Thursday, October 31, 2013

Spelling Dictionaries in Blackboard

Blackboard (Bb) Learn has a spell check button located within the Content Editor.  If you don't see the spell check button in a specific course, please check with your instructor to make sure the Spell Check & Suggestion tools has been made available in the course.  If it has, please submit a Help Desk ( Make sure to include the Course Name, ID, & Instructor Name. 


Using the Spell Checker

Click the spell checker ( spell check button ) icon to turn the automatic spell check function on or off. The button will be located beside the numbered list button if you are using the basic editor or it will be the last button in the 2nd row if you are using the expanded editor. 
You will see wavy, red underlining for words detected as potentially misspelled or not found in the loaded dictionary. If you resume typing text, the spell checker function switches off.
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Right-click an underlined word to view a menu, allowing you to:
  • See a list of suggested correction.
  • Ignore the single instance.
  • Ignore all occurrences of the indicated word.
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By default the Spell Checker tool uses the US English Dictionary. However, you can also run spell check with the Spanish Dictionary and as US English Medical Dictionary. Simply by clicking the down arrow to the right of the button ( spell check button ) and click on the dictionary you want to use. 
Currently, SU has 4 dictionaries available for spell check use. You can request additional ones by submitting a online Help Ticket. Blackboard Learn supports any dictionary that is formatted in the myspell or hunspell format. This gives SU the option to choose from several different dictionaries in almost every language.
The medical dictionary includes nearly 50,000 medical terms ranging from abdominis to zygomatic, which allows you to concentrate on your work instead of looking up words in a medical dictionary that are not in the built-in Bb's English spelling dictionary. This dictionary contains device and drugs that are FDA approved as of October 13, 2008.
Drug and device names are current with FDA approvals through October 13, 2008. - See more at:

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