more info here very soon.
more info here very soon.
Every year we purge old Blackboard courses. We do so to stay within our storage goals and business policy of keeping only two years of Blackboard sites in our production system. In a few short weeks, we will be purging the following courses (all of them) unless you submit a request to have your courses saved.
>>>>> The purge date is October 23rd, 2013 <<<<<
You have 2 choices for saving your course site.
1 - Request us to save your Bb sites in Blackboard. If you choose this option you will need to list all FULL COURSE ID’s in your request submission. Here is the link to submission site
——->>> https://ecu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6fDLG6V2h2F9lLD <<<——–
2 – Export or Archive your Bb courses offline. This is a suggested best practices for all used Blackboard courses at the end of every semester. Make sure you save all exported or archived sites on your ECU Piratedrive.
If you’d like to export or archive your own courses, it is easy.
Export: Only course content
Archive: All course content, student interactions and gradebook data
In both an export or an archive you will be saving a .zip offline for your records. Please save these files in a secure location like Piratedrive.
Please download the one-page PDF, How to Archive Your Course for further details, including FERPA and HIPAA regulations regarding privacy. Note: The .zip file is only useful once uploaded to the Blackboard environment.
Questions? Contact Matt, Cindy, or Allen
Emergency Downtime: Blackboard
When: Friday, Sept. 20 / 3:00pm
Blackboard will be unavailable beginning at 3:00pm today, Friday Sept 20, while we perform emergency maintenance to address an issue with the system. We expect the downtime to be brief, and will notify campus when service is restored.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank for your patience as we work to resolve the issue.
What is LockDown Browser?
Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) is a customized browser that increases the security of online testing in Blackboard. LDB functions much like a standard browser; however, some options have been removed or behave differently. For example, in the exam environment, the exams are shown in full screen and cannot be minimized, resized, or exited until submitted for grading.
How do I install LockDown Browser on my local computer?
It is a quick install and does not take up much room on your computer.
In anticipation of downloading LDB on my local computer, or if I have difficulty with using LDB once installed, what can I do?
How do I take a test in Blackboard using LockDown Browser?
Once you have installed LDB, click the LDB icon on your desktop to get to ECU Blackboard from the LDB browser. You will be prompted to close all other programs down, such as Outlook, iTunes, Facebook, Dell Dock, etc. Once you are logged in, go to your course and the content area where the exam is located. Take the exam like you normally would, and click Submit when you are finished.
Do I need a password to take the exam?
Generally, no. Most instructors do not assign a password to an exam in LDB.
Is LockDown Browser Mac friendly?
Do the computer labs on campus have LockDown Browser installed on the computers?
Yes they do. Here is the list of labs that have computers with LDB:
If I have questions or issues with LockDown Browser, who do I call?
Why are instructors using Respondus LockDown Browser for giving exams in Blackboard?
Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized browser that increases the security of online testing in Blackboard. When students use Respondus LockDownBrowser to take a Blackboard test, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, access other applications, or close a test until is it submitted for grading.
Do I have to install LockDown Browser?
No. It is a building block/tool in your Blackboard course. (Students do an LDB install.)
How do I find LDB in my Blackboard course?
Control Panel > Course Tools > Respondus LockDown Browser. [If you do not see it there at the beginning of the semester, to Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability > Respondus LockDown Browser > check the box to make it available in your Tools.]
How do I associate my exams with LDB?
Should I provide a link to students to install LDB?
Yes; please add it to a content area or an announcement. Here’s the link:
Should I create a practice quiz for students to try LDB?
General questions? Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bulletin/Advisory Information: Mozilla introduced Mixed Content Blocking in the latest version of Firefox (23). Intended as a security response to “man in the middle” attacks, this feature blocks mixed content by default unless specifically allowed during each page visit. This specifically impacts non-https content loaded into a https page. For more information about this security feature, please visit following Mozilla support article:
While other browsers like Chrome and Internet Explorer implement Mixed Content Blocking in similar fashions, in most cases they allow the user to add exceptions or permanently allow access to mixed content from a particular page. Firefox 23 requires this content to be allowed on each page visit without a method to permanently allow content within that page only.
In Bb , content “link” types load within an Bb frame (even when set to open in a new window). Bb does this purposely so that when user tracking is enabled, it is possible to run activity reports on which students access those links, as opposed to a straight href external link where Bb cannot track any of that. Therefore, Bb customers using SSL and linking to non-SSL content will see this manifested most often in blank frames with the “grey shield” icon represented in the browser’s address bar as described in the Mozilla post, although this could impact other application areas as well.
The solution if you are linking to non SSL content from within Bb is to add the link and ask Bb to “open in a new window”.
Update: Blackboard Course Copy delays
When: Friday, Aug 23rd / 3:30pm
As reported yesterday, the course copy process in Blackboard is still experiencing a long delay between submission and completion. Our Blackboard administrators are working diligently with the company to resolve this issue, but currently the lag time is approximately 9 hours.
If you have already gone through the content copy process and are still waiting for the content to show up please just check your email inbox. Blackboard automatically sends an email out once a course copy is complete.
The confirmation email will contain the following message:
We want to get the word out on some of the training sessions we have available, so we’re offering a “Taste of Technology” hour-long session consisting of three 15-minute summaries of tools and features and 15 minutes of Q&A. We will come to your department or college for a small or large group session! You choose which three topics you want covered, e.g. Blackboard topics, web conferencing, lecture capture, clickers, test creation solutions/integrations with Blackboard.
Please see the Taste of Technology Flyer PDF!
For those instructors who use SafeAssign, the following two things might be helpful.
Questions? Send an email to:
As you all know, Blackboard has an “auto submit” feature available to choose on any Bb assessment/exam. Any test will save and submit the users work automatically when the time expires – if this feature is enabled.
It has come to our attention through a vendor support ticket that this feature SHOULD NOT be used in conjunction with the “force completion” exam option. You should use one or the other but not both. In some cases, using these tools together causes exams to not submit normally to the gradebook. Secondly, it’s normal that the Auto Submit timer vs the actual exam window be a little different. Bb has stated that a 5 minute buffer is added to this tool.
For example, if an exam is available from 1pm – 2pm in the gradebook you may see Auto Submits as late at 2:05pm.
If you have any questions please let us know.
Matt Long / email@example.com
Cindy Bowers / firstname.lastname@example.org
Allen Dennis / email@example.com
A Blackboard email issue was identified and resolved on 5/28/13. If you sent an email(s) from your Blackboard course between 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, and 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, the emails were not sent. You will need to resend any email messages that were sent during this timeframe. We apologize for any inconvenience.