Blackboard Learn Quick Facts

Why are we building courses in Blackboard Learn as opposed to migrating courses from Vista into Learn?

  • Institutions that chose to migrate content have encountered a number of significant problems.
  • The two systems are different enough to create compatibility issues with a variety of content objects and in some cases created more confusion and frustration by faculty and support staff than if they had created new content objects and uploaded files pulled down from Vista courses.
  • Building new courses also allows faculty to improve their course design using the new tools available in Blackboard Learn.

Do questions that I have stored in Vista for assessments have to be manually created in Blackboard Learn?

  • No, the User Support Team in IT Services will assist faculty with downloading and uploading question banks using the Respondus tool.

What should faculty do to create "accessible" course content?

  • Read the IPFW's Web Accessibility Policy and the Web Accessibility Checklist.
  • Browse available accessibility resources on the IT Services Training Web site.
  • Register for accessible document training offered by IT Services.
  • Use Accessible PDF's as the preferred file type.
  • Re-image their syllabuses using an accessible template.
  • Create accessible hyperlinks to URL content outside of Blackboard.
  • Learn how color and contrast play an important role in content accessibility.
  • Ensure that all images have alternative text.

What are some of the new features/tools available in Blackboard Learn?

  • An improved grade center.
  • Drag n drop functions enabled for content rearrangement.
  • Improved HTML editing tools.
  • Expanded communication and collaboration tools.  
  • A course creation Wizard for creating development areas.
  • Faculty can change course availability dates allowing students early or late access to their course content.
  • When copying course content to a new course, faculty can make more choices as to which content to copy.