and colleagues who want to observe your class. The great thing is...


  • Try some of these shortcuts to more quickly get your course ready for the semester.

    Shortcuts When Updating From a Template

    Preparing a Blackboard course for a new semester can be a monstrous undertaking, so reusing content from a previous semester or a course template can save a lot of time. The only trouble is, you may need to make several updates before the cour...


  • You can use Blackboard tests to create other non-test activities for your classes.

    Alternate Uses for Blackboard Tests

    I think we’re all aware of the capability to create and deploy tests in Blackboard, but have you ever thought about using the test builder for items that aren’t tests? Here are a few ideas you may want to incorporate into your own courses. ...


  • Students discuss the instructional text on an assignment.

    The Importance of Instructional Text

    Does this conversation sound familiar? Student: I saw the materials for class, but I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do. Instructor: Well, I posted it all in Blackboard. I’m not sure what the problem is. If your students are tel...


  • Screenshot of Qwickly how-to video

    Use Qwickly to Post Content Across Multiple Courses [Video]

    Do you find yourself spending time duplicating emails and announcements to send to several of your courses? I have a solution for you. We’ve added a tool called Qwickly in Blackboard that allows you to send emails and post announcements acro...


  • Calendar screenshot from Blackboard.

    Consider Adding a Calendar Tool

    A few years back, I used to have several student workers who reported to me, and without fail, at the beginning of each semester, they would tell me with this great sense of accomplishment that they had entered all their major deadlines and exams ...


  • Students access course content in Blackboard.

    Answers About Blackboard at ASU

    As you are gearing up for the fall semester, it may be helpful to you to understand a little about how we use Blackboard at Angelo State. I’m not talking about a how-to or tutorial for anything, but just a little info about how Blackboard is str...


  • A checklist helps with course preparation.

    Use a Course Prep Checklist

    Sometimes course copy in Blackboard can be a lifesaver. If you or a colleague have taught a course before, copying over content from a previous semester gives you a great foundation to start from. But the tricky thing can be remembering all th...


  • Students complete Blackboard quizzes that use calculated formulas.

    Q&A: Creating Blackboard Tests Using Calculated Formulas

    33976200250Because ASU now offers a minor in astronomy, Assistant Professor Dr. Kenneth Carrell knew it was time to bump up the requirements. He added some mathematical equations to his introductory course, PHYS 1303 Fundamentals of Astronomy....


  • ASU students complete a chemistry lab exercise.

    Improve Lab Report Submissions

    Lab reports. Across our college, faculty collect a lot of lab reports that take on many shapes and sizes. 35138150188Dr. Gregory Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is trying some cool new stuff with his...


  • A student participates in an online discussion board.

    Facilitate Better Online Discussions

    Discussion boards can be a great tool to add depth to your course and allow students to learn from each other. So why do discussion boards turn into a grading nightmare and a chore to read for so many faculty? Because it’s easy for discussi...


  • Students access Collaborate for a class they are taking.

    Using Blackboard Collaborate in Face-to-Face Classes

    I know what you’re thinking — you teach face-to-face courses and maybe use Blackboard to supplement what you’re doing in class, so how could you have a use for Collaborate, right? In case you aren’t familiar with Blackboard Collabora...


  • Video: Creating Accessible Content Items in Blackboard

    Formatting Content Items in Blackboard [Video]

    With new digital accessibility laws taking effect in a few months, it’s a great time to start talking about a few quick changes we can make to help improve our course content. One of our challenges with Blackboard is that we actually have to...


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