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Blackboard Tests and ADA time extensions

Blackboard Tests and ADA time extensions
Do you use timed tests in your Blackboard course? Do you ever need to give students extended time on tests to meet legal requirements? Do you like to set things up once, rather than wasting time doing the same thing multiple times? If you answered yes to all of those, this post is for you! Before diving into the minutia of how to manage extended test times best, let’s define how students at Palomar end up entitled to additional time. As I’m quite ignorant on this topic, I consulted with an expert. Sherry Goldsmith of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) had this to say: “Here is how...
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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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