Instructional Tech News – Nov. 3

Only a few short weeks remain for in-person instruction on campus. Review the information below to make the most of remaining class time, and be prepared for finals.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Maintenance
Heads up! Blackboard Collaborate Ultra will undergo scheduled maintenance Nov. 6 and Nov. 12 from 1:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m. Collaborate Ultra users will experience intermittent availability of the service during the scheduled maintenance window.

Blackboard Course Retention Policy
CIT is implementing our LMS Course Retention policy. Over the next few months, Blackboard users may notice that courses prior to Spring 2018 will no longer appear in their course lists. Have course content you want to keep? No problem. We have several methods available for backing up Blackboard content. Check out our website for more information and step-by-step guides.

Final Presentation – Tech Options
Does your course require students to give final presentations? We have tech tools that can help. Review our website to learn more about VoiceThread Assignments and Zoom Spotlighting for student presentations.

Respondus LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor Online Training
Throughout November Respondus is offering comprehensive training webinars for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor with online exams. Review the training opportunities, and register, on the Respondus website to become more familiar with these tools.

Request a Practice Course
Want to try out some new features/content in your Blackboard course, but not yet ready to implement this semester? Request a non-integrated Blackboard course. Consider this your sandbox to play with new features and develop course content. Practice makes perfect, right? Request a course by reaching out to

As always, we’re here to help. Book an appointment for a virtual meeting with CIT.