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Intersession Dates and Times

Intersession Dates and Times
As the Fall 2014 semester grinds to a halt, I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know about what is going on in Academic Technology for the next couple weeks. Blackboard support will be unavailable after Friday, December 19, 2014, all the way through until Monday, January 5, 2015. After that, support will resume our routine hours, Monday through Thursday from 8 AM until 8 PM, and Friday from 8 AM until 4 PM. And, as always, if you need to get in touch with Blackboard support, you can submit a help request at any time. Also of note on the Blackboard front, Palomar’s Blackboard system will be...
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Faculty Post-semester Blackboard Wrap-up

Faculty Post-semester Blackboard Wrap-up
The Fall 2014 semester is wrapping up now, and there are a couple issues faculty who use Blackboard should really make the time for. The short version is: Export Archive Download Copy Validate Export your course. Since the process of adding instructor content to the course is done now, this would be a great time to save off a copy of all your course content. In other words, back up your work. The process is fairly simple, as this video explains:     Archive your course. I recommend this step immediately after posting final grades into eServices. Create an archive of your course, which...
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Personalizing Blackboard Content

Personalizing Blackboard Content
I’m certain you’ve received bulk messages, either on paper through the mail or (often as spam) though email. Often those messages use a function known as “mail merge” to modify the content of the message to show personalized information. Although that sort of function can be awkward if used poorly, Blackboard has limited options to get a “mail merge” effect out of your Blackboard content. This function was originally intended for developers to be able to list personal details, but these “tokens” will work for students and instructors within Blackboard...
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Blackboard Offline August 11

Blackboard Offline August 11
As previously noted, Palomar’s Blackboard system is going through some software upgrades and system tuning on Monday, August 11, 2014. The plan is for the system to go offline starting at 12:30 AM Pacific time, and have the system back online before 4:30 PM Pacific time. Should there be any news-worthy events during the upgrade process, I’ll be editing this blog post. So check back during the day on Monday, if you’re the obsessive type who wants to keep informed on the Blackboard system progress. UPDATE: Posted 10:40 AM 8/11/2014 The Blackboard system has been offline since 12:31 AM,...
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Blackboard Upgrade on August 11, 2014

Blackboard Upgrade on August 11, 2014
On Monday, August 11, 2014, Palomar’s Blackboard system will be upgraded to release version 9.1.201404.160205, known as the April 2014 release. This process is set to begin August 11, 2014 at 12:30 AM Pacific time and is expected to take around 12 to 16 hours to complete, but as always we will get the system available to users again as soon as possible. Should there be anything worthy of note that crops up during the actual upgrade, I’ll be sure to post something on the PalomarATRC Twitter feed, so look there for updates. The major instructor-focused changes in this new version are:...
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