Blackboard Updates

The Distance Learning Department would like to advise instructors of some updates on issues with Blackboard:

Resolved

Links in Content Areas to Bb Tools

When creating a link in the content area to a tool in Blackboard (discussion forum, send email, etc.), the link was breaking if that link information was edited (or simply entered and re-submitted). This resulted in the need to re-link these items.

This issue has been resolved and the tool links work properly.

Workarounds

Menu Link to External Website

When creating a link to a Website in the Blackboard course menu, and setting it to open in a new window, the link does not work properly (might work the first time and later fail). If the option to set the site to NOT open in a new window is not an desired, you can work around this error by adding a question mark to the end the URL (web address) for that site.  This will result in the link working properly.

Please refer to the Blackboard FAQ page for more information.

Pending Issues

We are working with Blackboard in an attempt to resolve the other remaining issues. Please check the Blackboard FAQ’s page for answers to frequently asked questions, to our Teaching with Blackboard 9 page for tutorials and tips to help your students work in Blackboard, and to the Faculty Resources section for other information about training, procedures, guidelines and course development issues.

We will continue to keep you posted on new developments.