Upgrading to the Q4 2018 release? Use these resources to spread the word.
While communicating to your educators and students the details of a new release is necessary, we understand that creating these communications can be time consuming and tedious – we’re working to make it simpler.
Below you'll find a variety of customizable resources you can use to help generate awareness, excitement, and ultimately adoption of the new functionality and enhancements introduced in the most recent releases of Blackboard Learn (Q2 2018 and Q4 2018).
Feel free to re-purpose, modify, and distribute these resources to best meet your needs.
The resources on this page are available in English only.
Resources that cover what’s new: No need to start from scratch
The following flyers can be used on your institution’s web properties or distributed by email to generate excitement about the latest Blackboard Learn updates.
Flyers for Academic Technologists: Overview of the latest releases for you and your IT staff.
Flyer for Educators: Overview of the latest releases for you to share with your instructors. These cover the Q4 2018 and Q2 2018 releases of Blackboard Learn.
Flyer for Students: Here's an overview of the latest releases you can share with your students highlighting the new features they will enjoy. These new features were made available in the Q4 2018 and Q2 2018 releases.
Blackboard Learn logos
Looking for a Blackboard Learn logo to add to the materials or website you're creating? Download the following ZIP file for multiple options:
The following list includes additional web resources and webinars that you may want to share with your educators, students, and academic technologists.
- Release Feature Comparison
- Blackboard Learn with the Original experience YouTube videos:
- Delegated Grading video, now including the Q4 2018 enhancement
- Inline Grading video, including the Q4 2018 enhancement
- Grading in Blackboard Instructor video
- Attendance videos (made available in the Q2 2018 release)
- For Instructors: Mark attendance video
- For Students: Check attendance grades video
- Instructor videos: Blackboard Learn with the Original experience Instructor YouTube Playlist
- Student videos: Blackboard Learn with the Original experience Student YouTube Playlist
- Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS): Invite your educators to this training initiative that was developed to help augment (not replace) your internal training efforts. Harnessing our community of users, BITS webinars share the top strategies and pedagogy for both increasing educator efficiency and improving learning outcomes. Educators can register for live webinars or watch recordings of past events.
- Blackboard Community: Invite your institution to connect with the Blackboard community through our Community site.
Building a communication plan from the ground up takes time. That's why we've developed the checklist below to help guide your strategy.
Plus, check out the following blog post on the Blackboard Community Site: “Marketing” technology change: 5 tips to promote technology adoption.
|Web tiles and pages||Add social tiles on key institutional webpages.
Build out a dedicated page or section to discuss what's new in Blackboard Learn.
|Wikis and blogs||Build knowledge repositories to share information.
Link back to one or two content pieces shared above.
Don't like writing? Then just re-post one of our blogs.
|Announce upcoming changes via email.
Broaden your reach. Include administration, faculty, staff and students in your communications.
Attach the appropriate flyer(s) provided above to your emails.
|Flyers||Hang the 1-page flyer provided above around campus on faculty bulletin boards.|
|Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn||Leverage social media to generate awareness and excitement.
Follow @Blackboard for relevant software announcements.
|Faculty and student newspapers||Faculty and student newspapers are a great way to get the word out.
Consider giving a student reporter a sneak peek at the new software so they can share reactions.
|Key stakeholder meetings||Many of the tools in the newest release are very compelling for Deans, Academic leaders, faculty and students so it's worth the time ensuring they all have visibility into this initiative.
Academic leadership meetings, Dean meetings, Faculty Senate meetings, and Student Senate meetings all provide a great opportunity to build awareness, interest, and support.
|Faculty training||Schedule training - online, in-person, or even one-on-one - whatever works best at your institution.|
More Communication and Adoption Toolkits for other Learn releases and other products
If you have any comments on the tools you see on this page or if there is a tool that you want us to add, please send us your feedback.