On Thursday, September 20th, Dennis Hood came to talk about groups and other lesser known features in Blackboard at Princeton, as well as brand new features. Hood specifically talked about Blackboard Mobile, where you can visit Blackboard course content on your iPad, for instance. Another new service, Piazza, is a new gathering place in Blackboard, where people can ask questions anonymously, create groups, and get feedback. Interactive Rubrics were introduced, in which instructors can show in a clearer way how students are graded in assignments, showing points awarded for the level of quality in writing and how the instructor defines “quality”. Kaltura Media was also introduced, where students and faculty can upload media, like movies and audio files, directly, to save for themselves or share with the class. Hood then demonstrated how to create groups and how they can be used to help students gather and interact online, and showed many other new features in the current installation of Blackboard at Princeton.
Dennis Hood starts his 13th year of managing Blackboard for Princeton in October. He also uses Blackboard in teaching his speech communications course at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.