Center for Educational Resources and Technology at DSU

Month: September 2017

Using Publisher’s Content

Many academic textbook publishers now offer web-based services to accompany the digital versions of their textbooks. Depending on how the specific publisher has structured their integration with Blackboard, you may be able to …

  • Expand students’ understanding of the material by connecting reading assignments to practice exercises, assessments, and additional resources.
  • Enhance your lectures by customizing the publisher’s presentations to fit your needs.
  • Simplify grading by linking the publisher’s content to the Blackboard Grade Center.

A publisher’s tools will appear in several places in Blackboard – the Course Tools list (under Course Management at the bottom of your course menu) or in various places throughout your course’s content folders (Assessments, Tools, Partner Content). Additional details are available in the links below.

Cengage Learning




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Apple Users- Notice about Blackboard Apps

Apple has announced it will release of iOS 11 on September 19, 2017.  This will change your device from a 32 bit device to a 64 bit device.  What does this mean to you?  Any app you are presently using that is a 32 bit app will cease to operate once you update your iOS.  Blackboard has announced that its original mobile application for students and instructors (“Mobile Learn”)  will cease to operate.

Solution: you will need to download Blackboard’s new mobile app Blackboard Instructor or Blackboard Student, depending on your role.  Instructors can check out the Instructor Video Tour by clicking here. Students can check out the Student Video Tour by clicking here.

Click on the link for a Quick Start guide.

Instructor App             Student App

Career preparation videos for students

Would your students benefit from more career information in an easily digestible video format? Check out this new video resource from the DeSales Career Development Center. Topics include Job Search, Internships/Co-ops, and Occupational. For more information visit the Career Development Center on the web at or give the CDC a call at 610-282-1100 x1738 or email them at

Sign up for a Modest Course Makeover!

Take the time to connect with the DEIT team and see how your course can be made more accessible and engaging for students. Let our instructional designers be your course’s interior decorators!

From simple visual renovations (text formatting, content realignment, banner/image creation and placement, etc.) to integrating the Grade Center, Due Dates, and Calendar set up, the DEIT remodeling crew will work with you to make a good course even better!

To cap off the process, you’ll revisit with the DEIT staff to review the suggested revisions and edits, and then it’s all up to you: do you love the new course and keep it, or do you want to tweak it?

What are you waiting for? Take a crack at swinging that Blackboard hammer and renovate some content folders; DEIT is here to help with the heavy-lifting!

Sign up here or contact DEIT at 610-282-1100 x2290 or

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