Thursday, May 22, 2014

Blackboard Mobile is available this summer!

If you're using the Blackboard Mobile app remember Summer courses are on Bb2

To find Bb2 on the mobile app search the app for 'University of Houston -Downtown May and Summer Courses'.  Then proceed to login as usual.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Adding Multiple Files at the Same Time using Items

Adding Multiple Files at the Same Time using Items
Use this method to simultaneously add multiple files, without having to create each link one-by-one. All files will be associated with one Item, as shown below.
First Step: Add Files to Content Collection
Files must first be placed in the Content Collection before they can collectively be added to an Item. The easiest way to upload several files to the Content Collection is to first package them – the WinZip program is available on campus and can be used to package files. With WinZip, you can select several files, right-click, and then select WinZip > Add to Zip File, and then all of the selected files will then be packaged into one file.
Use the Upload Package option to bring the files to the Content Collection.
Second Step: Creating the Item and Adding the Files
From any content area, click Build Content and select Item from the list.
An Item allows for multiple attachments to be simultaneously added, but the attached files must come from Content Collection. You cannot select multiple files if you attach files from your local computer.
In Section 2 “Attachments” click the Browse Content Collection button. 
Use the checkboxes to select multiple files. Click Submit afterwards.
The attachments will all be listed. Click Submit again to create the item. Blackboard automatically arranges the files, alphabetically by title, however if you edit an existing item and add more files, the additional files will always appear after the first set of files.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Important information if you’re using Respondus…

If you’re using Respondus and you edit your test options you will need to reset your Respondus settings.
You can do that with the following steps:

1.  After you have edited your test options go to course tools, Respondus Lockdown Browser.

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NOTE: Respondus automatically generates a password you will see if you edit the test settings.  Clearing that out will also cause the Respondus settings to need to be reset.
2.  From that window if your settings need to be reset it will display Error with a “Fix it” button
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3.   Select Fix it.  After the fix is complete it will display “Required”
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That Didn’t work?

If the error is still displayed after the “Fix It” button has been selected you need to modify the settings.
1.   Select the drop down menu next to the name of the test and select modify settings

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2.   Select “Don't require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam” and “Don't require Respondus Monitor for this exam”.  Then select Save and Submit.

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3.   Then add the original Respondus settings to the test again.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Bb Collaborate has some NEW features

Create a Collaborate Session

Blackboard Collaborate allows the creation of virtual classrooms in which students can participate. Collaborate allows users to communicate via voice, video, text, and desktop sharing. It provides an environment for online learning, meetings, training, and on-demand presentations.

  1. Login to Blackboard and enter the course in which you would like to add a Collaborate session.
  2. Enter or create the Content Area that will display your Collaborate Session.
  3. Once inside of your Content Area, click Tools and then select Blackboard Collaborate from the  drop 

4. In the Bb Collaborate List Page, click Create Session.

a. The name of the session is the name of the course by default. The session name can be changed as needed.

b. Change the start and end times for this session.

c. Select the repeat off button to have the session repeat throughout the semester. Repeated
sessions will use the same start and end time as the first created session, but will create additional
sessions for other dates based on the options you select.

d. Change the early session entry to allow users into the session before the desired start time and

5. Scroll below the Session Information to change the Room Options: Session Type, Teleconference Options, Room Attributes, Grade Center Integration, and Assign Roles. 


Course: All users registered in this course can attend the session. 
Shared:  All users registered in courses that you teach can attend this session.

Use Built In:  The system generates the teleconference number, code, and PIN for participants and moderators.
Use third party:
To use another method, provide the information.
Do not use teleconference:
Use VoIP. Users are able to hear the session through their computer speakers or USB headset.

Recording Mode: Controls the recording for the session.  Can be Manual, automatic, or disabled.
Max Simultaneous Talkers: Maximum number of simultaneous talkers allowed at the start of the session
Max Cameras: Maximum number of simultaneous web cameras allowed at the start of the session
View Private Messages: Allows moderators to view all private chat messages in the session.
All Permissions:  All participants have full permissions access to session resources such as audio, whiteboard, and so on
Raise Hand on Entry: Users automatically raise their hands when they join the session
Allow In-Session Invitations: While in a session, moderators can invite users to join
Hide Names in Recordings: Names of participants are hidden when viewing recordings
Preload Content: Upload a file to use in the session

Add a grade column: Once the session ends, you can pull an Attendance Report which will allow you to push the points to the Grade Center

All users join as participants: All users will join the session as a participant
All users join as moderators: All users will join the session as a moderator giving them access to every functionality in the session.
Assign access: Restrict who can join this session as a moderator or a participant.

6.    Once you have made all of your room options select save.