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At the start of the summer semester of 2011, we upgraded the Blackboard system to version 9.1. Below is a list of currently known issues relevant to students. Click here if you would like to see the complete list.
|Browser Compatibility||Issues with Internet Explorer 8 and Blackboard||Using Internet Explorer 8 with Blackboard will cause problems for students attempting to submit tests or use the file upload feature. To avoid these issues it is suggested to use Mozilla Firefox http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/ie.html or change to the “compatibility mode” in IE8 (Tools > compatibility mode” in IE8 (Tools > Compatibility View Settings > Check ‘Display all websites in Compatibility View’ > Close. You will need to close IE8 and reopen the browser before the change takes effect.)|
|Copy and Paste||Copy and pasting text from Word to a Bb text editor or discussion post causes formatting problems in Blackboard.||Blackboard offers a Paste from Word Mash Up Tool. Click this link for the video tutorial.|
|Digital Dropbox||Removed from version 9||Faculty should use assignment manager for file uploads.|
|External links – now called URL||URL link may not open for students in IE.||Please use the Option, “Open in New Window”|
|Grade Center||System errors occur when trying to access submitted assignments||Some columns defaulted back to NO CATEGORY. Once the category is changed to assignment, etc., the submitted assignments are accessible.|
|Grade Center||Can’t view column information||Quick Column Information – can access in Internet Explorer but not Firefox.|
|Grade Center||System error occurs when trying to access certain areas of Grade Center||Change the ordering of one column temporarily to force a re-organization of Grade Center. Sometimes this will resolve an issue causing a system error.|
|Homepage||Removed from version 9||Faculty can encourage the use of a blog , if an avatar is added under personal information then a photo is shared in blog.|
|Tools – Course Menu||Tool not available in course menu||The “tools” area was removed after upgrade (was in lower box below course menu in version 8). Faculty can make a Tools menu item for courses prior to SU 2011. All current and future courses will have the tools area as a default option in the snapshot course.|
|YouTube Mashup tool||If you choose to pick the Embed Video player option, Firefox will not display video properly||Keep the default “thumbnail view” for the YouTube player option.|