Archive for April, 2010

Don’t Get Stung by the Blackboard Upgrade

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

prepare for the Blackboard 9 upgrade

CFCC will be upgrading from Blackboard 7.3 to Blackboard 9.1 starting on May 10. The system may be unavailable through May 13. Be forewarned that the new version of Blackboard is significantly different from the current version so it’s important that you complete Bb 101 and attend training as soon as possible to prepare for this new and exciting change.

Are you prepared for the upgrade?

  • Have you completed Blackboard 101 for Bb9?
  • Have you attended either a What’s New in Bb 9 workshop (current online instructors) or a Getting Started with Blackboard workshop (new instructors)? See training schedule.
  • Have you copied course content for your summer and/or fall courses?
  • Have you reviewed our Teaching with Blackboard 9 webpage?

The Department of Distance Learning is here to help you with this transition. Please contact us for further assistance with your courses and have a great summer!

North Campus Training

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The Department of Distance Learning will offer one final workshop before the end of the semeseter at the North on What’s New in Blackboard 9 on April 29. For more information and to sign up for this workshop, visit the DL Training page on this blog. 

This will be the last training opportunity at North campus before the summer semester. We will be upgrading the Blackboard server to the new version from May 10-13, so the system might be unavailable for those dates. You can continue to work on your courses in the current Blackboard system and make your course copies. We will move all content over during the upgrade.

What’s New in Bb 9 Training at North Campus

Friday, April 16th, 2010

If you are current online instructor at North Campus and have not yet attended a What’s New in Blackboard 9 workshop, the Department of Distance Learning is offering one just for you on April 19. For details, please visit our Training Page.

Free Your Files: Bb improves file management

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Are you tired of embedding and attaching files in Blackboard, only to try and recall all of the locations where you need to replace these for future revision?

Let me introduce you to the Blackboard 9 Course Files system. This will look familiar to those who have used Moodle or WebCT in the past. For those who prefer the old method, this will still be available, but now you can upload your files into a file manager and link to them when needed. This allows you to replace files as they need updates, without breaking the links, as long as you do so properly ;-). Sometimes, you have files that might be linked to several areas in your course (e.g. rubrics). This new system enables you to update the file in the storage area rather than require you to re-embed an instance of the file in each location. This saves you time and effort.

Are you interested in learning how this works? Check out Blackboard’s On Demand Learning Center and a movie tutorial explaining this tool: View Course Files Tool tutorial. Learn how to upload and organize files and how to link content in your course.

There is one little viewing glitch with this movie; the full screen does not show when viewing at 100%from the link in the On Demand Learning Center, but if you open the link I provided above, you’ll see the tutorial in full-screen.  Happy filing.