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NOTICE:

A message from BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE SUPPORT

Blackboard Collaborate Support Notification for Mac OS X 10.8.4 users who are unable to launch Web Conferencing sessions and recordings.

Affected Platforms

Mac OSX 10.8.4

Issue

Recent security changes released by Apple may prevent Web Conferencing customers from launching Blackboard Collaborate sessions and recordings. Customers using OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 will be affected. The security changes no longer allow users to auto-launch JNLP files.

For additional details and information regarding how to enter sessions or play recordings if you have installed this update please reference knowledge base article 2940.

Thank you and regards,

Your Blackboard Collaborate Support Team


Standard Practices

The Basics!

Standard practices are the conventions followed by faculty and the Blackboard support staff in order to guarantee that the semester, in this case, starts smoothly. Sometimes standard practices guarantee a common experience -- students are added to the courses on the same day -- and in other cases they guarantee clear, commonly understood communication between instructors and Blackboard staff.

  1. students are added to course shells two days prior to the start of the semester.
  2. Instructors can communicate with students before they are added to shells
  3. Instructors are responsible for activating their course shells; students will not be able to participate in, or even see, course shells until they're activated. The exception are courses taught completely online.


Transfer course content

  • Point your web browser to https://liberty.wpunj.edu/bb/transfer/
  • In the first of three sections enter the semester and course designations of both the course you are using as a template (origin) and the anticipated course shell (destination)
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  • In the example above the origin course is from the Fall of 2012 and the destination is the Fall semester 2013. The course extension is the only difference in the course designation area. When looking at old courses remember that the course designation is pre-pended by the year of the course and the semester designation:

    Designation Semester
    10Spring
    25 Summer
    40 Fall
    50 Winter
     
    For example:
     
    201210 Spring semester 2012
    201025 Summer session 2010
    201140 Fall semester 2011
    200950 Winter session 2009


  • Enter your name and email in the second area
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  • Use the Comments area to make any special requests, for example adding extra sections or asking for retrieval of archived content. And always remember to SUBMIT!
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Merge cross-listed and multi-section course shells

Cross-listed and multi-sections can be merged into one shell for ease of use. An instructor or team of instructors teaching multiple sections of one course might find it to their advantage to put all the content into a single shell rather than replicating it across three shells, for example. Please follow the instructions below to request merging a course shell. Requests should be made before the beginning of the semester; waiting until the first week of classes to ask for a merge could result in delayed fulfillment of the request.

  • Point your web browser to https://liberty.wpunj.edu/bb/combine/
  • In the first section fill out the department, course number and section of both the parent course (the one that will be used) and the children. In the example below the parent course is History 1050-01 and the children are History 1050 sections -02 and -60.
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  • Include any special comments or questions in the next section of the interface
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  • Finally please tell us your name and email address. If more than one instructor is involved only one member of the team needs to be listed.
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Activate course shell

There are two ways to one might activate a course shell. Remember that students will not see course content, or even a link to the course, until it has been activated.


The new way: Qwickly

  • On the My Blackboard page select Faculty: Set Course Availability in the Tools menu (upper left):
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  • Click ON to activate a course and OFF to deactivate (at the end of the semester, for example)
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The old way: Course properties

  • In the Control Panel (bottom left corner of the course shell) select Customization, then Properties
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  • In area number three select availability to Yes
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  • Finish by clicking the Submit button
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Communicate with students before they've been added to course shells

  • Point your browser to WPConnect: http://wpconnect.wpunj.edu
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  • Select the Faculty tab
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  • In the Faculty Dashboard select the class you are emailing
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  • In the lower right corner of the ensuing page select Classlist
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  • Select Display Email List
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  • Copy the student addresses and paste them into the "To:" area of your email browser
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View Student Roster

After students have been added to course shells (see the first unit of the Standard Practices module) start by selecting Users in the Control Panel:

  • Control Panel => Users and Groups => Users
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  • The Roster:
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Beginning of the semester

Which Blackboard tasks are most useful in the period leading up to the start of the semester? Content can be moved from previous semesters to coming semester, old course shells can be hidden and new shells can be activated for student use, Many of the items below are covered above in the Standard Practices area. Do you have questions or need support? Please file a ticket with the Online Help Desk: http://www.wpunj.edu/helpdesk/


Transfer: Course Content Request: Merge Course Shells Export/Archive Courses My Blackboard Profile
Activate: Course Shells Generate: the Course Roster Change: Course Entry Point Email Students Before the Semester
Change: Language Pack Import a course package Hide course shells Move the ad module

 

Blackboard: Getting Started

This area covers basic information including a tour of the Blackboard interface, using course-to-course navigation and learning the importance of Action Link.


Introducing Bb 9.1 Your Course Environment Using the Course Shell Interface Tour
Blackboard Action Link! Faculty Handbook The New 2012 Theme Course-to-course Navigation
Bb On Demand Learning Building your Course Communication/Collaboration Assessing Learners
Java Troubleshooting Systems Requirements/Downloads  

 

Course Building

Learn: Course Content Upload: File or Files Add: a Course Banner Use: the Text Editor
Edit: The Course Home Page Create: A Learning Module Create: A Lesson Plan Create: A Tool Link
Add an External Link Adding Students to Groups Video Everywhere Embed an NJVid Video

 

Collaborating

Blackboard provides a number of tools for interacting with students, including discussion boards, journals, blogs and wikis. Do you have questions or need support? Please file a ticket with the Online Help Desk: http://www.wpunj.edu/helpdesk/


General
Create an Announcement Send an Email    
 
Discussion Board
Create a Forum Create a Thread Reply to a thread Grading Threads
Search/Collect Posts Create/Edit Settings Moderating Insert an in-line image
 
Journal A Journal is a tool used for ongoing communication between student & instructor
Create a Journal Create and Edit Entries Comment on an Entry  
 
Blogs A Blog is a tool used for ongoing communication between student & the class
Create a Blog Create/Edit Entries Comments  
 
Wiki
Create a Wiki Add rich content Edit a Wiki Linking Pages
View Page History Grading a Wiki    
 
Groups
Create, Add students Basics, PDF    

 

Content Collection

The content collection is one of the most underutilized tools in in the Blackboard suite. In this section learn to transfer content across courses within and between semesters. Why upload ten documents one at a time when you can upload them all in one package and then create links to that content in several courses this semester and throughout course shells semesters to come!


Content Collection Manual Create: Folder Add: Files Link: Files to Multiple Courses
Add: Zipped Files Download a package Email a file  

 

Discussion Board

Create a Forum Grading a Forum Create a Thread Grading a Thread
Replying to a Thread Searching and Collecting Posts Tagging Posts Changing Forum Settings
Insert an in-line image      

 

Grade Center

Learn: Grade Center Create: Smart View View: Grade Details Customize: Grade Center View
Create: Grade Center Report Grading With Rubrics Create: Grading Rubric Associate: Rubric with an Item
Create: A Grading Rule View: Grade History Download: Grade Center Learn: Needs Grading Page

 

Assessments

Learn: Creating a Test Create: A Test Set: Test Options Learn: Automatic Regrading
Surveys: Create, Deploy, Review Upload: From MS Excel Export: Test or Survey Read: Survey Results
Learn: Posting an Assignment Download: Assignments Delete: Old Assignment Files Use: Performance Dashboard
Instructors guide to the Turn-it-in (Tii) anti-plagiarism tool Tii Instructors manual Use: The Negative Points Tool
Inline Assignment Grading      

 

Portfolios

About Portfolios Create: Basic Portfolio Manage: Basic Portfolio Create: Personal Portfolio
Manage: Personal Portfolio Loading External Portfolios

 

Collaborate Web Conferencing

Introduction to Collaborate Collaborate help files for moderators & participants

 

End of the Semester

Export course Archive a course (machine readable)    

 

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