Blackboard will be undergoing system maintenance as we move to the most recent service pack (SP 14). Blackboard will not be available for use beginning on Saturday, May 3, at 3:30 AM. The system should be back online by 9:30 PM that same day.
If after this time, you are still receiving the out of service message when trying to log in, please refresh your cache. Instructions for clearing the cache in various Internet browsers can be found in this article.
The move to the new service pack will NOT affect any course content currently in the system. Faculty can begin working on courses for summer and fall now. Again, the upgrade will NOT affect any content, assignments, or tests.
Faculty and Staff, to see a list of the new features and sign-up for training related to this upgrade, please see Training Events.
Did you have a great educational experience this academic year (2013-2014)? Did you utilize Blackboard and other cool technology in your course, whether it was on ground, online, or a mix of the two? If you can answer yes to these questions, then you should nominate your course for the inaugural USF Exemplary Course Award.
The goal of the USF Exemplary Course Award is to celebrate excellent use of the LMS and technology within a course, as well as best practices in the following areas:
Course Design – consists of the presentation of course goals and objectives and course content, as well as activities to engage learners with each other and the content by using various forms of technology inside and outside of the LMS.
Interaction and Collaboration – consists of communication strategies, the development of a learning community, and interaction logistics used to determine the quality and quantity of student interactions with each other, course material, and the instructor.
Assessment - consists of clearly defined expectations for assignments and tests, the design of course assessments, and the inclusion of student self-assessment.
Learner Support - consists of an orientation to the course and/or LMS, clear definition of the instructor role within the course, the availability of course/institutional policies, instructions for dealing with technology issues, accommodations for students with disabilities, and student feedback.
To nominate a course, please complete the nomination form (it really is pretty painless). Courses eligible for this year’s award are from either the fall or spring semester of the 2013-2014 academic year (they will have 2014.10 or 2014.20 in their course IDs). Nominations will be accepted from now through Friday, April 25, 2014. Winner(s) will be announced at the beginning of the fall semester in August.
To nominate a course (instructors, there’s nothing wrong with nominating yourself), take a few minutes to fill out the nomination form.
Please direct any questions to Melissa Rasmussen at firstname.lastname@example.org.