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ITS suggests several end-of-semester activities involving Blackboard. These essential activities include:
For additional details, consult the resource page located at: http://www.siue.edu/its/bb/semester_end.shtml
ITS also offers a few clarifications and instructions regarding the nuances of the Grade Center. These include calculating extra credit, factoring in items without grades, weighting grades, managing hidden columns, and assigning a letter grade. For additional details, consult the resource page located at: http://www.siue.edu/its/bb/semester_end.shtml
Blackboard users no longer have to rely upon ITS to copy content and settings from a previous course into a shell being used for a new semester. For complete instructions on exporting a course from a previous semester and importing it into a new course shell, consult the step-by-step guide located at: http://www.siue.edu/its/bb/fac_staff/pdf/Export_Import_course.pdf
With the upgrade to the new version of Blackboard, students are now added to Blackboard courses at the time the course shell is created. Faculty are encouraged to consider this when deciding when to make a Spring 2013 course shell available. When course shells are created, they are unavailable by default. Courses do not need to be made available to begin working in the shell (managing the design, adding content, etc.). Instead, Bb shells should be made available only when the course is ready for the students to have access.
Instructions on making a course available are located at: http://www.siue.edu/its/bb/fac_staff/faq_answers.shtml#cant_see
Access problems reported by some users of the Blackboard system over the past few weeks have been resolved.
Also, reports of periodic error messages reported by Turnitin faculty users (most commonly an Error 423) continue to decline. These error messages are caused by conflicts in the company's user database and Turnitin is continuing to work to fix and eliminate the problem.
The campus community is encouraged to contact ITS at (618) 650-5500 or via email at email@example.com to report new problems with Bb or Turnitin. Keeping ITS informed of user access problems and error messages allows us to work with the vendors to resolve the issues.
After a long selection process, Hannon Hill's Cascade Server has been selected to replace Luminis as the University's content management system.
Pages and content are being migrated from Luminis into Cascade Server so that, in the end, the difference to site visitors will be minimal. However, users will notice significant improvements in terms of using Cascade Server to maintain and update their sites. In addition, Cascade Server offers several options that were not available in Luminis.
The ITS staff will be trained on Cascade Server in December and will begin offering user training a few weeks into the start of the Spring 2013 semester. An official announcement will be sent to the University community when a formal timeline is established.
For additional information about this upgrade, contact Curt Price at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jill Yates, ITS' Director of Business Administration, was recently awarded the Presidential Award from the Central Association of College and University Business Officers ( CACUBO). Yates has a long-standing relationship with CACUBO, a non-profit, volunteer-led organization comprised of academic business officers, serving as a member or chair of several committees and advisory boards. President Henry DeVries described Yates as "a great ambassador for CACUBO" and remarked that she was someone who "motivates others to serve." Yates believes involvement in the organization can benefit others on campus, remarking that the "professional development, workshops, and other opportunities that CACUBO offers can be very helpful to other units" at SIUE.
ITS congratulates Jill Yates on this impressive accomplishment.
As part of ongoing efforts to improve the security of the University's technology infrastructure, the SIUE Remote Access Policy requires approval for off-campus access to SIUE computer resources.
Beginning October 10th, remote access to SharePoint and all desktop computers from off-campus requires the use of the WebSafe VPN. Faculty and staff who are not authorized to use WebSafe will need to complete the request form (including supervisor and dean/director signature) located at: http://www.siue.edu/its/fac_staff/vpn.shtml If you are already authorized to use WebSafe, no action needs to be taken at this time.
For more detailed information, please see the Remote Access Policy at: http://www.siue.edu/policies/2d3.shtml
For more information, contact ITS at email@example.com
Registration is now open for the 2012 Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference (FTTC) that will be held Thursday and Friday, November 1st and 2nd, on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. Many scholars, educators, and practitioners will share their online innovations and teaching experiences at the concurrent sessions and pre-conference workshops during the two-day regional conference. There is no charge to attend the concurrent sessions at the conference (thanks to our generous sponsors) and there are always good ideas and networking opportunities to take away. There is a $25 fee for each pre-conference workshop (fee includes lunch).
For program details and to register, access the 2012 Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference site at: http://www.umsl.edu/services/ctl/fttc.html
SIUE officially went live with Blackboard 9.1 ( http://bb.siue.edu) on Monday, August 6th. ITS wishes to thank the twenty-three faculty members and their students who piloted Blackboard 9.1 in actual face-to-face, hybrid, and online Summer 2012 courses and the almost 300 individuals who attended Blackboard 9.1 workshops throughout the summer to prepare to go live in Blackboard 9.1 at the start of the semester. The cooperation of both of those groups greatly facilitated the transition.
Most of the Blackboard training resources have been updated for Blackboard 9.1 and are available on the ITS Blackboard resources web site at: http://www.siue.edu/its/bb/ View a list of upcoming training sessions and sign up at: http://www.siue.edu/its/bb/fac_staff/workshops.shtml
The archived version (Bb 8) that has been utilized for Summer 2012 and previous semesters will be available at: http://bb8.siue.edu/ Bb 8 will be accessible until the end of the Fall 2013 semester.
The pilot version (Bb 9.1) that has been utilized during the Summer 2012 semester to develop sandboxes will be available at: http://bbpilot.siue.edu/ The Bb 9.1 pilot system will be accessible until the end of the Fall 2012 semester.
ITS will notify the campus community prior to taking these systems offline.
Faculty using Respondus products (Respondus, StudyMate Author, and LockDown Browser) are reminded that SIUE licenses those products annually. The latest license keys for Respondus and StudyMate Author are available through the SIUE portal ( http://my.siue.edu). Once logged into the portal, click on "myLinks" and then the blue box with white "R" to access the various Respondus product pages with the licensing information.
All Respondus products must be updated this fall in order to function properly with Blackboard 9.1. Simply updating the software is not sufficient, you must also patch it. Within Respondus and StudyMate Author:
Confirm you are running the latest version of Respondus (4.0.5.03 September 12, 2012) and StudyMate Author (2.5.1.01 September 12, 2012) by clicking on Help > About Respondus / StudyMate Author.
To update Respondus LockDown Browser to version 1.0.5.03, open the browser and click on the blue circle with the white "i" in the upper left corner of the screen and follow the prompt to update.
There are several ITS training sessions and open labs scheduled in the upcoming weeks. Training will be offered on Blackboard, Luminis, Banner, SharePoint, and other systems. Hone your skills or learn something new. View and register for upcoming training opportunities at: http://www.siue.edu/its/fac_staff/training/
ITS Production Control and Reporting provides support for Banner Production, Argos Reporting, and Account Management. This group is also responsible for providing access to key University systems including Active Directory, Banner, CS Gold, CSI, GradesFirst, ImageNow, Micros, Parking, TimePro, and WebNow. Production Control and Reporting's new site also contains a link to the Computer Account Request form, a list of upcoming training sessions, and details on AIS password changes. For additional information about this group, visit their site at: http://www.siue.edu/its/productioncontrol/
ITS is beginning to update AH0206, FH0300, FH1408, PH0304, PH0306, and PH0312 with new Smart classroom podiums. The new podiums include a SMART board, DVD/VCR, and a document camera. If you would like training on the new equipment, please contact ITS at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (618) 650-5500.
SIUE SharePoint is here! A big thanks to our early adopters and for your patience during the transition to SIUE SharePoint. For additional information on SIUE SharePoint, browse to: https://sharepoint.siue.edu
CoursEval is an online course and instructor evaluation tool that sends out custom email invitations and reminders to your students guiding them to the online evaluation. The program also generates detailed reports that are viewable by instructors and support staff at the end of the term. Reminder: CoursEval requests need to be submitted as soon as possible by your department in order for ITS to process them in a timely fashion. Please send requests to email@example.com.
ITS is excited to announce the availability of the new streaming media server for audio and video files.
ITS suggests the following end of semester activities involving Blackboard:
If using the Grade Center, manually calculate one or two of your students' grades to ensure that your Grade Center Total and/or Weighted Total column(s) has/have been set up to calculate correctly.
Understanding the nuances of the Grade Center is essential to insuring accurate grade calculations. See the Grade Center Tips & Tricks for additional information.
If you find errors, consult the Troubleshooting Grade Center Issues tutorial.
ITS recommends the online Mercer University Weighted Average Grade Calculator to assist in checking Weighted Total calculations.
Download copies of student assignment submissions.
Download a copy of your grade center -- including the hidden columns -- at the end of the term.
ITS also offers clarifications and instructions regarding the nuances of the Grade Center. Information on extra credit, items without grades, weighting grades, hidden columns, etc can be found on the Grade Center Tips & Tricks site.