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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 sharing feature, so we turned it off.  The workaround below allows faculty and students to add avatars BUT does have some limitations.

First off, faculty and students cannot add miscellaneous information about themselves in the profile area.  Secondly, the avatar rollover feature will not work.  We realize this is not a perfect solution, but we are hoping it is a reasonable workaround until the Profile tool is updated in September. We will keep you updated. In the meantime…

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.

yammer pane

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 .

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.

 

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.

Removing Bb Enrollments in collapsed sections

Issue: Blackboard Enrollments in Collapsed Sections

9/18/15

Blackboard is currently experiencing an issue dropping enrollments within course sites that consist of collapsed course sections.  We have escalated the ticket with the vendor to the highest level and hope to have a resolution in hand today.  If you want to hand add or hand remove users from your course while we work on this issue the instructions are below. Thank you for your patience.
NOTE: We are also aware that in some circumstances student users that are removed show back up moments after the removal.  This issue is tied to the original problem of drops not dropping.

 

Directions on how to removing a student

  1. Move to the Control Panel
  2. Click Users and Groups
  3. Click Users
  4. Find and “check” the user. Click the DELETE USER option .  Search by USERNAME and “NOT BLANK” to view all enrollments.delete

 

 

 

5 – If you do not see the user at first glance you can do a quick search. Be sure to select USERNAME and CONTAINS. Then, add the user id. Once the user search brings up the student select the student and click REMOVE USERS FROM COURSE.

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Add Users

  1. Control Panel
  2. Click Users and Groups
  3. Click Users
  4. Click FIND USERS TO ENROLL and add the student email idadd_user
  5. Click SUBMIT

How to embed a Yammer feed into a Blackboard course

Yammer makes it easy to embed a feed into any Blackboard course.  Why would you want to do this?  Well, Yammer discussion feed feels more “live” vs a traditional discussion forum.  It’s also very Facebook like so it will be familiar to your students.  The feed can be accessed on both Yammer and Blackboard.

Here is how.

  1. Go to https://ecu.edu/yammer and login
  2. Create a group by clicking the CREATE GROUPS icon which can be found at the bottom of the left hand column.
  3. Once the group has been created scroll to the bottom of the right hand column and click the ” Embed This Feed in Your Site ”
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  4. Once you have copy and pasted the code move into your Blackboard course site.   In any Content Area choose BUILD CONTENT / ADD ITEM.
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  5. In the GUI area click the HTML button. Copy and Paste the Yammer code into this area. Click SUBMIT

If you have any question please email Matt Long at longm@ecu.edu / 252-328-9074

 

 

McGraw Hill Blackboard Plugin Integration

The McGraw Hill Connect building block is now active on our Bb production server.  If you have used the McGraw Hill Connect service in the past you can now link back the scores from Connect into your ECU Bb course site.
Resources and Links / Support

Here is how:
Step 1:
Sign in and go to your Blackboard course.

Step 2: Click “Tools.”

Step 3: Click the “McGraw-Hill Higher Education” tool (you may need to scroll down).

Important: If you do not see the “McGraw-Hill Higher Education” tool in your Blackboard course, follow the steps highlighted below in yellow to make the tool available in your course. Please contact your campus Blackboard administrator if you need assistance with making the McGraw-Hill Higher Education tool available.

Step 4: Click “Pair your Course with a Connect Section” and then click continue

Step 5: Enter your Connect username (email address) and password. Click “sign in.”

Step 6: You can choose to pair the Blackboard course with an existing or new Connect course. Make your selection and click submit. Follow the instructions to complete the pairing process.

Step 7: Your Blackboard course will be paired with the Connect section at the end of the process. You can begin assignment creation or deploy your existing Connect assignments to Blackboard.

Step 8: If you are utilizing multiple courses in Blackboard for each section of your course, repeat the process above to pair with each Connect section in your course.

Instructions for making the McGraw Hill Higher Education Tool Link available:

Step 1: Click Customization (on your Course Management Control Panel)

Step 2: Click “Tool Availability.”

Step 3: Make sure that all CONNECT (except Connect Yard, this is not a MH product) and McGraw-Hill Tools are set to “Available” and “Available in Content Area”.  Individual schools’ Bb will vary as to which Tools are available to be clicked

Deploying your Connect Assignments into your Blackboard Course

 Step 1: Click on the Content Folder in which you would like to house your Connect assignments.

Step 2: Select “McGraw-Hill Assignment” from the Create Assignment dropdown list.

Step 2: Choose the assignments to add; click “Add Assignments” to deploy into Blackboard.  Click “Submit”.

Step 3: Select the destination folder for the content, choose group structure, grade version and click submit.

Step 4: Your Connect Assignments are now integrated with your Blackboard Course!

 

Additional Tips:

Creating new Connect Assignments via Blackboard:

  1. Go to “Content” or Course Materials. Under Create Assessments, select McGraw-Hill Assignments.
  2. Click on the Create New Assignment button.
  3. You now are in Connect; create your assignment.
  4. When you get to the ASSIGN page – notice you have a Bb deploy button; default is set to always deploy the assignments to your Blackboard account
  5. Walk through the Add McGraw-Hill Assignment screen.
  6. Click Submit and the Connect assignment(s) will be integrated into your Blackboard course!

Adding the Library(eBook), Tegrity, LearnSmart and More to your Blackboard Course

 

Step 1: Create a New Content folder, name it and set Available To Users.

Step 2: Click the New Content area, click “Publisher Content” or “Build Content” and then Click “McGraw-Hill Content”

Step 3: Click McGraw-Hill Connect

Step 4: Click the tool you want to add.

 

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.