Student Use of Blackboard
See below for helpful documentation and descriptions of Blackboard features and tools. If you have questions about Blackboard, or the student portal in general, check out the Student FAQ.
Panopto allows you to record audio, video and your computer screen (Powerpoint, etc.) directly from your laptop or desktop and provides full capability for integrated playback later. Videos created with external software can be uploaded into Panopto. Panopto is integrated with Blackboard to allow for restricted access to only students within your class to view lectures.
Blackboard Online Assessment
Collecting assignments electronically via the Assignments tool is one of the most popular used in Blackboard. Blackboard can also be used to facilitate online tests and surveys. Tools often used for online conversations (discussions, blogs etc.) can also be graded and managed in the Grade Center by the instructor.
Blackboard Online Course Content
Delivering content online to your students is an important part of your teaching process. You can deliver any electronic digital information to your students through Blackboard.
The following are some basic features of Blackboard that will help you manage your course.
Blackboard has the ability to distribute interim grades (homework, quizzes, tests, assignments) to students throughout the term.
Discussion boards are useful tool facilitate learning, asynchronous communications in both face-to-face and online or hybrid courses. A discussion board might be used to begin a conversation amongst students prior to a class meeting, or continue a conversation following a class meeting. Discussion boards can also be used as assessment tools by turning on grading.
Blackboard Discussion Boards
The Discussion Board is an asynchronous communication tool that lets students or groups of students participate in threaded online forums.
Piazza is a free, online gathering place where students can ask, answer, and explore 24/7, under the guidance of their instructors. Students as well as instructors can answer questions, fueling a healthy, collaborative discussion.
Voicethread (Discussion Board)
Voicethread is a tool that can allow you to have a conversation around media. It can be used to facilitate multimedia-based discussions and presentations. Linking Voicethread to your course will automatically create accounts for you (the instructor) and your students based on enrollment within the Blackboard course.
Mobile Device Management
Mobile devices are a valuable tool in a wide variety of applications with convenient features typically found in a personal computer making them susceptible to theft, loss, and unauthorized use. To ensure your device is properly protected, please contact the University IT Help Desk to request MDM for Office 365 be activated on your account.
Box Drive is a desktop application that provides access to all of your files and folders in the Box cloud. Create and work with files using the applications on your computer and any changes you make will automatically save back to your Box account. Use Box Drive to quickly and easily leverage Box's collaborative features such as sharing, locking, and creating Box Notes.
Integration Platform (Boomi)
The integration platform allows users to build, deploy, and manage integrations between databases, applications, and software-as-a-service both on premise and in the cloud. The platform can be utilized for self-service integration development, or University IT offers integration development services.
Two-Factor Authentication (Duo)
Duo is a tool that provides two-factor authentication to better protect University accounts with remote access to sensitive information. After logging in with your user name and password, you use a physical device such as your mobile phone, tablet, or landline phone to verify your identity.
Cylance Smart Antivirus is available at no cost for University-owned Windows and Mac devices. The software should be installed when a new computer is first configured to connect to the network, or your departmental IT staff can assist. For personal computers, click on the Download Antivirus button to learn more.
Office 365 Forms
Office 365 Forms is a tool to create surveys, quizzes, and polls, and easily see and analyze the results as recipients complete them. Form data, such as quiz results, can be easily exported to Excel for additional analysis or grading.
Office 365 Teams
Microsoft Teams is a chat-centered workspace in Office 365. It brings people, conversations, files, and tools into one place, so everyone has instant access to everything they need.
Office 365 Newsfeed
Newsfeeds can connect you with people who share your interests, keep track of ongoing conversations across your organization, and help you discover the people and topics that matter most to you. As you start to follow specific people and topics, your newsfeed learns about what you follow so that it can show you the most relevant updates.
Office 365 Delve
Delve helps you discover the information that's likely to be most interesting to you across Office 365. Find information about people - and through people - and help others find you. You don't have to remember the title of a document or where it's stored. Delve shows you documents no matter where they're stored in OneDrive for Business or in Sites in Office 365.
Office 365 Stream
Office 365 Stream is an internal portal where users can post and view videos. It's a great place to share videos of executive communications or recordings of classes, meetings, presentations, or training sessions.
Office 365 OneDrive for Business
OneDrive for Business provides a place in the cloud where you can store and sync your work files. Update and share your files from any device and work collaboratively with others on Office documents.
Rettner 201 Software Consulting
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Virtual desktop allows you to connect to software applications or a Windows desktop environment over the Internet, from anywhere and any device.
Instructional Technology Resources
Technology can assist with making instruction more effective, accessible, and comprehensive. A variety of instructional technology resources are available for faculty and students at the University.
Zoom Video and Web Conferencing
Zoom video and web conferencing allows up to 100 participants to simultaneously collaborate over the Internet. You can attend video or audio meetings, share presentations, hold training seminars, and more from any location with a computer and Internet connection.
Office 365 Groups and Connectors
Groups enable Office 365 users to collaborate online by establishing a single team identity with a shared inbox, calendar, notebook, and files. Connectors allow you to bring content from popular apps and services (like social media and project management tools) into a group's shared inbox that is relevant to the team's needs and interests.
University IT can assist you with quality assurance (QA) and testing of your applications. QA services include test strategy and planning, use case identification, exploratory testing, manual testing, automated testing, and browser emulation.
Cascade (Web Content Management)
University IT can help integrate Google Analytics into your website to gather data on user interactions, which you can use to improve your website. University IT also consults on creating properties, views, segments, custom campaigns, and other features of Google Analytics.
3D printing allows you to create physical, three-dimensional objects from digital files. This service is available in Rettner 201 on River Campus. Prints are charged at a per-gram rate to a URos (Flex) account.
MyPath (Talent Management System)
URSpace (Space Management System)
OnBase (Electronic File Management)
COEUS (Grant Management System)
URGEMS (General Encumbrance Management System)
Kronos (Timekeeping System)
Big Data Analytics
The Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) offers a number of solutions for researchers who work with big data. Services include access to hardware with large memory, storage for large data sets, and the ability to process data using MapReduce technologies and other analytics software packages.
Computational Science Consulting
Computational scientists at the Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) are trained at the Ph.D. level and serve as translators between domain knowledge and technical expertise in using research computing. They collaborate with investigators on projects, co-author publications, and are often partially funded through grant projects.
Talent Management System (MyPath)
MyPath is a companion system to HRMS. It brings together performance management, employee learning and development, competency assessments, and career planning into one suite of tools. MyPath is currently available to Medical Center employees and select staff in Central Administration. Faculty and remaining staff will begin using MyPath next year.
Active Directory (AD) is your domain account at the University, used to log in to Windows workstations, the UR_Connected wireless network, Office 365, SharePoint, Skype, and other applications. AD accounts are automatically provisioned upon joining the University.
WebBudget supports budget development and forecasting as part of the budget process.
United Way Reporting
United Way Reporting supports the annual campaign by compiling employee pledge data and campaign statistics for reporting purposes.
General Encumbrance Management System (URGEMS)
URGEMS is a general encumbrance management tool used to track and manage transaction details that shadow the UR Financials system, both grant and non-grant.
Timekeeping System (Kronos)
Kronos captures employee time swipes daily at 150+ time clocks and sends them to the Human Resources Management System (HRMS).
Parking Management System
The parking system manages online parking permits, citations, gates, and intercoms.
Space Management System (URSpace)
URSpace tracks physical space utilization and equipment inventory at the University, including who is assigned to a space, its square footage, and active equipment.
Grant Management System (COEUS)
COEUS is a database system that contains proposal and award information for sponsored programs. Reporting is available through the Data Warehouse.
URSecurePay allows departments to securely accept credit card payments through University websites. Funds can be collected for goods and services, fees, and donations to the University.
ACCESS Plus allows students to view their academic history and their current course schedule. It also allows faculty and staff to submit grades and manage holds.
Electronic File Management (OnBase)
OnBase integrates document management, workflow processing, and records management. It allows you to scan, store, index, and retrieve any paper documents, emails, multimedia, and many other types of files.
Web Content Management: Cascade
Cascade enables departments and programs to maintain their own web pages by using a browser-based application that requires no special software or knowledge of HTML. It provides an easy-to-use editing interface so that each page can be previewed before it is published.
Vulnerability scanning allows IT administrators to identify weaknesses in the security of their systems from perspectives both internal and external to the University network. Departmental IT staff can assess the security risk of their systems and prioritize vulnerability remediation through an intuitive web interface.
Software and Patch Management
University IT can manage software delivery and updates on computers running Windows or Mac OS X. This includes operating system updates, security patches, and third party software such as web browsers, productivity and multimedia software, and frameworks.
Integrated Student Information System (ISIS)
ISIS is the primary student system at the University and supports the processes associated with a student's progression from admission through graduation. This system houses information for various departments about current and former students.
The University firewall maintains the security and proper functioning of the University network by filtering out unwanted traffic. Departmental firewall service includes design consultation, installation, upgrades, and 24/7 monitoring and support.
Enterprise architecture identifies the principles and standards by which an enterprise will organize itself to most effectively achieve its business goals. Architects will consult with individuals and departments to develop a streamlined approach to guide technology, information, business, and solutions standards throughout the University.
Each faculty and staff member is typically provided with a home share on a file server (sometimes called a network drive) to store their files. Departments or groups may also use file servers to store and share files that they are working on collaboratively.
Domain Name System (DNS)
The Domain Name System (DNS) translates computer names to Internet Protocol addresses. This naming structure makes it easier to access resources on the Internet or University network. Departments can apply for use of DNS to support their computers' network connections.
SharePoint is a web-based tool that enables teams to collaborate using team sites, document publishing, blogs, wikis, and forums. It provides a secure place to store, organize, share, and access information from almost any device and all major web browsers.
Institutional Data Definitions (Business Glossary)
The business glossary provides authoritative definitions for institutional data related to clinical, administrative, research, and instructional activities. The Data Cookbook hosts the glossary online and provides a forum for communicating with data experts and users. This central resource creates reliability and consistency in reporting and systems across the University.