Did You Know?

As you know we are having issues with You Tube videos not playing full screen and  in addition the discussion board is having access issues for instructors if they are made unavailable to students.  All of this is due to an update to fix other issues.

All that aside I wanted to ask you if you knew that you could disable students ability to participate in discussions without making the entire discussion unavailable to them?  You can set a role for the students in discussion that is read only after the due date for discuss participation has passed.  In order to do this proceed to your discussion and locate the forum where you want to terminate students participation .  Locate the menu as if you were going edit the forum and select “Manage”.manage-db

Once that has been selected you will get a list of students names and you will notice that they have a role of participant which means they can create threads and reply to messages.


If you check the boxes in front of the students names and proceed up to the “Edit Role” button at the top left side of the page you will see a list of roles available.  If you change the role of the students to reader they will no longer be able to contribute to the discussion but they can read what was contributed. This change of role would allow you to keep the discussion open and to be able to go in and edit if needed.

In order to fix the You Tube and Discussion issues it will require Bb downtime, so I am currently trying figure the best time available to do that.  In the meantime if you have any questions please let me know.


YouTube Video Issues

It has come to my attention that there is an issue running YouTube videos in the full screen mode through Blackboard.  Full screen viewing has become impossible due to decisions made by made by the company.  This issue is not browser specific so the issue is wide spread.  There are several different ways for students to deal with the issue.


This is about the size of the video window that you will get and regardless of what you do it will not get any bigger.  This could cause presentations to be difficult to view.  The alternatives are as follows:

  • Clicking on the share arrow (highlighted in yellow in the upper right) you will be able to access the video on the YouTube page which will allow the full screen view.
  • If you have included the URL for the video when you have embedded the video the students can right click on it and have it open in a new tab or window.  The same thing will happen if they right click on the “Watch Video” button indicated in yellow.