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Blackboard: 9.1 SP9

Blackboard: 9.1 SP9
In keeping with our efforts to help faculty prepare for changes in technology before they have to deal with it live in front of their students, we have upgraded the BbSandbox environment here at Palomar to the latest build out from the company, Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP9. Being an odd-numbered service pack, the bulk of the changes in SP9 are of the “bug fix” and “security update” variety, which I won’t bother going into here. There are also some administrator-side improvements to the system, but as all three of Palomar’s Blackboard sysadmins are already aware of...
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Blackboard: New Version Changes

Blackboard: New Version Changes
Palomar’s Blackboard production environment is up again, after being offline for maintenance since 6 AM on Monday. The production system is now running Blackboard Learn version 9.1 Service Pack 8. Given that the original time estimate was for the upgrade to get done “before 5 PM on Thursday” I think it’s great that the system is back online by Tuesday evening. This version of the Blackboard system has been available since February (as detailed in “Take 8 Everybody“) on the BbSandbox environment where we showcase upcoming version of the Blackboard system. Recently...
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Blackboard Changes: Course Structures

Blackboard Changes: Course Structures
For years faculty just starting out using Blackboard, or faculty deciding to overhaul their course content, have asked for some sort of template to use for course organization. Unfortunately that isn’t a “one size fits all” sort of thing, so there really hasn’t been any good template that we can recommend for faculty to use. Clearly we aren’t the only institution with that situation, and in response Blackboard has produced the new Course Structures component. Course Structures allow an instructor to choose from a list of different organizational methods, and then add...
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Fall 2012 Blackboard Course Prep: Go!

Fall 2012 Blackboard Course Prep: Go!
With Spring behind us, it’s time to relax, kick back, and enjoy the best season of the year: Fall prep time. In accordance with our customary policy of creating Blackboard courses 90 days in advance of the start of a term, the Fall 2012 Blackboard courses were created yesterday. Yes, that means Fall is only three months off! Assuming that all the paperwork on your classes is already input to the eServices system, when you log into the Palomar Blackboard system with your instructor account you should see all those new course sites set up and waiting. Remember that these courses are, by default,...
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Blackboard Changes: The Quick Setup Guide

Blackboard Changes: The Quick Setup Guide
As all Palomar faculty should be aware, we take the Palomar Blackboard system offline shortly after each term to run system maintenance and install upgrades to the software. The next maintenance window is planned for June 4th through the 7th, starting at 6 AM on that Monday and keeping the Blackboard system offline until all the upgrades and system changes are complete. There are a few significant changes coming in the next updated version, which (for those version watchers out there) will be Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 8. For details on all those changes you may want to refer to a previous blog...
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