• Blackboard migration to SaaS is a success!!
  • Retention of course content from courses taught in 2012
  • Site size cannot exceed 2 GB.
  • Inline (online) grading has changed
  • New role in Blackboard
  • Known Issue in Blackboard:  Grade scores display 5 decimal points
  • Tech Fair will be Tuesday, January 16!  Schedule is attached
  • Beginning of Semester Tasks

Welcome back!

Over the last several weeks there have been several changes to Blackboard.

Blackboard migration to SaaS is a success!!
Blackboard migration to SaaS was completed on January 5.  All files have been migrated to SaaS and located at https://blackboard.edgewood.edu

All 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 course sites (including RAAD) and sites beginning with TRAIN-, Master-, Blended Master-, FDW-, NCC-, FG-, EC-, PORT- have been migrated into the SaaS environment.

Please take a moment to look at your course site list to verify that your sites are there.  If you find that you do not see a site, please go to https://services.edgewood.edu to request the site be moved into the SaaS environment, as we will retain a copy of the sites for 6 months.

Retention of course content from courses taught in 2012
If you taught courses in 2012, an email will be sent to you during Spring Semester asking if you need to retain the content.  If the content is needed, an archive of those sites will be forwarded to you and the site will be restored from the archive file that you provide to TAC.

Site size cannot exceed 2 GB
With the migration of Blackboard to SaaS, managing the size of our sites is increasingly important.  Our sites have a soft quota of 1 GB, when you will receive an email notifying you of the size, and a hard quota of 2 GB, when you will not be able to upload additional files until files are removed from the site. If you have a concern that your site may exceed 2 GB, please contact Diane Deci ddeci@edgewood.edu and she will provide recommendations for reducing the size of sites and alternative locations for saving files.

Inline (online) grading has changed
The inline (online) grading tool provided by Blackboard has reached its end-of-life.  Blackboard has implemented a new tool, NewBox.  Any student documents that you annotated prior to the conversion will not be editable.  The documents are available, but the annotations are “burned” into the documents.  Any future annotations are editable.  NewBox will allow students to upload new file types, including video files. 

New role in Blackboard
Blackboard has a new user role called “Course Observer”.  This role is designed for instructors to review content. This is usually when an instructor will be using the content for future courses.   The role does not replace the “Course Coach” which is generally for students who are assisting other students.  Both roles are FERPA compliant.  If you need to have users added to either of these roles, please go to https://services.edgewood.edu  to request the addition. Include the course ID along with the role the user needs. 

Known issue in Blackboard
In the Grade Center and in My Grades (Student View) you will see that grades are displayed with 5 decimals.  This is a known issue that will be fixed in our next update.

Tech Fair will be Tuesday, January 16!  Schedule is attached
The day begins at 8:30 am with lunch served at noon.  Sessions include information on OneNote, Windows 10, Blackboard in the Cloud, Qualtrics, Cybersecurity, and open consulting time with the Online Team and Library. Come and go as you are able. For each session you attend, you will receive the opportunity to win a door prize, provided by our vendors. The drawing will be at 3:00 pm.  You must be present or have a representative present to win.

Beginning of Semester Tasks

  • When developing the course, have you…
    • Used due dates so you and your students can see the tasks in the calendar?
    • Merged course sites if they are the same course number and term?  (Please go to https://services.edgewood.edu to request the merger.)
    • Copied your course from a past semester?
      • Changed the dates after copying your course content?
    • Added Lynda.com courses to your Blackboard site?
  • After developing your course, have you…
    • Removed the course tools that you will not be using?
    • Made the course site available to your students?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a great semester!!

Diane