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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. 

Request a Blackboard Learn Course Site

Please provide the following required information to request a new or copied Blackboard Learn course site for a particular semester, or to request an ongoing Blackboard Learn collaborative work site. You can request the re-use of an existing course site in the creation of your course site(s). Requests should be submitted at least two weeks before the site is needed to guarantee a timely setup.

Instuctors will often want to print the entire content of a thread or series of threads for reading offline. If a user attempts to print from the main course site view of the Discussion Forum this will create problems, due to the Blackboard frames layout. To format the content of a discussion forum for printing follow these steps:

Blackboard Instant Messenger (formerly known as Pronto) is a free instant messaging and voice chat tool that allows students and instructors to spontaneously meet live, online at any time to discuss their coursework.

Blackboard Mobile Learn facilitates ubiquitous learning, comfortable learning and instant access to Blackboard course sites at UIC from iPad, iPhone/iPod touch, Android, Blackberry

Blackboard Learn can be accessed using a variety of desktop and mobile browsers, in addition to native apps.

SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention service to assist faculty in the prevention of plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers and providing a report for review. The SafeAssign plagiarism detection service (run and hosted by the Blackboard company) supports the

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Wimba Voice Tools function within Blackboard Learn with only a microphone needed to interact with the software. In many virtual learning environments student and instructor communication is limited to text and static images.

Yes.  The PowerPoint presentation must be run through a conversion software so it is properly prepared to be viewed online. This could be in a Blackboard course or any standard Web server.  There are a number of conversion software available and the ITL has a couple options available in our labs.  If you prefer you can create your audio narrated presentation in your office, or at home, directly within PowerPoint and once the presentation is complete stop by the ITL and quickly run the file through the conversion software and upload to your Blackboard course site or Web server.

SoftChalk is an easy-to-use authoring tool specifically designed for creating class materials. You can use it to create interactive Web pages for your traditional face-to-face, online,  or blended learning course.

Instructors can activate a secondary account (identity) for use in Blackboard.

The secondary account is an *alter ego* that allows instructors to *enroll *in their Blackboard course site(s) as a student while continuing as the instructor. This allows instructors a way to accurately see what their students see and to check the validity of their calculations in the Grade Center.

Blackboard Instant Messenger works just like any instant messaging tool.  Individuals can only see the content that the two or more people are exchanging; no one else can see or hear Blackboard IM chat conversation.  That is, Blackboard Instant Messenger lets you easily set up a group chat by inviting others (select Invite Group Chat from the Actions pull-down menu) and you can save archives of the text-chat to review later or to share it with the rest of the class. 

Students registered for classes at UIC are automatically enrolled into your site based upon the call numbers you specify in your site request. The batch enrollment process is run from two weeks before the semester begins until the Add/Drop deadline. The batch enrollment will add students into your course site, but you will have to un-enroll any students that drop themselves.

To manually enroll the students, follow the steps given below:

Please contact accounts@uic.edu regarding access to Blackboard for guest affiliates who do not have UIC netIDs. Once a netID is generated they can then be added to your Blackboard Learn course.

File attachments may be added to different places in a Course. For example, to an Item, an Assignment, or a File in a Learning Module. There are two options for adding file attachments:

Log in to a Blackboard Learn site, select Tools (or Student Tools) from the Blackboard Learn course menu (on the left) and scroll down to select Blackboard IM.  This will prompt you to download the Blackboard instant messenger software -- a quick and simple installation.  Once Blackboard Instant Messenger is installed, simply login using your Blackboard IM username and password and you can be available anytime and anywhere!

Any Content Item, including Course Links, External Links, Folders, Learning Units, Off line Content and Tools can be copied from one folder or Course to another folder or Course. Copying content does not delete the content from the original location unless Delete Item After Copy is selected. Content that is deleted after a copy is moved to the new location and does not exist in the original location any longer.

NOTE: Folders may not be copied from other parts of a Course into a Learning Module.

Any file you wish to upload should have a three or four letter file extension (such as .txt or .html) which designates its type and is a commonly used extension name recognized by web browsers. Be sure to give your files sensible names - use only alphanumeric characters and don't use spaces. For example: If you wish to upload a Microsoft Word document, it must be named similarly to myfile.doc, .doc being the file extension for Word. (see the table below for commonly used file extensions.)

Using Discussion Board in Blackboard is one of the easiest ways to begin fostering on-line collaboration. This tool will help 'engage' students and foster a community within your individual class. Discussion Board can be a very valuable component to a face-to-face course, especially on a commuter campus like UIC. These Discussion Forums provide a venue for 'asynchronous communication'. They provide a public forum and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; they make 'anywhere/anytime' learning a possibility.

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