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November 12, 2010

Blackboard Moves Mobile Central Suite onto Android

has brought its Mobile Central app to the Android platform. The app, intended for smart phones, is custom-built for each institution then made available to the campus community for free. (more…)

October 19, 2010

Blackboard Brings Collaborative Tools to Moodle, Sakai, D2L

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…)

August 16, 2010

Northwest eLearning Community Conference (local Blackboard Users Group)

The fifth-annual Northwest eLearning Community conference will be Thursday and Friday, October 21 & 22, 2010 at Clark College’s Corporate Learning Center in centrally located Vancouver, WA.

Registration is now available! (more…)

July 22, 2010

UO: Blackboard SafeAssign unavailable July 25 3pm until July 26 3am

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…)

July 9, 2010

UO: Upcoming Blackboard Workshops

Technology Trainings September 2010

Introduction for New UsersBasic ReviewTests and SurveysAssignments and Safe AssignDiscussion Board and BlogsGrade Center


July 8, 2010

Blackboard To Chalk Up Elluminate, Wimba

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…)

June 18, 2010

Blackboard Brings Mobile Learn to Smart Phones

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.

May 6, 2010

UO: Current Google Chrome is INCOMPATIBLE with Blackboard

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:
Firefox 39%
Safari 36%
MSIE 16%
Chrome 9%

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…)

March 18, 2010

UO: Blackboard News

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.