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Course Copy vs Export and Import:

The Center for Online/Distance Learning has identified a handful of fall 2013 courses with errors resulting from a course copy of material from a previous semester.

Respondus has improved its LockDown Browser Experience

Students and faculty using the LockDown browser should be prompted to update to the latest version of the browser the next time they use Lockdown Browser.

Welcome Back and Looking Forward: Customizing the Look of Your Course Part I

Hopefully Spring Break brought some time to log-off and relax from a busy spring semester. The rejuvenating effects of a nice long break may have you feeling on top of your to do list and looking ahead to the end of the semester and the busy summer sessions to come. If you’re teaching this summer you might have noticed that your summer courses are already available in UTC Online.

UTC Online Upgrade: Blackboard Switch Made

UTC Online has officially transitioned to a new Blackboard version. Users are now being directed to the new Blackboard server for any Summer 2011 class using UTC Online. All faculty, staff, and students may login to the new server through MyMocsNet, at, or directly at The old server which contains Spring 2011 classes and earlier may still be accessed, but you must login directly at What’s

Spring 2011 Classes on New Blackboard

As of January 27, 2011, here is some usage data on the number of UTC classes using the new Blackboard server during the Spring 2011 semester. Courses: 193 (undergraduate: 141, graduate: 52) Faculty: 63 Students: 2,485 These courses may also be viewed graphically by college or by department (the raw numbers by college and department are listed below). by College Arts & Sciences 92 Business 3 Engineering & Computer

Move to New Blackboard Version Rescheduled for Summer 2011

All UTC Online classes will migrate to the new version of Blackboard beginning with Summer 2011 classes. Access to these courses for instructors will begin in April 2011. While UTC Online had tentatively scheduled moving to Blackboard Learn 9.1 for Spring 2011 classes, UTC Online administrators decided to hold off on migrating due to the following reasons discovered during the Fall 2010 pilot: Identification of multiple issues and bugs

Challenges in Moving to Version 9

In a presentation at BbWorld 2010 (“Upgrading to Blackboard Learn, Release 9: Field Notes from USC and UT Austin”), Patrick Crispen and Carolyn Thomas summarize some of the challenges their institutions faced when moving to Blackboard version 9. Some highlights included: Old ways to navigate and build a course no longer apply: many will think it’s easier, but inevitably some faculty will not think so The computer you use

Blank pages

One of the most bizarre new content types in Blackboard 9 is a blank page. As you can guess, it is exactly what it says. I’m not sure of why you would need this content type since when would you want to post empty content (a blank page, if you will). If you do want to post content (begging the question of its “blankness”), this content type basically mirrors

Wikis in Blackboard

One of the new features I’m most excited about are course wikis. Here are a few quick thoughts. The good: Wikis are very easy to create, edit, and view changes Wikis can be implemented at the course or group level Wikis can be graded Multiple wikis or wiki pages can be linked together Comparisons between wiki page versions is excellent The bad: Wikis only exist within the course environment;

Blackboard Released Version 9.1

Just as UTC Online was to begin testing Blackboard 9.0, Blackboard released version 9.1 of its Blackboard Learn software. This version adds further new features such as wikis, Course Files (a way to manage content within a course), and mashups to Blackboard. Version 9.1 will be the version UTC Online plans to release in late 2010. Blackboard has developed some good online help documentation about Blackboard 9.x explaining the