Information Technology

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Blackboard Training

Written By: Terry Collings - Aug• 06•14

Blackboard is a comprehensive and flexible e-learning software platform. It is designed to be easy to use for both faculty and students, and provides an effective suite of learning tools for web enabled access to course content.

Topics covered include

  • Blackboard administration
  • creating content
  • using the discussion board
  • creating blogs and wikis
  • using the gradebook
  • creating assignments
  • creating tests and quizzes
Plan to attend one of the sessions to learn how you can use Blackboard in your classes.


Ettinger 211
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

9:30 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Instructor, Terry Collings – OIT

Buffet lunch served between sessions

If you are interested in attending, please contact the Faculty Support Desk. Seating is limited.

Blackboard Server to be Upgraded

Written By: Terry Collings - Jun• 02•14

The Blackboard server will be off line on Thursday, June 5 from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. The server will be upgraded to the Blackboard Learn version 2014. There are some new features available in the upgraded version and they are shown below.

Highlights of New Features and Enhancements – Teaching and Learning

Student Preview – The new Student Preview feature provides the capability for an instructor to see the course exactly as a student would see it. It accomplishes this by allowing the Instructor to easily transition into and out of a system-managed preview account that is automatically enrolled in the course as a student. This provides all the advantages of a “dummy” account while absolving the instructor and System Administrator of the management overhead.

Anonymous and Delegated Grading – Blackboard has implemented a robust Anonymous Grading feature to add another layer of fairness and impartiality to Grading capabilities. Without knowing who submitted the assignment, a Grader is not influenced by a student’s previous performance, class participation, conflicts, race, gender, or perceived student aptitude. Delegated Grading promotes reliability and removes bias by using grades and feedback from more than one Grader. These features may be used together or individually to meet grading requirements.

Assessments: Significant Figures – Blackboard has improved Calculated Formula Questions by adding the ability to define the significant figures required and used in the creation of answers and the automated grading process.

SafeAssign – Blackboard has enhanced the SafeAssign service to provide a more seamless integration with native Blackboard Learn Assignments and updated the SafeAssign Originality Report interface. With this update, the SafeAssignment content type is removed from the content areas, and SafeAssign becomes an additional feature available when creating native Blackboard Learn Assignments. All Blackboard Learn Assignment features are available in tandem with SafeAssign services with the exception of Portfolio submissions to Blackboard Learn Assignments.

The greatest change users will notice is the look of the user interface compared to the previous version. The functionality remains the same and after a few minutes you will see that items are where they have always been, they just appear different.

Flipping Your Classes

Written By: Terry Collings - Aug• 23•13

Have you thought of flipping your classes? Want to learn about what it is and how to do it?

Check out this link.

Flipping Classes

Blackboard Mobile App for IOS Devices

Written By: Terry Collings - Nov• 01•11

In a post from earlier this year, I told you about a mobile app for Blackboard. I thought it would be good to repeat the announcement and give instructions for installing it. There is an app available for iPhones, Ipads and Sprint Android phones for mobile access to the college’s Blackboard Learn site. Here is how to install it on your device.

  1. Go to Apple App Store. (or Android Market if using Sprint)
  2. Search for Blackboard Mobile Learn.
  3. Select appropriate app for your device.
  4. Press Free.
  5. Press Install APP.
  6. Enter password when prompted.
  7. After app installs, tap Bb app icon.
  8. Enter muh in Search for your school text box.
  9. Tap Muhlenberg College.
  10. Enter your Blackboard username and password. (Set Remember Me to ON if you don’t want to login each time)
  11. Tap Login.

OIT Completes Major Upgrade to Campus Wireless Infrastructure

Written By: Terry Collings - Sep• 13•11

Over the summer, OIT installed and upgraded more than 250 wireless access points campus wide. There are now more than 450 access points throughout campus and there is now 100% wireless coverage on campus.

Techwalls installed in New Teaching Spaces

Written By: Terry Collings - Sep• 13•11

Over the summer, the Media Services technicians installed techwalls in the following teaching spaces.
Hillel 105
Hillel 106
Hillel 110
Sociology & Anthropology 025
Taylor 8

Teaching With Technology Workshop Presentation

Written By: Terry Collings - Aug• 29•11

The Powerpoint presentation shown by Terry Collings and Ali Herb at the Faculty Center for Teaching, Teaching With Technology session is now available. If you would like to view the presentation, click the link.


Important Information About The New Blackboard Server

Written By: Terry Collings - Aug• 29•11

We have moved to a new server beginning with the fall term.

Here are login instructions for the new Bb server. The server is at

User logins are different on the new server. You need to use your Groupwise email user name which is your first and last name combined. (no space between first and last name) Your password is your network login password. This is the password you use to login to your office PC.

For example, my login is:
username: terrycollings
password: network login password

All of your courses are there but it is difficult to find them without the course ID showing. To turn on display of the Course ID do the following.

Click the gear shaped icon on the right side of the My Courses heading
Click the checkbox in the Course ID column for courses to put a checkmark in the box.
Click Submit
All of your courses will be listed with their course ID and course name which will make it easier for you to identify courses by term.

You can also prevent the course from appearing in your course list by removing the checkmark from the Course Name and Course ID columns.

Students will not see your course if it has not been made available. To make your courses available, do the following.

On the Control Panel for the course, click Customization
Click Properties
In section 3 “Set Availability” click the Yes button behind “Make Course Available”
Click Submit

To copy courses from one term to another.

From the course you want to copy
Click Packages and Utilities
Click Course Copy
In Select Copy Type choose Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course
Enter the Destination Course ID ( the course you want to copy to)
Check the boxes for the material you want to copy (DO NOT check to copy enrollments)
Click Submit

Blackboard Summer Training Session

Written By: Terry Collings - Aug• 02•11

OIT has scheduled Blackboard training on Thursday, August 25 in Ettinger 211. There are two session scheduled, one in the morning from 9:30 a.m to 11:55 a.m. and one in the afternoon from 1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m.

We are moving to the Enterprise version of Blackboard and there are many new features available including adaptive release, wikis, mashups and many more. You should plan to attend to learn how you can make full use of the available features.

A buffet lunch will be served between the sessions for anyone attending either session. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend a session.

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Blackboard Faculty Training Sessions Scheduled

Written By: Terry Collings - May• 02•11

Blackboard training sessions to demonstrate new features will be offered in Ettinger 211 on the following dates. If you already use Blackboard and would like to see the new features, please come to one of the sessions.

Two sessions are scheduled each day for a total of eight sessions. There is a morning session and an afternoon session on each day. A light lunch will be served between sessions. Morning attendees are invited to stay for lunch and afternoon attendees should come early for lunch before the afternoon session.

WHERE: Ettinger 211 WHEN: Monday, May 16, Wednesday, May 18, Wednesday, May 25, Thursday, May 26 Morning Session: 10 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Lunch 12:00 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. Afternoon Session: 1:05 p.m to 3 p.m.

Please reply to and indicate which session you plan to attend and if you plan to eat lunch so we can make arrangements for lunch.

If you are new to Blackboard, training sessions covering all uses of the system will be offered in August before the start of the Fall term. Dates for these sessions will be announced later.

If you are unable to attend any sessions and would like to schedule individual training, please contact me.