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What’s Next for the Learning Management System

January 6, 2020 - 4:22pm
What’s next for learning the management system? Wentworth faculty, students, and staff turned out this fall to provide feedback on three learning management systems (Brightspace, Canvas, and Blackboard Ultra) to replace our current Blackboard Learn LMS in the upcoming academic year. Community feedback was gathered and testing of these products against use cases (identified by […]

Don’t Let the Weather Disrupt Your Course!

December 5, 2019 - 4:14pm
Unexpected events can disrupt precious class time. With a little preparation, you can keep the continuity of learning moving: post course content on Blackboard Learn use various discussion options to engage students in dialogue (discussion forums, VoiceThread) create short content videos to deliver content whether it’s narrating and annotating slides or problem solving using Panopto […]

What’s Your Course Accessibility Score?

December 5, 2019 - 3:30pm
Starting December 17th, 2019 your Blackboard Learn courses received the gift of Ally, a tool that gauges content accessibility and provides guidance and tips to make lasting improvements. Use self-help resources  on, attend LIT workshops or drop into Beatty 318 for more information. Can Universal Design for Learning (UDL) reduce your course pain points? […]

Rethinking the Way College Students are Taught

December 3, 2019 - 11:23am
Learners often express preferences about how they would like to receive information – by reading, hearing or doing – and these are often referred to as ‘learning styles’. Many teachers believe that assessing learning styles and teaching to learners’ preferences will improve learning. While your students may have a preference, they also use different styles […]

Post Course Copy House Cleaning Tips

November 22, 2019 - 1:53pm
Reminder: Once you’ve copied a past course into the current term, while most of your prep work is done, you are not quite finished. There are some important housekeeping items to remember: Check Content and assessment items and revise/replace them as needed. Make sure content is in the appropriate location. Consult your department for any […]

Exam Security – LockDown Browser Available

November 22, 2019 - 1:49pm
Do you use the testing system in Blackboard? Are you looking for a way to prevent students from browsing websites or using other applications during a Blackboard test/quiz? If so, we have a tool for your students. LockDown Browser is a special application that runs on a student’s computer that locks them into a Blackboard […]

Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should — Part 3: Simplifying Grading

November 22, 2019 - 1:38pm
Blackboard can handle complex grade calculations but should you do that? Using a points totaling calculation makes it easier to find errors in your grade book set-up, makes it easier for students to understand their grades and how they are doing and reduces meetings with students to confirm their standing toward the end of the term.

Weighty Matters – Part 2: Using Weighted Grade Columns

November 22, 2019 - 1:37pm
Blackboard's weighted columns can handle almost any grade calculation. Options include equal and proportional weighting of columns in categories, dropping low scores, or selecting only the highest score. There are few options that can't be accommodated using Blackboard Grade Center.

What’s AVERAGE? – Part 1: How does Blackboard Calculate an Average?

November 22, 2019 - 1:37pm
Blackboard's Grade Center can automatically calculate grades. But do you really know what average means in Blackboard? Weighted versus unweighted averages cause confusion about whether the system has calculated grade correctly.

Blackboard Learn or Something Else? You Decide!

October 22, 2019 - 10:29am
Blackboard Learn or Something Else? You Decide! You’re invited to attend demonstrations of three different Learning Management Systems (LMS) to provide feedback and help identify the LMS that best meets our needs going forward: Brightspace, Canvas, or Blackboard Ultra. Students and Faculty have three different opportunities to see demonstrations targeted toward important needs and uses […]

Is Your Class Active and Engaging?

October 22, 2019 - 10:09am
Most germane to learning, research shows that students need to do more Reading, Writing, and Presenting (Schmoker 2011). Research has demonstrated, for example, that if a faculty member allows students to consolidate their notes by pausing three times for two minutes each during a lecture, students will learn significantly more information (Ruhl, Hughes, and Schloss […]

Wentworth Next Generation LMS Sharepoint Site

October 22, 2019 - 8:51am
As part of our ongoing project to identify the next LMS for Wentworth, we’ve created a SharePoint site open to the entire Wentworth community. On this site you will find the original Request for Proposals (RFP) that was sent to vendors, the proposals submitted, a calendar of events that we’d like the community to attend, […]

Lightboard ready for use!

October 22, 2019 - 8:45am
LIT is pleased to announce that the Lightboard is now available for scheduling! During the March Faculty Showcase, a number of faculty expressed interest in using the Lightboard to record video segments for their online, hybrid and traditional classes. We are delighted to offer faculty and teaching staff the opportunity to use this innovative device […]

Wentworth Virtual Reality Day Recap

October 22, 2019 - 8:44am
On Tuesday, October 1, the Wentworth community celebrated its inaugural Virtual Reality Day which took place in the CEIS Atrium.  The goal of Virtual Reality (VR) Day was to recognize and celebrate the current use of Virtual and Augmented reality to support teaching and learning at the institution. Wentworth faculty from various disciplines including; Architecture, […]