Monthly Archives: December 2011

Mashups in Content Area of Blackboard

We noticed the Mashup selections in the build content area are not there by default in your spring courses, but there’s a quick work-around. Go to Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability, then click the boxes in the far right column for Flickr, YouTube Video, and Slideshare if you want the tools available.

screenshot of toolstools

Blackboard Planned Maintance Downtime 12/20 – 12/23

Hello ECU Faculty, Staff and Students –
You have be forwarded to this page because Blackboard is currently offline.  Blackboard is currently unavailable for a planned downtime that started on 12/20 at 8am and will run through 12/22 5pm.

Timeline:
12/20 – 8:05am – Blackboard is now offline
12/21 – 11:50am – Q/A testing .

FAQ’s

 – When is the downtime?  The planned downtime is from 8am on 12/20 through 5pm on 12/22.

– Who does the downtime affect? 
Everyone.  Nobody will be able to login to Blackboard during this planned maintenance window.

– Where can I ask a question about the downtime?
  Here.  We encourage you to ask questions about the downtime in the comments section.  We will reply back in that area.

– I’m a student.  Will Blackboard look and work the same as it did before the upgrade?
  Yes

– I’m a faculty member. Will Blackboard look and work the same as it did before the upgrade?
Yes.  But… you will notice some nice enhancements to the following features.

****Here’s a Blog Post with all of the details on the three new feature enhancements.****

  • Announcements – You can now send your announcements out as emails  Video Tutorial
  • Exams – You now have a feature that will auto save all answers on an exam after a give amount of time.  E.G.  All test questions are auto saved after 5 minutes and the test closes out. Video Tutorial
  • Rubrics – Rubrics are not viewable for the student and are directly embedded into the gradebook from the faculty point of view.  Anything that can be graded can be assigned a rubric. Rubrics can be shared and copied in Bb as well. Video Tutorial
If you have any questions about the downtime you are encouraged to leave a comment on this blog post.  We will answer all questions in a timely manner.  If you have any technical questions about the new features, I encourage you to ask them inside the Bb9 Yammer Group.
You can also email me directly at longm@ecu.edu.
Happy Holidays,
- Matt Long
Bb Support Team

Bb Maintenance Upgrade & New Features

12/6/2012

During December 20-22, Blackboard will be unavailable for a service pack update.  The update is primarily a necessary maintenance update. However, there will be a few new features starting with your Spring courses.

  • First, the much-anticipated and popular notifications setting where announcements are sent to email will be enabled. You’ll see a check box that you can click if you want your announcements sent to email.
  • Secondly, you will have the option to have students’ exams auto-submitted once the time limit has been reached. Again, this is an optional setting. You can allow students to submit their exam after the time limit has expired OR choose the setting where Blackboard will automatically submit their attempt once the time is up.
  • Thirdly, the rubrics tool has been enhanced so you will be able to grade from the rubric and if you wish (according to your settings), your students will see the rubric. The rubric builder is user-friendly and easy to attach to a gradable item. Another nice feature is you can copy a rubric, rename it, and use it for another assignment. Do you have a project where two rubrics could be used (e.g., technical skills on a project and writing skills)? By using the Rubrics tool, you can assign a primary rubric to one project, where you can enter grades from that rubric, plus have a secondary rubric where students know what is expected of them.
  • Increased officially supported browsers —> Browser list

Announcements to Email: In the Spring of 2012 you will be able to send any announcement as an email.  See the screenshot below and also take a moment to review the short video tutorial to learn more about this new (comeback) feature.

Video Tutorial

 

 


 

 

Exam Auto Submit: Blackboard is now able to auto submit exam questions after a determined amount of time. Students will be warned 1 minute and 30 seconds before Black board will auto submit.  Once the time is up, the exam is auto saved and the students’ access is lost.
Video Tutorial 

Auto Submit Feauture

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rubrics: The rubric builder is user-friendly and easy to attach to a gradable item. Another nice feature is you can copy a rubric, rename it, and use it for another assignment.
Video Tutorial 

rubric