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Blackboard upgrade: Calendar tool gets major improvements

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Michelle Donaldson  

The Blackboard upgrade scheduled for summer 2014 will bring multiple changes to the way Blackboard looks and functions. This multi-part news series looks at those changes in detail. All current instructors of record can preview the new Blackboard by logging into https://bbtest.ohio.edu.

Screen shot: Color coded Blackboard calendar as seen from My BlackboardBlackboard's Calendar tool gets a complete makeover as part of the Summer 2014 upgrade. The new Calendar is context sensitive, customizable, and functional. New features include:

  • Consolidated, color-coded view: When accessed from either My Blackboard or the Tools menu, the calendar displays all of your institution, course, organization and personal events. Color coding makes it easy to distinguish which course each event is tied to.
  • Course-specific view: When accessed from inside a course, the Calendar displays that course's items as they would appear in the course menu calendar on the Tools page.
    • Direct interaction: Instructors can use the course calendar view to manage and communicate a course's schedule of events and assignments. Changes made in the calendar view automatically propagate to the appropriate items in the course.
    • Due dates: The calendar supports due dates for gradable items
    • Click to view/modify: Instructors can view, edit, or grade attempts by clicking on an item.
    • Drag and drop rescheduling: Instructors can drag and drop an item to change its due date.
  • Customizable views & access: Students can use custom filters to specify which course items to display in their calendar.
    • Click to view - Students can click an item to view its details.
    • Click to create attempt - If an item supports it, a student can click the item to create an attempt.
  • Google & iCal Export: Users can export their calendar entries in either Google or iCal format. The latter can be imported into Exchange/Office 365.

To learn more about the new Blackboard Calendar, view this short video on Blackboard's YouTube channel.

Related Links

Blackboard upgrade overview 
Calendar video (Blackboard YouTube)