Category: Announcements

Blackboard Learn Upgrade May 8 – 10

Blackboard Learn will be unavailable due to a scheduled upgrade beginning Wednesday, May 8 at 8:00 p.m. until Friday, May 10 at 12:00 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Faculty Resource Center at 205-348-3532 or frc@ua.edu.

McGraw Hill to Discontinue Tegrity June 30, 2020

McGraw Hill has announced that they are discontinuing their Tegrity lecture capture product effective June 30, 2020. We are already looking at other lecture capture options and are building a plan to get something new in place as soon as we can. There are a couple of products that are similar in function and workflow and that also offer migration services for Tegrity clients.

2019 Faculty Technology Showcase: Call for Nominations

The 2019 Faculty Technology Showcase will be held on Friday, February 22nd in room A232 Gordon Palmer Hall. The call for nominations is now open!

The goal of the Faculty Technology Showcase is to provide an opportunity for our community to share with one another how technology is being used across campus. Please nominate your colleagues who incorporate technology in both innovative and practical ways that enhance teaching and learning, assist with research, and/or increase professional productivity. You are welcome to nominate yourself as well.

Presentations will be in the form of electronic poster sessions that will last approximately 50 minutes each. More information about previous showcases can be found at http://frc.ua.edu/faculty-technology-showcase/.

There are two ways to submit the names and email addresses for those you would like to nominate.  You can complete this brief Qualtrics survey or you can send the names and email addresses to frc@ua.edu. Please submit nominations by Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Contact FRC Instructional Technology Support Specialist Mo Fiorella (mo.fiorella@ua.edu or 205-348-9941) if you have questions about the nomination process.

Temporary Halt to New Blackboard Integrations

The UA Blackboard Learn team has made the decision to halt all pending integrations until an audit of our existing integrations and the potential issues they may cause is complete.

Early in the Fall 2018 semester, UA’s Blackboard Learn system went completely down twice in one week. The downtimes were minimized to about 30 minutes each due to the quick action of our Bb and UA support teams. An incident analysis revealed that the outage was caused by a malfunctioning grade synch process used by a textbook publisher integration. Although this integration is only used by about 10 of the 7000 UA fall classes in Blackboard Learn, many thousands of users were affected by the outage.

In the interest of preventing future performance issues, UA’s Blackboard team has decided to audit and reevaluate the 130+ integrations currently in place. We also plan to strengthen our guidelines for vetting and testing integrations. Once those tasks are done, we will be able to consider new integration requests again. No existing integrations will be removed or altered without communicating with users.

 

Blackboard Update – May 9 – 11

UA’s instance of Blackboard will be updated starting at 8:30 p.m. May 9. The update is scheduled to be completed by noon May 11. During the update window Blackboard will be unavailable.