Category: Blackboard Notice

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 […]

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 […]

Teaching with Canvas at VCU Sessions Available!

Hosted by Academic Technologies, in partnership with the CTLE and ALTLab, this 1.5-hour online training session will demonstrate how to get started with Canvas. Instructors will learn how to use the basic features to get their course up and running in Canvas. Each session is the same, so select the one that best fits your […]

Blackboard – New Box View to Bb Annotate for Inline Assignment Grading

Blackboard Learn’s inline assignment grading functionality, currently delivered through a technology called New Box View, will be replaced with a new tool called Bb Annotate. Bb Annotate will offer a more robust feature set to provide customizable feedback to learners, including a sidebar summary view, freehand drawing tools, various color selections, and much more.  When will the […]

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 […]

Respondus Lockdown Browser – Blackboard

In response to COVID-19, the vendor has given us unlimited seats in Respondus Monitor through the end of Spring 2020 Respondus LockDown Browser A custom browser that locks down the testing enviornment within the learning management system (i.e. Blackboard.) This is a downloadable application that is installed on your local computer and provides a customized user interface […]

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’s SaaS/Continuous Delivery Update – February 2020

As you know, we recently migrated to Blackboard Learn SaaS Q4 2019 (3700.0.0). This means Blackboard Learn is hosted, delivered, and managed using a modern cloud-computing infrastructure as the environment for our software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployment.  Easy updates, without interruptions.Users will experience the most recent version of Blackboard Learn without significant downtime or service interruptions. For end […]

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