Third-party tools such as Building Blocks (B2) and Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI) are used to connect external learning tools into the Blackboard LMS in order to add or give faculty, students, and administrators access to supplemental information or functionality to complete coursework. Below is a list of the Building Blocks and LTIs currently in use at CUNY. Links to manuals or instructions for their use are provided where available.

Please note: Some Building Blocks and LTIs are installed for particular campuses only.

In order to suggest that a new Building Block or LTI be considered for use at CUNY, please fill out the request form and contact your local campus Blackboard Administrator. All Building Blocks and LTIs are reviewed in an exhaustive testing process (Building Block Procedure) and must receive approval before being installed in the Blackboard production environment. Click here for a list of Building Blocks and LTIs that are currently being reviewed and tested.

Building Blocks

Function

The Barnes & Noble NOOK Study™ Blackboard Building Block includes the NOOK Study Tool and the Textbooks List Tool. The Study Tool seamlessly integrates NOOK Study eTextbooks directly into the Blackboard course environment. The Textbooks List Tool enables educators and students the ability to purchase eTextbooks from within Blackboard.

License
Individual

Location (if available to users)
Control Panel > Course Tools

Source / More Information

Function
Blackboard Collaborate™ is a simple, convenient, and reliable online collaborative learning solution.

License
Enterprise (all CUNY)

Location (if available to users)
Course

Source / More Information
http://www.blackboard.com/online-collaborative-learning/index.aspx

Function

EAC software helps nursing programs facilitate assessment through Blackboard. EAC provides detailed item and validity statistics, including KR-20’s, point biserial correlations, and p-values, for exams students take in Blackboard.

License
Queensbourough Community College and York College

Location (if available to users)

Source / More Information

Function

Enables instructors to increase immediate classroom engagement and longer term feedback for students in large classes by providing better classroom management for instructors, such as recording attendance and in-class discussion and quiz grades.

License
Hunter College

Location (if available to users)
Course Tools

Source / More Information
https://www1.iclicker.com/

Function
Learning Objects Campus Pack helps to create a fexible and engaging learning environment through wikis, blogs, journals, Podcasts, and portfolios.

License
Enterprise (all CUNY)

Location (if available to users)
Course Tools


Source / More Information

http://campuspack.net/

Function
NJVID is a state-of-the-art digital media repository service for streaming and preservation of academic and research media for higher education. By providing cost effective media streaming and repository services, NJVID enables institutions to overcome the technical barriers in digitizing and making media available to users through a secure portal. This service is provided by NJEDge.Net – New Jersey Research and Education Network – and builds upon a strong, statewide collaboration among universities, libraries, museums and K-12 education.

License
College of Staten Island and York College

Location (if available to users)
Control Panel > Course Tools

Source / More Information
http://njedge.net/

Function
Panopto provides lecture recording, screencasting, video streaming, and video content management software

License
Hostos Community College

Location (if available to users)
Course Tools

Source / More Information
http://panopto.com/

Function

Facilitates easy access to MyLab & Mastering assignments by permitting faculty to provide direct links from anywhere within their Blackboard course. Grades are also automatically transferred from MyLab & Mastering into the Blackboard Grade Center.

License
Individual

Location (if available to users)
Control Panel > Course Tools

Source / More Information
http://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/global/educators/support/blackboard-learn.html

Function

The Section Merge Tool allows you to “merge” two or more sections or courses into a single course that contains enrollments for each of the source courses.

License
Enterprise (all CUNY)

Location (if available to users)
Home tab

Source / More Information
Custom built by Blackboard for CUNY

Function
Permits faculty to easily upload their Softchalk lessons to their Blackboard course from within the application itself and have grades from Softchalk quizzes seamlessly added to the Grade Center.

License
Individual

Location (if available to users)
Control Panel > Course Tools

Source / More Information
http://softchalk.com/

Function

An early warning and student tracking system used to identify at-risk students and manage efforts to provide support.

License
Queensborough Community College

Location (if available to users)
QCC Tabs and Modules

Source / More Information
www.starfishsolutions.com

Function

Whether inside the classroom or out, Tegrity makes recording your lectures or supplementary course content a snap. Click a button to start recording*, click again to pause or stop, and Tegrity takes care of the rest. Recordings are automatically uploaded to the right course for only enrolled students to view.

License
Hostos Community College

Location (if available to users)

Source / More Information
https://www.mhhe.com/tegrity/product.html

Function

The Turnitin building block has three features (OriginalityCheck, GradeMark, and PeerReview) that will enhance faculty’s review and evaluation of student submissions.  OriginalityCheck allows faculty to instantly see if student work is original by comparing it to the other papers in the Turnitin database.

License
Enterprise (all CUNY)

Location (if available to users)
Assignment

Source / More Information
www.turnitin.com

Function

The WileyPlus integration with Blackboard makes it easier than ever for faculty to deploy content and for students to conveniently access WileyPLUS readings and assignments in their course.

License
Individual

Location (if available to users)
Control Panel > Course Tools

Source / More Information
http://www.blackboard.com/partnership/partner-details/wileyplus

LTIs

Function

Open Educational Resources. (Openly licensed learning objects that reside electronically). Lumen Learning provides strategic guidance and technical support to help colleges plan, develop and launch successful OER degree programs.

License
Bronx Community College, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), and Hostos Community College

Location (if available to users)
Course content area when package is loaded

Source / More Information
http://lumenlearning.com/

Function

PlayPosit (fka eduCanon) is an online learning environment to create and share interactive video lessons.

License

John Jay, Queensborough

Location (if available to users)
Course Tools

Source / More Information
https://www.playposit.com/

Function

VoiceThread is a cloud application that is integrated with Blackboard Learn to allow users to create, upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos. Users can comment on either by text, voice, or video. The presentation can include any form of digital media, including images, audio,video, and text.

License

BMCC, John Jay, Hunter, Lehman, Queensborough, SPS

Location (if available to users)
Build Content

Source / More Information
https://voicethread.com/

Function

Wikispaces facilitates team activities in a far more intuitive and cooperatively driven environment that mimics more closely the Web 2.0 that we see in our real day-to-day world

License

John Jay

Location (if available to users)
Course Tools

Source / More Information
http://www.wikispaces.com/

Function

The YuJa Active Learning platform is a comprehensive learning platform that delivers a more engaged and collaborative learning experience through the use of rich media. Powered byYuJa Cloud, YuJa is a high-performance video delivery network – YuJa enables instructional delivery models that blend lecture capture, live broadcast, social learning, video classroom and media management tool. YuJa also provides a very rich and comprehensive set of video analytics.

License
Lehman College

Access:
Students may access YuJa via the Bb LTI or log in directly with their Lehman LDAP Credentials.

Source / More Information
Additional Information is available at: www.yuja.com