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Ensemble is a media hosting platform where users can store and share multimedia files (e.g. video and audio). Ensemble is integrated with Blackboard, making it easier to upload and insert multimedia content from Ensemble into your Blackboard course sites. To use the Ensemble integration the Ensemble Mashup tool needs to be enabled in your course.
Beginning November 5, the content editor (what is used to type text, insert images etc.) will have a new look and a few new tools to choose from. The editor works better on both mobile devices and larger screens and there are several improvements for accessibility.
Assignments in Blackboard are created as Content Areas and are best used for assignments in which students must upload files. Assignments are added to Blackboard's Gradebook.
The text editor in Blackboard will be updated soon. What to expect? Adding content has been simplified, it works better on both mobile devices and larger screens. There are several improvements for accessibility and some new features, too. Here is a comparison chart of the changes between the current editor and the new editor.
Bowdoin uses a media hosting platform called Ensemble where instructors can store multimedia files. Ensemble is integrated with Blackboard, making it easier to upload and embed multimedia content stored in Ensemble directly to your Blackboard course site.
The PDF Expert app can be configured for reviewing and annotating files from Blackboard using an iPad and Apple Pencil. This can be a useful method for students to complete assignments that require annotating an assignment file, or for instructors who want to use annotation to provide feedback on student submissions.
There are many options for grading in Blackboard, ranging from entering grades directly in the grade center to grading offline and uploading grades through a CSV file. This tutorial will cover the basics of grading directly within Blackboard.
Student submissions for assignments in Blackboard can be downloaded in bulk to view on your iPad. This can be useful if you want to review, grade, and provide feedback on submissions while offline. It also enables use of the Apple Pencil tool with your iPad to annotate and comment on student submissions.
Blackboard allows instructors to quickly and easily download assignment submissions for grading. This is a helpful feature for instructors who want to provide digital feedback to students by using comments or track changes in Microsoft Word or a similar program.
Ensemble can be used to create video clips and, as this guide will explain, to embed quizzes within videos.
Inline grading (or Blackboard Annotate) allows instructors to markup student assignments directly from the grade center of their Blackboard course site. This tool can save time and effort by allowing essays and many other types of assignment submissions to be annotated within Blackboard.
Padlet is an online virtual “bulletin” board, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures, in a secure location. Padlet can be integrated within Blackboard.
Padlet is an online virtual “bulletin” board, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures, in a secure location. There are a number of ways to access your Padlet, however, the first time that you access one from your Blackboard course page you will need to do so in a web browser from your computer or iPad.
Occasionally,  an error may happen when trying to access the Zoom scheduling integration in a Blackboard course, when clicking on the Zoom Sessions link.