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!
I am stealing from my BB colleagues here at ECU and re-posting their offer!
For your use – a generic sample 5-question quiz
- If you are interested in adding a short quiz to your Blackboard course at the beginning of the semester to determine if students can successfully take an exam in Blackboard, we have created a 5-question generic quiz. You can use the quiz “as is,” or you can edit the questions.
- If you use LockDown Browser to give quizzes and would like a sample quiz, please follow the instructions above. This is a great way to introduce students to using LockDown Browser!
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.
Need a hard copy of your test? An easy way to get a clean printing or pdf of your test is to use the browser Chrome and edit the test options to “Open Test in New Window”. To print, (still in the Chrome browser) click the test as if you were taking it and once it is opened press Ctrl+P (Mac: ⌘-P). You’ll be able to preview the page and adjust basic printer and page settings, before printing such as:
Destination: Click Change to choose the printer you want to use.
Select Save as PDF under “Local Destinations” to convert the page into a PDF file.
Select a printer
Need assistance contact OET!
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
Lots of great Test Setting and Troubleshooting Tips can be found here. There are some good tips for this issue unfortunately experienced by all test givers!
““Help! I got kicked out of my test…” Symptom: The student is kicked out of an assessment when the submit button is pressed. Cause: The java session has been terminated due to inactivity, so the submission is unsuccessful. Almost always this issue occurs with randomized tests or where certain questions are randomized.”
Respondus Lockdown Browser! As quoted in “The Weekly Word” it is a is a new tool in Blackboard (look in your Control Panel), which many of you will be interested in if you give online tests and would like an alternative to a proctor. Read about the features that make LockDown a secure testing environment and how you can utilize it in your course(s) at http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/blackboard/?p=1666 You can a
Students will have to go to the following link http://www.respondus.com/lockdown/information.pl?ID=745639734 to download the software for either their PC or Mac. This software must be installed on their computers. Once installed students will click on the Lockdown Browser Icon on their desktop prior to taking a test in Blackboard. Lockdown Browser will open Blackboard in a secure setting.
Questions? Demos? Contact OET!