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Planned Bb Maintenance downtime 5/11 – 5/15

System/Service: Blackboard Downtime
When: May 11th at 9:00am to May 15th at 5:00pm

Description:
Blackboard will be unavailable Monday, May 11th from 9:00am to Friday, May 15th at 5:00pm for planned maintenance. During this downtime, Tegrity users will not be able to access the Tegrity lecture capture service.

New Features / Feature updates:
http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/blackboard/?p=3007

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(New Feature – Full Student View) Upon leaving student view, this box will appear. Click this image to enlarge.

To check the authenticity of this e-mail:
Visit www.ecu.edu, and click on the “Help Desk” link under the “Quick Links” section on the right-hand side. This will take you to the ECU IT Help Desk page where you can review our “Announcements” section.

Need Help?
If you experience any difficulties in relation to this announcement or have any questions, please contact the ECU IT Help Desk by phone at 252-328-9866 or via the Web at www.help.ecu.edu.

ITCS Notifications: www.ecu.edu/cs-itcs/allnotices.cfm

Computing Systems Maintenance Schedule
Please keep in mind that regular maintenance on all computing systems is performed on Sundays between the hours of 5:00 am – 12:00 pm. If there are other times that systems will be down, notification will be sent through ITCS Notifications.

May 2015 Upgrade Features

Instructor New Features Summer 2015 Upgrade

  • Student View – As an instructor, you want to be confident that your course is well designed and functions as intended—before your students see it. Use student preview to review the course content and validate the course behaviors, such as those that control the availability of course content or require a particular interaction from the student to be triggered.
  • Safe Assignments – SafeAssign is now integrated into regular Blackboard Learn assignments. With the integration between SafeAssign and regular assignments, almost all of the regular assignment features are available with the SafeAssign service.
  • Course Calendar – You can use the course calendar to provide students with dates for course-related events. Course calendar events appear to all members of the course. Common entries include the following items: Meetings, Office Hours, Exams, Course items with due dates.
  • Anonymous Grading – Whenever you want to add another layer of fairness and impartiality to your grading, you can use the anonymous grading feature. Without knowing who submitted an assignment, you are not unduly influenced by a student’s previous performance, class participation, conflicts, race, gender, or perceived student aptitude. This practice can also contribute to the student-instructor relationship because students are assured that grading was unbiased.
  • Delegated Grading – Using grades and feedback from more than one grader helps to promote reliability and remove bias. For large classes, you can divide up the grading tasks among TAs and other graders. Roles with default grading privileges include instructor, teaching assistant, and grader.The users who help you grade are called delegated graders and they provide provisional grades. Delegated graders follow the same grading steps that you do, however, the group of assignment attempts that they see are based on the options you choose. After all delegated graders provide grades and feedback, one or more instructors review the grading to determine a final grade or reconcile it.
  • Content Editor – The Content Editor spell check option is now ON by default.
  • Significant Digits – Calculated Formula questions present students with a question that requires them to make a calculation and respond with a numeric answer. The numbers in the question change with each user and are pulled from a range that you set. The correct answer is a specific value or a range of values. You may grant partial credit for answers falling within a range. Calculated Formula questions are graded automatically.
  • Portfolio – (please contact brewera@ecu.edu or longm@ecu.edu before you start using this new tool ) Portfolios are an invaluable tool in academic and professional development. They provide a powerful medium for users to efficiently collect and organize artifacts representative of work completed over time.

Questions:
Email longm@ecu.edu

Respondus Lockdown Browser update (students)

Student Auto Update for the Respondus Lockdown Browser.

All students running the  LockDown Browser Student Edition for Windows are alreadyon version 1.0.7.08 through the automatic managed updates. To manually update to the latest version, they can click on the “i” button in the LockDown Browser toolbar. When the Information dialog appears, they can click on “Check for Newer Version” to start the update process:

Image here —> http://www.screencast.com/t/T9bjVCMnZ0l

If you have any questions at all please email longm@ecu.edu or bowersc@ecu.edu for Lockdown Browser Support.

 

Blackboard Planned Downtime 12/29/14 – 1/2/15

If you have been redirected to this blog post that means that Bb is in the middle of a planned downtime for system maintenance.   The scheduled downtime is from 12/29/14 am thru 1/2 /15 8am.

If you have any questions please call the ECU helpdesk at 252-328-9866. You can also check the ANNOUNCEMENTS area of the following website for Bb downtime updates.

http://www.ecu.edu/cs-itcs/

Thank you for your patience.

ECU Bb Support Team
ITCS

Blackboard Course Purge – Summer and Fall 2012 Course Sites

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  December 10th, 2014  <<<<<

  • Summer #1,#2 and Full term 2012
  • Fall 2012

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.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_e9vkwHgfaK8SVq5 ,<<<—–

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

** As a general best practice we  always suggest that you export and archive all courses at the end of each semester as your personal backup. **

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.

  1. Go to the Control Panel in your Blackboard course, click Properties and Utilities.
  2. Click Archive course.
  3. Include Grade Center History if you want to save student work.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. Wait for an email confirming the archive process.
  6. Once you receive the email, go back to Export/Archive Course under the Control Panel. Click to download to a secure location (e.g., Pirate Drive).

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

Making Past Bb sites unavailable / Hiding Current Sites

8/29/14

Making Your Past Courses Unavailable 

Hello ECU Faculty

The ECU helpdesk and Bb support staff are getting lots of calls about past semesters’ sites still being available from the student perspective.   Please make your past sites unavailable today or over the weekend.  Having past sites open is never a good idea because….

  • You generally don’t want your past students to still have access to course content and assessments.
  • It confuses students who think they have completed the course but still see it listed in the My Courses module.

Here is how to turn student access to your past course sites off.

Control Panel / Customization / Properties / Set Availability / Toggle to NO.

Making Course Unavailable

 

Hiding Your Past Courses

Many of you have called and emailed about how to hide past courses.  Hiding is a nice way of removing past sites from your view without deleting them.  A best practice is to only show the courses for which you need access, e.g., only the Fall 2014 sites. (You may want to make sure the course is unavailable to students first; see instructions above.)

Here is how to remove past sites from your MY COURSES view.

Click the WHEEL ICON in the MY COURSES Module / uncheck the courses you don’t want to see / Drag and drop to re-order if you want / Click SUBMIT.

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Downtime: Blackboard

Downtime: Blackboard

When: Sunday, August 17 / 9:00am-11:00am

Blackboard will be unavailable between 9:00am and 11:00am on Sunday morning during our normal maintenance window.

 

Downtime: Citrix

When: Sunday, August 17 / 6:00am-12:00pm

Citrix will experience a brief interruption in service between 6:00am and 12:00 noon Sunday during our normal maintenance window.


To check the authenticity of this e-mail:
Visit www.ecu.edu, and click on the “Help Desk” link under the “MyLinks” section on the right-hand side. This will take you to the ECU IT Help Desk page where you can review our “Announcements” section.

Need Help?

If you experience any difficulties in relation to this announcement or have any questions, please contact the ECU IT Help Desk by phone at 252-328-9866 or via the Web at www.help.ecu.edu.

ITCS Notifications: www.ecu.edu/cs-itcs/allnotices.cfm

Computing Systems Maintenance Schedule

Please keep in mind that regular maintenance on all computing systems is performed on Sundays between the hours of 5:00 am – 12:00 pm. If there are other times that systems will be down, notification will be sent through ITCS Notifications.

Illegally downloading music, movies, and other copyrighted material via file-sharing programs can cost you your network access. You may even be subject to civil and criminal penalties. Anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

University employees who violate university computer-use policies will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. Student violations are misconduct under the applicable student disciplinary code. Sanctions may include revocation of access privileges in addition to other sanctions available under the regular disciplinary procedures. Visit www.ecu.edu/itcs/itsecurity/filesharing.cfm for more information.

Follow ECU’s Student Code of Conduct, computing-use policies, copyright policies, and federal copyright laws. University Attorney Statement on Copyright: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-itcs/policies/copyright.cfm

Respondus Pre Configured Server option

In order to make your use of Respondus as simple as possible we are now offering a pre configured server setting option.  If you already user Respondus click the EDIT SETTINGS option and remove the ECU server you already have in place.  Then, follow the directions as shown in the 3 screenshots below.

If you have any questions please email Matt Long longm@ecu.edu or Allen Dennis dennisa@ecu.edu

Respondus has a simple video explaining the faculty POV on this new option. Here is the URL (skip to the 1:55 mark).
http://news.respondus.com/2013/04/01/video-tech-tip-using-preconfigured-server-settings/

1 – Choose Add New Server
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2 – Choose Yes, check for preconfigured server settings
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3 – Enter in a server name (your choice on the server name) , your ECU username and password information and select the Save my Username and password option. Lastly, choose the “Run connection test”.
Once this is done you are set. Remember that you will need to update your password here whenever you update your ECU password.

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Section Merge Tool Instructions

Step #1.  Click the “Section Merge” tab at the top of your page once logged into Blackboard.

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 Step #2: Click “Setup New Merged Course.”

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Step #3: Select the courses you wish to merge into a single course by checking the box that appears on the left hand side of the row for a given course. You can select more than one course in this step. After you have made your selections, click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page to move to the next step in this workflow. The “Cancel” button will abort the process and return you to the previous page without saving any changes.

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Step #4: Select an existing course to act as the “Parent Course” for your previously selected Source Course(s). Only one course that is not already defined as a Source Course can be chosen in this step. Once you have identified a course that will act as the “Parent Course,” click the radio button that appears on the left-hand side of the row for the appropriate course, and click the “Submit” button that appears at the bottom of the page. This step will complete the process of creating a Merged Course.

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Step #5: Go to your newly merged course and be sure to update the course title.  Go to Control Panel / Customization / Properties / Course Title. Example: revise title from 001 to 001/002.

NOTE: If you want to UNMERGE the sections, do the following.

  1. Click the Section Merge tab.
  2. Find the course in question and click MODIFY. (Do NOT click Remove!! You will permanently delete your course.)
  3. Choose the Disassociate button for each section.