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Oberlin Center for Technologically Enhanced Teaching

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Access to emails for majors, minors and major/minors on leave

This information is particularly relevant for departmental AAs and others in departments that need to email majors/minors.

Emailing majors and minors has been problematic since we lost the ability to sort them into separate groups in Blackboard.  While we still can’t do that, we have created a work around.  In each DEPT site in Blackboard, AAs and Faculty have access to the emails of all majors, minors and majors and minors on leave for their department.  This list updates at 3am every day.  Anything happening on a given day will not be reflected in the list until the following day.

There are 2 ways to take advantage of these lists and some issues you must be aware of about these lists.

Uses:

  • You can copy the list and add it to your to: window in your favorite email client. See below for details.
  • You can use it to adjust your groups within Blackboard and send information out via Blackboard.

Issues:

  • The list of students on leave include those on Academic, Medical AND Personal Leave. The list you will find in PRESTO only show students on Academic Leave. Also note that the users on leave are duplicated in the other groupings.

 


Details

How to copy the list of emails and use it in your email client of choice.

  • Click into the appropriate box.
  • Select Cntl-A (Cmd-A on a Mac)
  • Select Cntl-C (Cmd-C on a Mac)
  • Go to your email of choice and start a new email message.
  • Put your cursor in the To: or Bcc: field
  • Select Cntl-V (Cmd-V on a Mac)
  • All the emails should have been copied into the appropriate field.
  • NB: those that have hundreds of users should be aware that the emails may not all be delivered.  You may need to divide your list into two or even 3 groups.

How to adjust the groups in Blackboard.

  • Go to Control Panel>>Users and Groups>>Groups

 

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Back to Basics: Quick Tips for Managing Online Course Sites

 

 

Are you new to Oberlin or new to Blackboard?  I’ve created a 1 page document that provides links to a few quick tips to help you get started with managing your online course sites.  Click here to access the PDF.

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Welcome to the Oberlin College Blackboard FAQ

Please browse the Blackboard Help FAQ to find useful information about the system.  Click a tag in the cloud or use the search bar to find your information.

Click here to browse the online help for Instructors.

Click here to browse the online help for Students.

If you have trouble locating the right information, please contact us (octet@oberlin.edu).

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Mobility in the Classroom

Here’s a list of some apps that may help you use your iPad in the classroom more effectively.  Click here to access the google doc.  This document was created for the 2013 Teaching with Technology workshop for faculty and teaching staff.  Let’s EMERGE together!

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Does your MAC unzip .zip files automatically?

When you download a .zip file in Safari on your MAC, does it unzip automatically?  This can be problematic if you are downloading .zip files for later use (such as future import into Blackboard).  There is a setting that you can change to prevent Safari from automatically unzipping the file:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. From the Safari menu, select PreferencesSafari preferences
  3. On the General tab, find the “Open Safe Files After Downloading” feature (usually at the bottom).
  4. Uncheck the box to prevent .zip files from opening automatically.   Disabling this feature can also help to protect your computer from malware and trojans.
  5. Once you have disabled the feature, download the .zip file again and it will remain intact without opening.uncheck

 


If you prefer to leave this feature enabled,  you can find the original .zip file in the trash.  Simply drag the original .zip file from the Trash to your desktop for use.

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PDF files are blank and can’t be downloaded on a Mac in Firefox

Description:

Users have been experiencing difficulties with viewing/downloading/accessing PDFs in Firefox on a Mac computer.  A user clicks a link to a pdf and either nothing happens, or a new blank tab/window opens.  The PDF is never downloaded or opened.

 

Product affected:

Firefox on a MAC

 

Reported:

9/11/12

 

Vendor response:

 
 

Problem resolved:

When you install or update Adobe Reader, it installs a plugin for viewing PDF files inside Firefox and sets that as the default. The problem is that this plugin does not work.   A workaround is available.  In order to view PDF files again follow these steps:

  1. In Firefox, go to the Tools menu.
  2. Select Add-ons.firefox tools addons plugins
  3.  On the left menu, click PLUGINS.
  4. Locate the Adobe Acrobat NPAPI Plug-in and click the DISABLE button on the right.  This will disable the Plugin.plugins npapi ask to activate
  5. Check the link to the PDF and see if you can now access the file.  If it is not working as expected, you will need to change the setting in Firefox.  From the Firefox menu, click Preferences.preferences
  6. On the Applications tab, do a search for PDF.
  7. Check the actions for the content type (application/pdf).  Change the action to match your desired outcome.  If you would like to Use Preview, select that option.  If you want to use Adobe Reader, select that option.  If you want to use a PDF Plugin that you’ve installed, select that option.   If there are no options available, select USE OTHER and locate the application on your computer that you would like to use to view the PDF.Applications pdf actions
  8. These actions should correct the problem. Check the link to the PDF again, and it should work as expected.   If not, please contact us.

 

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Cookies Disabled Error

Description:

One student reported to me that she was not able to gain access to the weekly journal section.  What happens (she showed it to me) is when she clicks on “view,” the message “cookies disabled” shows up.  She tried with Firefox and Safari. 
 

Product affected:

Blackboard Learn

Campus Pack Wiki/Blog

 

Reported:

9/11/12
 

Vendor response:

 The cookies disabled error indicates that your browser is not accepting cookies from Campus Pack; you will need to adjust your browser settings to allow cookies from this domain. For most institutions this domain is campuspack.net .
 

Problem resolved:

The end user must allow cookies from the vendor site by making a change to their browser settings.

The exact steps to follow depend on your browser.

  • Firefox

In Firefox, go to Edit -> Preferences -> Privacy -> go to Exceptions… and Allow cookies from oberlin.campuspack.net

  • Internet Explorer

In Internet Explorer, go to Tools -> Internet Options -> Privacy and go to Sites… and Allow cookies from oberlin.campuspack.net

 

See full post at http://community.learningobjects.com/Groups/Documentation/Campus_Pack_4.4_User_Guide/SSO_No_Cookies

 

 

 

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Access materials from older courses

Are you looking for an old course that is not in your Blackboard course list?  If we have a copy of the course, you can access it through Blackboard.  When you log into the system you should see a box just below your course list titled “Access materials from older courses.”  Click the link in the box and you’ll be prompted to enter a password.  Input your ObieID (same one used to access Blackboard).  Once you enter your credentials, you will be presented with a list of past courses.  These are zipped package files and need to be downloaded to your computer before you can import them into Blackboard.  Click the link to the course to initiate download.  Please be sure to download the file without unzipping it.  Once you have the file on your computer, you can then use the import feature in your course site to upload it back into the system.

Click here to learn how to “Import Course Packages.”

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Understanding Copyright

Oberlin College is committed to ensuring all Oberlin College community members adhere to Copyright Law. Faculty distribute materials through Blackboard in accordance with Fair Use and:

  1. The material is only available to students that are officially registered for the course.
  2. The material is only available to those students during the period that the course is being offered.
  3. It is being used for educational purposes related to the course content

Instructors should also provide a statement in their syllabus or on the course site that indicates that:
These materials are being used under the Fair Use clause.  As such, all materials need to be deleted from the students machine/storage device after the course has been completed, and at no time can the material be distributed or made available to anyone who is not officially enrolled in the course.  This would be a clear violation of Fair Use under copyright law.

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Create and Print a Poster

Click here to access a poster on Creating Academic Posters with lots of useful tips!

Printing Services

  1. Printing Services prints posters for faculty or students who want to present their research findings.  If you have any questions about the process, you can contact OCTET at 775-8345 or octet@oberlin.edu Read More