Academic Technology @ Palomar College

Grading? Back up!

Grading? Back up!
As the Fall term draws to a close, quite a bit of grading is going on. If you’ve just spent the last two hours at your computer punching in student grades, this might be a good time to back up that work. If you’re already in your course site now, just follow these 6 simple steps to create a grade backup: Go to the “Full Grade Center” view, so you can see the whole grade grid for your course. Over on the upper right of the grid, open up the “Work Offline” menu, then choose “Download”. If you are hiding student grades in the grade grid, be sure to...
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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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Blackboard Course Copy

Blackboard Course Copy
As faculty may have noticed, the Spring 2013 courses now exist within Blackboard (in accordance with our policy of creating courses 90 days prior to the new semester). Of course, all these new courses are empty shells, so now is when you might want to use the Course Copy tool to transfer material forward from an older course site. To begin the course copy process, start in the Source course. That is, go into the older course which already contains your course materials, and use the copy tool there to transfer material to the new course site. (If you go into the empty new course site and try to use the...
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Blackboard Mobile Learn App Licensing

Blackboard Mobile Learn App Licensing
As many faculty are already aware, there is a Blackboard Mobile Learn app available for iOS and Android devices. That isn’t news, as the app has existed for a couple years now. What is news relates to a change in the way that app is licensed. Previously the app was usable only by certain devices using certain connections, in a fashion that was confusing to explain. Unless, of course, the institution you were attending actually purchased a license, in which case everything just plain worked. That last is still true, that the institution can purchase a license to use the Mobile Learn app…...
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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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