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Get email alerts on Bb service outages

Blog Post created by smachaje on Aug 13, 2018

As our LMS becomes more cloud based, we are dependent on external services.  Blackboard Collaborate, Saas, Ally, SafeAssign, behind Blackboard, or Connect are some examples.  You can check their status at: Blackboard Services Status (status.blackboard.com both Americas and Global tags). However, what if you prefer an email, phone call or a text message when the service changes status?

 

This can be done with IFTTT triggered by the RSS sources on status.blackboard.com.

 

Here are the steps to setup email notification on a change of SafeAssign:

 

1. Setup IFTTT account

2. Determine URL to the specific RSS feed of the service.  For SafeAssign navigate to status.blackboard.com and click on Global tab.  From here an orange RSS icon contains the URL.  The URL is: http://status.blackboard.com/rss?services=safeassign

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3. Create a new applet on IFTTT that uses THIS as RSS trigger and THAT as email (options: SMS, phone, etc).  This steps may require that you first setup your email.

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The end result should be that when status is added to the SafeAssign listing, your IFTTT recipe is triggered and you get an email.  For a more advanced approach see this IFTTT action that generates a phone call:

Blackboard Button - IoT and IFTTT with Amazon Comprehend - YouTube

 

Let us know in the comments how you are using IFTTT already or if this recipe may work for you!

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