Yearly Archives: 2010

Blackboard Mobile Learn

Blackboard can now be accessed on your mobile device via Blackboard Mobile Learn.  Blackboard Mobile Learn allows students and instructors to interact with Blackboard on their Android, Blackberry, iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad device.  Click here to view videos of Blackboard Mobile Learn on your mobile device.

Blackboard Mobile Learn offers a wide variety of features for easy viewing of Blackboard content on mobile devices. Highlighted features for Blackboard Mobile Learn include: viewing and posting announcements, discussions, blogs, tasks, view roster, and journals.  Blackboard Mobile Learn also supports playing embedded media such as videos and music from the course’s Blackboard site. Students will be able to view grades for assignments on mobile devices on Blackboard Mobile Learn.

Instructor Features:

  • Create and view announcements.
  • Create and view discussion board threads.
  • Post comments on students’ blogs and journals.
  • View tasks, class roster, and embedded media.
  • Favorites allow you to see only certain Blackboard pages inside Blackboard Mobile Learn.

Student Features:

  • View announcements, tasks, class roster, grades, and embedded media.
  • Respond to discussion board forums.
  • Comment on classmates’ blogs and journals.
  • Favorites allow you to see only certain Blackboard pages inside Blackboard Mobile Learn

After downloading Blackboard Mobile Learn and running it for the first time you need to search for “East Carolina University,” then select “East Carolina University” and enter your Pirate ID credentials.  Feel free to examine and get familiar with the functionality of this program.

Update: Blackboard Mobile Learn is now carrier agnostic!  This means that all Apple, Android, and Blackberry devices can use Blackboard Mobile Learn over their carrier’s wireless data network.  All wireless carriers are supported by this new feature.

Test Taking Tips in Blackboard

Following are some hints & tips for test taking in Blackboard. You may want to download and print the PDF of Test Taking Tips for Students with more suggestions.

  • See the Blackboard site for browser compatibility for the PC and Mac (ECU is running version 9 as of May 2011).
  • Download the latest version of Java.
  • For general maintenance, clear your browser’s cache. Follow the instructions for your browser.
  • When starting to take a test or quiz DO NOT double-click the “Begin” button. Blackboard will see this second click as a second attempt at taking the test or quiz and then not allow you into the test or quiz.
  • Always single-click buttons in the Blackboard online course system.

When taking a test or quiz, please be careful of the following:

  • DO NOT click the “BACK” button in the browser during a test or quiz.
  • DO NOT open a new browser window or browser tab or click on an already opened window or tab during the test or quiz.
  • It doesn’t hurt to log out of Blackboard and log back in before you take your test if you have let your course page sit idle without much activity.
  • Make sure your laptop is plugged in if there is any question of your battery life.

By doing any of the above, you have a greater chance of being bumped out of your test/quiz and all of your answers may not be saved. If you are bumped out of taking the test or quiz after doing one of the above items and your instructor has set the or test/quiz up to be a “force completion” exam, then you won’t be able to get back into that test/quiz.

If a lockout happens to you, please 1) contact your instructor; 2) submit a Blackboard Tech Support Request explaining what happened and that you were unable to submit the test or quiz correctly. If the instructor agrees to clear your attempt, he or she will need to reset your test/quiz so you can make another attempt.

p.s. If you have been timed out and lose you work, you will see a little paper/pencil icon in your Bb grade center, meaning your attempt is stalled or locked out. If you see a grade for your quiz, your quiz submitted correctly.

New – as of Summer 2012 – LockDown Browser.

Instructors may or may not use LockDown browser for quizzes and exams. Please see the blog post on LockDown browser.

Spring 2010 Welcome and a thanks

Hello ECU Faculty –
I hope you all had a fantastic winter break. I know I did (besides the ice storm in Boone,NC and no power for 2 days but that’s another story). :-)
Below you will see a checklist of sorts for the beginning of the semester. Please review and email me if you have any questions. Welcome back !

  1. Make your course available – Be sure to do this.  If you don’t your students will not see your Spring 2010 Bb site.  Here is howControl panel / Click Settings / Click Course Availability / Toggle to YES /  Click Submit. You will need to do this for each of your Spring 2010 sites
  2. Enrollments – We will be  updating Bb with enrollments multiple times each day through the drop add period.
  3. Course Content – If you still need the Blackboard Team to rollover content or collapse sections you can request that process here.  http://ecu.edu/blackboard
  4. Fall 2009 Sites – I will make all of these unavailable this weekend.
  5. Problems – If you have any questions regarding Blackboard you can contact your Instructional Technology Consultant for local support or contact my team for phone or email support. (Matt Long – longm@ecu.edu / 252-328-9074 or Matt Powell – powellma@ecu.edu / 252-7371264) More on this topic in a moment.
  6. Training – I will be announcing training over the weekend. We plan to do group training in Austin 309 and Centra training throughout the semester. If you are interested in my visiting your unit for training  please email me and we will schedule a date and time.
  7. Bugs – If you notice any odd behaviors in Bb please report them to me.  I’m working closely with systems to review these “bugs” and search for a fix with Blackboard.
  8. A huge thanks !! James Cook was provided a career opportunity that he could not pass up near the end of 2009. I’m sad to report that he no longer works at ECU.  He will be missed and his contributions will not soon be forgotten.  If you would like to say “thanks” do so in the comments area of this blog post. His position will be filled in the coming weeks. I will keep you all posted on this subject.

Well, I guess that’s about it.  I will be updating this blog site weekly with any news that I think will be helpful in your use of Blackboard. I will do my best to limit the amount of emails I send out.  But, you will be getting a good amount as we launch into the Spring 2010 semester.   Thanks so much and welcome back !

Matt Long
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