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Blackboard Upgrade Feature Review – Date Management Tool

Setting availability and due dates for items and assignments in Blackboard is important so information is clear and readily available to students.  However, it can be very time consuming to update these dates as you reuse content from semester to semester.

The Date Management Tool is one of the improvements the College will pick up as part of the Blackboard upgrade scheduled for August 2015. Using this tool, instructors can more easily adjust availability and due dates for their course within one convenient location.

All Blackboard items with dates are supported by date management,. These include:

  • Content, such as items, files, and audio.
  • Assessments, such as tests, surveys, and assignments.
  • Tools, such as discussions, blogs, journals, and announcements.
  • Manual grade columns.
  • Course and organization tasks.

full write up of the data management tool is available from the Blackboard Help website. Or take a few minutes to review the Blackboard OnDemand video below.

Blackboard Upgrade Feature Review – Student Preview

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.

Enter Student Preview Mode

 

 

 

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.

Bb Student Preview Mode

 

 

A full write up of the student preview mode is available from the Blackboard Help website. Or take a few minutes to review the Blackboard OnDemand video below.

Contact an instructional designer at your campus to for questions or to schedule additional Blackboard training.

August 2015 Blackboard Upgrade – Second Notice to All Employees

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.

Informational sessions to share details of the upgrade are scheduled for the following dates and locations for those who would like specifics about the enhancements that will be available.

Monday, April 20

Tuesday, April 21

Thursday, April 23

Friday, April 24

South Campus

S-12.214

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Central Campus

C-1.219

1:30 PM– 3:30 PM

North Campus

N-2.207

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

North Campus

N-2.207

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Central Campus

C-1.219

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

South Campus

S-12.214

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Additional sessions, as well as both on-demand training and face-to-face training sessions, will be announced in the future.

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.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please contact us at:

 

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

Email: bbsupport@sjcd.edu