Blackboard has been upgraded to version “9.1 Q2 2016”

The UMIT Learning Platforms Team has completed the update of the University Of Miami Blackboard to version “9.1 Q2 2016” on  Monday December 26th 2016. This upgrade will enhance our current version with with several bug fixes.

Some users may still see a cached version of a page stating that Blackboard is still unavailable. If you attempt to access Blackboard after December 26th, 2016  and see this error, please feel free to contact the Blackboard Help Desk by emailing blackboardhelp@miami.edu. This issue might also be resolved by clearing the cache in your web browser.

Instructions for Clearing Cache: Internet Explorer , Mozilla Firefox , Google Chrome , Safari

Below are some of the improvements that are featured in this upgrade:

Release Notes: Learn 9.1 Q2 2016

Blackboard will be unavailable on December 25th and 26th, 2016

The UMIT Learning Platforms Team will be updating the University Of Miami Blackboard to version “9.1 Q2 2016” on Sunday and Monday (December 25th – 26th) 2016. Due to this the Blackboard service will be unavailable.

We are excited to implement this upgrade and it will enhance our current version with several bug fixes. After the update has been completed, some users may still see a cached version of a page stating that Blackboard is still unavailable. If you attempt to access Blackboard after December 26th, 2016  and see this error, please feel free to contact the Blackboard Help Desk by emailing blackboardhelp@miami.edu or calling 305-284-3949 for assistance. This issue might also be resolved by clearing the cache in your web browser.

Instructions for Clearing Cache: Internet Explorer , Mozilla Firefox , Google Chrome , Safari

Issues Resolved

Release Notes: Learn 9.1 Q2 2016

 

 

Phishing Scam Alert: OneClass Chrome Extension

A malicious OneClass Chrome Extension is part of a current phishing scam which sends email on students’ behalf and also attempt to collect user credentials.

DO NOT INSTALL THIS CHROME EXTENSION. If you receive an email encouraging you to install this extension, please DO NOT click anything in the email. Just delete the email.

IF YOU HAVE INSTALLED IT, REMOVE IT FROM YOUR CHROME WEB BROWSER. Here are instructions on how to remove it.

1. Open up your Chrome Browser

2. Select the 3 vertical dots in the top right-hand corner

3. Select Settings

4. Select Extensions in the top left-hand corner

5. Click the Trashcan beside the “OneClass Easy Invite” extension

6. Select Remove on the Confirm Removal Popup

7. Close all Chrome windows and quit the Chrome browser.

8. Repeat steps 1-4 to verify the extension has been removed (Steps 1-4) 9. Go to https://caneid.miami.edu and change your CaneID password.

BACKGROUND

The extension adds a button inside the Blackboard Learn pages to “Invite Your Classmates to OneClass.” The button will email all the members of a Blackboard Learn class to promote the OneClass extension/product. The extension also has code that attempts to collect the users’ credentials (both username and password).

Respondus 4.0 Installation Password Change

The New Respondus 4.0 Installation Password will need to be entered after 08/01/2016
End-Users that already have Respondus 4.0 installed on their computer will be prompted to enter a new Installation password when launching the program after 08/01/2016.

Every year our institution receives an “installation password” from Respondus. The installation password can be used to reactivate an existing copy of Respondus that was previously installed or to install a new copy of the software.

What does this mean?

If you installed a version of Respondus 4.0 in your computer before 07/31/2016 you will be prompted to enter a new installation password when you launch the program after 08/01/2016. This is because the installation password that was used when installing the program is set to expire on 07/31/2016. Once you enter the new installation password you will reactivate the program and will be able to use it without problems.

Obtain the New Installation Password

1) Navigate to www.miami.edu/software

2) Select “Respondus 4.0” from the list.

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Image 1: Select “Respondus 4.0” from the list of programs that are available for download.

3) Scroll Down to the “Download Information” tab and click on the “Click here to download Respondus” link.

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Image 2: The “Click here to download Respondus” link will take you to another page.

4) You will be prompted to Sign in. Enter your Single Sign-On credentials.

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Image 3: If you haven’t signed in via Single Sign-On you will be prompted to sign in to confirm your credentials.

5) The Installation Password will be listed from the Download Page.

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Image 4: The Installation Password is listed.

 

If you have any questions or need additional assistance please contact the Blackboard Help Desk for Support.

Lockdown Browser Lab Version 1 End of Life

06/15/2016 – Lockdown Browser Lab Version 1 End of Life (Windows)
On June 30, 2016 – the “Lab Edition” of Lockdown Browser based on Internet Explorer will reach end of life. Lockdown Browser Lab Version 1 will cease functioning.

Note: This update will only affect computers with Lockdown Browser Lab Version 1 installed. If you have Lockdown Browser installed in your own computer this should not affect you.

After June 30th 2016 if a computer has Lockdown Browser Lab Version 1 installed an error message will be received. The message will display the following:


Outdated version of LockDown Browser This version of LockDown Browser is no longer current and must be updated. If this is a public computer, the update must be performed by the manager of the computers.


Why the Update?

In August 2015 Respondus released a Chromium-based version of Lockdown Browser for Windows which is more stable and reliable than version 1.

If you Have Respondus Lockdown Browser Lab Version 1 Installed

Contact the Blackboard Help Desk to receive Respondus Lockdown Browser’s Lab Version 2 installation file which will need to be installed on Lab computers.

Check out our “New Home” Page in Blackboard.

We are currently inviting users to experiment with the “New Home” page in the top black navigation menu in Blackboard. It is located exactly to the right of our current homepage link which is labeled as “Blackboard”.

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The home page improvements are as follows:

  1. “New Home” link at the top of the Blackboard navigation menu.
  2. We have kept the improved Help Desk service station at the top of the page to provide for ease of access to the Help Desk.
  3. Banner ads have been moved from underneath the help desk module to the top right side for easier scrolling access to the “My Available Course Sites ” module.
  4. New bottom left twitter widget provides functionality to keep Blackboard users up to date with announcements and changes in the system.
  5. New “UM Bb Resources” has been added for known issues, how to’s, and LPT News.

Additional improvements:

  • The Qwickly module is closer to the top to allow professors access to course availability settings.
  • New grey highlight color next to the titles to give the page a different updated look.

 

Preview of the New Home Page:

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Log into Blackboard and give it a try today! www.courses.miami.ed

Please click on the banner below to take a short survey about the “New Home” page in Blackboard.
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Update to SafeAssign Search Engine

06/03/2016 – Instructors might notice that there are times where SafeAssign does not detect plagiarized passages as well as it used to.
Blackboard has had to develop a new search engine for SafeAssign.

Blackboard was using Yahoo Boss as a search engine for SafeAssignments to provide results from the internet. However Yahoo Boss service was discontinued as of March 2016 prompting Blackboard to develop an internal search service to provide internet results for SafeAssign. As a result of this new search engine being developed Instructors have noticed that there are times where SafeAssign does not detect plagiarized passages.

Pros and Cons to the new Search Engine

Pros: This search engine is proprietary to Blackboard, so it will provide them with the ability to enhance and refine search results over time to improve the overall quality of the SafeAssign Product.

Cons:  It is a new search engine so it needs to be enhanced & optimized. You might encounter passages that are plagiarized and are not marked by SafeAssign.

For more information about SafeAssign please refer to the SafeAssign Basics for Adminsitrators documentation.

If you find a passage that is not marked as plagiarized by SafeAssign when it is plagiarized please contact the Blackboard Help Desk so that we can pass that information along to Blackboard.

Instructors can now access reports for student’s Course Enrollment Dates

We’re pleased to announce that we have added the ability for instructors to access the reports for the course enrollment dates for their students in Blackboard. This new feature can be accessed easily by following the steps below in your Blackboard course site.

Course Location For Student Course Enrollment Dates:
Course Tools > Evaluation > Course Reports > Course Enrollment Dates


1) Open up your course site and proceed to “Evaluation” in the left side course menu under “Course Tools”.
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2) Click on “Course Reports” under “Evaluation”.
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3) Hover your cursor over the title and click on the small grey circle chevron next to the title “Course Enrollments Dates”.
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4) Click on “Run” in the drop down menu.
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5) Select the desired format for the report. If you would like to keep the report or edit the information then the “Excel” format would be desirable. If you would like to simply view the information on the web then select the “HTML” option. Once you have made your format selection, Click “Submit” in the top or bottom right hand corner of the screen to run the report.
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6) You will receive a message that the report has successfully run. If you chose the “HTML” format then a window will open showing the information. If you chose a different format then it will download to your computer’s “Downloads” folder.
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Blackboard has been upgraded to version “9.1 October 2014”

Some users may still see a cached version of a page stating that Blackboard is still unavailable. If you attempt to access Blackboard after December 27th, 2015  and see this error, please feel free to contact the Blackboard Help Desk by emailing blackboardhelp@miami.edu or calling 305-284-3949 for assistance. This issue might also be resolved by clearing the cache in your web browser.

Instructions for Clearing Cache: Internet Explorer , Mozilla Firefox , Google Chrome , Safari

Below are some of the improvements that are featured in this upgrade:

Issues Resolved

 

Cumulative Update 1 for Learn 9.1, October 2014 includes resolution to the following issues:

  • Course Links that Link to Assignments Generate Access Denied Errors.
  • Unable to Print More than One Page of a Student Grade Report.
  • When There are 2098 Courses in Terms Searching Causes an Error.
  • Downloaded Excel from Grade Center do not Match Weighted Totals in Grade Center.
  • Unable to access and list courses after oct2014 upgrade.

Cumulative Update 2 for Learn 9.1, October 2014 includes resolution to the following issues:

  •  Embedded QuickTime Videos Generate Authentication Request only in Safari on Mac.
  •  Package Import – External URL Modification Issue.
  •  Instructor Cannot Enter a Score in a Grade Center Cell.
  •  Cross-site Scripting Vulnerability in a Field Could Allow Session Hijacking and Phishing.
  •  When Using Arabic Language Pack Oct Release User gets Date Entered is Not Valid Error.
  • No User Input Validation for Comma Space in Calculated Formula Question Answers.
  • Course Copy Error for Stored Procedure.
  • Enterprise Surveys – Analyze Results Color Key only Shows up to Eight Colors.
  • Instructor Cannot Change Grade in Grade Center Column.

Cumulative Update 3 for Learn 9.1, October 2014 includes resolution to the following issues:

  • Slideshare Watch Presentation and Preview do not Work.
  • NullPointerException when Accessing the Default Notification Settings in Course or Organization Settings.
  • AccessControlException When Sending Enterprise Surveys.
  • Enterprise Survey Response Period Email Edits do not Save when Recipients are Selected Using Choose Places.
  • Organization Packages Being Restored – Imported As Courses.
  • Missing Questions in Assessment After Upgrade.
  • Delegated Grading and Disabled Course Enrollments Leaves some Attempts out of the Grading Workflow.
  • Users Unable to Embed YouTube Videos Using YouTube Mashup.
  • Internet Explorer and MS Office Authentication Prompt.

For a full list of the added features and functionality feel free to read the release notes at the address below:

https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/9.1_2014_04/Administrator/010_Release_Notes/080_Release_Notes_9.1_2014_10

Blackboard will be unavailable on December 26th and 27th, 2015

The UMIT Learning Platforms Team will be updating the University Of Miami Blackboard to version “9.1 October 2014” on Saturday and Sunday (December 26th – 27th) 2015. Due to this the Blackboard service will be unavailable.

We are excited to implement this upgrade and it will enhance our current version with added features, stability, and functionality. After the update has been completed, some users may still see a cached version of a page stating that Blackboard is still unavailable. If you attempt to access Blackboard after December 27th, 2015  and see this error, please feel free to contact the Blackboard Help Desk by emailing blackboardhelp@miami.edu or calling 305-284-3949 for assistance. This issue might also be resolved by clearing the cache in your web browser.

Instructions for Clearing Cache: Internet Explorer , Mozilla Firefox , Google Chrome , Safari

Below are some of the improvements that will be featured in this upgrade:

Issues Resolved

 

Cumulative Update 1 for Learn 9.1, October 2014 includes resolution to the following issues:

  • Course Links that Link to Assignments Generate Access Denied Errors.
  • Unable to Print More than One Page of a Student Grade Report.
  • When There are 2098 Courses in Terms Searching Causes an Error.
  • Downloaded Excel from Grade Center do not Match Weighted Totals in Grade Center.
  • Unable to access and list courses after oct2014 upgrade.

Cumulative Update 2 for Learn 9.1, October 2014 includes resolution to the following issues:

  •  Embedded QuickTime Videos Generate Authentication Request only in Safari on Mac.
  •  Package Import – External URL Modification Issue.
  •  Instructor Cannot Enter a Score in a Grade Center Cell.
  •  Cross-site Scripting Vulnerability in a Field Could Allow Session Hijacking and Phishing.
  •  When Using Arabic Language Pack Oct Release User gets Date Entered is Not Valid Error.
  • No User Input Validation for Comma Space in Calculated Formula Question Answers.
  • Course Copy Error for Stored Procedure.
  • Enterprise Surveys – Analyze Results Color Key only Shows up to Eight Colors.
  • Instructor Cannot Change Grade in Grade Center Column.

Cumulative Update 3 for Learn 9.1, October 2014 includes resolution to the following issues:

  • Slideshare Watch Presentation and Preview do not Work.
  • NullPointerException when Accessing the Default Notification Settings in Course or Organization Settings.
  • AccessControlException When Sending Enterprise Surveys.
  • Enterprise Survey Response Period Email Edits do not Save when Recipients are Selected Using Choose Places.
  • Organization Packages Being Restored – Imported As Courses.
  • Missing Questions in Assessment After Upgrade.
  • Delegated Grading and Disabled Course Enrollments Leaves some Attempts out of the Grading Workflow.
  • Users Unable to Embed YouTube Videos Using YouTube Mashup.
  • Internet Explorer and MS Office Authentication Prompt.

For a full list of the added features and functionality feel free to read the release notes at the address below:

https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/9.1_2014_04/Administrator/010_Release_Notes/080_Release_Notes_9.1_2014_10