Launching the Bb Learn Tools Card 2013

Have you ever wondered what Blackboard Learn can do for you? Are you overwhelmed by the number of tools within the system? If you answered ‘yes’ to both questions then the Blackboard Learn Tools Card is for you.

We have produced a handy single page reference of all the Bb Learn Tools at a glance. It is available online here. We revise it annually so that you are kept up to date with the latest tools.

We have already sent laminated copies to our Blackboard Champions. If you would like a laminated version for your desk or for your colleagues, drop us a line at ltt@brunel.ac.uk

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We are upgrading to SP11!

As you know, we continually strive to improve our VLE here at Brunel. One of the most important ways we do this is by implementing service packs twice a year.

And so the time has come to implement our next service pack- SP11, which will be installed between 15th-19th July, during which time Blackboard Learn will not be accessible.

Schools and Central Services have already been informed and there is also a notice on the Bb Learn login page.

Drop us a line if you have any questions: ltt@brunel.ac.uk

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Service Packs: helping us to improve the VLE for you!

Assignment Receipting now available in Blackboard Learn!

Hi Everyone! I haven’t posted in a while so I thought I would offer a small (but hopefully useful!) gift in the form of our new Blackboard Learn Building Block: “Enhanced Receipting”.

This tool automatically sends an email receipt to students after they have submitted an assignment to Blackboard Learn. This is helpful because it…

•will allow students more clarity when submitting, e.g. “did I submit the right file?”, as well as keeping a record of the date / time submitted

•will give students peace of mind that assignments have been submitted successfully

•will allow students and staff to retrieve a copy of receipts from within their Blackboard Course if a receipts folder is set up

Best of all- it is automatically available in the system and you don’t need to do anything to set it up!

If, however, you do want to create a receipts folder within your Blackboard Learn Course, we have a simple step by step guide available on the “Help Me LTT” tab entitled “Assignment Receipting”.

u-Link is history!

Just a quick note to let you know that u-Link was decommissioned as of 5pm yesterday. So Blackboard Learn now becomes the only supported VLE for Brunel.

Staff and students have been emailed individually in advance to let them know of this, and so they will already be aware.

If you do have any questions, you can, of course, get in touch with the LTT (ltt@brunel.ac.uk)

Brand New Blackboard Learn Course Template for 2013/4

As you will no doubt be aware, the next academic year is already looming and what better way to see it in than a brand new template for your Blackboard Learn Course?

So here are some of the features you can expect to see…

- A brand new Course homepage containing a notifications dashboard, keeping students updated on module activity with alerts for new content and impending deadlines
– Grade Centre columns created by the template will be hidden by default to allow you to better control when to release grades

The template will be applied to any newly created Courses in Bb Learn- so it will be available for all 2013/4 Courses.

Of course, if you wish, you may decide not to use the template and simply to copy your 2012/3 Course content over to next year, removing the bits you don’t want. Either way, design your Course the way you choose!

A sneak peak at the new template!
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Out with the old and in with the new…

Seems like spring is finally here and in the true spirit of the season, we are having a bit of our own spring clean in the LTT!

The time has now come to close the doors on u-Link. This will finally be shut down on 3rd June. Students and staff will soon be sent an email to remind them to download any materials before u-Link is gone for good.

And we are pleased to announce that we have some brand new Blackboard Mobile Learn training lined up for those of you who would like to learn more about the mobile app. Learn how to create a mobile compatible test that students can complete on the go, see how your Blackboard Learn Course looks in the app and discover tips to make your Blackboard Learn Course more mobile friendly!

Places can be booked via the Staff Development website here.

What a day: Tech Zone 2013!

A big thanks to all of you that popped in to the Tech Zone today. We had a great time and hope you left feeling inspired.

In fact it seems that some of you were so inspired that we are going to be doing it all over again… tomorrow at the Business School Staff Day!

So if you fancy a Tech Zone round your School or Department, drop us a line – ltt@brunel.ac.uk

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The Tech Zone 2013: a source of inspiration!

Don’t miss this year’s Tech Zone!

It has been a busy week for the LTT… we are gearing up for the Tech Zone at this year’s Learning & Teaching Symposium which takes place next Wednesday (1st May 2013) in the Mead Room (Hamilton Building).

This year’s theme will be “How many Learning Technology Tools do you use?”

Did you know that the LTT currently supports a total of 138 tools??!! How many do you use? If your curiosity gets the better of you, come and find out more!

Plus if you want to get more involved, find out about how you can become a Blackboard Champion at the event.

And a final word for those of you with a sweet tooth… last year it was Haribo… come along to unveil this year’s mystery sugar fix!

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Spot us at the Tech Zone… we’ll be the ones wearing these badges!

 

Group Blogs in Bb Learn- an update

Some great news to mark the end of the week… the Computer Centre (in collaboration with the LTT) managed to successfully install a patch to resolve the group blogs issue yesterday.

Hopefully that means we will get lots more people blogging now (just as I am currently doing!)

Have a great weekend all… and let’s hope the weather continues to improve :)