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How to Create Email Rules

Here’s a totally optional tip that may make your life a little simpler by organizing your email inbox. Advertisements

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Blackboard Tip: Use Course Copy to Selectively Move Content

Most of the time, we use Blackboard’s course copy feature to get all the “stuff” from one course over into a blank course. But you can also use it to selectively move some content types.

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How to Find Online Students’ Last Date of Participation

MCC instructors must report a “last date of participation” in conjunction with any failing grades. But how do online instructors determine the last time a student participated?

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How to Add a User to Your Blackboard Learn Course

MCC Blackboard Support manages all the enrollment “stuff” for Blackboard Learn courses — we make sure all the students and instructors get added, dropped and swapped into the right courses.

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How to Calculate Final Grades in Blackboard Learn

Your “Total (External Grade)” column should reflect your course’s final grade. To make sure it’s accurate at the end of the quarter, make sure to follow either of these two options for calculating zeros in your gradebook.

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Blackboard Tip: Avoid Bringing Last Quarter’s Discussion with Course Copy

This tip comes with a bit of a mea culpa: I’ve given out some slightly misleading information about the course copy process and now I want to make sure that I get the record set straight.

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Blackboard Quick Tip: Set Course Duration

By default, Blackboard courses are only open between their first and final meeting dates. But instructors may want to change that to allow students to see final grades and feedback. Here’s how.

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Blackboard Quick Tip: ‘Zero Out’ Grades for Accurate Final Totals

Remember: Blackboard doesn’t automatically treat ungraded items as zeros, so a “no grade” for an activity doesn’t count against a student.

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Blackboard Quick Tip: Browse Adaptive Release Status

Here’s a neat trick to see who in your course can see what content.

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How to Post Your Syllabus in Blackboard Learn

Here are updated guides to posting a syllabus in a Blackboard Learn course, just in time for winter-quarter prep.

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Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Blackboard Course Ready for Winter Quarter

Here’s our resource roundup for Blackboard quarter preparation. If you’d like one-on-one help getting ready, email us or fill out the form below. We also have training scheduled this week and every Friday until Thanksgiving.

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Blackboard Tip: Get Winter Courses Ready with Course Copy

Blackboard’s course copy process is pretty easy, as long as you remember that it works in the opposite way as ANGEL’s — you should “push out” content from the template course (either a “master” or your fall course) to the

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Blackboard Resource: Preparing Your Course

Criminal justice instructor Greg Meyer put together some great presentations for faculty training. Here’s an overview on setting up your course before the quarter begins.

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Blackboard Q&A: What’s the difference between availability and adaptive release?

Availability is an item setting that dictates when students can see something. Adaptive release is a condition (or set of conditions) applied to an item that dictates who can see it (and, to a lesser degree, when they can see

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Join Us Fridays in the Sandbox for Blackboard Learn Basics

Come learn (or brush up on) the Blackboard basics in preparation for the winter quarter. IDS will have two-part sessions (attend both in the series for the full experience) from 2 to 4 p.m. Fridays in the sandbox (FOC 17).

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