Some of you signed up for the Pilot but others will have to wait until Summer to take advantage of the new features! To highlight a few, you will be able to drag and drop grade center columns directly in grade center (you won’t have to go to Manage).
The Calendar has been completely restructured so that anytime you enter a due date for an assignment, quiz or exam it will automatically be placed in the course calendar.
Inline grading, no more download/upload papers with comments, just enter your comments directly.
More real estate! Check out this link for more info!
Every year old courses are purged from Blackboard. This is done to stay within storage goals and business policy of keeping only two years of Blackboard sites in the production system. In a few short weeks, Blackboard Admins will be purging the following courses (all of them) unless you submit a request to have your courses saved.
>>>>> The purge date is October 16th, 2013 <<<<<
2011 Summer #1 semester
2011 Summer #2 semester
2011 Full Term Summer semester
2011 Fall semester
Click here to find out how to save your courses.
Per ITCS’ Blackboard Blog – Blackboard Learn, Version 9.1, Service Pack 9 (SP9) includes a new look and feel that will enhance the experience for instructors, students, and administrators. Users already familiar with Bb 9.1 will be pleased with the additional functionality that SP9 offers. Check out this link for more information on the newest features. One that I know many will like is “auto regrading”!
I offered a summer challenge last week to try something new. Answer these questions about your Blackboard course and try baby steps by making some changes in you BB course!
Have you added a banner? Have you changed the color scheme, the buttons? Do you still use Course Information rather than calling it Syllabus. Do you use assignments for digital receipt of homework rather than email? How about trying Blogs instead of Discussion Board, Journals instead of word documents. Have you taken a test online? Tried Respondus Lockdown browser.
Checkout the training schedule for a Blackboard Blitz of training!
There are a few but wanted to highlight one of the neatest “Auto Regrading”!
Instructors can now fix problematic questions by simply editing the invalid question directly and having all necessary updates flow automatically to the Grade Center. Check out the Blackboard Blog for more information on all the new features which include Course to Course Navigation, Improved Activity Reports and more.
There is a neat tool in Blackboard for adding YouTube videos, SlideShare Presentations or Flickr Photos – the MASHUP TOOL! When adding the aforementioned content just click on the build content button and select your Mashup! When select YouTube you can search quickly on a topic and embed directly into your Blackboard site. Try it out!
Update on lockdown browser is “That pesky second popup box that students would see with a jumbled password is gone.”
Having problems with LDB? Here are some troubleshooting tips, additional info can be found by clicking on this link
Usually, if something occurs (screen goes blank or connection is lost) after the student has started a quiz, there is likely a network issue or local system issue (their own computer). Two examples: Windows started an automatic update and initiated a restart. A family member is watching streaming HD movies on the same wi-fi network connection. If “Force Completion” is NOT checked, students may be able to log back in and continue. If not, a “clear attempt” will be necessary if the instructor allows another attempt.
If a few students are having problems on their own computers, it is likely a configuration/setup issue on their personal computer. If ALL students succesfully installed LDB and have problems logging into the test, it is likely a LockDown Browser configuration setting. You should double check under Edit Test Options that you did NOT delete the default password or UNcheck the Password Required box. That is an LDB-generated password that needs to be in place (you do not need to provide that to students). A Blackboard Admin will be happy to help you check your settings. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org
If all students in a managed computer lab have a problem logging into a test, it is likely a network issue or configuration of the managed computers. Contact email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com in that case, and let us know which computer lab has the problem