Blackboard Upgrades!

Love Blackboard? Well it’s just getting better with a bunch of new updates!


  1. Goal Performance Dashboard: Using the Goal Performance Dashboard, students and instructors track progress toward learning objectives as specified within a degree, certificate, or program. The Goal Performance Dashboard provides a personalized learning opportunity for students to progress through content at their own pace and as they master concepts or skills.
  2. Announcement Date Restriction Default: When creating an announcement, “Not Date Restricted” is now selected by default.
  3. Browser Support: Learn 9.1 now supports the Microsoft Edge browser. Some new browser releases no longer support NPAPI plugins. Without these plugins, some Learn features may not render correctly.
  4. User Interface: Users can navigate from thread to thread without having to return to the main Discussions page.
  5. Bug Fixes: A comprehensive list of bug fixes contained in this release can be found on Behind the Blackboard.
    Assessments Test completion status bar floats and covers test questions.
    Grading Unable to print more than one page of a student grade report.
    YouTube Users are unable to embed YouTube videos using YouTube Mashup or Video Everywhere.
    Assessments Calculated formula questions do not go to next screen or answer box is not visible.
  6. BB StudentBB Student Mobile App: With Bb Student, you can view course content and participate on your mobile device:
    • Stay on task with push notifications, a due date list, and activity stream updates.
    • Take assignments, tests, and quizzes and review your submissions.
    • View your course grades as well as individual test and assignment grades.
    • Participate in discussions.
    • Collaborate with your class through video conferencing.
    • Attach assignment files from Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive.


Bb Student Mobile App

BB StudentWondering how you can access Blackboard on the go?  Look no further than the “Bb Student” mobile app (free on iOS, Android, and Windows phones).  This is a new version of the “Mobile Learn” app that you may already be using to access your Blackboard courses.

How to begin:
1.  Download Bb Student on your iOS, Android, or Windows phone.
2. Once the app is downloaded, open it and type in University of San Diego.
3. Enter in your login information (username and password) for Blackboard Olé.

What you can access with Bb Student:
1. Course activities and announcements
2. Courses, grades, and class updates
3. Documents, assignments, tests
4. If your professor uses Blackboard Collaborate (video conferencing), you can join on-the-go.  (How to use Collaborate)
5. Bb Student will send push notifications to your phone when assignments are due, when you receive new announcements, or when grades/tests/content are posted.

A Quick Guide to Bb Student

On the left is the “Activity Stream” which will show any current or upcoming activity for your courses (including assignments due, announcements, grades, content added, etc.). Items are prioritized automatically by the app.

On the right is the navigation menu, accessed by clicking on the three horizontal bars in the upper lefthand side of the screen, or by swiping down from the top of the screen.  As the image shows, you can access individual courses, grades, and due dates, as well as update your profile.  To log out, click on the circle and arrow on the upper righthand side of the screen.

For more information and a recap of this post, watch the video below.

Here’s to a great new semester!

LockDown Browser Guide for Instructors!

LockDown Browser is a great software to prevent cheating for online tests.

To require the use of LockDown Browser with a test, in Blackboard go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Respondus LockDown Browser. Click the arrow to the left of the test title, and choose Modify Settings. From the menu that appears, choose the settings according to your preferences.

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Students will need to download the LockDown Browser to access the test. They can find the download file while logged into Blackboard under Student Help.

The best practice is to get students to take an ungraded practice exam on LockDown Browser before they actually take a real exam for testing purposes.

For more information and help on LockDown Browser make sure you come to the training!Lockdown browser training.PNG

For any other help please do not hesitate to contact the USD iTeam!

LockDown Browser Guide for Students!

icon175x175.png LockDown Browser is a locked browser for taking tests in Blackboard Learn, and some professors require its use in classes as it gives a fair result for online testing.

Below is a quick guide to get you started with LockDown Browser and any concerns you may have with it.

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Some professors require it so it would be helpful to get started with this technology soon!



FA16 Boot Camp! August 29 & 30

Are you ready to take on a new semester? Not without the proper survival kit, you’re not! Whether you’re a new recruit or a USD veteran you’ll likely benefit by attending ATS Boot Camp! Boot Camp is a drop-in event for getting á la carte assistance on any technology you wish.

Boot Camp takes place:

Bootcamp dates

At Boot Camp you can:

  • Get help with Blackboard Olé, Mediasite, Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Gmail–any of our supported products! These are two days to explore the range of technologies we support and learn how to incorporate a few new ideas into your courses.
  • Get personalized service with any of your instructional technology needs. Learn about the classroom consoles or bring your course content with you on a flash drive and get assistance building your Blackboard course!

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Blackboard Test Feedback

Ever wondered how to create a specific exam on Blackboard for students. Do you want your students to see the correct answer, or just their score?


Click on any of the hyperlinks below for information in every section regarding testing feedback and how you would want to create a test for you students.


Also Click here for the entire article: Full Article


What Do Colors Mean in Turnitin?

There are two types of colors you’ll see in Turnitin.

Paper text: The submitted paper’s text is in its original formatting. Matching text is highlighted in a color that corresponds to the matching source listed on the right side of the Similarity Report. This is so that the source can be more easily identified

Report icon: The color of the report icon indicates the Similarity Index of the paper, based on the amount of matching or similar text that was uncovered. The percentage range is 0% to 100% The possible similarity indices are:


To summarize the above image

  • Blue – No matching text (Less than 20 words match the Turnitin Database)
  • Green – One word to 24% matching text
  • Yellow – 25-49% matching text
  • Orange – 50-74% matching text
  • Red -75-100% matching text

LockDown Browser Help Center

The Help Center for the LockDown Browser is a new feature that enables students and help desks to more easily troubleshoot technical issues with a student’s computer. The Help Center button will appear on the toolbar in LockDown Browser once a student has accessed a course in their LMS

helpcenter-toolbar (Will Look like this)

The Help Center on the LockDown Browser also contains 3 areas for help:

  • Pre-exam Webcam Check – Enables a student to check their webcam functionality, prior to an exam.
  • System & Network Check – Runs a series of diagnostic checks to make sure the student’s computer is functioning properly and meets the minimum requirements. The results of the system check can be emailed to a help desk for further troubleshooting.
  • Knowledge Base – This student-centric knowledge base provides answers to the top questions or issues that relate to using LockDown Browser and a webcam (ie. Respondus Monitor).HelpCenter.png (It will look like this)

For more info an assistance on this new feature check out this link: More Lockdown Info