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Blackboard Upgrade Complete

January 30, 2014

The following features have been enhanced with the most recent upgrade to Blackboard, which was completed on December 20, 2013.

  • Tests and Surveys - More options for giving student feedback, detailed test access logs to verify reported test-taking issues, and new test availability settings are among the updates to Blackboard tests and surveys.
  • Discussion Boards - Inline response features and improved thread visibility are highlights of the improved discussion board.
  • Achievements - Faculty ca...

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Blackboard Upgrade Requires Respondus Updates

January 22, 2014

Students and faculty will need to update licensed Respondus products to assure full functionality with the current version of Blackboard at the start of the Spring 2014 semester.

  • Faculty using Respondus and/or StudyMate Author must update to the latest release of those products by visiting: http://www.respondus.com/support/patches.shtml. Users must be updated to at least:
    • Respondus 4.0.5.06
    • StudyMate Author 2.5.1.04
  • Students in courses where faculty are administering tests that r...

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Faculty/Staff Blackboard Reminders for Spring

January 09, 2014

Reminders for spring:

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Upcoming ITS Training Sessions

January 07, 2014

Several ITS training sessions and open labs are scheduled for the coming weeks, including sessions on Microsoft Excel, Blackboard, and Turnitin. Find out more and register for these opportunities at: http://www.siue.edu/its/fac_staff/training/. Call ITS at 618-650-5500 with any questions. 

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SMART Classroom Upgrades in Peck Hall and Engineering Additions

January 06, 2014

As part of the Engineering Building construction and renovation, ITS has added SMART classroom equipment to sixteen classrooms in the new extension and seven classrooms in Peck Hall. All of the rooms received new projectors, high resolution document cameras, 20" SMART Podiums, and a room control system.

The new equipment is exciting, but may take some getting used to. ITS offers tutorials on the new equipment at http://www.siue.edu/smart. We also offer one-on-one training, which can usuall...

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Tips from the Help Desk - How to Spot Phishing Scams

January 02, 2014

Phishing is an attempt to steal a user’s personal information through fraudulent emails. Below are a few tips to help you identify these scams and keep your information safe online.

  • Ultimatums or threatening tones are signs of phishing scams. Scammers will often attempt to frighten you by saying your account will be deleted if you do not respond.
  • Do not click on links or open attachments in emails from unknown senders.
  • Scammers will often show you a legitimate link but clicking on it ...

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