Will Blackboard Eat It?
I have1 a number of preconceptions about ol’ Blackboard . . . I figured, like Mikey, Bb wouldn’t eat anything2 and I enviously watched Keegan and others play in the Eden that is Canvas. I decide the other day that I needed to just pry at the edges of Bb and see what I could do.
It turns out, there is a whole lot of stuff you can do. I’m not saying it’s necessarily ready for basic faculty use but there are some huge doors we can open up given what’s available.
All the following examples were done by going to Build Content>Blank Page then clicking the view HTML button and pasting stuff in.
It seems like I can iframe in anything I want. That really surprised me so I started to see what I might embed. I tested initially on expected things like Google docs and charts — that stuff worked well.
Could I do something a bit less typical like awesome table? Yep . . .
Scripts and CSS
Now I really didn’t expect this but I can both link in external JS and CSS and write my own. That’s crazy.
I’m pretty impressed with the options this opens up. We can now build some pretty slick options within Blackboard and also work on interaction patterns that will let faculty take work in Bb to the next level.