Blackboard: Updated My Institution Page July 2022

Beginning July 2022 when you log into Blackboard, you’ll see an updated layout on the My Institution Page.

The main changes you see will include: Tabs along the left side instead of across the top; easy to use view for activities and grades; the Communities tab will be labeled as Organizations; and a more streamlined way to view your courses by term.

All of these changes contribute to higher usability and accessibility across various devices.  This update will not change the look of your courses.

Here’s a preview of the new look: My Institution Look July 2022

If you have questions about the new look, contact the IT Help Desk at 262-243-4357 or ithelpdesk@cuw.edu.

Ally for Students

What is Ally?

Ally is a tool in Blackboard to help instructors make their content more accessible. Your class is full of diverse students with unique learning abilities, needs and devices. Course content created with this in mind can benefit not only students with disclosed disabilities such as visual impairments and dyslexia, but improve the learning experience for all of students.

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Ally for All Courses in Blackboard July 1, 2022

Concordia supports course content accessibility with Ally, a tool inside Blackboard. Ally automatically creates alternative formats of documents (such as an audio file of a document) and informs instructors how to improve course content to make it more accessible. This tool benefits not only students with documented accessibility needs receiving accommodations through the ARC, but benefits all students. CELT and Blackboard Support are planning to activate Ally for all courses July 1, 2022.

Resources for Students

How to Get Help

For help with using Ally contact the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at celtsupport@cuw.edu or call 262-243-2358 or 1-888-377-7447 (select option 2). You may also contact blackboardsupport@cuw.edu  or call the IT Help Desk at 262-243-4357.

Practices and Processes: Hiring Adjunct Faculty

Here are the recording and resources used at this session that was held on March 31st, 2022:

Recording

PowerPoint

Obtain the current version of the documents related to adjunct faculty hiring in the Forms Repository on the Resources tab of the portal.  Search all categories for “Adjunct” and you will find the workflow document entitled “Adjunct Faculty Recruitment & Hiring” along with the other needed documents “Adjunct Faculty Interview & Instructions” and the “Adjunct Approval Form.”