Missing Blackboard Courses

Some users are not able to see their Spring 2021 Blackboard Learn courses. The issue has been identified and is being repaired. Please contact CIT if Spring 2021 courses in which you are enrolled are not listed in your Blackboard Learn course list: cit@ua.edu or 205-348-3532

Instructional Tech News – Jan. 12

Zoom updates, Blackboard tutorials and beginning of the semester reminders.

Perform Zoom updates.
Before your first Zoom appointment of the semester, be sure to update your Zoom client. Zoom regularly publishes updates to keep the software secure. Zoom’s website offers instructions on how to update the software. Some recent updates include enhanced nonverbal feedback, raise hand for host and co-host, poll reports available during live session, and improved grouping of security options when scheduling.

Make course readings active with Hypothesis.
Have you seen Hypothesis in the “build content” menu of your Blackboard courses? Setting up readings with Hypothesis allows you to host student discussions right on top of your course content (and grade them, too!). Add images, links and videos into the margins of your content. To learn more, please contact Nathan Loewen or schedule a meeting with the Hypothesis team.

Provision Panopto.

Before using Panopto, make sure it is connected to your course. To get started, click on the Course Videos link in the course menu of Blackboard Learn. If you receive a message that says your course is not provisioned, follow the prompts to configure your course. For more information on Panopto, visit the CIT website.

Need a refresher on Blackboard basics? Visit our “Getting Started” resources.

A few more helpful Blackboard Learn tutorials:

Book an Appointment
Have questions about setting up your course? The CIT is here to help. Book an appointment to meet with us online.

New Box User Interface

Today, Jan. 7, OIT will be enabling the new Box user interface for all UA users. The new interface features a sleek design and provides users with the ability to better organize content. Learn more on the Box Website.

Dec. 25 Blackboard Data Center Maintenance

Blackboard Operations will be performing data center maintenance Friday, Dec. 25 from 1am – 5am. A 30-minute outage is expected for UA’s instance of Blackboard Learn at some point during the maintenance window.

12/9 – Resolved: Turnitin Performance Degradation

Turnitin is currently experiencing an unexpected service degradation. During this time, you may find that you are unable to view submissions and/or Similarity Reports.  If you would like to track Turnitin’s progress in resolving this issue, please visit the Turnitin status page at https://turnitin.statuspage.io.

Resolved 12/9, 6:00 pm CST – Degradation was encountered between 9am – 1:30pm CST.

Instructional Tech News – Dec. 7

Importing Final Grades

Final grades must be entered by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 15.  In case you need a refresher, we’ve got step-by-step instructions for importing grades into myBama from Blackboard.

Save a Copy of Grade Center

As always, CIT recommends saving a copy of your course’s Grade Center as a backup for your records. Blackboard Learn offers step-by-step guidance.

Panopto Maintenance

Panopto Cloud will be updated with new features and improvements on Saturday, Dec. 19. Panopto will be unavailable from 8pm – 11pm during the maintenance window.

January Blackboard Learn Update

Blackboard Learn will undergo a 24-hour update beginning Thursday, Jan. 7 at 5pm through Friday, Jan. 8 at 5pm. Blackboard Learn will be unavailable during this maintenance window.

Spring Semester Blackboard Courses

OK, ok, if you choose not to read this until January – we understand! However, for all the planners out there… we want to let you know that your courses will be enabled in Blackboard automatically, ready for your content! Want to reuse material from previous semesters? Check out our website for guidance on copying content from existing Blackboard courses.  Teaching cross-listed or duplicate sections? Find out more about Blackboard supersections before you start building content.

VoiceThread Maintenance 12/22 – No Impact Expected

On December 22, 2020 at 8:00am CST, VoiceThread will be making a low-risk change to the Content Delivery Network configuration. This should not have any impact on VoiceThread availability or service speed, but we are letting you know in the unlikely event that you do experience some slowness of media loading at that time.

Date: December 22, 2020
Time: 8:00am CST
Impact: No impact expected

Panopto Maintenance

Panopto Cloud will be updated with new features and improvements on Saturday, Dec. 19. Panopto will be unavailable from 8pm – 11pm during the maintenance window.  

Instructional Tech News – Nov. 30

The semester is nearly complete! Here are a few instructional tech reminders as you wrap up.

Final Exam Proctoring Options

Instructors have a few options for final exam proctoring.

  • Respondus Lockdown Browser:  Respondus Lockdown Browser is an internet browser that establishes a secure testing environment within Blackboard.  While taking an exam in Respondus, students are not able to access any other functions or applications on the computer until the exam is complete. Learn more on the CIT website.
  • Respondus Monitor:  Respondus Monitor is an add-on feature for Lockdown Browser that uses a student’s computer webcam to record exam sessions, flagging suspicious behavior. More information about Respondus Monitor is available on the CIT website.
  • Examity: Through CARES funding, the College of Continues Studies was able to make a limited amount of online test proctoring through Examity available for final exams. Examity is an online proctoring service that offers live test proctoring. Learn more about Examity on the Bama by Distance website.

Importing Final Grades

Tasks you don’t do regularly (like importing final grades) are easy to forget.  Good news – we’ve got step-by-step instructions (with screenshots) for importing grades into myBama from Blackboard.

Looking Ahead, Blackboard Learn Update

Blackboard Learn will undergo a 24-hour update beginning Thursday, Jan. 7 at 5pm through Friday, Jan. 8 at 5pm. Blackboard Learn will be unavailable during this maintenance window. We’ll send plenty of reminders closer to the upgrade.

Book an Appointment

Let our team review your exam settings in Blackboard to help ensure a smooth exam experience for you and your students. The CIT is here to help. Book an appointment to meet with us online.