Blackboard has rolled out a new Attendance tool, allowing instructors to easily and quickly track attendance. Using the Attendance tool will create an Attendance column in the Grade Center, which will provide an overall attendance score.
Instructors can now find the new Attendance tool by going to the Control Panel > Course Tools > Attendance.
myLesley’s recent update to Blackboard’s latest version (Q2 2018) included several enhancements to the Grade Center making it easier to navigate while grading your students’ work.
Full Titles of Grade Center Columns
You can now view the full title of your Grade Center column making it easier to distinguish between similarly-titled grade items.
View More Grade Columns
The width of the Grade Center is no longer fixed. You can now view as many columns as the size of their window will allow. If you are on a small screen, you may only see a few grade columns and need to scroll. If you are on a larger screen, you will see more columns. The grade center will adapt to the size of your browser window.
Need even more space to view the Grade Center? Instructors now have the ability to view the Grade Center in Full Screen mode. Full Screen mode collapses the side navigation and the top banner, allowing you to see more of the Grade Center on your screen.
More updates are coming to myLesley throughout the summer. Keep an eye out for all the new features.
On June 8, 2018, myLesley was updated to the most recent version of Blackboard (Q2 2018). The update included a few new features and options. There will be more features released [enter tag link] for this version over the summer so keep an eye out.
Customize Your Course Menu Colors
When Lesley University transitioned to SaaS in January, we also updated to the latest theme design Blackboard offers. The advantage of the new theme is that myLesley will adapt to the device you are currently using whether it’s a cell phone, tablet, small screen laptop or large screen monitor. The disadvantage is that custom menu colors weren’t supported, but that’s in the past. Custom menu colors are back!
To customize your menu colors, go to Control Panel, select Customization and then select Teaching Style.
Next, scroll down to Select Menu Style.
Select the Background Color and Text Color you wish to have.
Keep accessibility in mind when choosing menu colors. You want colors that have a high level of contrast to ensure readability.
Sadly the Buttons option is not currently compatible with our version of Blackboard.
Be sure to click Apply after selecting your new colors or it will not take effect. Click Submit when you are done to apply your choices to your course menu.
Collaborate Original has been retired from myLesley and replaced with the newer and easier to use web-based Collaborate Ultra. Collaborate Original recordings will still be available through this academic year, but you will not be able to create new Original sessions.
We highly recommend completing your grading by Friday, December 29th. However, we understand that many faculty use the winter break to do their grading. With that in mind, we have provided some resources for downloading your students’ gradable items so that you can grade offline when the server is down. The instructions include downloading student submitted assignments, collecting and printing discussions, saving blog, journal and wiki content to PDF, and downloading a copy of your Grade Center.
Please keep in mind that you must complete these steps by December 29th. You will not have access to myLesley from December 30 – January 3.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.