Faculty & Staff

What’s New with Blackboard

Blackboard Updates – May 2015

Blackboard at ICC was updated in May, 2015.  While there were no major changes to functionality, there are some enhancements to existing tools and features.  See this guide for additional information: Blackboard Updates – May 2015

Blackboard Updates – 2015-2016

Last updated August 4, 2015

If you’re a returning Blackboard user, will notice changes in the design of the Blackboard login page.  We’ve streamlined the page and created new supplemental web pages to deliver help and how-to resources.  Check out the new Blackboard Help, Student Technology, and Academic Support links below the login and password fields.

Once you’re logged in to Blackboard, you’ll see a new Read Me box on the Blackboard @ ICC page.  We’ll use this spot to post reminders to users.

During the summer, 2015, ICC’s Blackboard system gained new functionality that will be rolled out over the upcoming semesters.  Blackboard users at ICC will be provided with informational and training sessions to hear about and learn to use the new features.  Stay tuned to updates provided in email on the TLC Facebook page.

What you will already see is minor changes in the Control Panel area, specifically the Course Files area renamed to Content Collection.  Within this area, you’ll find your course site’s content.  You’ll also have access to content across your sites, content within an “organization”, and institutional content.  Future informational and training sessions will help you fully understand and maximize the use of these features.  If you have questions in the meantime, contact a TLC staff member, [email protected], (309) 694-8908, or visit 240A on the East Peoria Campus.  Check our website for hours.

Features to look for in the future…

  • More on content management through the Content Collection
  • ePortfolios – student-managed content that can be shared publicly
  • Organizations – Blackboard sites for groups outside of a roster-based class
  • xpLor – a learning object repository
  • The Blackboard Profile and MyEDU – social, messaging, and networking tools

We’re also offering a Blackboard training series this fall.  Visit the Blackboard Resources web page for more information.

Finally, ICC will conduct a learning management needs assessment during the 2015-2016 academic year.  This process will explore current and future learning management system needs and inform our learning management system license renewal which will occur in early 2016.  More information about this process will be shared through the Technology Advisory and Online Learning Committees.

If you have questions about or need assistance with Blackboard, contact a TLC staff member, [email protected], (309) 694-8908, or 240A on the East Peoria Campus.