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Blackboard Building Blocks are small applications added to the Blackboard Learning System that extend the usability and functionality of Blackboard, provide customization, or help with administration.

Below is a list of the Blackboard Building Blocks currently in use or under review at CUNY for use with Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 13. Links to manuals or instructions for their use are provided where available. Please note: some Building Blocks are installed for particular campuses only and not all Building Blocks currently being tested will be accepted for later use.

All Building Blocks are reviewed in an exhaustive testing process and must receive approval before being installed in the live Blackboard environment. In order to suggest that a new Building Block be considered for use at CUNY, please contact your local campus Blackboard Administrator. Due to the ongoing work required as part of the upgrade of enhanced features to Blackboard, requests for new Building Blocks will be accepted after the start of the Spring 2014 semester.

  • Section Merge Tool

    Function

    The Section Merge Tool allows you to "merge" two or more sections or courses into a single course that contains enrollments for each of the source courses.

    Location (if available to users)

    Home tab

    Source / More Information

    Custom built by Blackboard for CUNY

  • Barnes and Noble Nook Study

    Function

    The Barnes & Noble NOOK Study™ Blackboard Building Block includes the NOOK Study Tool and the Textbooks List Tool. The Study Tool seamlessly integrates NOOK Study eTextbooks directly into the Blackboard course environment. The Textbooks List Tool enables educators and students the ability to purchase eTextbooks from within Blackboard.

    Location (if available to users)

    Control Panel > Course Tools

    Source / More Information

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nookstudy/integration/

  • Browser Settings – Test Browser

    Function

    Performs a series of diagnostic tests that can help resolve configuration problems.

    Location (if available to users)

    Help tab

    Source / More Information

    http://projects.oscelot.org/gf/project/browsercheck/

  • Collaborate Voice Authoring

    Function

    Collaborate Voice Authoring Tools make it possible to record and post audio to your Blackboard course and incorporate the use of threaded voice discussion boards, voice-enabled email, voice podcasts and includes gradebook integration.

    Location (if available to users)

    Control Panel > Course Tools

    Source / More Information

    http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate/Voice-Authoring.aspx

  • EAC Outcomes

    Function

    EAC software helps nursing programs facilitate assessment through Blackboard. EAC provides detailed item and validity statistics, including KR-20’s, point biserial correlations, and p-values, for exams students take in Blackboard.

    Location (if available to users)

    Control Panel > Course Tools

    Source / More Information

    http://www.edassess.net/

  • iTunes U

    Function

    Each CUNY Blackboard course has access to a restricted private area in the iTunes store. Faculty can upload large files for their students who can then download coursework, lectures and other media from iTunes U directly from a link in the Blackboard course.

    Location (if available to users)

    Control Panel > Course Tools

    Source / More Information

    http://cunyitunesu.pbworks.com/w/page/14297660/Blackboard%20and%20iTunes%20U%20Integration

  • Link Checker

    Function

    Scans the course and verifies that all hyperlinks are valid.

    Location (if available to users)

    Course Tools > Link Checker

    Source / More Information

    http://bb-linkchecker.sourceforge.net/

  • Wiley Plus

    Function

    Direct access to Wiley Plus content inside Blackboard with direct links to readings and assignments and gradebook synchronization.

    Location (if available to users)

    TBD

    Source / More Information

    http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Extensions/Featured-Partners/WileyPLUS.aspx

  • Student View (Under Review)

    Function

    Permits instructors to view their course site as a student by means of a simple toggle button.

    Location (if available to users)

    TBD

    Source / More Information

    http://projects.oscelot.org/gf/project/studentview/

  • Starfish (Under Review)

    Function

    An early warning and student tracking system used to identify at-risk students and manage efforts to provide support.

    Location (if available to users)

    TBD

    Source / More Information

    www.starfishsolutions.com

  • Tegrity AAIRS (Under Review)

    Function

    Tegrity is lecture capture software that allows instructors to record their course content and make it available to students for review outside of the classroom.

    Location (if available to users)

    TBD

    Source / More Information

    http://www.tegrity.com

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