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The College of Southern Maryland is committed to implementing the Quality Matters (QM) standards for the design of online and hybrid courses. CSM is systematically developing and evaluating courses based on rigorous, research-based standards. The QM standards ensure that online courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners.

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What's New in Blackboard



You can expect to see a simplified look without major changes in the location of course functions. The latest version of Blackboard Learn, 9.1 Service Pack 14/April 2014, will introduce several new exciting features, including:

  • New Calendar: Individual users now have more choice about how their calendars are formatted both in the Calendar tool and when making date selections. They can alter the first day of the week that starts the calendar view in month and week views. See More
  • Profiles: The Enhanced Cloud Profile provides users with their first professional profiles. The added features help users demonstrate competencies they have developed through their educational journeys in a visual and uniquely /compelling way. See More
  • Browser Support: See the latest browsers supported
  • New and Updated Blackboard Online Help Resources: Blackboard creates videos to help students and instructors learn to use Blackboard. Recently, Blackboard updated all flash On-Demand videos to MP4 format to make them more accessible and is serving them from YouTube. Now viewer can play them on mobile devices, include them in their YouTube playlists, rate them, and post comments.
    • Student On-Demand Videos: The complete series of short video tutorials to help students use the various Blackboard Learn tools to be successful online.
    • Quick Hit Videos: :A series of very short videos that give an overview to new features in Blackboard Learn.
    • BlackboardTV is Blackboard's official YouTube channel that includes different types of videos produced by Blackboard and by other institutions, instructors, and IT professionals.
If you missed it the last update was May 2014. This version of Blackboard Learn, 9.1 Service Pack 13, introduced several new exciting features, including:

  • Global Navigation: Always present in the top right corner, the new navigation menu is the entry point to My Blackboard and also provides one-click access to your Courses, Organizations, Settings, and Help. See More
  • My Blackboard: Create your own profile and discover and interact with others in your academic network. See More
  • Quick Links: Improved navigation experience for keyboard-only users. See More
  • New Calendar: Sporting a new UI, the new calendar now integrates fully into your courses. Never miss an assignment again. See More
  • Content Editor: The new Content Editor vastly improves the user experience for entering text and adding content to all areas of Blackboard Learn. See More
  • Discussions: The Thread Detail page is thoroughly redesigned yet maintains all of its existing functions. See More
  • Video Everywhere: Using the content editor, you can record video everywhere. A new icon called Record from Webcam is added to the content editor that controls your webcam. See More

CSM Student Blackboard Orientation Sessions

Student On Demand Videos

Blackboard Learn: For Students: The complete series of short video tutorials to help students use the various Blackboard Learn tools to be successful online.


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