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Peek into the Past with Revision History - September 18, 2017

Screenshot of Revision History

Did you know?

Every edit made to a google doc by each user is saved in Revision History (access it under the File menu). Each collaborator is assigned a color in the Version history pane, and edits are highlighted in the document with corresponding time stamps.

So, what does this mean for you?

  • You can revert back to past versions of a document you've been editing.
  • You can see how much each student contributed to a shared document.
  • You can see how a student has incorporated your suggestions into later drafts.
  • You can name older versions to create a copy of those edits.
  • and so much more!

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Error-Free Announcements - September 11, 2017

POP QUIZ
Which of the following can your students open in their email from a course announcement?

a. a Kaltura video
b. an attachment
c. a web link
d. a course link

If you've never received emails from students saying they can't open your links in your emailed announcements, then you might not know that the correct answer is c. Here is a brief explanation of each:

a: Kaltura videos can only be opened inside Blackboard. At this time, they cannot be shared outside of Blackboard, so if your students try to open a video from an email, they will get an error message. You can still embed your Kaltura videos in your Announcements, but be sure to tell your students that they must go to Blackboard to click on the video.

b: Attachments cannot be viewed outside of Blackboard. If you attach a file to an announcement, your students will receive a log in box when they click on it, but will not be able to execute this. If you wish to send your students an attachment, you should upload the file to Blackboard, then send an announcement with instructions on where to find the file. To make it easy to find the file once the student is logged in, use a course link.

c: Links to the world wide web can easily be opened from an announcement. Feel free to include these any time.

d: Course links can be very helpful for pointing students directly to course content, but since links to Blackboard content (like attachments and Kaltura videos, as discussed above) cannot be viewed outside of Blackboard, the course link does not appear in the email version of the announcement. 

 

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Re-Order Items in Blackboard - September 5, 2017

Have you tried clicking and dragging items on the screen to re-order them in Blackboard, only to find that you're stuck and you can't drag it any further up or down the screen? Rather than clicking and dragging to move items around the screen, try this quick tip.




 
  1. At the top of each screen with content (including the menu) look for the up and down arrows. Click this button.
     
  2. Click the item in the list that you want to move.
     
  3. Click the up or down arrows below the list to move it to the correct location.
     
  4. Click the Submit button.
     
Your items will be re-ordered without clicking and dragging!

 

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