Blackboard Known Issue: Announcements that have Course Links to Unavailable Content are Hidden to Instructors

Following the recent Blackboard Upgrade, we have received several reports that certain announcements can’t be viewed by the instructor after successfully being submitted or copied over from another course.  This happens when an announcement includes a Course Link to an unavailable content item. That Announcement becomes completely hidden until the content is made visible. DO […]

Easily Add Smarthinking To Your Course Menu

Smarthinking offers help in writing, reading, mathematics, science, business, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Spanish, nursing, allied health, computers and technology. It is intended to serve as an extension of Valencia’s on-campus tutoring center that can be utilized when the space is at capacity, after hours or offsite from any location with an internet […]

New Course Copy Option for File Attachments in Blackboard

New Course Copy Option for File Attachments:   This new set of options gives the user control over which files are copied along with the course. See the image below.   Option 1 does not copy any items from the file manager. This option shouldn’t be selected under normal circumstances. Students would see permission errors […]

Unsecure Content or Mixed Content (http) Doesn’t Display in Blackboard’s Secure Page (https)

Browsers (Internet Explorer 9 or later, Chrome 21 or later, Firefox 23 or later ) will display an “unsecure content” or “mixed content” security notification if you try to load non-secure (http URL) external content within Blackboard (e.g., embedded Youtube videos, Screencast videos, etc.). Our Blackboard is running as a secure server (https URL).  Modern browsers […]

Test Availability Exception for Extended Time

With the new test option features in Blackboard SP14, you no longer have to create an alternative test for extended time for a student taking a test in Blackboard. The situation where this would be used is when the student has a documented disability with the Office of Student Disabilities. You will now notice that the […]