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.

 

Top FAQ’s for Students Fall 2015

Blackboard FAQ’s for Students

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  1. When will my course show up? I do not see my course (or courses).
    • It is up to the instructor when to make the course available. Some instructors make the courses available early and some wait until the first day of the semester.
    • If the instructor has sent an email stating the course is available, and it is still not showing, please contact the instructor. Some instructors make the courses available early and some wait until the first day of the semester.
  2. How do I log into Blackboard? I get a message that my username or password is incorrect.
    • Please submit a help ticket asking for assistance, and include your Banner number and your username.
  3. Will you please remove my Blackboard courses from last semester?
    • It is up to the instructor to make the past course unavailable; however, until that is done, students can hide past courses.
    • To hide past courses, click the little gear icon on your My Courses box on your landing page. This will take you to the Personalize: My Courses page. Uncheck the box in the Course Name column that you do not want to display in your list of courses. Click submit.
  4. I dropped and/or added a course. When will I see the change on My Blackboard?
    • Within 24 hours (except for the weekend), you should see the change, after Banner and Blackboard files are updated.
  5. I am supposed to use Respondus LockDown Browser to take a quiz. What is the link to download LDB on my computer? Please see the “Blackboard Support” tab once you are logged in to Blackboard – you’ll find the link there. Please do a fresh install at the beginning of each semester. If you have any problems, please submit a help ticket.
  6. Can you reset my Blackboard quiz? I lost my internet connection or Blackboard disconnected me.
    • No, we do not reset quizzes for students. Please contact your instructor about your quiz attempt.

See our Blackboard Blog page for Students.

For any technology-related questions, please submit a help ticket or call the Help Desk @ 328-9866.

Blackboard Support Team

Top Bb FAQ’s for Instructors Fall 2015

Prepping for Fall 2015

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  1. How do I make my course available?
    • Control Panel > Customization > Properties > Set Availability > Yes
  2. How do I log into Blackboard? I get a message that my username or password is incorrect.
    • Please submit a help ticket asking for assistance, and include your Banner number and your username.
  3. How do I copy my course from one semester to the next? Go here.
  4. How do I merge (or collapse) two or more course sections? Go here.
  5. How do I add another instructor or a TA to the course?
    • Control Panel > Users and Groups > User > Find User to Enroll > Browse (type username only in the box), click Go > when you see the username, click the box and then Submit.
    • If that does not work, please send an email to ecublackboard@ecu.edu with the username and role (TA or instructor). The Blackboard team will add your TA or instructor.
  6. How do I add Tegrity to my Blackboard course?
    • Visit https://ithelp.ecu.edu/ and log in. On the right side, under Online Forms, you will find Tegrity Course Request.

For any technology-related questions, please submit a help ticket or call the Help Desk @ 328-9866.

Blackboard Support Team

LockDown Browser Tips for Instructors and Students

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LockDown Browser

Student Tips / Need to Know

The URL for downloading Respondus LockDown Browser is here: use this download link. Students must download LockDown Browser to their local computer. It is an easy install of a file that is not very large. If you get a suggestion to re-download LDB, there is no need to do an uninstall first; simply download LDB and follow the instructions on the screen. On the PC, you will see the LockDown Browser icon on your desktop. For Mac users, you will find LDB in your “Applications.”

To take an exam in LDB (whether on your personal computer or in an ECU computer lab), you will log into Blackboard via LockDown Browser. Go to the content area where your exam is located and click “Begin.”

  • The most common “error” for students: some students do not realize they need to enter Blackboard through LDB.
  • Students should do a fresh install at the beginning of each semester. There is no need to un-install LDB. Just re-install LDB.
  • LockDown Browser is installed on most campus lab computers.
  • You will see a “Check for Updates” option when you are logged into LDB. It is a always a good idea to click the option, and accept any update offered.

Instructor Tips / Need to Know

A recommended best practice is to include the download link to Respondus LockDown Browser in your course, or at least in an announcement. Share this blog post with students, too, so they have support resources.

Remind students to contact the Help Desk or Blackboard Support if they have any issues or questions. If you would like a sample quiz added to your course to give students a trial of using LDB, contact Cindy Bowers.

  • The most common “error” on the instructor’s side: Removing the LDB-created password under Test Options. Think of it as an invisible password, or the “lock” in LockDown Browser.
  • Do not share the LDB-generated password with students. If you want them to have a password for your exam, you can do that from the LDB tool under the Control Panel > Course Tools > Respondus LockDown Browser.
  • If any settings are changed (dates/times, number of attempts, any test settings at all), go back to the tool and look for a red “Fix It” error message. Control Panel > Course Tools > Respondus LockDown Browser. Simply click Fix It and the test will once again be available to students with the use of LDB.
  • If you do not see Respondus LockDown Browser in your course tools, go to Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability. Check the Box next to Respondus LockDown Browser to make it available in your tools.
  • To get started using LDB for quizzes and exams, see instructions on our Blackboard Blog page for Faculty.

Support for LockDown Browser

ecublackboard@ecu.edu

Cindy Bowers

Matt Long

Help Desk 

Help Desk Phone 252-328-9866

Test Availability Exceptions

Test Availability Exceptions with Date/Time Availability Settings

7.14.2015

We’ve noticed something that might confuse instructors when using Test Availability Exceptions in the Test Options in Blackboard. (It is a known issue in Blackboard; we don’t know yet when the fix will be available.)

SCENARIO: Instructor creates a quiz, sets date and time availability for opening on (example) 7/16/15, 11:00 AM, and closing down at 7/19/15, 11:00 PM. Instructor wants Student A to have early access to the quiz on 7/15/15, 11:00 AM (also closing down at 7/19/15, 11:00 PM). Test Availability Exceptions settings are in place for the quiz to open one day early for Student A. Instructor clicks Submit.

RESULT: Settings are perfect for all students, settings are perfect for Student A. However, after the instructor clicks submit, it appears that the quiz is available now to all students. See the screenshot below.

screenshot_testexceptionsREASSURANCE: When the instructor clicks the Student Preview icon at the top of the course page, the full student preview will not display the Quiz with the test availability exception. The Student Preview feature in Blackboard shows Blackboard from the student’s point of view.

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Student Preview Mode

Again, the quiz will not appear to any students before the time/date availability. Only Student A will see the quiz the day before the other students.

Questions? Send us a note!

Timer Bar on Timed Quizzes

FIXED 5/22/15

ISSUE: We have discovered the Question Completion Status/Timer Bar floats on the bottom of the page for students taking timed exams. It may cover parts of the question, radio buttons, and/or answer boxes. This is happening for exams with the settings for “one question at a time” and “all questions on one page.”

SOLUTION: At this time, we are recommending the timer not be used on exams taken in Blackboard. We are working on a fix.

Exam with one question at a time

Exam with one question at a time

Exam is set to show all questions on one page

Exam is set to show all questions on one page

YouTube Mashup

5/18/15

The YouTube Mashup Tool does not work properly in Blackboard. Following are some options for adding a YouTube video to a Blackboard course:

Add a YouTube URL to a content area:

1) Copy the link from YouTube, and use the “Insert/Edit Embedded Media” icon to paste that link/URL address. Please see the first screenshot. 2) If you just want the link highlighted in your text box, see the second screenshot. Highlight your word(s) you want linked to the YouTube video, then click the “Insert/Edit Link” icon and add the hyperlink. We suggest the target link is set to “open in a new window” option. Then click Insert.

Use the embed Video option, add the URL

Use the embed Video option, add the URL

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Add a link to a YouTube video

 

 

Full Student View, SafeAssign Update in Bb!

One long-awaited instructor feature and one often-used tool are the topics of this post.

  • A full and complete student view in your course, including a view of the gradebook, is now available. At last! Blackboard has a mini-video that we highly recommend watching. It’s a little over one minute in length, and it will provide a demo, plus give some hints. Please go here.
  • SafeAssignment is now included under the Assignment Tool. When you click “Add Assignment,” you will have the option to choose a regular assignment or a SafeAssignment. The change is not huge, but you can learn more here.
  • Anonymous Grading and Delegated Grading are also new features that may be of interest. If so, please go here.
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Upon leaving full student view, this box will appear. Click this image to enlarge.