Summer 2011-2012 - Blackboard Mobile
The Blackboard Mobile Service was conducted at the end of the Spring Semester and Summer 2011-2012 as a pilot project. It allows students and faculty members to access all their blackboard courses through their smart phones (Blackberry, Apple iPad and iPhone.) anytime and anywhere.
Spring 2011-2012 - Email Notifications Service
The Email Notification Service enables all course enrollment in the Blackboard System. The system notifies users through the notification board and through their UOS emails once an announcement or content is added to the course. This service has definitely increased use of the system and enabled students to be aware of all course changes once they happen.
January 2009 - Blackboard PLAGIARISM DETECTION SERVICE - SAFEASSIGN LaunchedAs part of the continuous efforts by the ITU to improvise and facilitate the IT enabled learning environment, in Spring 2008-2009 a new Plagiarism detection feature has been enabled within Blackboard Courses - SafeAssign.
The Launching event was successfully held on 20th January 2009 at the Al Bairouni Hall (M9). Faculty participated in the interactive session related to the features and applications of the new services.
SafeAssign enables plagiarism detection in submissions (assignments and other forms of coursework) made by students and is of interest to those keen to know the level of originality of submitted work. To know more click here.
September 2008 - Course Genie – Course Authoring tool IntroducedIn endeavors to facilitate instruction and support instructional design a new course authoring tool has been introduced this semester, called Course Genie. Simple yet effective, Course Genie, part of a broader Horizon Wimba product suite, is an MS Word plugin and enables producing enriched Blackboard courses. As part of the implementation of the project, ITU conducted training sessions in October 2008 at the main campus, encouraging adoption of the tool by faculty and heeding to their feedback.
August 2008 - Blackboard gradecenter smartviews
Since the upgrade to Blackboard release 8, Blackboard courses are now enabled with a unique feature to have Gradecenter Smartviews by course sections within the same course.Now instructors can manage, enter and download grades of students of a specific group (or section) at a time, in addition to the ability to download all students' grades and also control the columns and schema.
August 2008 - New & Improved Online CD ResourcesWith the onset of the fall 2008 2009, the ITU in collaboration with the WPU relaunched the Online CD Resources site with new and improved features. Now users can search CD resources directly from myUOS , or filter them by subject and category with minimum clicks.
Aug 2008 to Oct 2008 - Blackboard Training Series in Fall 2008 2009As part of the continuous efforts by the ITU, under the directives of the Deanship of Academic Support Services, Blackboard Training series were conducted across the Fall 2008 2009 semester. The first of the series ran in Aug 2008 and the second in October 2008. The focus was to provide customized training sessions in two parts – “Building Your Courses” & “Gradecenter”, to new and continuing faculty members and teaching staff of all UOS campuses, as part of the larger campaign to enhance faculty Blackboard experience.
August 2008 - UOS Successfully Upgraded Blackboard to Academic Suite 8.0