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How to clean up your UND course shell before copy

How to course copy with the UND

The first time you course copy your content into the UND, you may see extra buttons.  You will either have to do cleanup before the copy or after.

If you have any buttons in your original course, that are named differently than the UND, you will have both buttons.  For example if you have a button named Assignments, and the UND has a button named Coursework, then you will have both buttons after the course copy.  However, if you rename your Assignments button to Coursework and then copy, the two buttons will merge together.

Any extra buttons that you have in the old course, that are different names than the buttons in the UND, will be at the bottom of your navigation after a course copy.  You will need to remove/rename those buttons to match the UND, and move course content from those buttons into the proper UND button.

You will also be responsible for general cleanup of the UND after your course copy.  As stated in the workshops, throughout the course are ‘tips and tricks’ that are labeled “Please delete”.  You will need to delete or hide these statements before the course goes live.

If you need a refresher, here is how to course copy:

Course Copy

Enrollment Verification Quiz

As discussed at the In-service workshops, here is the EV Quiz available for download:

Enrollment Verification Quiz

Click the above link, and click the Download button:

To import the quiz:

Go to Control Panel, Course Tools and click Tests, Survey and Pools.
Click on Test and then Import Test.
Click Browse my Computer and select the zip file you previously saved.

You can now deploy the quiz in the course.

Universal Navigation Design

Below is a screen shot of the Universal Navigation Design or ‘buttons’ for Blackboard courses:

UND Navigation

Blackboard – How to save the Grade Center to Excel

What’s New in Blackboard – 2016FA



YouTube mashup tool fixed – Embed YouTube videos into Content Areas.

Floating ‘Test Completion Status Bar’ fixed – No longer floats and covers questions during a quiz/test (was a problem in Chrome)

‘No Backtracking’ error fixed – Some students would receive this error during a quiz/test:  “This test prohibits backtracking. For reference, the Error ID is xxxx.”

Discussion Board Print preview fixed – Print preview of Discussion Forum Thread Collection, the bottom part of the collection page was cropped.

Printing Student Grades Report – Only the first page of a Student report created from the Grade Center would print.


New Features:

Announcement Date Restriction Default – When creating an announcement, “Not Date Restricted” is now selected by default.

Microsoft Edge Browser Support – Learn 9.1 now supports the Microsoft Edge browser. (Firefox is still our preferred browser)

Discussion Threads – Users can navigate from thread to thread without having to return to the main Discussions page.


Accessibility Updates:

Discussion Boards – Forum descriptions are read on the Create Thread page. This improves accessibility for users with screen reader technologies.

Assessments – When creating a hot spot question, an Image Alternate text box is now available. This improves accessibility for users.

Content Editor – The default heading size for all of the embedded headings has been increased so they are properly read in both the view and edit state in the Content Editor.

Enabling Review Status on Blackboard

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Discussion Board Last Edit Date Replaces Initial Post Date

Problem: A Discussion post displays the initial post date and when it was last edited. In April 2014, only one date and time is shown for the post. If the post is edited, that date and time will change from the initial posted date to the edited date.

Work around:  None currently.  An update is required to fix this issue, and we will need more down time to do this (ideally in the Summer)

For now, please be aware of the issue and limit the use of editing in Discussion Boards.

Contact Tool Link error causes course to be unavailable

Problem: Multiple copies into the Contact Tool Link will cause the course to ‘break’ and be unavailable to instructors and students.

Workaround: Recreate your Contact Tool Link in a Content Area with text in an Item.  This will eliminate the problem for the future, and be inline with the Online Course Standards.  The Standards (seen in Online Course Standards Sample and ACA122 CFCC Master) use text in an Item rather than the Contact Tool Link.

Follow these instructions on how to create an Item here.  Once you have recreated your information, simply delete the Contact Tool Link and all of its contents from your menu.