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Spring 2016 Blackboard Training Classes Now Open

Check out the 2016 Blackboard Black Belt patch!

Computer Services Spring 2016 Blackboard training classes are now open for registration! We have many training opportunities to support faculty as you utilize the Blackboard Learning Management System.

Blackboard Black Belt Series courses count toward your Blackboard Black Belt and Certified Distance Educator Award.

  • Live Classes: Registration for live classes, both in-person and virtual classroom, is done through My Learning Connection. See our Upcoming Events schedule for dates of in-person and virtual class sessions.
  • Video Training Course Library: Computer Services also offers a library of online video courses you can take anywhere and at any time.  The Video Training Course Library can be found under the Community tab in Blackboard in the Learning Management System Resources for Faculty organization. This is a convenient option for those who may not be able to attend an in-person or virtual session, or for those who prefer to go through the material at their own pace.
  • ‘Ask the Experts’ Blackboard Open Sessions: Computer Services will continue to hold ‘Ask the Experts’ Blackboard Open Sessions on Friday afternoons, both in-person and virtually. No registration needed. Just come by the Meyer Library 205 Technology Training Center, or click this link to join our virtual classroom any Friday between the hours of 1:30 – 4:30pm.

If you’re interested in a customized Blackboard training for your group, office, or department, we’re more than happy to arrange a session. Just email HelpDesk@MissouriState.edu and we’ll get in touch to arrange a session specific to your Blackboard usage needs.

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Instructor Training for LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams

1750765b3405dc64456aee60f4ac600d9fc02ce9Respondus Monitor, the webcam recording companion product for Respondus LockDown Browser, is now available for all MSU faculty to use with online exams. Instructors can access the Respondus Monitor settings through the LockDown Browser dashboard in their Blackboard course, with no additional downloads required.

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications.

Respondus Monitor is a companion application that integrates webcam technology with LockDown Browser.

Together LockDown Browser and Monitor address the core issues of student identity and cheating, protecting the integrity of non-proctored online assessments.

How It Works

  • Students start LockDown Browser, log into Blackboard and complete a brief startup sequence prior to the exam.
  • When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.
  • The student and the surrounding environment are recorded during the entire exam.
  • Instructors can quickly review details of the assessment, and even watch the recorded video.

Register to Attend an Upcoming Webinar

There are several opportunities to view a comprehensive training webinar, which is intended for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor, regardless of their level of experience with either application.  It lasts 45 minutes, plus a Q&A period at the end. You can register and get information on how to view from your office or home using the links below.

Other Resources

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West Plains Black Belt Bootcamp and 2015 Black Belt Summit

Computer Services was pleased to be able to work with David White and Krista Webb to once again bring Blackboard training to West Plains and Mountain Grove faculty and staff. On November 20th, Kristi Oetting from Computer Services conducted a 3-hour Black Belt Bootcamp for 14 attendees, four of which earned their new 2015 Black Belts!

The afternoon session was the first ever West Plains Black Belt Summit, attended by 11 current Black Belts. The Summit was an opportunity for Black Belts to get a review of new resources and updates on new Blackboard features. In addition, the Summit included an open session where Black Belts swapped tips and stories with their colleagues, and had a lively discussion on enhancing learning with technology.

For information on how you can earn your Blackboard Black Belt, visit the Computer Services Help Desk’s website.


Ten West Plains Black Belts attending the first West Plains Black Belt Summit
Black Belts attending the first West Plains Black Belt Summit on November 20th
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Introducing the Newest Blackboard Black Belts


Congratulations to the latest recipients of the Computer Services Blackboard Black Belt!

To earn their Black Belt, these individuals attended the entire 7-course series of Learning Management System training classes offered by Computer Services. These courses are offered through in-person class sessions, synchronously online via our virtual training classes, or through self-paced video courses. You can visit the Help Desk website to learn more about Blackboard Black Belt Series.

Without further ado, here are the New Blackboard Black Belt recipients for Summer/Fall of 2015!

Rickey Albaugh, School of Anesthesia
Clydette Alsup-Egbers, Agriculture
Isabelle Bauman, Communication
Tracy Beckham, School of Anesthesia
Kenneth Brown, Economics
Anne Colombo, Modern & Classical Languages
Melissa Dallas, Hospitality & Restaurant Administration
Melanie Dreyer-Lude, Theatre & Dance
Monica Feeney, School of Anesthesia
Ivy Fitzgerald, Biomedical Sciences
Claudia Franks, SRPDC
Patrick Garton, Criminology
David Hall, Management
David Johnson, Political Science
Robert Kitt, West Plains
Hunter Klie, International Programs
Kayla Lewis, Reading Foundations and Technology
Jana Loge, SRPDC
Dallas Massey, Biomedical Sciences
Leta Moler, Student Affairs
Sarah Murray, Biomedical Sciences
Daniela Novotny, Biomedical Sciences
Cathy Pearman, Reading Foundations & Technology
Tracey Poston, School of Anethesia
Dasha Russell, West Plains
Carolyn Shand-Hawkins, Mathematics
Ron Snodgrass, Greenwood Lab School
Chris Stein, School of Anethesia
Ronald Tate, Greenwood Lab School
Rose Utley, Nursing
Jane Ward, West Plains
Ivy Yarckow-Brown, Criminology
Raeleen Ziegler, Veterans Student Services

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Earn Your 2015 Blackboard Black Belt by Attending Upcoming Bootcamps

BbPatch15You can still earn your 2015 Blackboard Black Belt!

Computer Services will be offering a Green Belt Bootcamp on Tuesday, November 10th, and a Black Belt Bootcamp on Tuesday, November 17th. Both sessions are from 9:00am – 12:00pm in Meyer Library 205 Technology Training Center.

Bootcamp courses are a fast-track training option as part of the Blackboard Black Belt series. Bootcamp participants should be familiar with technology, Blackboard, and prepared for a fast-paced learning environment!

Green Belt Bootcamp covers topics from Building Course Content, Enhancing Communications, and Assessing Learners.

Black Belt Bootcamp will cover topics from Designing Engaging Content, Creating Group and Individual Learning Paths, and Monitoring Student Activity and Performance

Registration for Bootcamps is available through My Learning Connection, and courses count as activities towards your Certified Distance Educator Award.

You can also earn your Green Belt by completing the Video Training Courses located in the Learning Management System Resources for Faculty Organization in Blackboard. Black Belt level Video Training Courses are soon to come!

Visit the Blackboard at Missouri State website for more information on the Blackboard Black Belt series of courses.

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Learn More About Respondus Assessment Tools


Respondus provides several useful tools which are available to be used by Missouri State faculty and students through our campus-wide license.

Responsus Exam Author is a tool for creating test pools, uploading tests from a formatted Word document, and deploying exams into multiple Blackboard courses at one time.

Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor are designed to prevent academic dishonesty during online exams.

Respondus StudyMate helps students master the basics of course material through learning activities, self-assessments, and games.

There are several opportunities to learn more about using these Respondus assessment tools.

  1. View the upcoming schedule and register for webinars on the Respondus website.
  2. Learn how to install and access them by navigating to the Learning Management System Resources for Faculty organization, found in Blackboard under the Community tab.
  3. Read How-To Guides and instructions in the Experts Knowledge Base.


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Mediasite Hosting Maintenance Notice

Sonic Foundry IT will be performing planned hardware maintenance over two consecutive nights on Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14, 2015 for our Hosted Servers.  Access to your Mediasite server will be unavailable during the following maintenance windows:

  • 10:00 pm Thursday, August 13 – 2:00 am Friday, August 14 CDT
  • 10:00 pm Friday August 14 – 2:00 am Saturday, August 15 CDT

We will also be performing planned server upgrades on the following date:

  • 12:01 am – 4:00 am CDT Thursday, August 20

Access to your Mediasite server may become unavailable for brief periods during the maintenance window. During this maintenance you will be upgraded to version 7.0.25 which is a maintenance release.

Please contact Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning at 417-836-3059 or fctl@missouristate.edu with any questions or concerns regarding this maintenance or using Mediasite at Missouri State.

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August 13th & 14th ALL DAY Ask the Experts Blackboard Open Sessions!

In order to help get your courses ready for Fall 2015, Computer Services will offer two full days of our Ask the Experts Blackboard Open Sessions on August 13th and 14th, 2015.

From 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on both days, come to the Meyer Library 205 Technology Training Center and get Blackboard assistance from one of our awesome Help Desk support specialists.

These sessions don’t require any registration and are open to all who need help getting ready for the coming Semester.

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LMS Resources for Faculty Blackboard Organization

In an effort to make useful resources available wherever they’re needed, Computer Services has created the Learning Management System Resources for Faculty organization in Blackboard.

This community houses:

  • our library of online training classes
  • example content
  • Respondus downloads and license key information
  • virutal “Ask the Experts” Blackboard Open Session held on Fridays 1:30 – 4:30pm
  • links to other helpful resources

To find the Learning Management System Resources for Faculty organization, simply log into Blackboard and click on the Community tab.

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Content Collection

Another important upgrade that came to Blackboard in May is the Content Collection. With it, instructors can keep their course files in one central location, and easily update a file across multiple courses. To learn more about the Content Collection, check out these articles in Experts, register for the Blackboard Green Belt Boot Camp in July, or sign up for an upcoming “Building and Managing Course Content” course. Registration for the Boot Camp or Building and Managing Course Content is through My Learning Connection. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Computer Services Help Desk.

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