The Updated Blackboard Content Editor: simplified menu, record audio and video feedback and more!

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What is the Content Editor?

Content Editor

The Blackboard Content Editor allows you to add and format text; insert equations, hyperlinks and tables; and attach various types of files to your content.

The Content Editor appears throughout Blackboard as the default editor. It shows up when creating a content item, when deploying a quiz, and when students reply to a discussion post.

Almost anywhere you add text, you’ll see the content area.

What’s new with the Content Editor?

There are lots of great reasons to like the updated Content Editor. Adding content has been simplified, and it works better on both mobile and desktop devices. There are several improvements for accessibility and some new features, too. Here are four enhancements to look forward to:

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Easy Menu for Content Uploads

Embedding content has changed. Now, select the plus sign button (+) to add content. The Content Editor will automatically recognize the kinds of files you add. For images and video, the ability to add multiple files at once is a new capability. Images and media are automatically recognized and embedded for a simpler user experience.

 

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Improved Accessibility

The new editor’s  accessibility checker, which uses WCAG 2.0 guidelines, helps authors make content more accessible while they’re creating it. Alternative text can be added, and formatting issues corrected when reviewing content with the accessibility checker.

 

Embedding

Embedding Simplified

When pasting links to websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion, videos are automatically embedded for inline playback. Other sites including The New York Times, WordPress, SlideShare and Facebook will embed summary previews.

 

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Send Students Audio & Video Feedback

A recording feature is available for faculty to provide audio or video feedback when grading student  assessments, assignments, discussions,wikis, and blogs with the Feedback to Learner tool.. To use this feature, go to the grading screen for an assignment and access Feedback to Learner. Note: Captioning capability is NOT offered for this feature, which renders audio/video feedback inaccessible for some students.

 

As always, LTS is available to instructors for Blackboard guidance and support. Please contact LTS at lts@uic.edu with any questions.