New and Improved Content Editor for Blackboard

Arriving with a *※BANG※* 5th November!

An updated, easier-to-use, more powerful Content Editor will be available from 5th November within Learning Edge (Blackboard).

The Content Editor, if the term doesn’t sound familiar, can be found in many places across Blackboard such as when you create an item, folder or blank page or when formatting text in a discussion board, wiki, journal or blog. You may also use it when sending emails or announcements out.

There are many new, improved features and it has also been updated to work better when using a small screen such as on a smartphone or tablet. Help with making your text and content more accessible has also been built in and is easy to check.

Let’s take a look at some of the improvements and new features:

Plus Button

The plus button is where you add external materials into your content. This may be files from your computer or from the Content Collection, Panopto Videos, Images or even resources from a cloud service such as OneDrive or Google Drive.

The Content Editor is more accessible due to higher contrast icons and menus, and the removal of pop-ups improves the experience for screen reader users. A new accessibility checker helps authors make content more accessible while they’re creating content.

Accessibility
Code Snippet

Authors can now share formatted computer code snippets using the Display Computer Code button – great for Computer Science staff and students!

Copying and Pasting content from websites, Word and Excel is massively improved. You can now easily remove extra HTML but retain basic formatting.

Cut, Copy, Paste
Preview

And to check everything is looking how it should, use the Preview button to take a peek at the finished thing.

Hyperlinks: If you copy and paste or type a full hyperlink (for a webpage) into the new content editor, it automatically converts it into a clickable box with the webpage title and details! Of course, if you just want the text you can still just type the text and create the hyperlink in the usual way.

The best thing is that if you copy and paste a link from YouTube for example straight into the text area it will automatically convert it to a playable video window! It couldn’t be easier!

Inserting a YouTube video couldn’t be easier!

More details about the changes can be found in the following documents:

Of course, if you need any further support with using the new Content Editor tool, either contact your Faculty Learning Technologist or contact the LTD Team on [email protected]

Discover Effective Time-saving Resources with Qwickly Course Tools for Blackboard

This month, we’re pleased to announce the return of Qwickly+ to our Blackboard environment. For all previous users of the tool, you’ll be happy to hear that you can now post announcements and content to multiple courses again. However, we all know technology tends to shift and adapt over time. In this case, you can expect some excellent improvements to the latest version (details below). One major change worth mentioning is the title of the tool. From this point onwards, Qwickly+ is now known as Qwickly Course Tools.

To find Qwickly Course Tools, head down to the ‘Tools’ section on the Blackboard home page menu then select ‘Qwickly Tools’.

Qwickly Tools is now located within the Tools section of Blackboard

Qwickly Course Tools empowers users to post announcements, documents, weblinks, cloud files and Blackboard calendar sessions in one central location within Blackboard. This also gives users the ability to post the same item or announcement to multiple courses at one time, providing all users with time-saving resources by simplifying tasks that need to be done repetitively in each course.

Post Announcements*:
Notify Blackboard users from all of your courses with important information e.g. cancellations or schedule updates.

Distribute Learning Content:
Share any resources and content to single or multiple courses within one click.

Create Blackboard Calendar Events:
Inform students of events that cascade across multiple courses like office hours, scheduled Collaborate or study sessions.

Cloud Documents:
Add content directly to multiple courses straight from cloud storage repositories (OneDrive, Google Drive and DropBox).

*Note: Announcements posted using Qwickly Course Tools will be stripped of any formatting – paragraph breaks, bold, italics, etc.

To learn more about how each tool works, please use the Qwickly guide HERE.

If you would like any further information about Qwickly Course Tools or other learning technologies, please contact your Learning Technologist via Ask LTD

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Mark Wilcock
Learning Technologist