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BB Phishing Scam

Some of our faculty and students are reporting getting a message similar or identical to the one below—when the recipient clicks on the link, they are taken to a Web site that asks them to enter their Blackboard username and password.


Our Blackboard Administrator was contacted about this and was told that IT Security has been made aware of this situation and that other schools all over the US that use Blackboard are being hit with the same message. IT will send out a message warning everyone about this phishing scheme soon.

From: Blackboard Alerts [mailto:alerts@blackboard.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 3:33 PM
To: Recipient
Subject: New Course Form


Good Morning,

An important course form has been posted to you through the Blackboard Learning System.

Please sign in immediately to view the form.

Click here to sign in

Thank you,

Blackboard Learn.

Course Copy Issue has been Fixed

The issues related to the Course Copy function has now been fixed with a new patch, so instructors can now use the function without encountering issues.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Learning Ventures at 419-30-8835 or utlv@utoledo.edu

Issue with Course Copy following Blackboard Update

During our upgrade planning for Blackboard, we identified an issue with the latest service pack that causes the course copy function to fail.  Blackboard released a workaround for this issue which proved to be successful during our testing.  However, after the production upgrade was complete, we started to receive feedback from instructors regarding miscellaneous new issues they were experiencing.  After further investigation, we determined that the workaround provided to us was causing the random issues.  It was decided that we should disable the workaround and provide alternatives to course copy to our faculty.  Blackboard has stated that an official patch will be available for this issue within the next few days.

As an alternative for using the Course Copy function, instructors can create an archive package of their course, and then import the archive package into the course site for Fall. Please see the links below for detailed instructions:

Creating an archive package of a previous semester’s course

Downloading the archive package to your computer

Importing the archive package to your Fall Semester course

Additionally, instructors have reported that the course calendar module has disappeared from the course home page.  Instructors can manage the course calendar under Control Panel>Course Tools>Course Calendar, and the calendar can also be viewed from the notifications panel in the upper right corner of the screen.  To access the notifications panel, click on your name that appears in the upper right corner.

Learning Ventures apologizes for the inconvenience this may have caused, and we are currently working with Blackboard to resolve this issue.  If you have any questions about archiving or importing your course, or would like assistance from our staff with this process, please contact us at utlv@utoledo.edu or at 419-530-8835.


NCAT Fall 2013 Course Redesign Webinar Series

NCAT has launched a new series of free webinars. Each hour-long webinar features an NCAT Redesign Scholar, the project leader of a highly successful course redesign, describing the redesign project with a particular focus on its distinguishing characteristics. After a presentation, the lead faculty member is available to answer questions and provide additional specifics about the redesign.

Each of our spring 2013 webinars reached maximum registration well before they were offered.  Each hour-long webinar will occur at 1 pm eastern time:

  • September 10, 2013: Redesigning the developmental math program at Northwest-Shoals Community College presented by Crystal Ingle, featuring modularization and mastery learning.
  • October 8, 2013: Redesigning American History and European History at the State University of New York at Potsdam presented by Jim German, featuring the effective use of undergraduate learning assistants.
  • November 19, 2013: Redesigning Principles of Chemistry at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore presented by Jennifer Hearne, featuring active engagement in science education at a historically black institution.  
  • December 10, 2013: Redesigning statistics at Niagara County Community College presented by Dan Miller, featuring the transferability of a statistics redesign to developmental math.

Registration is required, but there is no registration fee. To register, go tohttp://www.theNCAT.org/Webinars/2013Webinars.html. Recordings of the Spring 2013 webinars are also available.