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YouTube Mashup Malfunction

Blackboard’s YouTube Mashup tool is currently experiencing a  widespread malfunction. At this time, any attempt to search for or play a video embedded via the YouTube Mashup feature will result in one of the following unfortunate error messages:

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SafeAssign Videos

Safe Assign instructions posted by our colleague Pat at the Terre Haute campus.

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For those that are familiar with SafeAssign, you know what a great tool to instruct students on plagiarism and to create opportunities to help students identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase. But it has had its share of technical issues.  With the last version of Blackboard we now have a revamped version of SafeAssign that works better with class assignments.  Below are some tutorials that will get you up and running on the “new and improved” Safe Assign.  These tutorials were created by our friends at Ivy Tech Lafayette.  Thanks, Lena Harper and crew, for sharing. Check these out for some good info on SafeAssign.
o Creating a SafeAssignment: http://youtu.be/UmTOhr_As1w
o Syncing SafeAssign: http://youtu.be/gALiCQP-5Lo
o DirectSubmit through SafeAssign: http://youtu.be/iNRJVGKEgUc

Thanks

Pat

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Student Guide: Reviewing Test & Quiz Submissions in Blackboard

1. Enter your Blackboard course and select the My Grades tab on the left side of the screen.

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Blackboard Printing Workaround

The December update to Blackboard has broken printing – when attempting to print anything from within Blackboard, it only prints the first page of content. This is unfortunately present in all major browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer.)

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Blackboard Test Feedback Options

Test feedback options in Blackboard determine the type of results that users receive after a test is submitted.

To update your result and feedback options, go to a content area within your Blackboard course and locate a deployed test or quiz.

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Click the drop-down arrow next to the test name and select Edit the Test Options.

In Section 6 of the Test Options screen, you will see the available options. Click the check box associated with the option to select it.

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Creating a custom grading scale in Blackboard

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One of the display options for total columns in Blackboard’s grade center is a letter grade. This displays the students’ total as a letter, based on the traditional 90-100 =A, 80-89 = B, etc. grading scale.

There are certain programs which do not use this grading scale, in which case we need to create what is called a Grading Schema.

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Uploading Contact Information to Blackboard

As an instructor, you will want to communicate to students how to reach you by your preferred communication method and at least one alternative method. Your contact information should appear in several different places within your course.  The syllabus is one of those places.  The Instructor area of your course is another.  While the syllabus is the formal “contract” between you and your students, the instructor area is a place for you to consider going a bit more in-depth about yourself and your experiences and qualifications.  While you may also post this in an introductory announcement and/or in discussion or blog postings at the beginning of the class, also placing this information under the Instructor button allows students to refer to it quickly any time they enter the course.

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Uploading Syllabi to Blackboard

Instructors of online courses are required to use a syllabus template. You will find the current syllabus template in your Developmental Shell under Start Here > Step 1: Syllabus, Calendar & More > Syllabus (Course Information) and then locate Syllabus -one printable file.
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Archiving Courses in Blackboard

Faculty may export and/or archive their courses to save a permanent copy of the course for later use. Exporting or archiving a course will create a .zip file which you can save to your computer or external storage device.

  • Exports create a copy of the course with no user data or activity. This is suitable for courses which you plan to reuse in the future.
  • Archives store all user activity, such as submitted work and the gradebook. This is suitable if you need a permanent copy of all student activity in the course.

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Exporting and Importing Courses in Blackboard

Faculty may export and/or archive their courses to save a permanent copy of the course for later use. Exporting or archiving a course will create a .zip file which you can save to your computer or external storage device.

  • Exports create a copy of the course with no user data or activity. This is suitable for courses which you plan to reuse in the future.
  • Archives store all user activity, such as submitted work and the gradebook. This is suitable if you need a permanent copy of student activity in the course.

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