Blackboard revamped

The Teaching and Learning Technology Center upgraded Blackboard on Sunday, Oct. 7 allowing faculty members enhance learning for students by incorporating grading rubrics into assignments on the website.

Access to grading rubrics allows students to see the scales on which their professors will be grading their work.

TLTC’s goal, as part of the University’s mobile computing initiative, the is to always make sure they are up-to-date with the most recent software upgrades used by students and faculty in the University.

This was part of the quarterly upgrades released by Blackboard.

“It is important for the University to stay current on its mission critical software to ensure reliability, stability, security, support from the vendor and to introduce new functionality as it comes out,” said Paul Fisher, Jr. director of TLTC and associate chief information officer.

This update is geared “to help enhance teaching and learning both inside and outside of the classroom,” according to Fisher.

The upgrade allows an easier way for students and faculty to import and export assignments.

One new feature that is exclusive to faculty is the rubric update which allows the faculty to include scoring and percentages with rubrics that go along the assignments posted on Blackboard.

“This particular update provided only a few minor changes and increase in functionality,” Fisher said.

“Particularly, this update will make it easier for faculty to use rubrics with their assignments and integrate outside or publisher content that follow the common cartridge standard,” he continued.

The updates aim to make blackboard a more comprehensive and multimedia learning experience.

Students and faculty can easily view assignments and rubrics online and make necessary changes so that learning continues beyond the walls of a classroom.

“The tools provided with the Blackboard Learning Management System are designed to help faculty and students achieve their teaching and learning goals, but the use is at the faculty member’s discretion,” Fisher said.

Faculty members are not required to use blackboard in anyway.

According to TLTC, blackboard aims to aid students in viewing material outside of the classroom.

The updates allow for little miscommunication between the two parties and for a better learning experience for students, according to TLTC.

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Author: Staff Writer

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