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13 Tips to Get Your Blackboard Course Ready

Checklist to optimize your course before the semester starts

Prepare your Blackboard course shell for the new semester with our updated baker’s dozen checklist. 1. Review new tools & features in Blackboard. Our Blackboard site receives updates and...

Posted: August 17, 2021, 12:02 PM

Faculty prioritize grading & assessments for Ultra’s future

About 76% of current & planned Ultra aligns with Original

When Ultra was first introduced at UMBC in SP2018, four adventurous faculty opted to use a newly redesigned Blackboard course interface in their courses. Ultra represented a new phase of...

Posted: May 11, 2021, 11:27 AM

12 Effective Practices for Delivering Blackboard Tests

Get ready for final exams with these test prep tips

Online tests and assignments are an effective and convenient way to assess students in the virtual environment. Throughout the semester, faculty can leverage many different options and settings...

Posted: April 26, 2021, 12:38 PM

Faculty Survey Suggests Shift in Pre/Post-Pandemic Teaching

31% increase in those open to non-traditional approach, FA21

"I teach mostly grad students. I did not expect to find any positives about remote teaching - in 35 years of teaching I had NEVER done it and did not plan on doing it before retirement [...] It is...

Posted: February 24, 2021, 11:05 AM

Students praise organized course designs from PIVOT+ faculty

Some raise concerns over “course and a half” syndrome

In a survey of more than 500 courses taught by faculty who completed the PIVOT+ professional development program this past summer, students said they enjoyed taking classes that were well...

Posted: November 18, 2020, 2:34 PM