New Features in Blackboard 7.3

Blackboard is the course management system used campus-wide at NIU that allows faculty to post materials, deliver tests and surveys, hold online discussion and perform many other course-related functions. In December 2008 Blackboard was upgraded from version 7.1 to 7.3. This upgrade includes some subtle new user features and system capabilities that previously have not existed.

The new features in Blackboard 7.3 primarily can be found in three main toolsets: Discussion Board, Assessment and Gradebook, and the Visual Text Box Editor. In addition, the new Early Warning System tool in Blackboard can be used to monitor student progress and alert faculty to possible performance problems.

For more details regarding the new features and tools in Blackboard 7.3, visit

The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center offers a wide array of programs each month regarding the principles and practices of teaching with Blackboard. The current Blackboard program schedule and online registration information is always available at

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