Blackboard Training and One-to-One Consults

Hello! We know your semester is busy as ever, and it’s now crunch time until the end of the semester! Please remember that one-to-one training is available all year long on Blackboard, regardless of your experience level! Perhaps you want to use the plagiarism checker, Safe Assign, for final papers, or use the grade book to return some grades to students. Whatever your mission, we can help! Please contact your school’s Academic Technology department to schedule a consultation or a one-to-one training time.

Blackboard Downtime: November 29th

This is an update to previous communications about Blackboard service interruptions. We informed you that Blackboard would be unavailable on Nov. 27th from 1:00am to 4:00am for important maintenance. Blackboard has announced the need to interrupt service for their internal maintenance on Nov. 29th from 1:00am To 7:00am. In order to reduce the number of incidences of service unavailability, we have arranged with Blackboard to interrupt our service ONLY on Nov. 29th. [Read more...]

Dec 25th: Blackboard Upgrade & Downtime

In order to complete an important upgrade to our Blackboard system, Blackboard will be unavailable on Dec. 25 from 9:30 a.m. until Dec. 26 at 3:30 a.m.

This upgrade will not only fix some “bugs” in the system but will also provide a new look and some new features. We have been testing the upgraded version of Blackboard with a group of faculty members, all of whom have commented that the new version is not only easier to use, has some great new features, and offers a more contemporary look. [Read more...]

Sneak Peak December Upgrade Before & After Pics

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Announcements before and after

 

New Feature: Inline Grading for Assignments

This feature will be available to all courses on December 26, 2013.

New Feature: Video Anywhere

This feature will be available to all courses on December 26, 2013.

New Feature: Calendar

This feature will be available to all courses on December 26, 2013.

New Feature: Discussions

This feature will be available to all courses on December 26, 2013.

Fall 2013 Blackboard Training and Instructional Technology News

Hello All & Welcome to the Fall 2013 semester!

Academic Technology offers many services as well as support and training for faculty interested in using technology to enhance teaching and learning and to improve research. Highlights include Blackboard, blogging, podcasting, online & hybrid pedagogy, designing a flipped classroom, and pedagogical uses of social media and web 2.0 technologies. Please contact your school’s Academic Technology group for more information regarding these services.

If you plan on using Blackboard this semester, please see the following training dates, sign-up information, and resources:

Blackboard Training Dates

To sign up for a group training for this semester, please see the training schedule link below:
Fall 2013 Blackboard 9 Training Schedule
Choose Beginners if you are brand new to Blackboard, and choose Advanced if you would like to learn something new. Seating is limited to 8 per session. You will receive a confirmation email once you have been registered.

Please also remember that training is available all year by appointment if you are not able to attend one of the group sessions, or if you have particular needs that would be better suited in a one-to-one session.

Blackboard Course Availability

Just a reminder that all courses are unavailable to students until faculty make them available. To make your course available, follow these instructions:

How do I make my course available to students?

Blackboard Help

Also, we have a wealth of Blackboard Resources to assist you with your learning. Please see the:

Blackboard Instructor Knowledge Base for detailed, easy to follow step-by-step tutorials, or the one for Students.

Finally, please call the Academic Technology help line for Blackboard related technical questions or issues, or for more information.

Other Exciting Instructional Technologies

We also consult on related pedagogy and train on other technologies including

  • Blogging
  • Lecture Capture
  • Podcasting
  • Wikis
  • The Flipped Classroom
  • Social Media
  • Web 2.0
  • Mobile & Tablets
  • Clickers
  • Online & Hybrid Pedagogy

and much more!

 

March 31st: Blackboard Downtime

We just received notice that our Blackboard System will be unavailable for a period of at least one hour during the overnight period of Sunday March 31st from 12:01 to 6:00 a.m.  Blackboard is unable to give us a specific time.  The reason for the outage is to complete a security patch for a vulnerability in assignment grading.

 

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