UT’s IT department has announced a network outage to upgrade their firewalls that may affect on campus users’ and residence hall users’ ability to access Blackboard on 3/1/14 from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. IT has sent an email to all students, faculty and staff with more details regarding this outage. Off campus users should not encounter any problems with accessing Blackboard during this time, but we caution all users to plan their Blackboard activities accordingly and to not start any tests around this time period. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com or at 419-530-8835.
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Sites are currently loading into Blackboard for all courses being offered in Summer 2014 and instructor enrollments will begin tomorrow. You should be able to access your course site(s) in the next 48 hours either through the Blackboard login page at https://blackboard.utdl.edu or the myUT web portal. All sites for Summer 2014 were created using a common course shell, which includes the following items in the Main Course Menu:
- Start Here: This is a blank area in which you can place your course orientation materials to help your students get started with this course.
- Course News: The area contains three basic modules (Announcements, To Do, and What’s New) that give information to users based on their enrollment and their role in the system. Students can navigate to individual items to take action.
- Public Area: This is the public area of your course. Any person throughout the world can access this area of your course site by clicking the “Preview as Guest” link on the Blackboard login screen. You can place your course syllabus and/or any other course information in this content area to share with prospective students and others interested in your course. Please ensure that the materials you post to this content area do not violate any copyright or privacy laws. For more information about the public area, please view the video tutorials or PDF documents on the Learning Ventures page in the “Hot Topics” section titled “Course Syllabus Posting.”
- Learner Support: This area contains critical information about technology support, the Office of Academic Access, eLibrary services, eTutoring services, as well as a browser requirements check and Blackboard video tutorials.
- Instructor Support: This area is only visible to instructors and it contains a list of tutorials on how to use Blackboard tools and other resources such as templates and quality matters standards.
- LibGuides: This link contains research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by University of Toledo Librarians.
- My Grades: This link allows students to view grades within their course. Grades entered by the instructor in Blackboard’s Grade Center are visible to the student here.
Instructors can use the “Course Copy” function in Blackboard to copy a class from a previous semester or import an archive package of a previous course into their Summer 2014 course site(s). (The Course Copy function is available in the Control Panel under the “Packages and Utilities” heading and a link to instructions for its use are provided below.) Please see the links below for instructions:
- Copying a Course
- Creating a Course Archive Package
- Downloading a Course Archive Package
- Importing a Course Archive Package
To add other content areas, such as links to weekly content, assignments, and exams; or communication tools; such as discussion boards or blogs, please refer to the tutorials under the Instructor Support link.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 419-530-8835 if you have any questions.
Friday, March 21, 2014
9:00 am – 4:00pm
Memorial Field House 1060
Lunch will be provided
This workshop will explore the Quality Matters Project and Processes and will prepare you to be part of an initiative that positively impacts the design of online/blended courses and ultimately, student learning and success.
QM is designed to improve the quality of online and blended courses by establishing a peer-reviewed quality assurance review process. You will become familiar with the Quality Matters standards and participate in a practice peer course review of an online course using the review tools. Participants in this hands-on workshop can be online/blended instructors, instructional designers, and/or faculty members & faculty developers. After successfully completing this workshop, you will be eligible to move into the Online Peer Reviewer Certification. In addition, you will gain ideas to improve your own courses using the QM Standards.
Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:
- Identify the underlying principles of QM. (Recognize key QM underlying principles and concepts.
- Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
- Apply the 2011-2013 QM Rubric to review online courses.
- Make decisions on whether the SPCH 1113 course meets selected QM Rubric standards.
- Apply the concept of alignment.
- Write helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course.
Registration is free for all UT faculty. You can register online at https://utdl.edu/DL_training/#ApplyingtheQualityMattersRubric(Wholedayworkshop) (You will need to enter your UTAD ID and password on the top of the registration page to validate users).
· Are you interested in having your students be more active and engaged during your lectures?
· Do you ever wish students asked more questions during your lectures?
· Do you wish you knew what your students were thinking during class?
If so, you will likely be interested in learning more about a new product, LectureTools, that will beavailable for your use beginning Fall 2014!
Lecture Tools is a system similar to “clickers” that is designed to improve student engagement and attentiveness but includes expanded functionality. It allows instructors to import any existing slideshow and to enhance their presentation in a number of ways. Students can interact with the content by means of embedded multiple choice, open ended response and imagequestions. Students can also submit questions in real time that can be answered during the current class or at a later time. Students can take notes withinLectureTools for later reference and can even mark which slides they find confusing so that you know when they have questions. LectureTools contains a number of reporting features that will allow you to assess students’ participation after class, anonymously for the group or for individual students.
We are very pleased to announce that the developer of LectureTools, Dr. Perry Samson, will be here on Thursday, February 20. Dr. Samson is a Professor of Atmospheric Science at The University of Michigan. Dr. Samson will demonstrate the features of LectureTools and also share with you his personal story – why he developed LectureTools and how it has helped him enhance his own teaching in large group settings.
Lecture Tools is an application that has the potential to increase your interaction with students as well as students’ interaction with your content in classes of any size.
Please join us on February 20 at one of the following:
9-10 am in SU 2582
12-1 pm in COB 1210
3-4 pm in SU 2582
To register, please visit https://utdl.edu/DL_training/.
Blackboard has revised their target date for the patch for the Java issue. The patch is scheduled for release on Jan. 29, 2014.
UT has cancelled classes for Tuesday, Jan 28. All UT employees are to report per their normal schedules.
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Some students have encountered technical problems when taking online tests. The best way to avoid these issues is to use Firefox 3.6 or later to take online tests in Blackboard. It is also advisable that students clear their cache prior to testing. ( click here for instructions) Please review the following carefully before taking
- Close all programs (browsers, Word etc.).
- Launch Firefox and log onto your Blackboard course site.
- Access the test page.
- Click the test you want to take. Single click on the link only. Double clicking the link will open the link twice, which may cause the system to act like you have already taken the test.
- Read the instructions carefully.
- Click the Begin button.
- Select a correct answer (single click) or enter your answer for short answer and essay questions. You do NOT need to click “Save answer” for each question.
- Please verify that you have answered all questions prior to submitting your test.
- Click the Save and Submit button at the bottom of the page when finished.
- Please use a wired Ethernet connection when taking tests if possible. Avoid public WiFi connections that may not be available for extended times.
- Blackboard maintenance is performed each morning from 4:00 am to 5:00 am. Please plan your Blackboard activities accordingly and avoid starting exams close to this time period.
Notes about test settings:
- Force Completion:
When force completion is enabled, you will not be able to exit and return to your test. If you encounter problems or you get kicked off, your instructor will need to clear your test attempt-in which case you will need to retake the entire test. If force completion is not enabled, you can exit and reenter the test if you encounter technical problems.
The Blackboard timer will run continuously from the time you start the test, and will run until the time you click Submit. The timer will run even if you exit the test or log out of Blackboard
- Auto Submit:
After time expires, the test will automatically submit regardless of whether you are on the test page or not.
- Prohibit Backtracking:
You will not be able to review or make changes once you move to the next question. Be sure you have chosen your answer prior to advancing. Do not double click on the next question button, as this may cause you to skip questions.
During the test:
- Do NOT try to navigate away from the test area of Blackboard or close the test window.
- Do NOT click any button on the Browser navigation menu (such as back, next, refresh etc.).
- Do NOT click the “Save answer” button for each question; you only need to click the “Save and Submit” button when you finish the test.
- Do NOT “double click” on anything in the exam.
- Click outside of the answer selection radio buttons before scrolling with the mouse wheel or arrow buttons. Otherwise, this will change the selected answer.
- It will take 5-30 seconds for the system to update the “Save answer” button into “Saved” after selecting an answer. Do NOT panic.
If problems occur…
- Don’t touch your keyboard or click on anything, wait for a few minutes to see if the problem resolves by itself.
- If your test freezes, or you seem to no longer be able to advance or select answers, you will need to clear your cache and browsing history.
- Call Learning Ventures Help Desk at 419-530-8835 or 1-866-886-5336 and let us know the problem you encountered. Be prepared to let us know both
the operating system (Windows or Mac OS) and the browser (Firefox, IE, Safari, Chrome) you were using at the time the problem occurred. The
more information you can provide, the easier it will be for us to help troubleshoot the problem.
- Contact your instructor about the problem you encountered.
- Capture a screenshot (if possible) and send it to UTLV@utoledo.edu or complete this form if you encounter a problem after our support hours. Make sure you include the
course number and section number, name of the test, the platform you use (Mac or Windows), and the time you experienced the problem in the
The most recent version of Java (Java 7 Update 51) is currently incompatible with Blackboard.
Do not upgrade your Java client at this time as it may adversely affect the following Blackboard tools:
- Multiple File Upload
- Chat/Virtual Classroom
Blackboard is developing a patch and plans to release it on Jan. 23rd. Application of the patch will be performed as soon as possible after it is released.
If you have already upgraded your Java client, it is recommended to uninstall the client and install an earlier release of Java 7:
How to uninstall Java:
Downloading older versions of Java:
Please let us know if you have any questions at 419-530-8835 or email@example.com
Due to the weather conditions that have caused a partial shutdown of the university, import processes that sync user enrollments into Blackbaord have not run since the last full business day on Friday, Jan. 3rd. As a result, recently registered students will not yet appear in their Blackboard courses.
Due to inclement weather, the University of Toledo will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 7. We apologize for the inconvenience.
- Planned IT Outage for 3/1/14 and its Affect on Blackboard
- Summer 2014 Courses are now Available
- Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop
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- Dr. Perry Samson coming to UT to promote Lecture Tools
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