Faculty have long desired a true student preview mode in Blackboard. Good news! The wait is over. Student preview is one of the improvements the College will pick up as part of the Blackboard upgrade scheduled for August 2015.
In Student Preview mode, faculty will be able to view their Blackboard course sites from a student perspective, allowing them to review course content and ensure course settings are working as expected.
The San Jacinto College Blackboard system will be upgraded during the period of August 15, 2015 at 5:00 PM through August 17, 2015 at midnight. This upgrade will serve two purposes:
1) provide enhancements for faculty to support their instructional processes within the system, and
2) remove old course content from the system for any semester prior to fall 2014 (201510).
An outage will be necessary during this period to perform the upgrade. Additional details will be announced as they become available.
STEPS YOU SHOULD TAKE
Faculty should take time to archive copies for each of your courses. This process will create a permanent record of the course, including all content and user interactions. Archived copies of courses should be kept in a secure location like your SJC H:\ drive folder. You may find this End of Semester Checklist handy for details on archiving your course(s).
Be sure to watch the following locations for future updates and information on the Blackboard upgrade plan and training opportunities.
As part of the upgrade planning process the Educational Technology Team will be testing the upgraded software to identify functionality changes and develop training materials. If you use Blackboard and are interesting in testing out the new version before it is released to all users in August, we would like your help.
We will provide volunteers access to a Blackboard test system for the period May 5, 2015 through June 12, 2015. During this time we will ask you to go into the system as you would to teach your class or lead your organization. Each volunteer will be asked to provide feedback on their experience and input on feature changes. This process will only take a short time during this testing window but we wanted to allow the most flexibility for volunteers.
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer and are available between May 5, 2015 and June 12, 2015 please respond to this email to let us know. We will reach out to all volunteers prior to May 5 to share details on testing.
Thank you in advance for your willingness to help test the Blackboard upgrade.