Blackboard 9.1

Introduction to Blackboard 9.1 – Getting Started:

All Blackboard courses from previous semesters have been imported into Bb9.1.

Any faculty teaching over the summer will continue using Bb7.3

To begin preparing faculty members for the move to Bb 9.1, ITDL is offering workshops to introduce the new platform.

This workshop will provide an overview of Bb 9.1 and will cover the “Student View”, Creating Content and Control; Panel.

Upon completing the workshop, attendees will be able to perform some of the basic operations in the new platform.

The Bb9 “Getting Started” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Science Center 129.

August 24 2:00-3:30 Getting Started

August 25 10:00-11:30 Getting Started

August 26 2:00-3:30 Getting Started

The Bb9 “Grade Center” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Science 129.

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center

The Blackboard Learn Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool. The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students. Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance.

August 24 10:00-11:30 Grade Center

August 25 2:00-3:30 Grade Center

August 31 10:00-11:30 Grade Center

Please reply to to schedule.

The Latest News on Blackboard

Since our last Blackboard communication, Information Technology (IT) has applied a software patch (April 14 at 3:15am) and made Bb configuration changes (April 15 at 3:45pm) based on recommendations from Blackboard Inc., our software provider.  Despite the changes, the Bb system remains unstable and it has had to be restarted on three occasions in the past 35 hours.  With each failure, IT provides Blackboard with the relevant data for their system analysis.   

It should be noted that IT has received reports from faculty and students who have encountered problems using the Bb discussion board even when the Bb system is responsive.  IT is working with these users to better understand what they are experiencing. 

In addition to troubleshooting the problems with the Bb system, IT continues to prepare a fresh release of the current Bb environment (version 7) on a new server.   By early next week, the new server should be fully configured and ready for deployment.  If Bb problems persist, then IT will likely migrate our user community to the new server for the end of the Spring and Summer terms. 

Over the summer, the Bb system will be updated to the latest version of the software (i.e. version 9) and our faculty will build their Fall 2010 courses using Bb 9.  Students will begin using this new version of Bb at the start of the Fall term. 

In the meantime, IT will continue to monitor the system and respond to system failures as quickly as possible.

If you have further questions, please contact the Helpdesk at x2920.