Category Archives: Cool Tools

Blackboard Mobile App for Illinois Compass 2g

We would like to take the opportunity to remind you of the availability of the Blackboard Mobile Learn app. This app is a free download for faculty, students, and staff for use with Illinois Compass 2g.  All users of the Illinois … Continue reading

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Check for plagiarism on the fly with SafeAssign’s DirectSubmit

The semester is coming to an end, and students are turning in papers.  We all want to be confident of the academic integrity of student’s work.    I don’t expect plagiarism, but it’s something we all need to watch out for. … Continue reading

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Blackboard Essentials for Teachers Available on Safari Books

Are you looking for another great resource for learning how to teach with Illinois Compass 2g (powered by Blackboard Learn)? I just found out about Blackboard Essentials for Teachers, and affiliates of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign have free … Continue reading

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Inline Grading for Assignments Now Available in Illinois Compass 2g

On June 19, 2013, the inline grading function was added to Illinois Compass 2g. This function allows an instructor to grade directly within the Grade Center rather than needing to download assignments, grade or add comments, and then upload them … Continue reading

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Accessing Lynda.com Tutorials on the iPad

We’ve talked before about Lynda.com when free access for University of Illinois faculty, staff and students was first announced. Many people who use the service may not realize, but you can also access the complete library of Lynda.com videos on … Continue reading

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So You Want To Bake Some Badges

reposted from citesccme.wordpress.com I recently attended the 2013 Faculty Summer Institute held at the i-Hotel here in Urbana-Champaign. The buzzword for the year? Well, there were many–wikis, blogs, and apps ranked high–but I would say that 2013 is the year of the … Continue reading

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Using your iPad as a Remote Desktop in the Classroom

The use of a remote desktop is not new in the IT community, but with the increased ease of use with simple apps and the iPad, the use of a remote desktop in the classroom is easier than ever. For those who don’t know what … Continue reading

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Connecting Respondus to Illinois Compass 2g

After starting Respondus, set the personality for Blackboard 7.x – 9.x: Then, if you want to publish to a course select Preview & Publish, or to retrieve a test from a course use the Retrieval and Reports tab. In this … Continue reading

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Blackboard Mobile Learn App is Now Free to University of Illinois Faculty, Staff, and Students

CITES is pleased to announce the extension of the Illinois Compass 2g service (powered by Blackboard Learn 9.1) by introducing the availability of the Blackboard Mobile Learn app as a free download for faculty, students, and staff.  All users of … Continue reading

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Personalizing the Course List in Illinois Compass 2g

Instructors and Teaching Assistants retain access to all courses they have taught in, so after a few terms have passed the list of courses might be so long that it’s difficult to find the courses you visit the most. You … Continue reading

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