Blackboard Update Coming January 2018

Blackboard Update Announcement - January 2018

Key Enhancements

We will be using the same major version of Blackboard as we do currently, updating from Blackboard 9.1 version 3200 to Blackboard 9.1 version 3300. No major changes to Blackboard’s navigation or tools will occur, but the following enhancements will be added.

Enhancement

Description

Course Availability Icon

Instructors will be able to manage the availability of a course through an icon on the course’s Home module page. This tool is an addition to existing course availability management tools, such as Qwickly.

More Efficient Grade Center Management

The Grade Center’s Column Organization tool will allow you to select and delete multiple columns at once. However, assessments linked to a course menu can only be cleared using this tool. An assessment must be deleted from the course menu before its column can be deleted.

Discussion Board “Replies to Me” Filter

Discussion participants will see a “Replies to Me” counter icon when viewing a forum. This feature displays the number of replies added to a participant’s thread. The participant can view replies by clicking on the “Replies to Me” icon.

Discussion Board “Remove Sorting” Button

If the instructor has sorted forums alphabetically, a “Remove Sorting” button will appear. Clicking this button will undo the sorting and allow the instructor to click and drag forums into a desired order.

Updated Inline Grading

Crocodocs will reach the end of its life and will be replaced by a comparable preview and annotation tool called Box View by January 8th, 2018. MATC must take the update to Box View to maintain the availability of Inline Grading to our faculty and students. To learn more about this change, see our guide.

Annotations added to documents using Crocodocs prior to the Box View conversion will be preserved, but will be read-only.

Fixes to Known Issues

Tool Area

Resolved Issue

Announcement

An “Access Denied” error will no longer display to guests when viewing a course’s Announcements page.

Course Menu

Changes to the order of course menu items stay in position after page is refreshed or navigation to a different page.

Course Messages

An error generating an “Unknown Sender” message in the Course Messages tool is resolved in this update.

Discussion Board

An error preventing discussion board subscription notifications from being sent to subscribers is resolved in this update.

Grade Center

The Grade Center’s email tool sends attached files with correct file extensions.

Retention Center

The Retention Center now displays risk markers aligned within table cells.

Blackboard Clean-Up: Archive Summer 2016 Courses before June 2nd

Summer 2016 Course's will be Deleted on June 2nd.

If you have not already done so as a part of the End of Semester Process, download an archive and Grade Center file from each summer 2016 course you taught before they are permanently deleted from Blackboard on Friday June 2nd at 8:00 AM (Central).

Remember, courses that were offered in the summer of 2016 will have Blackboard IDs that begin with SU2017.

Best Practices for Saving Courses

If you do not have a “master copy” of your course permanently stored on the Blackboard system,  please complete the Personal Master request form and import your archived course file into it for future use and revision.

Warning

Due to changes in username formats, hosting servers, and service packs, requests for old course archives may be time-consuming and restorations may be unsuccessful. Downloading an archive of your course and grade data NOW ensures that you will have easy access to them LATER!

If you have questions about this process, contact tltdept@matc.edu

Blackboard Clean-Up: Archive Last Spring’s Courses Before April 7th

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If you have not already done so as a part of the End of Semester Process,  download an archive and Grade Center file from each spring 2016 course you taught before they are permanently deleted from Blackboard on Friday April 7th at 8:00 AM (Central).

Remember, courses that were offered in the spring of 2016 will have Blackboard IDs that begin with SP2016.

Best Practices for Saving Courses

If you do not have a “master copy” of your course permanently stored on the Blackboard system,  please complete the Personal Master request form and import your archived course file into it for future use and revision.

Warning

Due to changes in username formats, hosting servers, and service packs, requests for old course archives may be time-consuming and restorations may be unsuccessful. Downloading an archive of your course and grade data NOW ensures that you will have easy access to them LATER!

Blackboard Clean-up: Archive Your Fall 2015 Courses Before January 6th

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Please download an archive and Grade Center file from each fall 2015 course you taught before they are permanently deleted from Blackboard on Friday January 6th at 8:00 AM (Central).

Remember, courses that were offered in the fall of 2015 will have Blackboard IDs that begin with FA2016.

Best Practices for Saving Courses

If you do not have a “master copy” of your course permanently stored on the Blackboard system,  please complete the Personal Master request form and import your archived course file into it for future use and revision.

Warning

Due to changes in username formats, hosting servers, and service packs, requests for old course archives may be time-consuming and restorations may be unsuccessful. Downloading an archive of your course and grade data NOW ensures that you will have easy access to them LATER!

Reminder – Blackboard Migration & Upgrade Happening May 25th through May 29th

Blackboard Migration Coming Soon!

In order to maintain a high level of continuous service, MATC-Distance Learning in conjunction with the Information Technology Department, have decided to migrate the entire Blackboard learning management system to a hosted solution with Blackboard.

The migration will take place beginning May 25th and continue through May 29th.  This means that no one will have access to Blackboard during this time.  All students and faculty will need to logoff Blackboard by 11:59 pm on May 24th.  We anticipate the LMS being available on Monday May 30th, however we will be conducting testing during the week of May 30th.

When Blackboard comes back on-line, we will be at a newer version however there is minimal front-end change impacting students and faculty.  The Distance Learning team is working on reviewing any changes that will effect faculty and/or students and will communicate those changes to the groups prior to the migration.

For additional information about the upgrade, please see our Upgrade FAQs Spreadsheet.

Thank you for your patience as we continuously strive to provide quality educational technology products.

- ​Distance Learning and Information Technology​

Blackboard Cleanup – Archive Your Spring 2015 Courses Before May 6th

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Please download an archive and grade center file from each spring 2015 course you taught before Friday May 6th!  Remember, courses that were offered in the spring of 2015 will have Blackboard IDs that begin with SP2015.

Best Practices for Saving Courses

If you do not have a “master copy” of your course permanently stored on the Blackboard system,  please complete the Personal Master request form and import your archived course file into it for future use and revision.

Warning

Due to the changes in username formats, servers, and service packs that have happened since June of 2013, requests for old course archives may be time-consuming and restorations may be unsuccessful. Downloading an archive of your course and grade data NOW ensures that you will have easy access to them LATER!

 

Blackboard Cleanup – Archive Your Fall 2014 Courses Before December 18th

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Please download an archive and Grade Center file from each fall 2014 course you taught before they are permanently deleted from Blackboard on Friday December 18th at 8AM (CST).

Remember, courses that were offered in the fall of 2014 will have Blackboard IDs that begin with FA2015.

Best Practices for Saving Courses

If you do not have a “master copy” of your course permanently stored on the Blackboard system,  please complete the Personal Master request form and import your archived course file into it for future use and revision.

Warning

Due to the changes in username formats, servers, and service packs that have happened since June of 2013,  requests for old course archives may be time-consuming and restorations may be unsuccessful. Downloading an archive of your course and grade data NOW ensures that you will have easy access to them LATER!

Blackboard Cleanup – Archive Your Summer 2014 Courses Before End of May

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Remember, courses that were offered in the summer of 2014 will have Blackboard IDs that begin with SU2015. 

Best Practices for Saving Courses

If you do not have a “master copy” of your course permanently stored on the Blackboard system,  please complete the Personal Master request form and import your archived course file into it for future use and revision.

Warning

Due to the changes in username formats, servers, and service packs that have happened since June of 2013,  requests for old course archives may be time-consuming and restorations may be unsuccessful. Downloading an archive of your course and grade data NOW ensures that you will have easy access to them LATER!

Blackboard Spring Cleaning – Archive SP2014 Courses Before End of March!

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Download Your Course Files

Did you use Blackboard to teach in Spring of 2014? Be sure to download your SP2014 courses and Grade Center files before they are permanently deleted from Blackboard on Friday April 3rd at 8AM (CST).

Follow these instructions so that you have a copy of your course materials and grade center information for your future use:

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If you do not have a “master copy” of your course permanently stored on the Blackboard system,  please complete the Personal Master request form and import your archived course file into it for future use and revision.

WARNING

Due to the changes in username formats, servers, and service packs that have happened since June of 2013,  requests for old course archives may be time-consuming and restorations may be unsuccessful. Downloading an archive of your courses and grade centers NOW ensures that you will have easy access to them LATER!

Winter Blackboard Upgrade Coming Soon!

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MATC will be upgrading to Blackboard Learn 9.1, service pack April Release 2014 on December 30th through January 1st.  Please note that Blackboard will become unavailable to faculty and students starting December 30th 12:01 AM CST and remain unavailable until January 2nd (unless otherwise communicated).

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO PREPARE?
As a part of the “end of semester” best practices, we strongly recommend that faculty perform the following tasks before the upgrade on December 30th:

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR SAFEASSIGN USERS
Please be aware that with the upgrade, the SafeAssign feature will be integrated with Blackboard Assignments and will no longer be a separate content type. To prepare for this integration, please delay adding SafeAssignments to your spring 2015 courses until the upgrade is complete on January 2nd.

WHERE CAN YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT’S COMING?
Please see these resources to learn about the upgrade:

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Blackboard Workshops at Oak Creek Campus: Coming Soon!

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Faculty working at the Oak Creek campus who have questions about Blackboard or Google Apps are highly encouraged to attend these workshops in September and October, provided by your faculty peer support representative Doni Bartley!

Blackboard Archive Process

Come to this session to learn how to perform the archive process to save a copy of your courses from last fall. This is important because last fall’s courses will be permanently deleted from Blackboard on September 30th at 8AM (CST)

 Ask the Trainer: Blackboard & Google Apps

Come to this open session to get your questions about Blackboard or Google Apps answered.

Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out – Archive Last Summer’s Courses Before Deletion Date April 18th!

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Download Your Course FilesDid you teach in the Summer of 2013 (SU2014)?  Be sure to download your SU2014 course and Grade Center files before they are permanently deleted from Blackboard!  Doing so will provide you with a copy of your course materials and grade center information for your future use.

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Be sure to save your work using the step-by-step instructions from the  Faculty Blackboard Support Site:

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Due to the changes in username formats, servers, and service packs that have happened since June 2013,  requests for old course archives may be time-consuming and restorations may be unsuccessful. Downloading an archive of your courses and grade centers NOW ensures that you will have easy access to them LATER!