Blackboard Learn

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Overview 

Blackboard Learn is the learning management system (LMS) used at UIC and is a Web-based integrated teaching and learning tool available for faculty to administer online courses. Course site development and navigation is accomplished through a consistent and easy-to-use web browser user interface. 

Features 

Blackboard Learn allows instructors to:

  • Make class materials available online
  • Add announcements to the homepage of their course site
  • Add links to external resources
  • Send email to entire class, select groups or individuals
  • Collect homework electronically
  • Deploy quizzes and tests online
  • Automatically grade quizzes and tests with feedback for the students if desired
  • Add grades and automatically calculate grades in the Grade Center for students to access directly
  • Use a secondary account to access the site as a student

Course site development and navigation is accomplished through a consistent and easy-to-use web browser user interface including tools such as: 

  • SafeAssign — Plagiarism analysis
  • Wimba Voice Tools — Voice authoring tools built directly into your Blackboard course site including podcasting, voice boards and more
  • Journals — Blackboard based journal tool
  • Blogs — Blackboard based blogging tool
  • Wikis — Blackboard based wiki tool
  • Scholar — Resource sharing and social bookmarking service
  • Online Tests — Create and deploy quizzes and tests online
  • Online Surveys — Anonymous surveys administered through Blackboard
  • Discussion Boards — Threaded discussions
  • Self and Peer Assessment — Peer and self assessment
  • Glossary — Listing of a glossery of terms for a course site
  • Send Email — Outgoing email on a course by course basis
  • Voice Announcements — Audio based announcements
  • Pools — Test and quizzes can be created from a pre-developed pool of questions 
  • Adaptive Release — Create rule based interactivity such as completing a quiz before reading the results of a data set
  • Echo360 — Lecture Capture delivery
  • Groups — Support for groups and options for students to collaborate virtually within a group structure
  • Collect Homework Electronically — Collect papers and files digitally 
  • Announcements — Post announcements on the homepage of your course (including audio announcements if desired)
  • External Links — Easily post links to external URL's (web sites) 
  • Grade Center — Post grades and calculate weighted totals for the total course grade
  • RSS Feeds — Use RSS feeds built into the system
  • Learning Modules — Use learning modules to steer students from one file to the next in a sequential order
  • Photo Roster — Quickly see a photo of your students to help place a name with a face

Requirements 

To access Blackboard Learn, students, faculty and staff must use their UIC netID (do not append @uic.edu after the netID) and common password

Web browsers used with Blackboard Learn must have Java and Javascript enabled, cookies and third-party cookies enabled, and pop-up blocker disabled. 

Blackboard Weekly Scheduled Maintenance Window

There is never a good time to have a major service like Blackboard taken down for necessary maintenance. However, a few times a year maintenance procedures require that the system be taken offline. For this reason, Blackboard has a scheduled weekly maintenance window on  Friday mornings from 1:00 am (CST) to 5:00 am (CST).  It is highly recommended that any online tests, quizzes, assignments, etc., take into consideration the weekly maintenance window.

Cost 

There is no charge for this service.

Support 

Email blackboard@uic.edu
Phone 312-996-9824
In person Instructional Technology Lab

 

Last updated: 

June 19, 2014

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