Clean Up Your Bb Course List

January 31, 2013 in BB Tutorials, BB Tutorials, Distance Learning, Faculty, Student

 

I don’t know about you but my Blackboard course list can get quickly out-of-control. Thanks to some improvements in Bb, we now have the option to organize all our courses by term. This makes it much easier to find things and turn off courses in past terms. Another great thing is this option is available for both faculty and students.

Watch the video or follow the directions to learn more:

 

Step 1: Go to your “My Blackboard Courses” module.

Step 2: Click the gear wheel icon in the upper right hand corner of the module. You must hover over the corner for the icon to appear.

Step 3: Go to Item 1 “Terms” and click the “Group by Term” checkbox.

 Step 4: Make your selections for how you would like your terms to appear.

Step 5: Click  the Submit Button

Now, your courses should be organized by term in Blackboard. You can even use the arrows to the left of each term to expand or collapse the list.

Fixing Text Box Issues in Bb Tests

April 4, 2012 in BB Tutorials, BB Tutorials, Distance Learning, Faculty, Student, Uncategorized

photo credit: Hernan Vargas

I have received recent reports of students having trouble with text boxes within Bb tests and quizzes. A few students have reported that they can type their answer for item 1, but they are unable to enter text for any of the following test items using text boxes.

This is caused by an incompatibility problem between Bb 9.0 and the latest release of Microsoft Internet Explorer (9) and Mozilla Firefox (11) web browsers. Students using older versions of these browsers will not experience any text box issues in their tests.

There are two possible solutions:

1. Students may turn off the text editor feature in Bb. This is easily done. Please watch the video at this link for directions: http://screencast.com/t/C6EsadPZ

or

2. Students may download Google’s Chrome browser. Then, use the Chrome browser to open Bb and take the test.

This incompatibility problem will be fixed when we move to Bb 9.1 on May 12th.

Ken

Ken Fairbanks
Director of Distance & Distributed Learning
Wytheville Community College

Go Direct!

February 14, 2012 in BB Tutorials, BB Tutorials, Distance Learning, Faculty, Student

Did you know that you can sign into Blackboard directly without going to the MyVCCS or MyWCC portal? Occasionally, we will experience temporary network or power outages that shutdown the WCC website or portal pages.

Access Bb directly by going to https://learn.vccs.edu (I recommend bookmarking this address) and use your established username and password.

Image of Blackboard direct log-in page

Blackboard direct log-in page

Don’t let a little outage keep you from getting your work done!

Ken

Ken Fairbanks
Director of Distance & Distributed Learning
Wytheville Community College