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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 6 Released

Relates to: Upgrades, In the News

Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 6 was released today and it contains a number of interesting new features, including: Interactive Rubrics Needs Grading for interactive tools such as discussion boards, blogs, wikis, and journals Option of forced submission of timed exams when the timer has expired It also fixes a number or bugs and [More...]

Posted by Heather Crites at 5:13 PM

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Possible Blackboard, Inc Buyout

Relates to: In the News

It has been reported that Providence Equity Partners are in talks to purchase Blackboard, Inc and a deal might be announced as early as next week. Read more at the Wall Street Journal. It is somewhat ironic considering Blackboard has acquired numerous companies, including WebCT, Wimba, Elluminate, TerriblyClever, Presidium, and Angel just [More...]

Posted by Heather Crites at 3:49 PM

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Ignore "Daily Notification Dashboard Summary" emails

Relates to: General, Known Issues

We have a clone server which was an exact copy of Blackboard from mid-May.  We use this clone server to test Building Blocks, practice upgrades, etc.  On Saturday, June 25 our clone server inexplicably sent emails with the subject "Daily Notification Dashboard Summary" to an unknown number of [More...]

Posted by Heather Crites at 9:53 AM

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Copy/Move is Back!

Relates to: In the News, Known Issues

Attention All Faculty: In Blackboard 7.3, you were able to copy indiviual items and folders from one course section to another. We were forced to disable this feature in Blackboard 9.1 because of several flaws in the process. Yesterday, we successfully upgraded to Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 5 which corrected most of [More...]

Posted by Heather Crites at 1:33 PM

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Copy / Move is Back!

Relates to: Known Issues, Tips and Tricks, Upgrades

In Blackboard 7.3, you were able to copy indiviual items and folders from one course section to another. We were forced to disable this feature in Blackboard 9.1 because of several flaws in the process. Yesterday, we successfully upgraded to Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 5 which corrected most of [More...]

Posted by Heather Crites at 1:26 PM

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Update Respondus and Studymate!

Relates to: Tips and Tricks, Upgrades

A few weeks ago, Respondus released updates for both Respondus and Studymate so the software would work with Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 5.  On Wednesday, June 15, 2011, we upgraded to Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 5 so you will need to install these updates in order to continue using Respondus [More...]

Posted by Heather Crites at 1:22 PM

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Unscheduled Downtime

Relates to: System Status

We experienced some unscheduled downtime this morning from 8:49 AM until about 9:40 AM when we ran out of Flash space on our Oracle database.  No course or organization content was lost during this outage. Each night a backup of our entire system is generated.  This morning's failed to complete which prevented [More...]

Posted by Heather Crites at 10:30 AM

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Upgrade is a Success!

Relates to: System Status, Upgrades

The Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 5 upgrade was a success.  The Blackboard system was restored by 4:15 PM. There are some visual changes in adding modules to the portal (it's easier to find things) and Announcements now lists the Course ID next to the author and the date under the Announcement title. There [More...]

Posted by Heather Crites at 4:23 PM

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Course Copying

Relates to: In the News

We are Seeking Course Copying Requests! Using Blackboard? Why re-upload everything for Summer when we can copy it for you from Spring? Go to http://teaching.cscc.edu/Support/request.asp to request that your Spring Quarter Blackboard content be copied to your Summer Quarter Blackboard courses. Need content from Winter Quarter or before? We will need [More...]

Posted by Heather Crites at 3:09 PM

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Downloading Grade Center

Relates to: In the News, Tips and Tricks

How do I download Grade Center in Blackboard 9.1? There are a number of occasions when we want to download the Grade Center. Before and after making major changes, and particularly at the end of a quarter. We have been getting a lot of queries on how to do this. [More...]

Posted by Heather Crites at 4:22 PM

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