Author Archives: Laurie Godwin

Blackboard Course Purge on 4/14/2011

Hello Blackboard Faculty –

On 4/14/2011 (extended from 4/08/11) we will be purging a good amount of ECU Blackboard sites.  We are doing so to keep within our storage limits and business policy of keeping only 2 years worth of Blackboard sites in our production system.  Some of you may want to save some of your 2007, 2008 and Spring 2009 sites.  That’s perfectly fine.  To do so, you will simply need to submit those past Bb course ID’s — fill out the form HERE by end of business on 4/14/2011.  By doing this, you ensure that your past course(s) will not be deleted on our purge date  (4/14/2011 ). If you have any questions at all do not hesitate to give me a call or email.  252-328-9074 / longm@ecu.edu

In summary:
On 4/14/2011 we will be purging ALL courses from the following semesters, unless you request your past course(s) to be saved.

  • 2007 Fall
  • 2008 Spring
  • 2008 Summer (SS#1, SS#2 and Full term)
  • 2008 Fall
  • 2009 Spring

If you have any questions, contact Matt Long, longm@ecu.edu (328-9074) or Cindy Bowers, bowersc@ecu.edu (252-328-9167).

Blackboard 9 Video Tutorials – Communicating & Collaborating

The launch date of Blackboard 9 is rapidly approaching.  You may be interested in the quick video tutorials Blackboard has developed to help get instructors familiar with Blackboard 9.  There are 3 different parts: Understanding  & Building your Course, Communicating & Collaborating, and Assessing Learners.

Communicating & Collaborating

Using the Discussion Board

  1. Grading a Discussion Board Forum!
  2. Grading a Discussion Board Thread!

Managing Group Work

  1. Creating a Group!
  2. Creating Group Sets!
  3. Getting Started with Groups Read It!

Blogs and Journals

  1. Creating a Journal!
  2. Commenting on a Journal Entry!
  3. Creating a Blog!
  4. Creating and Editing Blog Entries!
  5. Commenting on a Blog Entry!

Wikis

  1. Creating a Wiki!
  2. Editing a Wiki Page!
  3. Viewing a Wiki Page History – New!!
  4. Grading a Wiki!

Announcements and Scheduling

  1. Creating Announcements!
  2. Creating a Course Task!
  3. Creating a Course Contact!
  4. Sending Email!
  5. Sending Blackboard Messages!

Blackboard 9 Video Tutorials – Understanding and Building Content

The launch date of Blackboard 9 is rapidly approaching.  You may be interested in the quick video tutorials Blackboard has developed to help get instructors familiar with Blackboard 9.  There are 3 different parts: Understanding & Building your Course, Communicating & Collaborating, and Assessing Learners.

Understanding  & Building Your Course

  1. Your Course Environment – New!
  2. Select the Page Where Users Enter Your Course!
  3. Adding a Banner to Your Course Entry Point!
  4. Creating a Blank Page (for displaying content) on the Course Menu!
  5. Adding an Avatar to Personalize Your Course Environment!
  6. Make Your Course Available to Students!
  7. Using the Text Editor
  8. Building a Learning Module!
  9. Adding a Glossary Term!
  10. Creating a Blank Page!
  11. Creating a Tool Link!
  12. Adding a URL -New!!
  13. Creating a Mashup!
  14. Attaching Course Files to a Content Item!
  15. Tour the Course Files Feature!
  16. Adding Your Own Web Content Through Course Files!
  17. Create Multiple Rules to Release a Content Item!
  18. Searching for Standards!
  19. Aligning Content to Standards!
  20. Running a Class Coverage Report!
  21. Turning Tool Availability On and Off!
  22. Making Tools Available to Students!
  23. Changing the Course Language Pack!
  24. Changing the User Language Pack!
  25. Permitting and Restricting Guest and Observer Access!
  26. Turning On Statistics Tracking for a Content Item!
  27. Running a Report of All User Activity!
  28. Running a Report of User Activity by Forum!
  29. Running a Report of User Activity by Content Area!
  30. Running a Report of User Activity by Group!
  31. Saving a Course Report!
  32. Importing a Course Package!

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.