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Blackboard 9 – Staff Information area is now called Contacts

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In this screencast, I share that the Blackboard course area formerly know as Staff Information is now called Contacts in Release 9. I also discuss a small default “gotcha” with this item that I hope Blackboard will change in the future.
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  1. October 1, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I change the word “Contact” to “Faculty Information” and include contact info and professional background. I don’t use the contact feature but instead compose my info directly into a folder. This allows me to use html or the WYSIWYG editor for bold text, colors, bullets, etc. When students click on Faculty Information, they see everything directly on that page. It’s more user-friendly that way. Also there’s no problem with the page reverting to default “not available” for students when using the folder option instead of the contact option. I agree though that BB messed up on this feature as it’s very difficult to make a visually appealing faculty page in the current platform. Nice video 🙂

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  2. October 1, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Thanks for your insights on this issue. I really like your idea of creating a content area labeled “Faculty Information” and using it rather than the designated Contacts tool. You gain the flexibility of adding any type of content that you want to add as part of the page such as an embedded video introduction or a podcast. I will pass along your suggestion to our faculty.

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