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Gallaudet University's Learning Management System is powered by Blackboard (my.Gallaudet.edu), the LMS allows faculty to create and deliver instructional content, monitor student participation, and assess student performance.

Gallaudet University was an early adopter of a course management system in 1996 and has been using Blackboard tools since June 2001. As of Fall 2008, approximately 95% of courses offered utilize Blackboard Academic Suite to enhance teaching and learning. Blackboard Academic Suite which encompasses the three main tools of the suites: Learning Systems; Community System; and Content System.

Adding the Blackboard Content System to Gallaudet University's existing Learning and Community Systems accelerated the adoption and use of eLearning tools and provided alternatives that satisfy a variety of academic and non-academic goals. With the Content System, we are able to provide our users with a virtual hard drive with ability to create electronic portfolios. Users have complete control of their own files and resources with the ability to share and delegate permissions (read, write, delete) to others. Building on the existing experience and knowledge of the Blackboard tools among our faculty, staff, and students, their adoption of the Content System has been relatively painless.

Course shells in Blackboard are automatically created for all courses that are offered. If you are unable to see your courses for the current term, it's likely that the information is not updated in Bison (Peoplesoft/Student Information System). Once students register or instructors are assigned to courses, Blackboard will update with current data from Bison.

Blackboard Suggestion Form: Want to see a new feature, new training materials, or just comments/suggestions? Fill out here

Semester Transitions: As the end of the semester arrives, take some important steps to back up your course sites and transition to another semester.  Backing up your grades is critical because once a student leaves from Gallaudet University, his/her grades will disappear and there is no way to retrieve the lost grades back if he/she decides to return. Visit the FAQ area for more information.

Blackboard Mobile

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Blackboard Mobile gives you access to all aspects of the educational experiences on their mobile devices and they will be able go anywhere.  Going mobile is one of the most effective ways enrich teaching, learning, and campus life for everyone, wherever they are.  Blackboard Mobile is a mobile app available currently on the iTunes and Android Market.

Mobile Learn Device Demos (from Blackboard.com)

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What can you do with Blackboard Mobile Learn?

Announcements
Assignment due? Class cancelled? This is the place where instructors go to post the news students need to know. Students have instant, on-the-go access to the latest announcements, and instructors can post announcements anywhere, anytime.

Grades
Want to know how you did on the midterm or your last homework assignment? Students can view their grades right here.

Blog
Read blog posts and interact with classmates by posting comments and uploading media as attachments on blogs (Android and iOS) as well as uploading non-media files (Android).

Roster
Wondering who's in your class? With the class roster, you can quickly see your full class list, making organizing study groups a whole lot easier.

Journals
Read and reflect on your Journal posts and those of your classmates. Both students and instructors can comment on Journals.

Discussions
The Discussion Board is a key course communication tool for engaging students and promoting learning. It's the place students ask and answer questions, and where instructors can respond to one student for the benefit of all. With Blackboard Mobile Learn, instructors and students can review and post to threaded discussions, as well as create new threads, all while on the go. Additionally, students can upload media files (Android and iOS) as well as other file types (Android) to discussions.

Media
Students can access music, videos and images uploaded by their instructors and experience directly from their mobile devices using the appropriate media-specific software.

Tasks
Help students track and manage the progress of various tasks, from turning in homework assignments to reminders to pick up a midterm or purchase a textbook. Tasks allow students to mark when they've started a project, when it's in progress, and when complete.

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