Collaborate Ultra

Collaborate Ultra is available and ready to use. Ultra is replacing the out-of-date version of Collaborate. Collaborate Ultra is browser-based (Chrome), does not rely on Java or a launcher, and has a much sleeker look and ease-of-use.

Find more information about Collaborate Ultra on our site:

Feel free to view the information on the Blackboard Help site for Collaborate Ultra as well:

As always, you can also find information by logging into Blackboard. Click either the Faculty or Student Services tab at the top to learn more about Blackboard tools.

Currently instructors must turn on the tool by going to Customization, Tool Availability, and checking the box beside Collaborate Ultra to turn it on. Hit Submit. We anticipate that Collaborate Ultra will be available in every course without having to turn it on starting Fall 2017 semester. 

We will also be phasing out the old version of Collaborate. Collaborate Ultra contains all of the tools necessary, including recording sessions. The old version of Collaborate is not as stable as the newer versions and has many more known issues. This update will enhance our experience, not inhibit it. 

Spring Training

Registration for Spring Training through the Design Center and Center for Teaching and Learning is now available.

Take a look at what we are offering so far this spring, check back for updates, and sign up here:

Teaching with Technology Series

Registration is still open for Teaching with Technology. Choose any sessions you wish to attend from the list below – the first one is Tuesday, September 20th!

Teaching with Technology sessions focus on how technology is being used in our teaching practices. They are open to all, facilitated by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Design Center, and feature a specific topic or tool (and often both). These sessions include demonstrations of teaching practice and discussion.

Fall 2016 Schedule:

  • Grade Center – September 20, 2016 | 10–11am | Drinko 349
  • Assignments & Rubrics – October 5, 2016 | 1-2 pm | Drinko 349
  • Safe Assign – October 18, 2016 | 2-3 pm | Drinko 349
  • Grade Center – November 8, 2016 | 10-11 am | Drinko 349
  • Assignments/Rubrics/Submitting Final Grades – December 1, 2016 | 1-2 pm | Drinko 349


Register at



For questions, contact Mindy Allenger (, 6-5268).


Updates from the Design Center

Hi everyone, these are a few reminders or Blackboard updates from your Instructional Designers: 

  • Notifications page: we notice that several of you are turning off access to this page or don’t update this page regularly. Maybe you aren’t aware that you can? If so, great news, we have some new modules that greatly help students. To add these modules, go to Notifications, click Add module, and click Add on the following: Accessibility Statement & Links, Blackboard Support, FERPA & Privacy Statements, and Student Support & Resources Links (on page 2).
    • You can then reorder your boxes by scrolling over the name of the module, holding down your mouse button and dragging to move or reorder so that all modules are in the left column and the Student Support & Resources Links is on the right column.
    • Here’s an example of what that looks like:
  • Re-ordering the Course Menu: Perhaps you’ve noticed that when you complete a course copy or add something new to the Course Menu, your links are always added to the bottom under the Blackboard Help links? You can reorder the course menu to help your students easily navigate the course. Scroll to the left of the link name on the menu. When the compass arrows appear, click with your mouse, hold the button down, and drag your links to the top.
  • Using material from previous semester: You can use your old content without creating new content from scratch by following the Course Copy Directions, found on the Start of the Semester Tips on the Faculty tab inside Blackboard.
    • You can change all due dates on the Date Management page, found under Course Tools under Course Management on your Course Menu.
      • Tip: Don’t put due dates on the description of items or assignments because then you have to go back and change them every semester and you may miss them. Put due dates on the ACTUAL assignment/discussion/test/quiz/etc and the due date will be put on the course calendar that the students can view in Blackboard. OR create a course schedule for the students to view.

Reminder: The Instructional Design Center Open House: “Fall into Blackboard” will be held the week of August 29th. We are hosting a faculty wine reception on Tuesday, August 30, 4:30 – 6:30 PM. Ruth Newberry, from the Blackboard Outcomes team will be here to answer questions about goal, alignment, and outcomes. Please join us in Drinko Library 235!

Updated event schedule is posted here:








Design Center Open House

To celebrate the opening of our new office in Drinko Library, we are hosting an Open House the week of August 29th. We have a mix of drop-in times as well as scheduled events.

Drop-in anytime Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM for snacks and giveaways.

Faculty Wine & Cheese Reception Tuesday, August 30th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM featuring Ruth Newberry from the Blackboard Outcomes Team.

Blackboard expert Tammy Jolley will be here Friday, Sept. 2nd from 8:00 – noon.

Our new location is Drinko Library 235. Follow the stacks to the back of the building.

We look forward to seeing you and answering your Blackboard questions!

Use Development Courses to Ready Content

We know that some of you like to work on readying your courses prior to the live sections becoming available. We can make that easy for you! We use blank courses called “Development sections” to act as a template for you to create your courses prior to the start of the semester. Live course sections are created and make available two weeks prior to the start of the semester in order to accommodate last minute changes to the schedule and student enrollments. If you would like to request a Development section to work on your course ahead of time, please do the following:

  • First, log into Blackboard and check under the No Term Assigned header to see if you already have a Development section for the course you want to work on. If you do, but you want to remove all of the information and start fresh, you can contact us for help in doing so.
  • Second, if you find that you do not currently have a section for your class, contact us at with your course name.

You can also copy the most recent course’s content into your Development section to make changes. Follow the Course Copy directions to copy content into or out of your Development section. You can find these directions by logging into Blackboard, clicking on the Faculty tab, seeing the Start of Semester Tips module on the right of your screen, and clicking on Course Copy Directions.

You can continue to make changes to your Development section at any time, and use that template course as the guide next time you want to ready your course for the start of the semester.

If you have any questions regarding Development sections, or how to copy into your live section, please remember to contact us at

Office Hours Change for July 11-20th

The Huntington Design Center staff will be out of the office attending a work conference from July 11 and returning July 20th. During this time, the Huntington office hours will be kept 11:30 – 4:30 by our student designer.

The South Charleston Design Center will be closed July 11-14 and will resume normal business hours on the 15th.

We are reachable at and will be periodically checking email while we are away working. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Design Center Update

Due to construction work occurring in our Communications Building office, the Huntington Design Center will not be available for drop-in appointments until Monday, May 23rd. At that time, you will find us in our new location in Drinko Library 235. Instructional Designers are still available to meet with faculty on the Huntington campus if needed, and we are available via our personal emails, as well as our group email of We thank you for your continued patience as we move to upgrade our center to better serve the Marshall community.

Design Center Move

The Huntington Design Center is moving from Smith Communications Building into Drinko Library 235. We will be fully operational in our new space starting June 6, 2016. Until that time, if you would like to make an appointment with us on the Huntington campus, it would be best for us to come to you. You can give us a call at 304-696-7117 or email us at  if you’d like to set up a time to meet with us to discuss your ecourse or course development.