Instructors of January and Spring 2019 Courses: Blackboard is moving!

Dear Faculty Colleagues, We've completed the process of moving to our new cloud-based Blackboard system for Department courses, and courses for January and Spring 2019 terms. We're happy to announce that all faculty now have access to the new system.  Visit to see the new system and give it a try.  Below, we've added some additional details that you may find helpful as you prepare for intersession and the spring semester. Finding and Developing Your January and Spring Courses From the MyHofstra Portal,, click the waffle/My Apps icon in the top right. Click the Blackboard Icon in My Apps. Choose  January/Spring or Older Terms. Fall 2018 and Older Courses Fall and previous semester courses remain for now on the old system.  When you click the Blackboard button in My Apps the portal, you will be able to choose between terms; either January/Spring for the new server, or older terms for the old server. Wrapping Up Grading and Moving Your Courses For Fall Courses (201809), finish up using the old system as you have been,  Moving your course content to the new server is best done following these three easy steps. Export the content from courses [...]

2019-03-22T03:14:14+00:00December 18th, 2018|

Blackboard is Moving Before January Session

Great News! We are moving! Blackboard is changing the way Hofstra’s Blackboard system is hosted.  In the new system, Hofstra has been promised zero downtime for upgrades and patches as well as constant access to the latest security upgrades and feature updates. To get there, we must move everything that we are using from the current Hofstra Blackboard system to a new cloud-based Blackboard.  The new system will look and feel very much like the current system.  You will not need to learn to use a new system. We are creating January and Spring 2019 courses on the new server.  Access to January and Spring 2019 is now blocked on the current server.  Blackboard will migrate all regular courses that have content and student work from the old server to the new server.  In cases where the new January and Spring courses do not yet have content or student work, you can Export the material from an old course site (instead of Course Copy) and Import it to the new site.  Instructions for Export/Import can be found at Please do not add any new [...]

2019-03-22T03:14:04+00:00December 5th, 2018|

Innovative Educational Technologies – FRED Workshop Presentation

On October 19, 2018, members of the Hofstra EdTech team were honored to be invited by the office of Senior Vice Provost Terri Shapiro to give a Faculty Research, Development & Education (FRED) Workshop on the subject of Innovative Educational Technologies.  We highlighted four technologies that are available to Hofstra faculty to support teaching and research. Here's the video of the presentation: Kick it up a notch with Kaltura Kaltura is a video platform that is integrated with Blackboard.  With it, you can upload and manage video content for your courses.  One innovative new feature is video quizzing.  You can add quiz functionality to any Kaltura video.  This will allow you to add simple questions to keep your students engaged in your video content. Recently, we enabled the ability to upload 360 degree videos!  Faculty can check out a 360 degree camera from the Faculty Technology Center to record in this exciting format.  EdTech can help with the processing, and if the video is tagged "360" - Kaltura will enable options to look around and move the camera in all directions. Leading with [...]

2019-03-22T03:11:55+00:00November 5th, 2018|

Now There’s an Attendance Tool in Blackboard!

A new feature added to Blackboard over the summer is often-requested ability to track student attendance.  This can now be turned on in any class from the Course Management section, and the Attendance ties directly back into the Gradebook. To turn it on for your course, find the Attendance option under Course Tools: Course Management > Course Tools > Attendance This new functionality allows for simple tracking of student attendance.  You mark students as Present, Late, Absent, or Excused.  And by adjusting the settings you can grade by letter, point, or percentage. x x In the Overall section, you can see current and previous sessions, as well as overview statistics.  You can add slots for previous sections by clicking on the plus (+) icon that appears when you move the mouse between existing sessions. x If you’re interested in seeing it in action, this quick video will walk you through the process: For more information, check out Blackboard’s instructor help for Attendance:

2019-03-22T03:13:28+00:00August 25th, 2018|