An Overview of Changes in Blackboard 9.1 – Available Online

VCU’s Blackboard system will be upgraded to version 9.1 on May 17, 2012. Most features in release 9.1 will feel familiar, but there are a few changes to the editor and a some enhancements you might want to explore.
The Center for Teaching Excellence has presented a few Blackboard 9.1 Overview sessions on both the Monroe Park Campus and the MCV Campus to assist faculty and staff in becoming familiar with the major changes and new functionality. We recognize that finding time to attend these sessions is not always possible, so we have recorded an overview, which is available online. You may also download the handout for the Bb 9.1 Overview session. Bb9.1 Differences (Spring 2012).docx
Existing courses will be copied over to the new system and the existing content should still be in place. The major changes are in the layout of the editing environment and with a little exploration, current users should be able create, edit and manage content without too much trouble.
Video Tutorials on Demand
VCU has also contracted with Atomic Learning to provide a wealth of short video recordings on a wide range of software, tools, etc. Among these, are tutorials on Blackboard. To access these recordings, go to:

  • Login with your VCU EID (if the authentication box appears)
  • Browse available training projects
  • Select the Blackboard from the pull-down list
  • Select version 9.1
  • Click Find Tutorials
  • Click Application Blackboard 9.1 and select the desired faculty tutorial. (note: student tutorials are also available.
  • Identify the tutorial that suits your needs and play the video.

For further technical assistance, contact the Technology Services askIT Help Center.
As always, the CTE is available by appointment to discuss the selection and use of appropriate technologies to enhance your practice.

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