Academic Technology @ Palomar College

Starting the Semester with Blackboard

Starting the Semester with Blackboard
Starting out another semester, and it’s time for a reminder about a few Blackboard tasks that might have slipped your busy minds: Faculty log into Blackboard using their “email name” as the username; typically this is your first initial and last name. Using the nine-digit number will only allow student access to your courses. Students will not be able to access your course sites until you make them available. The easiest way to make multiple courses available is using the Instructor Quick Tools. If you want to copy materials from an older course into your Spring 2014 course site,...
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Why I should care about mixed security modes in my Blackboard course

Why I should care about mixed security modes in my Blackboard course
Normally I try to keep the tech-speak down to a minimum in my posts, but this topic, sadly, requires a good bit. Here’s the situation: You’ve provided a web link within your Blackboard course, perhaps to a page on your own Palomar-hosted WordPress site, perhaps to one of the many videos in Palomar’s streaming video catalog. When some (but likely not all) of your students click the link… nothing. They still have the top red area of Blackboard, and the breadcrumb trail, but everything below that is blank. What is going on? Likely you are a victim of security. Not “something...
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Spring 2014 comes to Blackboard

Spring 2014 comes to Blackboard
In keeping with our general policy of providing Blackboard courses 90 days prior to the start of the new semester, the Spring 2014 course shells are set to be created on Sunday, October 13, 2013. So don’t be shocked when you log into the Blackboard system and see new courses there next week. Naturally as your students enroll using eServices in the months to come, they should percolate onto the Blackboard rosters within a couple hours. But rest assured that students will not be able to see anything in your new course sites until you manually make the course sites available for student use. Also,...
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Making Blackboard Available

Making Blackboard Available
As you (hopefully) already know, when your Blackboard courses are created here at Palomar (up to 90 days prior to the start of the semester), those courses are all unavailable to students. That’s why students cannot immediately start horsing around in your course site as soon as they enroll. However, until and unless you make your course available to students, they can’t get in. Even if you post a bunch of handouts, build assessments, and set up discussion board forums, and tell your students to go use them… if the course is unavailable still, the students can’t. “How can...
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Blackboard Thing of the Week: Test Activity Log

Blackboard Thing of the Week: Test Activity Log
Ever wish you could tell what is actually going on during a student test attempt in Blackboard? Would you like to know if your students actually backtrack through your test, to correct problems, or just bull straight through and hit Submit? Well… now you can know. New with service pack 13 of Blackboard (which goes live on Palomar’s production Blackboard environment during the maintenance window of August 1st through 4th) you gain the ability to view Access Logs for test attempts. To see these, all you do is click the Access Log button in the Test Information area of a student test...
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