IT Service Notice: Blackboard Spring 2016 Course Creation & Extended Quarterly Maintenance
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Course Creation: Blackboard course shells are being created for all courses currently scheduled for Spring. Newly added course sections and instructor changes will be reflected in Blackboard the morning following their addition to BroncoDirect/PeopleSoft.
Don’t see your course yet? Make sure your course information has been entered correctly into BroncoDirect/PeopleSoft.
Student Enrollment: Students will be automatically enrolled into Spring Blackboard courses during Quarterly Maintenance.
Want to use Blackboard in Spring? Make your courses available to allow student access.
Extended Quarterly Maintenance: Blackboard and Bb Archive will be unavailable March 23, 9:00 a.m. through March 25, 11:59 p.m. for Quarterly Maintenance. This maintenance period is longer than usual to accommodate a transition from Self-Hosting to Managed -Hosting.
- What does this mean? IT’s Blackboard infrastructure, which is currently hosted on campus, is being moved to Blackboard’s managed datacenters.
- How will this affect me? You won’t notice anything! Ultimately, the move will allow us to explore additional features that were previously unavailable.
What’s New in Spring?:
- Take advantage of W.W. Norton & Company’s textbook assessments using their InQuisitive integration. Learn more at W.W. Norton’s InQuisitive website.
- Easily create and distribute Microsoft OneNote Class Notebooks within Blackboard. Learn more by watching Microsoft’s ‘Setting up OneNote Class Notebook with Blackboard’ video tutorial.
Routine Quarterly Maintenance Activities:
- Make Winter 2016 courses unavailable to students.
- Back up Winter 2016 courses and organizations (learn more about IT’s archival and retention practices).
- Move Winter 2016 courses to Bb Archive.
- Move inactive organizations (those not accessed for 180+ days) to Bb Archive.
- Expire guest accounts, unless an extension is requested.
- Blackboard tutorials are available 24/7 at eHelp.
- Common faculty and staff requests can be submitted to our eLearning’s Request Form.
- Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (emailing us will automatically create a Service Now ticket).
- Get training by calling or visiting Studio 6 (eLearning’s faculty computing lab) at x3099 or Building 1, Room 205C.