Something I created for another venue, but thought it worth sharing here, too.
As we prepare for BYOD, consider this video created by the Chronicle of Higher Ed about what tech and which apps students can’t live without.
The latest version of Internet Explorer has compatibility issues with Blackboard. Either you will get an error saying that IE has stopped responding or you will not see all of your courses listed—and there may be other issues we have not yet encountered.
We recommend that you use Firefox on Windows or Mac to avoid compatibility issues. Chrome also works well for the most part, but there are a handful of bugs with it as well.
This past Wednesday, January 22, I gave a presentation to a number of our faculty at a luncheon. The presentation was about ten characteristics of effective feedback. Essentially, I reviewed the ten most common features of feedback found across a swath of the literature. The link I’ve posted below will take you to a page with the presentation slides embedded, as well as links to a number of the resources I reviewed. A couple of the articles to which I’ve linked require OC login since they link to items in our library’s database.
Click here to open the page.
If you’ve embedded content in your Bb course shell (e.g., TED-Ed video, content from another Web site, etc.) and it is no longer showing up when you (or your students) use Firefox, it’s because of a new security “feature” in the latest version of Firefox that blocks this content. I had this problem in my Elementary Greek course; here’s the video I made to show students how to get around the problem (NB: Firefox users will have to follow these steps every time s/he browses to the page):
It may be less of a hassle to change to a different browser. At this point, all content displays in Chrome.
Have you noticed as you use Blackboard (and other Web sites) in Safari or Chrome on Mac that the scroll bars don’t always show up in the Grade Center? It makes navigating through the grade book a pain. Contrary to what you might think, it’s not a browser problem. In fact, it’s not a problem at all—it’s a “feature” of Mac OS. Here’s how to tell your Mac to display the scroll bars all the time.
- Open System Preferences by clicking the System Preferences icon in the launch bar or by clicking the Apple menu and selecting System Preferences.
- Click into “General.”
- Under “Show Scroll Bars” select “Always.”
- Changes are saved automatically, so you can close System Preferences.
To make a course available, follow these instructions:
- In the course control panel, click Customization to expand the customization menu.
- Click Properties to open the course properties page.
- Scroll to 3. Set Availability (about the middle of the properties page).
- Click the radio button for Yes.
- Click Submit.
If you’ve been in the updated version of Blackboard, you’ve probably noticed that not a lot has changed in terms of the interface. Yet, there are a few new features, and some of things you’ve grown used to have moved around. One simple thing that has moved is the link to log out of the system. Now, instead of clicking a text link at the top center of the Bb page, you click a button in the top right corner of the page.