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What's new in the Open Photo Roster?

Blog Post created by smachaje on Aug 28, 2018

All right, so you implemented the Open Photo Roster to show campus photo ids to instructors.  This helps with learning student names, managing new faculty anxiety about teaching, and allows proctors validate identities before the exam.  However, a question sometimes comes up: What about the pictures of freshmen, now that they are seniors, who don't look anything like their pictures!

 

You are in luck.  We implemented image manipulation to age the freshmen photos and simulate how they will look in just 4 years.

 

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Ok, maybe not exactly ... we're not there yet.  What we added are two additional rosters, which may help faculty see more current photos.  The two rosters are Blackboard Avatars and Gravatars.

 

Many schools are allowing students to upload avatars to the My Institution cloud interface.  These photos can be useful, and now you can see them in the photo roster.  On the other hand, the Gravatar system is very popular in WordPress and other social media.  It allows students to associate pictures with their school email address.  Instructors can specifically encourage the upload of photos to Bb Avatars or Gravatars to make sure their rosters are complete.

 

The new B2 has two versions: Open Photo Roster, and Open Photo Roster Plus.  The Open Photo Roster displays Bb Avatars and Gravatars.  The Plus requires custom setup arranged by support@dataii.com.  The B2s were tested on local installation, Managed Hosting, and Saas.  They work with Original and Ultra courses (Ultra menu setup arranged by support@dataii.com).

 

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