Monday, September 14, 2015

Blackboard and You!

Ok, we have had Blackboard Learn for a year and it is going strong. For the most part, I have heard faculty say that they like the new system. They feel it is fairly easy to use and it offers so much more than the ANGEL system did.

However, as we use this new learning management system (LMS), there are a few things we need to keep in mind. It is ALWAYS important to read any notices that are posted on the Blackboard Learn "My Home" page under My Announcements. We will use that venue for any new information regarding Blackboard Learn. 

One example of the importance of checking those notices on Blackboard Learn is the recent post about Windows 10. If you are using Windows 10, you should be aware that the new “Edge” browser that accompanies Windows 10 does not work well with Blackboard Learn.

Probably the most important thing to look for is any post that contains browser information.  A very helpful section within Blackboard Learn is the “Check Your Browser” section. It is important to make sure you are using a supported browser when accessing the Blackboard Learn environment. Browsers receive updates frequently to ensure that they are secure to use. Blackboard Learn, on the other hand, receives major updates officially only twice a year. The upgrades can affect how Blackboard Learn interacts with the browser; and that is why it is so important to be aware of your browser’s compatibility with Blackboard Learn.

If one browser’s update causes issues, try another. For example, if you use Internet Explorer, try using Mozilla Firefox as your browser. In fact, Mozilla Firefox is probably the best browser for stability.

You might want make sure your settings are marked to notify you when there is an update and if you want to update. It is also important that you occasionally clear your cache, delete your cookies and cleanse any temporary Internet files.

That’s all for now. Enjoy the Blackboard Learn system and let us know if you have any questions. Contact us at bbhelp@northshore.edu.