Grade Center Help


Do you need a quick tutorial on How to Create a Weighted Final Grade in the Grade Center?
Do you want to organize the columns in the Full Grade Center, so that they are displayed in the order you would like them to appear?

Check out our Grading Center resource located at:

The ID team is also available for individual assistance, contact us at or 508.999.8501.

Important Changes for Assignment Inline Grading Tool


Blackboard’s assignment inline grading functionality is serviced by a third party tool called Crocodoc. This tool allows faculty to annotate assignments with text and point based comments, highlighting and drawing directly within the course site. The Crocodoc service is being retired by Box, the company who owns Crocodoc. Box is replacing with a comparable service called New Box View.

On December 22, 2017, Box View will replace Crocodoc, after which you will begin to use the New Box View interface.

View more information about what’s changing and the new interface.

Call for Proposals: New Approaches to Teaching and Learning 2018


New Approaches to Teaching and Learning 2018

New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Conference 2017

Date: January 19th, 2018 beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Location: Charlton College of Business Learning Pavilion & Library Living Room
Concurrent Session Times: 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

We invite proposals for faculty sessions showcasing innovative and creative teaching and learning strategies. Each 50-minute faculty session will occur concurrently during the morning portion of the conference. The goal of these sessions is to share effective teaching and learning practices so that attendees can gain concrete ideas to integrate into their own teaching.

Proposals could include, but are not limited to, any of the following topics:

  • Best practices and strategies for active or “Flipped” learning
  • Effective collaborative and/or Team-Based Learning techniques
  • Creative assessment strategies
  • Effective implementations of web-based collaboration tools
  • Student multimedia projects
  • Innovative use of technologies (video, lecture capture, OER, WordPress, VoiceThread, in-class polling)
  • Online or Blended teaching strategies
  • Project-based learning
  • Building community in classes/programs
  • Community-based projects or service learning
  • Teaching and learning specific to STEM fields

Deadline for proposal submissions is Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be made by November 6, 2018.

Submit your presentation proposal today! 

Visit the New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Agenda for more information

New Approaches to Teaching and Learning 2018 is sponsored by the Academic Director of Online Education, Office of Faculty Development, Instructional Development, Provost’s office, and University Extension.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra


collab_imageA new, simplified version of Blackboard Collaborate is now available to faculty who use myCourses. This updated version of Blackboard Collaborate offers crisp, hi-definition audio/video and launches meetings right in your web browser without the need for updating java or installing a launcher program. The user interface has also been modernized to be more intuitive to navigate.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is currently available by request only to any faculty member using myCourses. Beginning spring 2016, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra will be automatically enabled in all myCourses sites. Read more

Congratulations Chris!


Our own Christopher Farnham, is the August 2016 monthly CARES nomination winner!

Chris was nominated by a faculty member for his expertise and professionalism in supporting the first online, accelerated undergraduate mechanical engineering course offered during the summer of 2016.


VoiceThread is here!


The Voice Authoring (audio recording) feature currently built into myCourses will no longer be available after August 31st, 2016. This decision was made by Blackboard, the company that owns Voice Authoring.

As a result of this announcement, we have installed a new tool in myCourses called VoiceThread. Similar to Voice Authoring, this tool allows students and instructors to easily submit audio/video recordings and narrated presentations in myCourses.

Instructional Development is offering VoiceThread workshops in August and during the fall semester. To register for one of the upcoming August workshop sessions, check out the workshop schedule.

To learn more about the new features offered by VoiceThread you can visit our VoiceThread help page or contact the ID team directly.