Blackboard Learn with the Ultra experience: Content Market

Blackboard Learn with the Ultra experience: Content Market


Hello. I’m Wade Weichel from the Blackboard
Learn product management team. The new Content Market in an Ultra course
is the place to go for both commercial and non-commercial materials, resources, lessons,
e-books, open educational resources, tools, and apps. In this first release of the Content
Market, we’re supporting materials, assessments, and e-books from publisher partners as well
as institutionally-authorized content and tools. In this course, I’m using a publisher textbook
that comes with electronic resources. I can pair my course to that publisher, using the
authorization process required by that publisher. Here I’m providing my publisher credentials
and getting access to my textbook. This only needs to happen one time, and then I can continue
to access materials and tools throughout the term. I’m going to select some chapter materials
as well as some student activities. Once in my course, I can organize them as I’d like,
and make them available if I’m ready. Instructors and students can also access the tools associated
with a paired publisher. I click “books and tools,” and I’m able to access the
specialized tools provided by the publisher. The tool list is typically different between
instructors and students. Besides from a publisher, I might also have
content or tools my institution has made available to me. Items authorized by an administrator
using the Learning Tools Interoperability (or LTI) 1.1 specification will also appear
in the Content Market. For example, I might add a link to my institution’s Blackboard
Collaborate with Ultra experience session manager, allowing me to manage sessions and
recordings. Students accessing sessions through this link will have their names automatically
populated for them as they access a meeting room. Let’s take a look at the integrated Blackboard
Collaborate with Ultra experience. Because I entered the tool from an integrated link,
it knows who I am, what privileges I have, and which course sessions already exist. I
can create a new session by clicking the “add” icon and configuring it appropriately. If
I’ve made recordings of previous sessions in this course, they will appear in the recordings
area. Returning to the session list, I can easily click to launch an active session.
My name and role information are passed automatically to the session, and now I can start to collaborate
with students using HD video and audio, document sharing, whiteboard, chat, screen-sharing
and more. Institutions may also provide other commercial
and non-commercial third-party solutions. In this example, I want to set up a shared
class notebook that I’ll grade. I first start by adding it to my outline, then configuring
it per the instructions of the tool provider. Now that my notebook is ready, I’m going
to set that it will be graded with a due date so it appears in students’ calendars. Individual instructors can also set up their
own links to tools that can be integrated with the LTI standard. In this case, I want
to add a wiki to my course using a tool my institution hasn’t already set up for me.
I add a new item and choose to add a teaching tool. I name it, make it available, and configure
any parameters the tool provider requires. I’ll also make this item gradable. However, at this institution, the administrator
has optionally configured the environment to require approval for unauthorized tools.
This means the administrator is enforcing a policy that new tools will be reviewed before
they can be used. As an instructor, I’m now able to clearly see if this is the case,
and the item is hidden from students until the tool is approved. In closing the new Content Market greatly
simplifies the discovery and addition of content and tools, and the new ‘Books and Tools’
panel makes it easy to access commonly used content and tool links in the Ultra Course
View. To keep up-to-date on development and releases,
be sure to join us for one of our teaching and learning roadmap webinar sessions. Register
at the link shown: bbbb.blackboard.com/TeachingLearningRoadmap

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