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Unit 4: Blackboard Features
• Both student and teacher resources are
feature-packed and well-developed
• Superior support for online or hybrid learning
• Social network support and full mobile
• Blackboard could use an interface overhaul so
navigation is more natural
Robust Assets: Quick overview
• Many tools for
• View assignments by
date or by importance-
Student Assets: LMS
Student Assets: Mobile “Students can check
announcements, post to
blogs and discussions,
and access course
content. In addition,
students can upload
media as attachments to
blogs, journals, and
discussions directly from
their mobile device”
(Blackboard, Inc, 2015)
Integrating Social Media:
While it may be a multi-step process, it is
easy to integrate social media feeds (such
as Twitter) into Blackboard.
1) Faculty need to create a widget in
Twitter, which will generate an HTML
2) Open Blackboard, create a blank page
in a course/content and then paste the
HTML code there.
3) Hit “update.”
(Western University, n.d)
If I could make a wish:
I am a visual learner and really
respond to layout and navigation.
Everything about Blackboard
seems to be less than obvious to
The left-hand navigation (while
better than eCollege!) isn’t
I struggled with their marketing
site-it was never clear whether
what I was looking at was for
Learn or another product. It was
easier to Google what I was
looking for than navigate the sites.
Blackboard Learn is fully SCORM compliant and the SCORM
engine automatically installs when Blackboard is installed or
updated. However, the Engine must be enabled by the system
administrator to allow access.
Blackboard, Inc. (2015). Bb Student. Retrieved from:
Blackboard, Inc. (2015). SCORM Engine and Open Standards Content Player.
Retrieved from: https://help.blackboard.com/en-
Western University of Health Sciences (n.d.). Integrating Twitter Feeds into your
Blackboard Courses. Retrieved from: http://teachtech.westernu.edu/blackboard-