The weather outside is frightful, and University offices are closed today. So there will be no Blackboard Open Lab this afternoon. Weather permitting, we will hold the Open Lab on the 13th and the 20th. Stay safe and warm, and come see us next week!
Are there some new features in Blackboard you’d like to utilize in Spring 2014? Would you like some personal assistance learning how to implement them? Come by one of the three remaining Blackboard Open Labs in December and the friendly staff of Computer Services Training & Documentation will gladly assist you with any sort of Blackboard questions you might have. The open labs are in the Meyer Library 205 Technology Training Center from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. every Friday that the University is open. That means that you’ve got three chances before Winter Break: December 6th, 13th and 20th. We’ll see you there!
Computer Service’s training schedule for Spring 2014 is available now! From getting a JumpStart on the semester, Creating Engaging Content, and Monitoring Student Performance, we’ve got classes to cover how you can build and manage your Blackboard courses better than ever. If you’d like to take your knowledge and usage of Blackboard to the next level, we have a whole series of classes devoted to becoming a Blackboard Black Belt! See more information on the Blackboard at Missouri State website and register through My Learning Connection.
In addition to Blackboard training, Computer Services offers many other classes. If you’re interested in learning Camtasia, the video editing software, we have monthly sessions to teach you how. There’s also Student Learning Lounge sessions devoted to informing the entire campus community about technology topics such as Prezi, Office 365, and Microsoft IT Academy. And you can visit either of our two Friday Open Labs throughout the semester for assistance when you need it with Blackboard, Argos, or Web Press. No registration needed to visit an Open Lab, just come by!
Are you curious your student’s activity when they’re taking an online test in Blackboard? Would you like to see information about how long the student spent taking the test, how long they took on each question, or if they even accessed the test at all? Has a student claimed to have begun a test only to be interrupted by network issues?
We’ve got just the feature for you!
The Test Access Log provides detailed information on student test attempt interactions. Instructors can view the Access Log for a test from the Attempts page of the test itself. Accessing it is a breeze, and will provide you with a wealth of information about the students test attempt. To see a step-by-step how to about the Test Access log, head over to this article on Experts.
If you give tests through Blackboard and have students who need special exceptions, Blackboard has made allowing these exceptions simple! While setting up your test options, set the Test Availability Exceptions to allow a student or groups of students to have more than one attempt, different availability, a custom timer, or to turn Force Completion on or off. The test will deploy with the settings you’ve selected for all the students, and the exceptions you’ve applied to those students or groups that need them. This can be set while you’re building the test or by editing the test options once the test is deployed. For help using Test Availability Exceptions, check out this article in Experts, come by the Blackboard Open Lab every Friday from 1:30 to 5:00pm in Library 205, or contact the Friendly Faces of your Computer Services Help Desk!
We have a great way to get your Blackboard questions answered and curiosity quenched! The Blackboard Open Lab is open every Friday from 1:30- 5:00 PM. You’ll find our Technical Trainer, Ryan Spilken, hanging out in Library 205 on Friday afternoons to help students and faculty with their varied Blackboard issues. Come to get help with a specific problem, or just to add a few useful tips to your Blackboard arsenal.
Blackboard Open Lab
Meyer Library 205 Technology Training Center1:30 — 5:00 pm
By now you’ve probably seen the My Blackboard navigation system of our Blackboard, but have you ever clicked on My Posts? My posts is a running list of all conversations going in your Blackboard courses. This includes posts from discussion boards, journals, wikis, and blogs as well as the comments and replies to those posts. You can filter the posts to all, those that mention you or you wrote, or a particular course, and you can also comment on posts directly from this page. My Posts is an all-in-one stop for your posting needs!
Check out this video from Blackboard about My Posts!
And don’t forget about all the opportunities for Blackboard training at http://helpdesk.missouristate.edu/blackboard, and learn how you can become a Blackboard Black Belt while you’re there!
The change to Banner that affected cross-listed courses on Blackboard has been resolved and all courses should now be available once again. If you are still having trouble accessing cross-listed courses on Blackboard, please contact the Help Desk.
A change in Banner has negatively affected some cross-listed courses in Blackboard today. As a result, several cross-listed courses, or users within cross-listed courses, have been made unavailable or disabled. Computer Services is working diligently to resolve this problem and we will post updates here as we have them.