Blackboard is a Web-based course-management system that allows students and faculty to use online materials and activities to complement face-to-face teaching. Blackboard enables instructors to provide students with course materials, discussion boards, virtual chat, online quizzes and more.
Blackboard allows faculty to add resources for students to access online. Powerpoint, video, audio, and other applications are created outside of Blackboard and added into Blackboard courses for students to enhance teaching and learning efforts.
The degree to which Blackboard is used in a course varies. If you’re enrolled in a course that uses Blackboard, be sure to find out how Blackboard will be used in that course.
Login to Blackboard: http://blackboard.olivet.edu
Olivet's policy is not to allow guests and observers into Blackboard. If you need to give someone from off campus access to Blackboard, talk with Marsha Smith in Information Technology.
Blackboard offers its own navigation to give more control of the environment. The navigation is designed to keep you inside Blackboard and keep you from getting confused. If you use the browser's navigational buttons, many times you will get an error or a Page Expired note. Remember to stay inside Blackboard in order to keep things clear.
When a student is taking a quiz, and the quiz is NOT set to Allow Multiple Attempts, the student must be very careful when taking the quiz. Anything that occurs that causes the quiz window to no longer be the active window, even for a second, will kick the student out of the test. So, students should be wary of things like clicking around in other areas of the course, or sitting idle until their browser times out or screen saver comes on, or even getting a pop-up email notifier. Automated functions of that nature should be turned off during testing time.
No, the email system inside Blackboard will send but not receive email. You will receive email in your normal Olivet email account.
Since Blackboard works inside of a browser, it takes on all of the functions of that browser. Since browsers offer the option to print pages they display, students can print out anything they view, including the quiz. There are a few ways to combat this:
- Set the quiz to display only one question at a time.
- Provide a random block of questions that pulls 20 questions out of a possible 40-50 randomly, meaning that students will receive different versions of the test.
- Only allow for a short amount of time to force them to spend all their time on the actual test, quiz, or survey.
Blackboard courses are usually available a month or two before the beginning of the next semester. If you have a course that you would like to begin working on, you can request that the course be made available to you by contacting the Help Desk.
If a student is not listed in Blackboard either in your Roster, Email, or Grade Center, that student is not officially enrolled in the course. They may have pre-registered but have not finished their registration with the Registrar's Office. Contact that student and make sure they finish registering and have enrolled in that course. Blackboard is updated three times a day so if someone adds or drops a course, they should appear in Blackboard within 12 hours.
It is impossible for a student to be both a Teaching Assistant and a student in the same course. In the past some faculty have requested that a TA account be set up for them so a student could log in separately to grade assignments, add documents, etc. To make this request, contact the Help Desk.
It is a policy for both undergraduate and graduate students now to require the use of Olivet's email for course-related communication. Students should be made aware that any communication from the professor will occur in their Olivet email and they should be checking that just as regularly as their other email.
To see the results of a Blackboard survey once it has been completed:
- Enter your course
- Click Control Panel
- Click Evaluation, then Grade Center
- Find the column for your survey and notice the following:
- Each person who has taken the survey will have a checkmark in that column
- You cannot see results for one person (it is an anonymous survey) but it does allow you to see who has taken it
- To see the results of the survey, click on the column heading (the name of the survey)
- Click Attempts Statistics
- Click OK
Olivet's current Blackboard system consists of two separate programs: Blackboard Learning System (all course-related information) and Blackboard Community System (organizations, extra tabs, Tools and Events Calendar blocks, etc.). Our license for the Blackboard Community System expires on July 9, 2012.
According to Blackboard, the backlog experienced with SafeAssign has been cleared and the service is processing as normal. More details on the progression of this problem can be found below.
12/23/11 - Status Update
SafeAssign should now be operating as expected as indicated by update from Blackboard:
The SafeAssign service within Blackboard will be unavailable on Tuesday December 27, 2011 from 8:00 AM CST until Tuesday December 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM CST. SafeAssign is being taken offline for a maintenance upgrade and will be brought back online and made available after the upgrade is complete.