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Blackboard Building Blocks

Building Blocks are software and applications available to NOVA faculty and staff that facilitate and/or expand Blackboard's capabilities.

Blackboard Collaborate™ Web Conferencing

Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing is a Java-based virtual meeting space perfect for a synchronous virtual class or meeting. Faculty and staff can find out more information on NOVA's Blackboard Collaborate page.

Impatica For PowerPoint

Impatica for PowerPoint takes those cumbersome PowerPoint presentations and converts them to a much smaller, optimized-for-streaming format that you can embed into Blackboard's Text Editor. Available for both Windows and Mac, instillation instructions can be found in the Faculty/Staff Instructional Software module under the Teach or College Connect tabs in Blackboard.

Respondus

Respondus makes creating a test or survey for Blackboard much easier. Available for Windows only, instillation instructions can be found in the Faculty/Staff Instructional Software module under the Teach or College Connect tabs in Blackboard.

NOTE:  The license for Respondus is renewed annually and the instillation password is updated (changed) every summer.

SafeAssign

Integrated directly into Blackboard and available under Course Tools, SafeAssign is Blackboard's plagiarism prevention service. Create a SafeAssignment or use Direct Submit to generate an Originality Report that displays possible plagiarized materials for the instructor to compare.

StudyMate Author

StudyMate Author makes creating Flash-based interactive content quick and easy. Available for Windows only, instillation instructions can be found in the Faculty/Staff Instructional Software module under the Teach or College Connect tabs in Blackboard.  

NOTE: The license for StudyMate is renewed annually and the instillation password is updated (changed) every summer.

Wimba Voice

Wimba Voice is a Java-based recording and playback application integrated into Blackboard.