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Summer & Fall Course Availability for Instructors in Blackboard

Summer 2014 courses will be available to instructors in the new Blackboard system on 3/10.  Fall 2014 courses will be available to instructors in the new Blackboard system on 3/31.  To access the new Blackboard system, please visit:   For additional information on when courses appear and disappear in Blackboard, please see:

Internet Explorer 11 and Blackboard

On February 11th, 2014, Microsoft released Cumulative Security Update, MS14-010.  This security update causes Internet Explorer 11 to crash when an instructor accesses any Blackboard Learn course that has Edit Mode turned on.  This security update was pushed (by Microsoft) to all Windows users with IE11.  More information about the security update can be found here: Blackboard technical support has identified a workaround for this issue, and we

Trouble Accessing SafeAssign in Blackboard

If you experience trouble accessing SafeAssign on Blackboard, the error you receive may be due to your browser’s cookie settings. If when you try to access SafeAssign you see the following error, please follow the directions provided below. If your SafeAssign issue does not match the conditions listed below, please contact the Blackboard Administrator. Specific Error: The cause of this error is the blocking of 3rd-party cookies by your

Blackboard Upgrade May ’14

On May 5, 2014 we will be upgrading to Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 13.  Checkout the video below to see just a few of Blackboard’s exciting new features. Are you ready for the Upgrade? Here are some simple steps to help prepare. Log-in to the new Blackboard NOW and check it out.  Instructors bookmark the new Blackboard log-in page so you can easily find it when it comes time

Java Advisory for Blackboard Users

Certain features in Blackboard Learn rely on Java to work. The recent java update contains security requirements that require changes to Blackboard Learn. Blackboard is currently making the necessary fixes and plans to release the fixes to institutions on January 21.

Remote Proctoring

The Walker Center for Teaching & Learning has been highly involved in developing policy for new online and distance program offerings and helping departments make those courses available.  There is growing excitement for developing and offering these courses, but while developing, we need to consider many important things before UTC can offer its stamp of approval.  One of the major considerations is student accountability when it comes to test taking.

To All Students: Tips On How To Develop Good Study Habits

Finals are coming up and if you’re like me, you’re ready for it all to be over.  However, it’s important to finish strong.  This is why I feel it’s important to share with you some tips on how develop good study habits that was given to me by my mentor from undergraduate school. Dr. Chris S. Dula, Associate Professor of Psychology at East Tennessee State University has given his

Blackboard Update this May

While you head off for some fun in the sun this May the Walker Center for Teaching & Learning (WCTL) will complete an update to the Blackboard system. From May 7-9, 2013 Blackboard will be unavailable to instructors and students, while the system is updated from Service Pack 6 to Service Pack 9. Although this is a minor update (you probably won’t even notice a difference!) there are some new

Come Visit CODL this Tuesday

Spring has sprung around the UTC campus and here in the Center for Online and Distance Learning (CODL or cod-le) we’re ready to get out and about around campus after our very busy hibernation. First up on our spring agenda is UTC’s Research Day. Look for our fearless leader and director of CODL, Kim McCroskey, with the poster presentations. Kim and Dr. Karen Adsit have put together an informative

Future of Video in Higher Education

In our world of changing and emerging technology, video has become an increasingly important part of learning.  It is also becoming much easier to use video to teach because students have greater access to high speed internet.  According to a study conducted by the Copyright Clearance Center in 2009 , partnering with New York University, 43% of faculty indicated that they would be using more video in their upcoming