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What’s New in Blackboard – 2016FA

August 16th, 2016 by Brantley McKeithan



YouTube mashup tool fixed – Embed YouTube videos into Content Areas.

Floating ‘Test Completion Status Bar’ fixed – No longer floats and covers questions during a quiz/test (was a problem in Chrome)

‘No Backtracking’ error fixed – Some students would receive this error during a quiz/test:  “This test prohibits backtracking. For reference, the Error ID is xxxx.”

Discussion Board Print preview fixed – Print preview of Discussion Forum Thread Collection, the bottom part of the collection page was cropped.

Printing Student Grades Report – Only the first page of a Student report created from the Grade Center would print.


New Features:

Announcement Date Restriction Default – When creating an announcement, “Not Date Restricted” is now selected by default.

Microsoft Edge Browser Support – Learn 9.1 now supports the Microsoft Edge browser. (Firefox is still our preferred browser)

Discussion Threads – Users can navigate from thread to thread without having to return to the main Discussions page.


Accessibility Updates:

Discussion Boards – Forum descriptions are read on the Create Thread page. This improves accessibility for users with screen reader technologies.

Assessments – When creating a hot spot question, an Image Alternate text box is now available. This improves accessibility for users.

Content Editor – The default heading size for all of the embedded headings has been increased so they are properly read in both the view and edit state in the Content Editor.

Enabling Review Status on Blackboard

April 27th, 2016 by Brantley McKeithan

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Discussion Board Last Edit Date Replaces Initial Post Date

December 9th, 2015 by Brantley McKeithan

Problem: A Discussion post displays the initial post date and when it was last edited. In April 2014, only one date and time is shown for the post. If the post is edited, that date and time will change from the initial posted date to the edited date.

Work around:  None currently.  An update is required to fix this issue, and we will need more down time to do this (ideally in the Summer)

For now, please be aware of the issue and limit the use of editing in Discussion Boards.

Contact Tool Link error causes course to be unavailable

August 27th, 2015 by Brantley McKeithan

Problem: Multiple copies into the Contact Tool Link will cause the course to ‘break’ and be unavailable to instructors and students.

Workaround: Recreate your Contact Tool Link in a Content Area with text in an Item.  This will eliminate the problem for the future, and be inline with the Online Course Standards.  The Standards (seen in Online Course Standards Sample and ACA122 CFCC Master) use text in an Item rather than the Contact Tool Link.

Follow these instructions on how to create an Item here.  Once you have recreated your information, simply delete the Contact Tool Link and all of its contents from your menu.


Import a Package into Blackboard

August 11th, 2015 by Brantley McKeithan

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YouTube Mashup error

June 3rd, 2015 by Brantley McKeithan


Problem:  When adding a YouTube video to a content area, any search displays a single result titled: https:// rather than a full search of your keywords.

Workaround: The mashup tool is currently broken within Bb, and no time table is available for a fix.

However you can still add a YouTube video in a text box such as an item.  Find your video on the YouTube webpage and copy the URL address.  Then go back to Bb to the area you wish to insert a video.  Click the Insert Embedded Media button above the text box:


Paste the copied URL into the File/URL space and click insert.  The video will now be embedded in your text box.



Using Smart Views in Grade Center

April 17th, 2015 by Brantley McKeithan

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Using Qwickly in Blackboard

April 16th, 2015 by Brantley McKeithan

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Sending email in Blackboard

April 16th, 2015 by Brantley McKeithan

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Other Functions of the Discussion Board in Blackboard

April 16th, 2015 by Brantley McKeithan

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