Many academic textbook publishers offer web-based learning materials to accompany their textbooks. These materials can be delivered through Blackboard in a variety of ways, including via:
Individual publishers may provide a way to synchronize student data on their servers with your course on SIUE’s Blackboard server (ex: tying publisher assignments back to Blackboard's Grade Center). These synchronizations require that building blocks be installed and configured on SIUE’s Blackboard servers, which requires time and testing to ensure stability. If you are considering using a digital textbook with extended publisher services, please contact ITS Blackboard administrators by email at email@example.com. Please do so in advance of adopting the textbook to give time for testing.
In some cases, an entire course is stored on the publisher’s learning management system, instead of on SIUE’s Blackboard learning management system. This means the course-based data is stored off campus on a third-party server. Use of these services must be consistent with SIUE’s policies on student support, data retention, and data security. Please contact ITS security personnel at 618-650-5500 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about protecting student data.
Some publishers offer banks of test questions to accompany their textbooks. Faculty members should be aware of the following when using publisher-provided test questions:
SIUE licenses and supports a test creation tool called Respondus. Faculty members are encouraged to search the Respondus Test Bank Network for their textbook and, if located, to request a key to access the test bank from the publisher rep. Using the Respondus desktop client, faculty can then create their actual tests in Respondus and publish them directly into Blackboard.
Note: Respondus is only available for use with a Windows operating system.
Please refer to the following support resources if you are experiencing technical issues with these products:
If you encounter a technical issue and are unsure if it is content or Blackboard related, feel free to contact ITS at email@example.com or at 618-650-5500. ITS staff can verify Blackboard functionality and ensure that known system issues are not the cause of the problem.
ITS wishes to acknowledge the Center for Distance Education at the University of Texas at Arlington for permission to emulate their policy.