Keeping Up

The issue of courses randomly making themselves unavailable for student access should be resolved.  If you continue to have issues please let me know.

There is something that has come to my attention that has changed the way students submit assignments through Blackboard.  Prior to this version there was always a submission box where student could type the work that they intended to submit and in addition there was always a button to click for attaching the work.

This addition of Blackboard has added an extra click to the process.  They have hidden the submission field behind an extra button click.  This has caused some students to write their work in the comments field of the assignment. *The comment field is the only open field that is actually on the page.

View of Blackboard student assignment submissionWhen the student clicks the highlighted button then they will get the actual submission field.  The button to attach a file is directly under the “Write Submission” button.  If you would like to post a video of the process to your course try this one:


This is more specifically for those use the Pearson My Lab products in their course.  It has come to my attention that Pearson now has an integrated lock down browser  for tests.  This tool is configurable by the instructor when they set up tests.  The problem that I want you to know  about is that this lock down browser will NOT function on the colleges new virtualized computing environment.  So if you want students to take tests/exams via Pearson you will want to do without the lock down browser.  You need to consider how many students take their tests/exams on campus.

Please also be aware that Internet Explorer and FIrefox are the preferred browsers for these test and that it will NOT work at ALL on tablets.

One last thing for those who elect to use Safe Assign when students submit work.  I have had a few people say that students are having issues with submitting their work.  Please do not forget to synchronize your course to the Safe Assign database like this:

This is not the only thing that would prevent students from submitting to Safe assign.  This is a note from Blackboard that contains at least part of an explanation:  “In Learn 9.1 SP 13 and earlier, ensure your browser’s cookies are enabled before you click Submit. If they are not, you will receive an error indicating either you are not logged in, your session has timed out or you do not have appropriate privileges. (In Learn 9.1 SP 14, you won’t even be able to navigate to the Assignments page if your browser cookies are not already enabled.).”  There are a couple of other things that may prevent submissions:

  • The lack of a file extension or an unaccepted file type.
  • Acceptable file types are:
    • DOCX
    • DOC
    • ODT
    • PDF
    • RTF
  • The use of non standard symbols in the file name.

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