Category Archives: Blackboard 9


For those of you interested in making free and easy screencasts that are immediately viewable on smart devices (including iOS devices) you may want to give Screenr a try. Like Jing, Screenr allows you to make a 5 minute screencast for free. However, they will host your video and will allow you to upload to youtube, a feature that  TechSmith (the makers of Jing, Snagit, and Camtasia) want you to upgrade for. Also, with Screenr, you do not install anything. Below is a quick video I made to show some of my colleagues at work how to make screen casts and then embed them into Blackboard for students. Enjoy!

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In one of the faculty development courses I facilitate, I had a few questions about Faculty Front Door and how I embed websites into Blackboard posts. I designed the videos below to share some of these tricks with my colleagues at Valencia College. However, please note that anyone could use these videos to do the same tricks in blogs, WebCT or other CMS courses, SoftChalk, really anywhere you can copy and paste “Source Code”.

This first video demonstrates how to edit your Valencia Faculty Front Door

This next video demonstrates how to embed webpages into Blackboard pages and posts. But first let me give you the code I talk about in the video. Again, you don’t have to understand this code, you just have to type it in the code view and paste in your link and hit submit. Blackboard will take care of the rest. Good luck! Remember if it is not working, you may not have typed in the code correctly.

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In the beginning of a semester, I often get emails from students asking how to access the online part of my classes. Here is a quick and easy video I made for them. They seem to prefer this over a handout.

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While facilitating a class this morning, I got a great question. One I have had on more than one ocassion, so I took some time to make a quick training video. The question was, “How can I search my own posts in all of the discussions going on in Blackboard 9.” Although I personally recommend using the “Mark as Read” feature so that I don’t miss any of the good conversations, I understand that sometimes there is a need for a quick search of something I have posted. So, here is the video.

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