Simplifying Weighted Gradebooks

Weighted gradebooks can be complicated to set-up and confusing for your students. This video will show you how you can simplify the process by using simple math to assign point values to your assignments and setting them up as a point based gradebook.

Global Course Messages

In Blackboard it is easier than ever to quickly check course messages from the global Messages menu link. Check out the video below!

Video/Audio Feedback

In Blackboard, we have the ability to give video and audio feedback to students when we are grading.

Watch the video below for more information video and audio grading feedback.


Who doesn’t like earning achievements? You can set up achievements in your course to reward excellent work and encourage students.

Watch the video below for instructions on how to set up achievements.

Here is what the students see.


Where’s My Course?

Good news! Finding your course has never been easier. We now have the ability to navigate between terms and organize our list of courses based on personal preferences. Watch the video below for more details.

What’s new in Bb?

What's New?New Blackboard Features!

There have been some exciting updates to Blackboard and we are so excited to share them with you.

Let’s have a drumroll please…our first announcement:

Manual Attendance Feature

THERE’S AN ATTENDANCE FEATURE!!!!!!!!!!!  Some of you have been eagerly waiting for it and we hope you’re going to like it.

Bad news first, for those of you hoping for the attendance code (which you had in ANGEL) for face-to-face classes, that is not a feature at this time. You will need to manually take attendance.

The good news, the attendance feature is tied to the gradebook, so, you don’t have to add columns. You can mark students  Present, Late, Absent or Excused. It’s got a beautiful interface and is easy to use. CAUTION!!! Unless you intend to use the Gradebook, DO NOT CLICK THE LINK IN THE COURSE TOOLS TO TURN IT ON. It will automatically add the Attendance column to the gradebook and it cannot be removed. It can be hidden, but, it doesn’t go away. Check out our blog article on this new feature.

Institutional Branding

We’re over-the-moon excited about the ability to add the eStarkState brand back into the LMS. It’s the small things that make our day!

Support for Large Monitors

Can you see me now????  We are thrilled to see the Bb environment FILL OUR SCREENS this week. Now Blackboard makes great use of whatever size screen you’re using. More room means less scrolling.

Gradebook Columns

Blackboard has improved the ability to read headings in gradebooks. We can actually read what’s in each column. Since we look at all of your gradebooks, we’re probably more excited about this improvement than you are!