Self-service access to your courses is easy with our Blackboard Course Access website. This tool allows instructors to gain immediate access to their courses in Blackboard ( directions ). Please note, the course instructor must be registered as a "Grader" in REGIS in order to be added to a course. This tool also allows instructors to add TAs to their courses ( directions ).
REGIS administrators can also use this tool to provide access to courses for their instructors ( directions ).
As you gear up for grading final papers and projects, we wanted to make sure that you knew that the drawing functionality is back in Blackboard's Inline Grading Tool! If you haven't seen it yet, take a look at our updated documentation . We're still waiting for some additional functionality, but they've heard our voice and they will be rolling out updates throughout the next couple of months.
Blackboard will be unavailable starting on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1:00am EDT while Blackboard is being upgraded. We expect that the upgrade and testing could last until the May 18th so please plan accordingly. We will email everyone when the upgrade and testing is complete. This migration will prepare us to take advantage of the latest version of Blackboard, which is called Ultra. This modern, streamlined version is mobile-friendly and engaging to students. Take a sneak peek with this video: Introduction to Blackboard Learn with the Ultra Experience for Instructors .
With our recent update to Blackboard, you may have noticed that the Inline Grading functionality has changed. A more streamlined Box tool has replaced the former Crocodoc interface. You are still able to add comments and feedback directly to the assignment as well as download the original submission. The pen, text box, and strike-through functionality is not presently available but we are looking forward to expanded functionality with our next upgrade. Although you cannot download the annotated submissions presently, students can review your comments and feedback online. To learn more about this tool and how to use it, please click here .
Comparison of Crocodoc (left) vs. Box Interface (right)
We hope you're already taking advantage of the great Qwickly Attendance tool within Blackboard that takes the pain out of tracking and grading student attendance. This robust course tool is integrated with your Grade Center and supports different methods of taking attendance including faculty taking attendance using a list on screen; allowing students to check in on their device with an optional PIN and countdown timer; and now with swipe functionality! Rutgers Business School faculty successfully piloted this new feature in December when they had their students use their Rutgers ID cards to swipe in for exams.
And don't worry that the semester has already started - Qwickly Attendance allows you to enter past attendance too so please feel free to reach out to ATS at firstname.lastname@example.org or (973)353-1713 for assistance or with any questions.
With thanks to all of you, Blackboard continued to see record use during the Fall 2017 semester. There were more than 20 million page views and students spent more than 120 minutes a day using Blackboard to support their studies. This past fall was also our third semester in a row that Blackboard was available 100% of the time. Our goal is to continue to provide you with new tools and features to support your students' learning. As such, we are currently preparing for a major upgrade that will allow faculty starting this summer to take advantage of the latest version of Blackboard, which is called Ultra. This modern, streamlined version is mobile-friendly and engaging to students. Take a sneak peak at Ultra by visiting Blackboard's site here .
Over this past summer, Academic Technology Services upgraded the technology in ten classrooms (Conklin 238, 346, 348, 352, 445, 455; Bradley 311, 312, 403; Hill 108). This new equipment includes an upgraded touch screen to control display and audio content. New HDMI projectors have been installed to increase visual presentations and speakers have been replaced to enhance audio quality.
Also, the Physics Lab in Smith 104 was fully renovated. Technology upgrades include wireless presentation, an annotation touch monitor at the instructors station and multiple projectors. Students can collaborate and share content on one of the 40" monitors located at each station. Additionally, new furniture, flooring and whiteboards were installed in eleven classrooms (Engelhard 209, 211, 309; Hill Hall 202, 205; Smith Hall B22, B23, B24, B25, B26, B27).
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Are you catching up in the middle of the night and hit a snag in Blackboard? Take a look over to the right and you'll see a Support tab overlay on the side of each page in Blackboard that will provide you with a list of FAQs, videos and documentation about the tools and features on the page. For example, when creating an Assignment, the support tab has information about downloading assignments, using the inline grading feature, plagiarism options with SafeAssign, best practices and anonymous grading. This context specific help is available to faculty, staff, and students. A link to Contact Support is available which will prompt you to provide pertinent details and email the information to the appropriate department based on your role.
The Support information will pop-up into a new window so you may need to enable pop-ups. Below is a screenshot of how to enable pop-...
Academic Technology Services continues to upgrade and expand technology throughout our Digital Classrooms to enhance your teaching experience and your students' learning. Part of this initiative includes providing you and your students with the ability to present material from your laptop, tablet or phone anywhere in the classroom without needing to deal with any cables or adapters.
Digital Classrooms with Air Media ( directions ):Boyden Hall 100 Conklin Hall 100 Engelhard Hall 100, 309, and 311 Hill Hall 124, 125 Smith 220
Digital Classrooms with Mersive Solstice equipment are capable of multi-synchronous sharing, meaning that multiple users can send multiple images to the displays simultaneously ( directions ):Conklin Hall 201*, 302*, 319*, and 402* Engelhard Hall 301* and 303* Smith Hall 104 (Physics Lab) Coming Soon to Conklin Hall 449 and CLJ 202...
Technology and Learning Spaces continues to make great strides at RU-N thanks to the support of the Chancellor's Office and in collaboration with University Facilities and Newark Computing Services. Below are just a few highlights:Since the summer of 2015, 52 classrooms have received total facilities renovations, including asbestos abatement, carpet, paint, furniture lighting, access to student power and more. Additionally, technology has been added or upgraded in 32 classrooms, bringing our three year total up to 60 improved classrooms. Approximately $3 million has been spent on classroom technology improvements, ranging from new computers, 4K projectors, touch screen monitors, wireless networking, and more. We had less than 100 network access points just two years ago, now almost 1300 access points have been installed everywhere students study, eat, live, and even workout...