by Deborah Reichler
We will be upgrading Blackboard at the end of June. This year's upgrade will feature a major interface change which you should find easier to navigate and more flexible. In addition, there are a number of small but useful improvements, such as a new email editor. You can see an early version here: http://bbls-test.hamilton.edu.
When you enter any course in the new version, you will see a "Quick Start Guide" window open up. Before you click Cancel, check out the following features, which will help you set up your course and explain many of the available tools:
- The first section allows you to change the course name and enter a description
- The second section allows you to select a course structure from the templates in the list on the left
- The third section allows you to choose a nifty color theme
- The fourth section contains links to tutorials about using various features of your course. Don't miss the "On Demand LearningCenter," featuring dozens of videos of processes from building a course to using the grade center to creating tests and surveys.