SJC Blackboard Course Site Template Updates

The SJC Blackboard course template was revised during the Summer of 2015 to reflect additions made in the 5th edition of the Quality Matters rubric.

This template, originally developed for the 201420 course sites is an updated template with content to help meet the minimum course presence expectations and Quality Matter (QM) standards. The infographic below details features in this new template. You can download a PDF copy of this infographic: Understanding Bb Course Template.

QM Template Sept 2015 Update


Support staff and resources are available to help faculty in course design, with Bb training, or in meeting the QM standards.

Contact information for Instructional Designers, Blackboard Support and Multimedia Specialists can be found via the People Page of the EdTech blog at .

Kaltura Browser Compatibility

To our Kaltura users,

As you may be aware, the new version of the Chrome browser and Microsoft’s recent release of the Edge browser do not support Java plugins. Due to this recent change, the Kaltura Screen Recorder (KSR) will not be supported in the following browsers due to the Java dependency:
• Google Chrome; Version 45 & up
• Microsoft Edge; All Versions

Kaltura has advised to use one of the following browsers to avoid the loss of KSR functionality:
• Firefox
• Safari
• Internet Explorer

The Kaltura team is actively working on a solution for users and expects to have a more permanent solution in the final quarter of the year. They will notify San Jacinto College as soon as they have more information on what will be included and when we can expect the release.

Where can I get more information?
• If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact one of your campus Instructional Designers.

Blackboard Support – Informational Announcement –

SUBJECT:   Blackboard Upgrade – August 2015

WHO IT AFFECTS: All Blackboard Users


The San Jacinto College  Blackboard system has been successfully upgraded. We are still finalizing updates on the Kaltura, Smarthinking, and WebAssign building blocks and expect these to be finalized by 8/18/2015.

At this time we are releasing Blackboard to faculty and students for normal operations. 

You can obtain information on the new Blackboard features on the EdTech blog site

There will also be open lab sessions this week as follows:

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Central Campus, C-1.219, 9:00 -11:00 am
South Campus, S-12.214, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Friday, August 21, 2015

North Campus, N-2.207, 9:00 – 11:00 am

If you find that a component is not working as expected during your use of the system notify Blackboard Support for assistance.

Blackboard Support Team
San Jacinto College – Educational Technology
8060 Spencer Hwy. | C.1-218| Pasadena, TX 77505
On-Campus:  2084
Off-Campus:  281.542.2084