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New Blackboard Calendar

New Blackboard Calendar
Have you noticed that the calendar in Blackboard is… bad. Well, no longer. Blackboard has just released an update (their first significant update to the calendar tool, perhaps ever) to the Calendar tool now that Service Pack 10 is out, which makes calendaring finally useful. Drag-and-drop functionality to move calendar events, the ability to create events for multiple courses from one interface (although not all at once, sadly), automatic calendar entries for anything you set a due date on, even iCal feed functionality! This new calendar may not “have it all” but it is a serious step...
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Blackboard over the Break

Blackboard over the Break
As I write this, the Fall 2012 semester is going through finals week. All around, I see students either frantically studying or getting ready for the semester break. As such, this seems a good time to emphasize what will be happening with Blackboard throughout the semester break. On Monday, December 17th, the Fall 2011 semester courses will vanish from Blackboard. So, if you haven’t archived something from way back a year ago, this would be the very last chance to do so! (Please note this is the two thousand eleven course sites, not the ones just ending.) According to the normal Blackboard...
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New Blackboard version in the Sandbox

New Blackboard version in the Sandbox
As you may recall, Palomar maintains a Blackboard Sandbox environment so that the faculty can get accustomed to new versions of Blackboard prior to encountering them in production. There’s a new version up on BbSandbox now, Blackboard Learn version 9.1 Service Pack 10. (I’ll just say “SP10″ from here on, okay?) The very first thing you’ll notice about SP10 is immediately after you log in; the whole screen will be a notice to let you know that the controls in the upper right corner of the screen are different. (How many of you knew there were even controls up there in the...
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Free Microsoft Software

Free Microsoft Software
No, this is not spam, nor a phishing attempt. It’s not even a hoax, although I’ve found it difficult to convince people that I’m serious. There is a whole slew of Microsoft products available free for the asking to the students and employees of Palomar College. Now, before you get your hopes up, this does NOT include Microsoft Office. Let me say that again – no Office. If you’re interested in getting a copy of Office I can certainly point you towards some excellent discounts (although the pricing for students is higher than that for employees, strangely enough) that have...
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Tales from the Knowledge Base: Blackboard Information for Faculty

Tales from the Knowledge Base: Blackboard Information for Faculty
As mentioned on this blog recently, we upgraded Our Helpdesk System as of the beginning of August 2012. As part of that process the techs had the chance to update all of the articles in our Knowledge Base, so to the best of our abilities all that information is correct and accurate. However, we’re often asked the exact questions from our knowledge base, leading me to believe that folks are unaware that these things are documented. So, let’s take a look and see what interesting tidbits are hiding out there… For the purposes of this post, I want to focus on the Blackboard articles in...
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