Black Course Menu Text

After our August 2019 update of UA’s Blackboard Learn system, we have noticed some instances of course menus with black text, which renders it virtually unreadable.

The fix for this issue is to go to the Course Management menu, then

  1. Customization > Teaching Style
  2. Scroll to check settings, the text under “Menu Style” shows it’s blue (following the previously applied colorful theme).
  3. Click the chevron next to Text Color, and enter FFFFFF (white) for the Color Value, press Apply, then Submit at the bottom of the page.
  4. The menu text should return to the default white color.

Blackboard Learn Privacy Notice

Users logging in to Blackboard Learn after recent upgrades may be asked to agree to Privacy Terms and Conditions via a click-through announcement. This announcement is part of Blackboard’s efforts to meet newly required international data privacy regulations, including the European General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR. The GDPR and other data privacy regulations require that users be asked to newly agree to existing privacy notices.Blackboard Privacy Notice click-through

New Drop-In Sessions for Instructors and Students

Instructors and students are invited to stop by on one of two scheduled sessions at the Center for Instructional Technology in Gordon Palmer Hall for help preparing for the Fall 2019 semester.

On Tuesday, August 20th, between 9am and 2 pm, instructors can stop by A232 Gordon Palmer Hall for assistance in setting up their Blackboard course. Bring your laptop or flash drive and make sure your course is available, and upload your syllabus. Learn some basics, set up your grade center, and find out about other instructional technology tools available to UA instructors.

On Tuesday, August 27th, between 9am and 2 pm, students can stop by A232 Gordon Palmer Hall to get familiar with Blackboard, customize their notification settings, learn how to submit assignments, and register their clickers.

And, of course, walk-ins are always welcome. Come see us and chat about your instructional technology needs and wants.

Collaborate Maintenance – July 26, 2019

Blackboard will be performing scheduled infrastructure maintenance on Friday, July 26, 2019 from 1:00 AM – 5:00 AM. Collaborate users may experience brief periods of intermittent availability during this time.

Blackboard Learn downtime August 7-9

UA’s Blackboard Learn system will undergo mandatory security-related maintenance from Wednesday, August 7 at 8 p.m. until Friday August 9 at 5 p.m. Our Blackboard Learn servers will be unavailable during this maintenance period.

Blackboard Slowness – July 5th, 2019

Many Blackboard customers, included UA, have been experiencing intermittent slowness issues since the morning of Wednesday, July 3rd. Blackboard is aware of the problem and they are working to correct the underlying issue.

Needs Grading option for showing items not included in grading calculations

Needs Grading has a new option for showing items that are not included in grading calculations, which is always unchecked by default. If the “Include in Grade Center grading calculations” setting is not selected for an assignment, test, or other Grade Center column, it will not display in Needs Grading without selecting this new option. The box must be checked each time, and you must select Go.

Screen shot showing checkbox and go button referred to in instructions