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Faculty Drop-In Session Today, starting at noon

Just a quick reminder. Faculty are welcome to drop in ANY TIME from 12 until 2 today to get their Canvas questions answered.  Register using this link on the TS training site: https://training.vcu.edu/course_detail.asp?ID=17644

Gradebook Training for Blackboard and Canvas

Greetings VCU Faculty! Need some refresher training on the Blackboard grade center before the end of the Fall term? … Or perhaps you want to begin focusing on what the Canvas gradebook can do for you before the all-important transition following the Spring 2021 semester?There are many resources posted for training on the Canvas gradebook […]

Kaltura Performance Issues and Infrastructure Changes this Weekend (8/29/20)

Hello from Learning Systems, We hope this message finds you well. Kaltura MediaSpace, their integration servers for Blackboard and Canvas, as well as the Kaltura Management Server have all been experiencing intermittent outages over the last week. Our team has been in contact with the vendor and they have stated that several changes are being […]

Canvas Status Updates for August 5th, 2020

How to publish courses and override term settings in Canvas The term settings in Canvas for Fall 2020 are set to allow student access on August 11th. If an instructor wishes to allow students to access their courses now, the default term setting can be overridden within course settings. Learning Systems has added a new […]

Mid-Summer Communication – Blackboard Faculty

Greetings Blackboard Faculty, As we move towards the Fall Semester at VCU, faculty are facing many challenges with teaching both in the classroom and online. Added to that is the challenge of switching to a new Learning Management System – Canvas. Learning Systems is here to help! Here is an information brief about what is […]

Blackboard Faculty – End of Spring 2020 – Updates and Reminders

Greetings Blackboard Faculty, Welcome to the end of an absolutely different and challenging semester. We hope everyone is hanging in there and realize that you are doing your best given the situation at hand! We are here for you in the support of technology issues you might be having with Blackboard, Kaltura, and the integrations […]

Support for a rapid transition to online instruction at VCU

Greetings Blackboard Faculty, Learning Systems will be partnering with Online@VCU and offering support as faculty move to online instruction during COVID-19. Highlighted below are references to resources that can be used within the LMS (Blackboard) in the hopes that this will help to ease the quick transition to teaching online. For instructional support, you can […]

Respondus Monitor – Faculty Webinar

Greetings Blackboard Faculty, Learning Systems is pleased to announce that there will be a Respondus Lockdown Browser + Respondus Monitor webinar on Wednesday, February 12th at 11AM. The addition of Respondus Monitor is relatively new for VCU and we’re excited to provide 1000 more student seats as part of their tiered license term. Respondus Monitor […]

Blackboard is available again … now Blackboard SaaS

blackboard.vcu.edu is available again following migration to the cloud-based (SaaS) version. Please open a ticket with the IT Support Center if you experience any issues. Faculty Tools (course creation app) will be temporarily unavailable while developers apply updates for the new environment.

Blackboard will be down until Sunday evening (12/22)

The Blackboard migration that started December 19th is taking longer than expected. Blackboard is currently down and may not be available again until Sunday evening (12/22/19)

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