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February 15, 2011 / dlitgroup

Bill Faber – Leveraging Blogs and SafeAssignments in Blackboard

Bill Faber is Professor in the Physical Science Department. He teaches online/hybrid courses at GRCC, and also works in the Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies Department as a faculty professional development facilitator.  He also has developed a wide array of video tutorials for faculty learning how to use Blackboard more effectively in teaching.

Bill Faber's BlogGetting Students Familiar with Scientific Literature

One of the objectives in my courses is to get student familiar with scientific literature. The way I meet this goal is by having students read articles or listen to podcasts that have a chemistry/science theme.

Managing Student Assignments with SafeAssign

Then I assign a simple review assignment that they submit via Safeassignment in Blackboard.  The benefit of using SafeAssignments is that the student’s papers are checked for plagiarism and against other student submissions at GRCC.

Using WordPress

Often students want an example of how to do this, so I have been writing reviews and posting them on a wordpress blog (

Once I write the review, I post a link in my blackboard course directing them out to the content.






Are you interested in learning how to use Blackboard SafeAssignments in your own course? If so, check out these tutorials:

How to create a Safeassignment in Blackboard

Additional training opportunities are available through the Center for Teaching Excellence.


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