Posts under tag: Blackboard
Following up on a commitment made at the time it acquired the two companies, Blackboard has announced that Collaborate, its new collaborative learning suite that taps into technology fromElluminate and Wimba, will work with competing learning management systems. This will allow Collaborate to pull user, course, and enrollment data from the various LMSes. (more…)
The Blackboard SafeAssign service will be down for maintenance starting at 3:00pm PDT and will be back no later than 3:00am PDT the following morning.
The rest of Blackboard will not be affected. (more…)
Technology Trainings September 2010
Introduction for New Users • Basic Review • Tests and Surveys • Assignments and Safe Assign • Discussion Board and Blogs • Grade Center
Blackboard is buying out ed tech developers Elluminate and Wimba, whose technologies are in use by more than 2,600 schools, colleges, and universities in the United States and around the world. The companies have entered into definitive agreements for the acquisition, which will cost Blackboard $116 million in cash, according to information released July 7.
Both Elluminate and Wimba develop collaborative communications technologies designed specifically for education. These technologies, according to Blackboard, will be combined to create a new collaborative learning suite, which has already been dubbed “Blackboard Collaborate,” which Blackboard described as “the newest standalone platform in the company’s family of education solutions.” (more…)
Following the release in April of Mobile Learn for Apple’s iPad, Blackboard has released the mobile version of its learning management system for Android-based phones; Apple iPhone and iPod; and BlackBerry devices.
Mobile Learn is designed to mimic the full functionality of the Web-based Learn platform, including two-way communication between students and teachers, access to gradebooks, blog access and commenting, discussion board participation, and student-to-student e-mail communications.
Looking at usage logs and trouble tickets for the Blackboard system we’ve been noticing an interesting but problematic trend — a rapid increase in the use on campus of Google Chrome. For example, looking at Blackboard usage stats for the first week of May we’re seeing:
The reason this is problematic is that the current Chrome is INCOMPATIBLE with Blackboard. Please warn your users that if they want to use Blackboard, they MUST switch to one of our supported browsers: Firefox, Safari, or MSIE (preferably MSIE 8, but 7 mostly works). (more…)
News about the UO’s Blackboard course information system from the UO Libraries
Making course sites available
It’s a new term, and instructors using blackboard must make their new sites available to students. To make your site available:
1. Go to the blue Control Panel menu at the lower left of any page in your site.
2. Click “Customization”, which generates an expanded menu.
3. In the expanded menu click “Properties”, which opens a new “Properties” page.
4. Scroll down to the Set Availability section of the page.
5. For “Make Course Available,” click “Yes” and then “Submit.” You’re done.
Sites from previous terms will automatically become unavailable to students during the second week of the new term.
Blackboard down March 24-25
As previously announced, Blackboard will be down during spring break, starting Wednesday, Mar 24, at 8am. We expect to be back in operation by noon on Thursday, Mar 25.
During this outage we will be reconfiguring the hardware for the blackboard servers — moving from dedicated servers located in Knight Library to virtual servers operated in Information Services. We also expect to install Blackboard 9 service pack 3, which includes a large number of bug fixes and performance improvements.
Power outage March 21
There will be a power outage affecting large parts of campus this Sunday, Mar 21, from 4am until noon (depending on the particular building). Blackboard is expected to be UP and available throughout this period, but network access to it might be disrupted in some locations.