The Blackboard Collaborate tool for synchronous video/audio/content sharing across the Internet has been updated by Blackboard. We have noticed that this means the first time you use it on a computer you will be asked to download and run the Launcher. This may take a minute or two, so be patient. We have a test site, you may try, http://tinyurl.com/p8png36?/.
If you use Bb Collaborate at your office and also on a personal device or a home computer, for each computing device, you may be asked to do this step again. Once the device has the new launcher, however, it won’t need to be done again.
If you need any assistance, faculty may contact the Technology and Learning Program at x6167. Students may contact ITSS at 898-HELP.
What is changing?
This version replaces the old “Student View” with Blackboard’s new “Student Preview.”
Why the change?
The old Student View and its corresponding Demo User were developed by a 3rd party, and are no longer supported by Blackboard.
How will this impact me?
- The interface to access student preview has changed slightly
- Grade Center shows PreviewUser account instead of Demo User account
- When exiting Preview mode, you must choose to keep or delete your student preview data.
- If you want the same functionality as the old Student View, choose the option
“Keep the Preview User and all Data.”
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact TLP at 530-898-6167.
On Tues., August 5, 2014 Blackboard Learn will be updated to the latest version of the software.
What are the updates?
Why is it happening on Tues., August 5th?
While there’s no perfect time for this upgrade, August 5th has been selected with the utmost priority given to minimizing service disruption for students and faculty. As part of visible planning, the timing of the upgrade has been chosen to ensure there is sufficient time to upgrade and test the system prior to starting the fall term. Although the upgrade will be implemented during the last summer school session the changes should not disrupt existing workflows.
What will I see after the upgrade?
The most notable change in this upgrade will be the “student preview” function. Learn more about the student preview change. If you have questions or concerns please use the comments below or contact TLP at 898-6167.
Might we suggest adding Lynda.com to your syllabus?
As plans begin for the fall semester the Technology & Learning Program (TLP) wants to remind you that you, and all your students, have unlimited access to Lynda.com, an online library of high-quality, instructional videos on the latest software tools and skills.
Below see some sample verbiage that you might use:
Online Technology Tutorials: Lynda.com is a CSU-provided online library of high-quality instructional videos produced by recognized industry experts. It provides training on a wide range of software, computing, and professional skills. This is an excellent resource to use if you are unfamiliar with the programs or software features needed for your classes.
To begin using the Lynda.com Online Training Library, simply activate your profile by clicking on this link: http://www.csuchico.edu/lynda.
Quick introductory video for how-to-use Lynda.com tutorials, http://www.lynda.com/Business-tutorials/How-use-lyndacom/77683-2.html.
Lynda.com has been an excellent resource for many of our sister CSU campuses and we hope that you discover that it can be a useful tool for you as well. Professors, please feel free to contact TLP with questions about Lynda.com. We can help you find the right tutorial(s) to supplement your courses.
The Technology and Learning Program
Faculty access to Vista will be permanently removed on Friday, June 6th, 2014.
Faculty who still have content in Vista can continue to migrate it to Bb Learn using the “Migrate from Vista” tab in Bb Learn until close of business on Thursday, June 5th, 2014.
Migration instructions are available on the “Migrate from Vista” tab on your Bb Learn homepage.
Faculty who have questions or need additional support migrating content should contact TLP at x6167.
Vista was fully replaced by Bb Learn in fall 2012. Blackboard no longer supports Vista and it must be decommissioned as there are significant security issues and expenses associated with maintaining unsupported software.
After faculty access is removed, the technical decommissioning process will begin; it will be completed by the end of June at which time Vista will be completely and permanently eliminated from our environment.
Based on the information provided by the Registrar (dating back to early 2013), the decommission timelines comply with University processes related to grade challenges.
A complete project timeline dating back to spring 2013 is included below. Click on “thumbnail for larger version.”