Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Better Blackboard Viewing Experience

I have worked with a number of faculty using Blackboard on their office computers. I have noticed that many do not have their computers set up to take advantage of seeing all of Blackboard on one screen. They end up scrolling their lives away trying to access areas of Blackboard, and sometimes miss important Submit buttons not visible on their screen. With a few tweaks, you can have a much better Blackboard viewing experience. Here is what you can do.

1. Get a bigger monitor (if possible). I would suggest 20 inches or greater.

2. Change your screen resolution. Blackboard's default screen width is 1100 pixels. So, you should have a resolution of 1280 x 1024 or higher. How to change screen resolution:
3. Work in a full screen mode when in Blackboard. Maximize the window to fill the whole screen, or press F11 on PCs. 

4. Set the correct zoom control on your browser. Hold the CTRL button and use your scroll wheel to zoom in or out until the horizontal scroll bar disappears.

5. Get rid of extra toolbars on your browser. Click here to get instructions on how to do this depending on which browser you use.

6. Collapse Blackboard menus/windows to maximize your work space. Watch video for more details.

All of these steps are outlined in this video tutorial on how to increase you Blackboard experience. 

As always, feel free to contact TLT if we can help you with this.

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