Dr Christopher Jobling

Senior Lecturer

Engineering

c.p.jobling@swansea.ac.uk

One of the tasks I often have to do in Blackboard is creating groups for students. This is fairly trivial for small classes, but is a royal pain for large classes. I’ve never had much success with the Batch Group Enrolment tool, and I end up having to do enrolment manually.

The problem is that when you use the add users tool and you use the list all facility you are presented with a paged list of your students. If you add the students you want from page 1 and submit, you have to go back to the list and you get a new paged list. And quite often the list fills up behind the page where you first chose your students, you end up visiting the same page several times before you can move on.

However, if you start adding users from the last page, and then work backwards, this behaviour is avoided and you get a small productivity gain. This is because once you have added all the users you want from the last page, then move to the second to last page, you know you are dealing with a new list – the last page is clear and you know you won’t have to revisit it.

Of course, if list all really did show the entire list rather than a paged list, this would not be a problem at all! I don’t know if you find it as ironic as I do that when you ask for the entire list, and then answer Blackboard’s question “the list may be very long, are you sure” in the  affirmative, that the last thing you get is the whole list!

October 15th, 2009

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If you have uploaded content to your Blackboard site and you want to update it, you will have probably jumped through the painful hoops of deleting the old content, renaming and uploading the new and navigating through the seemingly endless sequence of acknowledgment pages that this operation entails. In Blackboard 8, I recently discovered, if you just upload the new content (without renaming the file first), Blackboard adds an automatic sequence number to the new content, but leaves the old one in place to be deleted. This is better, but still one more step than I like.

Recently (today in fact) I discovered an even quicker work around. Simply use the upload dialogue box to select the new content, then press delete on the old. Blackboard will upload the new content (perhaps adding the sequence number) and then delete the old content in one step! I made a quick Jing ScreenCast to demonstrate the steps. Sorry about the microphone noise!

February 3rd, 2009

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Last term I posted a Blackboard survey to evaluate the e-learning in my module EG-259 Web Applications Technology. In this second of a planned short series of articles to be published over the next few days, I present the survey results. Part 1 provides an introduction and sets the context for the survey.

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February 2nd, 2009

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Last term I posted a Blackboard survey to evaluate the e-learning in my module EG-259 Web Applications Technology. In this first of a planned short series of articles to be published over the next few days, I introduce the module and the e-learning technologies used.Part 2  (more…)

January 30th, 2009

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In a recent posting to the Learning Lab Community Blog, I demonstrated how to add a TeamLX wiki to a Blackboard site. For that 5 minute demo, I used the free screencasting tool Jing. In this article, I use screencasting to demonstrate the use of Jing itself. (more…)

January 28th, 2009

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As reported earlier, I am now creating a glossary of Internet terms for one of my modules using the TeamsLX wiki that is built into Blackboard. I wanted to report here are a couple of limitations that hopefully will be addressed in later releases.  (more…)

January 15th, 2009

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In a comment on my previous post, Chris Hall pointed out that you can in fact add course links and external links to a Blackboard course menu. I’ve been using Blackboard since it was installed at Swansea and I can’t believe that I missed that feature!

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January 15th, 2009

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In the feedback to one of my modules on Internet Technology, my students suggested that I create a glossary of all the technical terms and prototocols that are mentioned in the course. As you can imagine, for a topic as rich in jargon as the Internet, this will be a lot of work. I have made a start using the Blackboard glossary tool but I am quickly running up against its limitations.  (more…)

January 14th, 2009

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In this follow-up to Really Simple Surveys with Google Docs and Zoho, I outline how we created a rough and ready web application for dissertation project selection with Blackboard, Zoho Creator and Course Genie. If you are interested in the result, visit EG-353A: Research Project Selection on Blackboard. Guest access is turned on.

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June 6th, 2008

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In this second of my occasional series of Blackboard productivity tips I want to give another tip that is related to Tip #1: Exploit External Links. This simple tip provides an easy way to get your module details into a Blackboard module site using a link to the catalogue entry. This particular tip is also available in screencast format at Screencast.com. (more…)

May 15th, 2008

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