Introducing, QWICKLY

What is Qwickly?

Qwickly is a user-centric productivity platform for Blackboard.  Qwickly allows faculty to make courses available, send emails, post announcements, and post content to multiple courses at once. We are confident that this will be a huge time saver for those teaching many courses or multiple sections of the same course.

Qwickly was designed to dramatically simplify the workflow of common tasks. One great example is the Make Course Available Tool. Consider the current workflow to make a course available in Blackboard.  Go into each course, select the Properties area in the Control Panel, change the value of Make Course Available to Yes, and then submit the form. We’ve taken this repetitive task (which needs to be done for every course) and created a tool that lets the user complete the task in just a single click.

Blackboard Avatar Workaround


The avatar feature in Bb has been turned off since the May upgrade because the latest version of the tool could potentially share ECU user IDs/email addresses to Bb 3rd party vendors. We don’t want that so we turned it off.  The workaround allows faculty and students to add avatars BUT does have some limitations.

First off, faculty and students cannot add misc information about themselves in the profile area.  Secondly, the avatar rollover feature will not work.  We realized that this is not a perfect solution but we are hoping it is a reasonable workaround until the Profile tool is updated in September. Once the new profile

Here is how to add an avatar to your ECU Blackboard profile.

1 – Open the Navigation Pane by clicking the Gray icon at the top. Then click the SETTINGS option.

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2 –  Click Personal Information.Bb_personalinfo3 – Click Personalize My Settingspersonalize

4 – Browse and choose your Avatar.  You will need to logout and log back into Bb to see it.

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Example of Avatar in the discussion boards area.
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New Yammer Login Process Faculty and Students

Yammer Login Information

Starting on 7/5/2016 faculty, staff and students will be required to use the following URL’s to login to Yammer.

Faculty –  pirates365.ecu.edu to login to Yammer.  The old login URL will auto redirect to this new login URL. Once you login you will notice a Yammer pane. Click this pane to move inside the Yammer environment.

Studentsmymail.ecu.edu to login to Yammer. Once logged in mouse over the top left-hand tile icon.  Then, choose the Yammer pane.  Notice that each pane has a set of options. If you want, you can pin this pane to the top ribbon area if you so choose. (see the tutorial below)

Faculty Tutorial

1 – Go to pirates365.ecu.edu to login.

Yammer Login

2 – Once you have logged in you should see a Yammer Pane.   Click the pane and you will be moved into the Yammer environment.

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Student Tutorial

1  – mymail.ecu.edu and login.

2 – Rollover the pane icon.  Click the Yammer pane.  Note that you can pin the pane to the top ribbonstudent rollover pane

3 – student pin pin

 

 

 

If you have any question please submit a Yammer helpdesk ticket .

Notifications

6/10/16

The Notifications feature in the Global Navigation area of the Blackboard landing page is currently not working for students in Blackboard. Until the issue is resolved, students will need to go directly to their Blackboard courses to check for new announcements, gradebook updates, and new assignments. If you have questions or need assistance, please submit a Blackboard Service Request.

5/9/16 – 5/11/16 Blackboard Planned Maintenance

You have been redirected to this page because Blackboard is in the middle of a planned downtime.  

 

New Features:

Announcement Date Restriction Default – When creating an announcement, “Not Date Restricted” is now selected by default.

Escaping Special Characters – When a user uploads a file to Learn and the filename contains special characters (such as / \ : ? * ” < > | ), the system replaces the special character with an underscore ( _ ).

Reply-to Header – This release fixes an issue with email sent from Learn. Some email clients do not use the reply-to header of emails sent by BbLearn to populate the “To:” field when the user replies to an email. As a result, some students were confused when they received email from do-not-reply@<bblearn_domain> instead of their instructor’s email address.

Browser Support – Learn 9.1 now supports the Microsoft Edge browser. Some new browser releases no longer support NPAPI plugins. Without these plugins, some Learn features may not render correctly. More on browser support

HTML5 Support – The Content Editor now supports HTML5 Audio and Video playback in Chrome and Edge browsers.

Updates to Current Features

Discussion Threads  – Users can navigate from thread to thread without having to return to the main Discussions page. More info here.

Accessibility Updates

Discussion Boards – Forum descriptions are read on the Create Thread page. This improves accessibility for users with screen reader technologies. More info here.

Assessments – When creating a hot spot question, an Image Alternate text box is now available. This improves accessibility for users. More info here.

Content Editor – The default heading size for all of the embedded headings has been increased so they are properly read in both the view and edit state in the Content Editor. More info here.

 

Course Structure Tool in Blackboard

See our blog post for the upcoming Blackboard updates (May 9-11).

Course Structure Tool in Blackboard

We’ve created some sample courses using the Course Structure tool in Blackboard. If you’re new to Blackboard or open to changing your course structure to give your course a facelift or new design, give this tool some consideration. You can access the sample courses as a guest, by clicking the link(s) below. You must be logged into Blackboard first, before you access the sample course. Simply open a new tab or window, log into Blackboard, then come back to this page and click the link(s) to view the sample course(s).

C O U R S E            Course Structure

Selecting a Course Structure:
Your Control Panel is where you will find the Course Structure Tool. Customization > Teaching Style. Also, please review this Course Structures on how to get started, and what you should know about Course Structures. Take a look at Blackboard’s Course Structure Help Page for an expanded description of course structures.

Following are very brief descriptions of the course structures used in the sample courses above:

CASE STUDY – focus on activity

Use the case study approach to engage students in critical thinking for real-world situations.

MODULE – focus on content

A module is an independent unit or lesson. Modules are usually self-contained and students can access them in any order, making them suitable for self-paced courses.

WEEKLY – focus on time

Organizing content by time can help students stay on track. You can make folders for future weeks unavailable until they are needed to keep students focused.

TRADITIONAL – focus on content

The traditional course structure organizes the online environment by content type or function. For example, there are course areas for assignments, tests, and your content.

SCIENCE-FOCUSED – focus on content

You can use the science-focused course structure to present information and lab materials to students and provide areas for reflection and collaboration.

GUIDED DISCUSSION – focus on communication

Guided discussion is an active learning technique that encourages students to reflect on their own experiences, explore alternative ways of thinking, connect to a topic, and improve analytical skills.

TOPIC – focus on content

Use the topic-based course structure to organize your course in self-contained segments. (This course has some information on the flipped classroom, but does not have the canned content from Blackboard.)

Notifications Issue

STUDENTS: There is an issue with the Notifications feature in the Global Navigation area of the Blackboard landing page (top right of screen once logged into Blackboard). Blackboard will be unavailable from 2:00 am to 3:00 am on Wednesday, April 27th for technicians to make critical updates to resolve this issue.

Issue: The student may see a little red box with a number. When that number is clicked, the student expects to see notifications for all Blackboard courses. Instead, no notifications will appear. Please go directly to your course to check for new announcements, gradebook updates, new assignments, etc.

Again, the issue will be resolved during a downtime, April 27th, from 2:00am to 3:00am.

Questions? ecublackboard@ecu.edu

Blackboard – Summer 2016 New Features

New Features:

Announcement Date Restriction Default – When creating an announcement, “Not Date Restricted” is now selected by default.

Escaping Special Characters – When a user uploads a file to Learn and the filename contains special characters (such as / \ : ? * ” < > | ), the system replaces the special character with an underscore ( _ ).

Reply-to Header – This release fixes an issue with email sent from Learn. Some email clients do not use the reply-to header of emails sent by BbLearn to populate the “To:” field when the user replies to an email. As a result, some students were confused when they received email from do-not-reply@<bblearn_domain> instead of their instructor’s email address.

Browser Support – Learn 9.1 now supports the Microsoft Edge browser. Some new browser releases no longer support NPAPI plugins. Without these plugins, some Learn features may not render correctly. More on browser support

HTML5 Support – The Content Editor now supports HTML5 Audio and Video playback in Chrome and Edge browsers.

Updates to Current Features

Discussion Threads  – Users can navigate from thread to thread without having to return to the main Discussions page. More info here.

Accessibility Updates

Discussion Boards – orum descriptions are read on the Create Thread page. This improves accessibility for users with screen reader technologies. More info here.

Assessments – When creating a hot spot question, an Image Alternate text box is now available. This improves accessibility for users. More info here.

Content Editor – The default heading size for all of the embedded headings has been increased so they are properly read in both the view and edit state in the Content Editor. More info here.

Bug Fixes

 

 

 

 

 

 

4/17 8am Blackboard Planned Downtime

System/Service: Blackboard

When: Sunday, April 17th, 8:00am – 10:00am

Description: Blackboard will be unavailable on Sunday, April 17th from 8:00am to 10:00am while our technicians perform maintenance on the site.

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.

Notifications Issue

STUDENTS: There is an issue with the Notifications feature in the Global Navigation area of the Blackboard landing page (top right of screen once logged into Blackboard). Blackboard will be unavailable from 2:00 am to 3:00 am Tuesday, April 12th for technicians to make critical updates to resolve this issue.

Issue: The student may see a little red box with a number. When that number is clicked, the student expects to see notifications for all Blackboard courses. Instead, no notifications will appear. Please go directly to your course to check for new announcements, gradebook updates, new assignments, etc.

Again, the issue will be resolved during a downtime, April 12th, from 2:00am to 3:00am.

Questions? ecublackboard@ecu.edu