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scolly

UQ Update May 2019

Posted by scolly May 15, 2019
  • Preparing for Bb Upgrade July 6/7/8 2019 to 1 Q4 2018.
  • Our Bb is still on-prem while we wait for outcome of VLE review. Going to market this year. Hope to go cloud at that point.  Aiming to decide on system by EOY and then spend 2020 building integrations and preparing for first migrates.
  • Have acquired H5P licences—Piloting during S2 for Blackboard, Open edX, and Drupal.
  • Big push on grades security – trying to get people to use gradecenter instead of spreadsheets. Held up by a common need for hurdles that Bb does not do.
  • Running an RFO for an eAssessment (eExam) solution, and working on a mandatory BYOD policy. Thinking of using chromebooks for exams for people that don’t have laptops. Open to ideas?
  • Testing Adaptive Learning - Proof of Concept - Cerego
  • Deploying Active Learning: Echo ALP in S2. Providing training. Piloteers, Video interviews etc.
  • Procuring an Open edX environment so we can expand use of edX content into more courses. Doing this at a rate of 20 courses per year. Focusing on largest courses. Have more than 3,600 courses. Collaborating with Chinese unis on building shareable edX courses. China gov has plan for unis to start using C9 generated content.
  • Deploying Echo Lecture recording Auto-Transcriptions just for courses with students that need it.
  • Promoting Academic Integrity training
  • Deployed Padlet site licence
  • Ongoing deployments of ePortfolios into new programs. 24 programs currently.
  • Piloted Eesysoft and writing business case.
  • May revisit bus case for iThenticate at end of 2019. Big push on academic integrity on many fronts.
  • Trialed Kaltura RAPT. Probably not suitable for average academic but good for building high quality program materials.. esp if content shared
scolly

UQ Update March 2019

Posted by scolly Mar 20, 2019
  • Preparing for Bb Upgrade July 2019. Took a while to get the dates.
  • We are still on prem while we wait for outcome of VLE review but hope to go cloud.
  • Big push on Grades Security – trying to get people to use gradecenter instead of spreadsheets. Held up by a common need for hurdles
  • Testing Scenario Based Learning test - RAPT
  • Testing Adaptive Learning - Proof of Concept - Cerego
  • Testing Active Learning: Echo ALP Deployment- Ailsa
  • As mentioned – running a VLE Review - Due for RFT complete by Jule 2019
  • Starting to include edX content in our Bb courses – and supporting that. At rates of 20 / year
  • Bespoke Edge tool support (Ailsa)
  • Running an RFT for an eAssessment (eExam) system
  • Deploying Echo Lecture recording Auto-Transcriptions
  • Promoting Academic Integrity training
  • Running a project to develop a BYOD policy and equity support program
  • Ongoing deployments of ePortfolios
bsearle

CDU update March 2019

Posted by bsearle Mar 20, 2019

Charles Darwin University March 2019 Update

Hosting – Learn SaaS Flexible Deployment Option (FDO)

Environments - Production, Staging and Test

Current Release – Bb Learn Release 3500.0.4-rel.19+9180e36 

Bb License - Community, Content Management System, Bb App, CDU Mobile (Modo Labs), Social Profiles and Tools, Blackboard Portfolios, Bb Collaborate (Original/Ultra), Bb A4L, SQL Reporting Services, Pyramid Analytics, VoiceThread, Bb Smart View (help desk services) Bb Student Services (Student and staff help desk) EesySoft, Bb Ally


Other Building blocks/plugins/LTI tools include -

SafeAssign

Explorance (Student Evaluation)

JSHack

Accreditation Data (Custom B2)

Log in As

Basic LTI

ShareStream SaaS

Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor

Tutor.com

SIS Framework

Accreditation Data (Bb Consulting)

Mobile Web Services

 

In Progress-

JISC Digital Capability Framework

Pyramid Analytics upgrade v 6.5.2

Migration to Continuous Delivery (CD)

Ultra-Base navigation

Under Review-

ePortfolio – Portfolium

Digital badges - Credly

Interested in Feedback About-

Learn Ultra Transition

Bb Enterprise Surveys

sgardner

SCU Update - March 2019

Posted by sgardner Mar 19, 2019

Southern Cross University - Update March 2019

SaaS Continuous Delivery (CD) as of 15 June 2018

Current Version Release 3500.11.0-rel.10+071f567

License and Use:  Community, Content Management System, Bb App (Modo Labs), Social Profiles and Tools, Blackboard Portfolios, Blackboard Collaborate (Original and Ultra), BbDDA

 

Authentication:  SAML & LDAP & Learn Internal

 

3rd Party or Custom Building Blocks

  •     Course Menu Modification Tool - All the Ducks
  •     Ex Libris Integration - All the Ducks
  •     Staff Info Web Service - All the Ducks
  •     UniMentor - All the Ducks
  •     Custom Site List - All the Ducks
  •     Certificate of Completion - Griffith University
  •     Basic LTI Tools - Oscelot
  •     Eesysoft Reports, Messages, Support- Eesysoft (trialling Tableau now)
  •     Javascript Hacks Tool - Oscelot
  •     Mediasite LTI   
  •     ReadSpeaker & Text Aid - Readspeaker 
  •     Unit Feedback - Explorance
  •     Student View Tool - Swinburne UoT
  •     Talis Aspire - Oscelot
  •     Turnitin Basic 2.7.6
  •     SensusAccess - Accessibility file conversion tool
  •     Studiosity Module 2.2.-1
  •     York Data Source Key Tool - University of York   
  •     York Xid Locator - University of York

 

 

Active Blackboard Building Blocks

  •     SIS Framework Controller
  •     Data Source Manager
  •     Collaborate Original & Ultra
  •     Mobile Web Services
  •     Cloud Profiles   
  •     Cloud Storage Integration
  •     Portfolios
  •     Social Profiles and Tools
scolly

UQ Update Jan 2019

Posted by scolly Jan 16, 2019

In 2019 we are working on the following projects:

  • In July an upgrade to April 2019 release: Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2019
  • Deploying Echo ALP - initially focusing on it being an option for Turningpoint Responseware
  • We expect to progress with a BYOD device policy
  • Our EOI and RFT for e-assessment systems will continue
  • We are conducting a Virtual Learning Environment review to see if there might be better options for LMS and associated suite of systems. The review is expected to be done by June.
  • Meanwhile more mods to our on-prem Bb: a bulk file upload tool to allow annotation of assessment material using alternate tools; a Bb to student system grades transfer tool; maybe a grades hurdle tool.
  • Have been piloting Eesysoft - leading to a business case
  • Building more exemplar courses - partly using edX (connected to Bb)
  • Hopefully will have a new corporate training LMS as part of the new HR system - and offload them from Bb which does not seem to cope with the numbers (100K+)
  • More Chalk and Wire ePortfolio deployments
  • Have decommissioned Adobe Connect in favour of Zoom
  • Runnning an adaptive learning tool proof of concept using Cerego
  • Running a scenario based learning proof of concept using Kaltura RAPT.
  • Runing a micro credential project
  • Building an Analytics dashboard for coordinators
  • Student placements project
  • Promoting: best practice online course design standards to increase consistency across courses: grades management security; pre-recorded lectures; high value classroom experiences;

 

SimonC

 

 

 

scolly

UQ Update April 2018

Posted by scolly Apr 18, 2018

Projects on...

  • e-assessment to find an e-exam system and establish a BYOD program
  • Likely to change from Adobe to Zoom
  • bus case for Padlet site licence
  • Rolling out Best Practice Course Design Guidelines
  • Bb upgrade in July (on prem)
  • LMS options review during 2018 - EOI
  • Looking at Eesysoft Analytics
  • lots more
  • Rebuilding 30 large courses / year to have dream features - possibly using SPOCS

We've just ran a JISC survey on student  technology and prelim results from 5K+ students ion Bb is

 

Simon Collyer

 

bsearle

CDU Update April 2018

Posted by bsearle Apr 17, 2018

Hosting - Bb Managed Hosted, Diamond Client

Environments - Production, Staging and Test

Current Release – Bb Learn 9.1 Q4,2016

Next Upgrade – July 2018, (Bb Learn SaaS, Q2, 2018)

 

Bb License -  Community, Content Management System, Bb App, Modo Labs, Social Profiles and Tools, Blackboard Portfolios, Bb Collaborate (Original/Ultra), Bb A4L, SQL Reporting Services, Pyramid Analytics, VoiceThread, Bb Smart View (help desk sevices) Bb Student Services (Student and staff help desk)


Other Building blocks/plugins/LTI tools include -

SafeAssign

Explorance (Student Evaluation)

JSHack

Accreditation Data (Custom B2)       

Log in As

Basic LTI

ShareStream

Bb Collaborate Original

Respondus LockDown Browser (entreprise wide)

Bb Collaborate Ultra Experience (soft launch)

Studiosity (formerly YourTutor)

Blackboard App

EesySoft - EesyMessaging & EesySupport (Semester 1 launch targeting students)

 

In Progress-

Bb Learn SaaS Migration and upgrade Bb Learn
LTI - Catapult E-learning (VET online)

SIS Framework
Muti-year agreement Blackboard
Single Sign On

EesySoft - EesyMessaging & EesySupport (Semester 2 launch targeting staff)
Modo Labs CDU Mobile Application

Under Review-

ShareStream SaaS model

Bb Ally (evaluation)

Under consideration-

ePortfolio Tools

E-Texts and Partner Cloud

 

Interested In Feedback About-

e-portfilio tools being used by the others

Migration to Bb Learn SaaS
UAT processes and steps

scolly

UQ March 2018 Update

Posted by scolly Mar 14, 2018

On this year: LMS review; Lecture cap review; implementing new course design standards; bedding-in Echo cloud; still on-prem Bb (q4-2016); doing e-exams EOI; Looking at a BYOD policy (does anyone have one?); moving our professional development courses off Bb; Continued deployment of Chalk and Wire e-portfolio system; might decommission Adobe and use Zoom for virtual classes; Might get Padlet integration with Bb; Next Bb upgrade July 2018; Interest in Eesysoft.

Simon

Hosting - Managed Hosted

Environments - Production, Staging and Tes

Current Release – Bb Learn 9.1 Q2, 2017 CU5

Theme: 2016 Theme (Modified)

Next Upgrade – TBA

 

Bb License -  Community, Content, Bb App, Bb Student Services (after hours student help desk)

 

Other Building blocks/plugins/LTI tools include -

SCORM

SmartSparrow (LTI)

Adobe Connect

 

Authentication

SSO with Shibboleth

 

SIS

SalesForce

fage

VUW Feb 2018 Update

Posted by fage Jan 29, 2018

Hosting: Managed Hosting

Environments: Production, Test, Staging (for upgrades only)

Current Release: Bb Learn 9.1 Q4 2016 CU6

Theme: 2012 Theme

Provisioning: SIS Snapshot Flatfile

Next Upgrade: July 2018

 

Bb License:  Community, Mobile, ASR

 

Other Building blocks/plugins/LTI tools include -

Turnitin Basic

Learning Objects Campus Pack

Panopto

VoiceThread

Blackboard App

Talis Aspire

WileyPlus

SurveyDIG

Course Outlines (ATD)

SCORM Engine

York DSK tool

OCLC EZProxy

 

Currently testing:

Single sign-on with ADFS authentication using SAML auth B2.

About to explore Caliper.

jg27383

Unimelb Feb 2018 Update

Posted by jg27383 Jan 29, 2018

Hosting -Self Hosted

Environments - Production, UAT, TEST, TRAIN, SANDPIT, CASSANDRA, Dev

Current Release – Bb Learn 9.1 Q4, 2017 CU2

Theme: 2016 Theme

Next Upgrade – TBA

 

Bb License -  Community, Content Management System, Bb App


Other Building blocks/plugins/LTI tools include -

Turnitin

JSHack

Basic LTI

Blackboard App

Poll Everywhere

SCORM Engine

VitalSource

MyLabsPlus

WebAssign

Class Groups

Examsoft

Subject Merge (All the ducks)

Community Merge (ATD)

Enrolment List (ATD)

Enrolment Change Log (ATD)

 

Currently testing:

Blackboard Ally

scolly

UQ November Update

Posted by scolly Nov 15, 2017

Deploying best practice course design guidelines across all courses during 2018 to raise the average design standard and help students navigate.

UQ is rebuilding 10 exemplar courses per year for next 3 years, likely to include 1 or 2 SPOCS in each.

Bb upgrade during Xmas break - waiting for bug patch

Working on contract to move Echo to cloud at start of Summer Semester or soon after

Expecting to cancel plans to move Bb to SaaS - and stay on prem at least another year

Collecting feedback on whether can replace Adobe connect virtual classroom for Zoom web conferencing which is now well established.

Deploying Chalk and Wire eportfolio system to another 20 programs (will be 60 total) S1-2018 then opening to all students

Getting increased take-up of ithenticate (now over 700)

Kaltura use for student video assessment still growing rapidly

Auditing grades management practices to see if we can tighten up systems and processes to secure grades

Sad that Office Mix is being discontinued but Kaltura can do embedded quizzes that link to Gradecentre

Pushing for some Bb mods like direct xfer of grades to Si-net; a grading schema with hurdles toool

Deployed mirroring 360 to all teaching spaces - allows staff/students/groups to present work on main screen

 

Simon

jg27383

Unimelb October Update

Posted by jg27383 Oct 17, 2017

Hosting -Self Hosted

Environments - Production, UAT, TEST, TRAIN, SANDPIT, CASSANDRA, Dev

Current Release – Bb Learn 9.1 Q2, 2017

Next Upgrade – 18 December 2017, (Q4, 2017) 

 

Bb License -  Community, Content Management System, Bb App


Other Building blocks/plugins/LTI tools include -

Turnitin

JSHack

Basic LTI

Blackboard App

Poll Everywhere

SCORM Engine

VitalSource

MyLabsPlus

WebAssign

Class Groups

Examsoft

Subject Merge (All the ducks)

Community Merge (ATD)

Enrolment List (ATD)

Enrolment Change Log (ATD)

bsearle

CDU October Update

Posted by bsearle Oct 17, 2017

Hosting - Bb Managed Hosted, Diamond Client

Environments - Production, Staging and Test

Current Release – Bb Learn 9.1 Q4, 2015

Next Upgrade – November 2017, (Q4, 2016) Scheduled for 3-4 November

 

Bb License -  Community, Content Management System, Bb App, Modo Labs, Social Profiles and Tools, Blackboard Portfolios, Blackboard IM, Bb Collaborate (Original/Ultra), Bb A4L, SQL Reporting Services, Pyramid Analytics, VoiceThread, Bb Smart View (help desk sevices) Bb Student Services (Student and staff help desk)


Other Building blocks/plugins/LTI tools include -

SafeAssign

Explorance (Student Evaluation)

JSHack

Accreditation Data (Custom B2)       

Log in As

Basic LTI

ShareStream

Bb Collaborate Original

Respondus LockDown Browser (entreprise wide)

Bb Collaborate Ultra Experience (soft launch)

Studiosity (formerly YourTutor)

Blackboard App

 

In Progress-

EesySoft - EesyMessaging & EesySupport

Modo Labs transition from Mosaic

 

Under Review-

Bb Instructor


Under consideration-

SIS Framework
Bb Learn SaSS

ePortfolio Tools

E-Texts and Partner Cloud

 

Interested In Feedback About-

e-portfilio tools being used by the others

others considering a migration to Bb Learn SaaS

 

scolly

UQ Update Sept 21-2017

Posted by scolly Sep 20, 2017

Hi Everyone,

In Nov we start sending all lecture recordings to hosted Echo ALP

At xmas we will have another go at the Bb upgrade

We have a new SaaS environment and will pilot large OHS courses during S1-2018... and then run all courses on SaaS starting Nov 2018

Chalk and Wire eportfolio deployment going well with 9 programs on in S1 and 10 during S2 and 15 planned for S1-2018

Deployed iThenticate to researchers - proving popular

Deployed Mirror360 to all theatres - for screen sharing e.g. Instructor iPad to front while walking around OR student group screen sharing to front

planning to build more SPOCS into courses as part of the active learning push

Piloting IBM Watson in one course

Also piloting future learn in one course