Educational Technology

Blackboard Learn Update

Alvernia University’s Blackboard Learn 9.1 system successfully completed its update from Service Pack 9 (SP 9) to Service Pack 11 (SP 11) on April 16, 2013. Check out the new features below.

New Features in Blackboard Learn (SP 10 & SP 11)

The New Theme

In addition to the above-listed new features, beginning with our Summer 2013 courses, we will be employing the new Blackboard Learn 2012 theme to provide a new look and easier navigation.

Video Tutorial: The New Theme

Global Navigation Menu

Always present in the top right corner, the new navigation menu is the entry point to My Blackboard and also provides one-click access to your Courses, Settings, and Help.

My Blackboard

The modern user interface includes Posts, Updates, My Grades, etc. for easy access and navigation.

Video Tutorial: Global Navigation and My Blackboard

New Content Editor

The new Content Editor vastly improves the user experience for entering text, pasting content from Microsoft Word, and adding content to all areas of Blackboard Learn.

Video Tutorial: Using the Content Editor   

Item Analysis

Item Analysis helps instructors refine assessments by evaluating the quality and validity of each question. Far better than the usual Frequency and Distribution reports, the new Item Analysis report provides discrimination statistics that allow identifying questions that are poor performers, diagnose the problem and then fix it in a streamlined workflow.

Tutorial: Item Analysis

Video Everywhere

Video Everywhere is a feature of the Content Editor. Once installed and activated, you will see a new icon in the Content Editor that accesses your webcam. The feature provides the ability for instructors and students to:

  • Record a video on the fly using a webcam and have it seamlessly embedded in course materials, interactions, and feedback through the content editor.
  • Reuse previously recorded videos by choosing from one’s own “library” of videos.

Video Tutorial: About Video Everywhere
Getting Started with Video Everywhere

Retention Center

The Retention Center replaces the Early Warning System feature with easy workflows, while retaining all existing Early Warning System data and rules.

The Retention Center provides an easy way for instructors to discover which students in their courses are at risk. Based on preconfigured rules and rules instructors create, students’ engagement and participation are visually displayed, quickly alerting them to potential risk. From the Retention Center, instructors can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement.

Instructors can begin using the Retention Center features immediately—no setup required.

Video Tutorial: The Retention Center
Tutorial: Using the Rentention Center

File Attachments in Tests

Files that are attached to test questions must be uploaded using the content editor. This will store the files in Course Files. 

Mobile Support for Mashups

Changes in how mashups are processed allow them to now play on mobile devices.

Contact Information

Mike Nerino

Director of Educational Technology
Faculty support for integrating technology with courses
Phone: 610.790.2955

Miro Liwosz

Media Suite Operations Manager and
Blackboard System Administrator

Kyle Martin

Multimedia Specialist

David Dague

Help Desk Support

Thomas Daniels

Help Desk Support