The BLENDING EDUCATION App: Blackboard LMS Instructions

This short video gives you an overview of how the App works in Blackboard. 

Installing & Using the BLENDING EDUCATION Microlearning Library App in Blackboard

These are instructions for setting up the free Blending Education App in your Blackboard LMS. The free App contains hundreds of free resources from every course. If you would like to purchase any courses or the entire library, please visit https://blending.education/app to get institutional pricing information.

Once you install the free Blending Education App, the free lessons and any courses you have purchased will automatically appear.

There are 4 steps to installing and using the BLENDING EDUCATION App in Blackboard.

STEP 1: ADD BLENDING EDUCATION AS AN LTI TOOL PROVIDER
(Administrator)

The free BLENDING EDUCATION App must be added to your Blackboard on an institutional level. After you add BLENDING EDUCATION as an LTI Tool Provider, you’ll generate a Deployment ID. You must then supply us with your generated Deployment ID. You can start using the BLENDING EDUCATION App once we have verified your Deployment ID.

1) As an Administrator, choose LTI Tool Providers

2) Choose Register LTI 1.3/Advantage Tool

3) Enter the Client ID: d8e1cc0f-35f0-4a17-983e-ebcb9040744c

4) Change the tool status from Excluded to Approved:

BLENDING EDUCATION App > Edit > Approved

5) Keep all other settings, then choose Submit

STEP 2: FIND & SEND US YOUR DEPLOYMENT ID
(Administrator)

Once you add the BLENDING EDUCATION App to your LTI Tool Providers, find your Deployment ID and send it to us, and we’ll add you to our platform. You’ll receive confirmation from us, and you can then manage the tool placement, so that teachers can then start using the BLENDING EDUCATION App in a course:

1) In the LTI Tool Providers, choose the BLENDING EDUCATION App > Edit

2) In Tool Status, find your Deployment ID, copy and paste it, and email it along with your name, institution, and courses/libraries you require to sales@blending.education.

3) We will then register your tool in our system and send you a confirmation email.

STEP 3: MANAGE THE TOOL PLACEMENT
(Administrator)

1) In the LTI Tool Providers, choose the BLENDING EDUCATION App > Manage Placements

2) In Create Placement, add the following information:

Label: BLENDING EDUCATION APP

Handle: Blending Education Microlearning Library

Availability: Yes (Make placement available to course builders and instructors.)

Type: Deep Linking content tool

Target Link URI: https://ltiaas.blending.space

3) Choose Submit

The BLENDING EDUCATION App is now available for teachers to use.

STEP 4: ADD RESOURCES FROM THE BLENDING EDUCATION APP
Adding BLENDING EDUCATION App Resources to a Course in Blackboard (Teacher)

1) In your course in Blackboard, go to Build Content

2) Select the BLENDING EDUCATION App

The Resource Selector appears. You can select a resource or search for resources in the search box. Select the resource you want, then choose Select. The resource is now added to your course, and a grade center column is created! Grades will automatically appear once students have completed the lesson.

Submission attempts: All resources allow just one attempt, regardless of how many attempts you specify. If you would like students to have more attempts, then you can add additional instances of the resource (repeat steps 1 and 2).

 

We have thousands of lessons, so your Grade Center may fill up fast! For more information on organizing your Blackboard Grade Center: https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Grade/Customize_Grading_Interface/Organize_Grade_Data

For questions or support, contact support@blending.education.

FAQs

What is the BLENDING EDUCATION App?
The BLENDING EDUCATION Microlearning Library App is an online learning repository that contains thousands of self-grading microlearning lessons that you can use instantly in your course in your LMS. Aligned with OpenStax, you can choose from lessons in Science, Math, Social Sciences, Humanities, Student Success, Business, Law, and AP® & more.

What is the difference between the BLENDING EDUCATION App and subscribing to a course in the BLENDING SPACE?
Courses purchased through our shop are discounted and licensed for teachers. The BLENDING EDUCATION App contains lessons from all of our courses and is licensed for the entire institution. Lessons are accessed individually through the institution’s LMS and added to courses. Neither teachers nor students need to create accounts/log in. The App is a yearly subscription licensed on an institutional level, and allows every teacher within the institution access to unlimited individual lessons to use and re-use in unlimited courses and with unlimited students.

For hosted BLENDING SPACE courses, teachers can purchase an individual subscription to any course for $199 per year, and use the single course with all of their classes.  Courses are for teachers who want a ready-to-use course for just their own classes. Both teachers and students will create an account and log in to the hosted BLENDING SPACE.

Is the BLENDING EDUCATION App really free? What is the cost to students?
You can install and use the App absolutely free! There are hundreds of free lessons that you can use without purchasing a subscription to the library or courses. There is no cost to students, and you can use all of the lessons with unlimited students throughout your institution.

Where can I install the BLENDING EDUCATION App?
Institutions can install the App in any LMS that accepts LTI 1.3 Advantage external tools: Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, D2L Brightspace, Sakai, and others.
Currently, Schoology and Google Classroom do not support LTI 1.3 yet, but when they do the App will work with them.

Where can I get help installing or using the App?
Check our Support page for installation instructions and frequently asked questions. Or, if you need more help, you can open a support ticket.

I’m a teacher, how do I get courses through the App?
Ask your institution to install the App and contact us for pricing.

How do I purchase Courses, Packages or the Library?
Please contact us for institutional pricing. If you are a teacher, you can purchase a subscription to any course in the Shop.

 

TROUBLESHOOTING

ERROR MESSAGES
To use the App, you must supply us with your Client ID so that we can register your institution on our Platform. After installing the App, you will receive the following error message until we register you:

{“status”:400,”error”:”Bad Request”,”details”:{“message”:”UNREGISTERED_PLATFORM”}}

This is normal; once we register you, you’ll be able to use the App. Please contact sales@blending.education or support@blending.education with your name, institution, and phone number to register, or for more information.