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Blackboard 8

What's New in Blackboard 8

  • bb 8 logoEnhanced gradebook - Grade Cener
  • SafeAssign plagiarism checker built in
  • New self and peer assessment
  • New bookmarking (Scholar)
  • New Blackboard Instant Message (Wimba Pronto)

Blackboard Academic SuiteTM Release 8.0 Video Tour -- provided by Blackboard

  • Overview
  • Grade Center
  • Critical Thinking Tools

Grade Center

Gradebook is now called Grade Center with enhanced design and built-in easy to use and verstile functions. with less clicking and fewer subsequent pages, instuctors can manage grades more efficiently. It includes

  • Inline editing: ability to enter grades directly in the spreadsheet (no longer need to click into individual grades or grade views to enter or edit grades)
  • Ability to create and print reports
  • New grade calculations including average grade and minimum/maximum grade for grades analysis.
  • Easier grade weighting
  • Smart views: categorize students based on criteria

Blackboard 8 Resources

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SafeAssign

Safe Assign is a plaragiarism detection services by Blackboard. In Bb8 Safe Assign functions as in Bb7, but integrated with the Grade Center in the system. No need to activate it in Buiilding blocks tools any more. It check documents by throughsafeAssign

  • Internet
  • ProQuest©
  • ABI/Inform© database
  • Institutional document archives
    Global Reference Database, includes content submitted into SafeAssign from Blackboard-powered institutions

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Blackboard Scholar scholar logo

”Blackboard Scholar® is a social bookmarking service customized for education. It provides an exciting new way for students and instructors to find educationally valuable resources on the Web. Using the knowledge and power of [a] network of educational users, Scholar will make it easier for instructors and students to find relevant resources on the Internet for courses and research. Furthermore, by storing and sharing associated information with each resource such as tags, disciplines, other users who have tagged and more, Scholar will allow users to evaluate the resources and find the most relevant and reliable. And it is directly integrated within the Blackboard Learning System(TM) - Enterprise, Vista, and CE Licenses, providing easy access right within the course environment.”
( Source: http://wiki.scholar.com/display/SCLR/About+Scholar)

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Wimba Pronto

pronto logoPronto is an instant messenger provided as an additional feature to instructors and students using Blackboard. Instant messaging is a synchronous, or "live", form of communication between two (or more) people, based on typed text. You can also use the audio tool to talk to people in your contact list using a microphone. Use Pronto to provide virtual office hours.

Pronto is different from other instant messaging programs (such as AOL or Microsoft Instant Messenger). Pronto is synchronized with Blackboard, so it is very easy to find classmates and instructors. Once it has been installed on your computer, you do not need to be logged into Blackboard to use Pronto. View Pronto User Guide

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