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Adding and Removing Enrollments

Issue: Blackboard Enrollments in Collapsed Sections

8/27/15 11:13am

Blackboard is currently experiencing an issue with added and dropped 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.

Questions?  longm@ecu.edu

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

Remove a User

  1. Control Panel
  2. Click Users and Groups
  3. Click Users
  4. Find and “check” the user. Click the DELETE USER option 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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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.

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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