SCU Institutional Update as of 1 February 2018

Blog Post created by sgardner on Oct 12, 2016

Managed Hosted - Diamond Level

Comprised of production, staging, test environments (prod/stage same version just prior to upgrading)

  • License and use: Community, Content Management System, Mobile, Social Profiles and Tools, Blackboard Portfolios, Blackboard IM, Collaborate (Ultra/Classic), VoiceThread
  • OpenDB, ASR_USER database access
  • Currently on 9.1 Q4 2016 release CU6
  • Building blocks/plugins/LTI tools include
    • Turnitin 2.7.2 * trialling 2.7.3 (thanks to Jeremy!)
    • SafeAssign * due to issues with SA not detecting 'spun' text, we have decided to go with Turnitin indefinitely.
    • Talis Aspire (myReadings)
    • Explorance (Unit Feedback)
    • Studiosity (formerly YourTutor)
    • JSHacks (20+ in use)
    • Student View Tool (Swinburne)
    • Class Groups (Bond University - ATD)
    • Custom Site List (All the Ducks)
    • Menu modification tool (All the Ducks)
    • Email Assignment Receipt (All the Ducks)
    • Ex Libris module - Library Loans (All the Ducks)
    • York xID locator (University of York)
    • York Data Source Key Tool (University of York)
    • LoginAs (Grand Rapids Community College)
    • Seneca Who's Online (Seneca College)
    • Tweak (QUT)
    • Mediasite (Enterprise)
      • Plans to integrate Mediasite into Blackboard with server version 7.2 by Session 3
    • Camtasia (Enterprise)
    • ReadSpeaker/TextAid released to all on 20 Feb 2017 and for the whole of 2017 there were 1593 hours of audio requested to 'listen' to
      • TextAid had 95 hours of audio requested in 2017
        • Currently, there are 785 registered TextAid users.
    • ReadSpeaker audio requests in March 2018 are up to 280 hours.
  • Eesysoft Support Centre, Messaging and Reports is running very well -- have rolled out reports for all learning sites for academics to view who is and is not accessing their learning sites
  • Move to SaaS begins in March 2018, with completion expected by mid 2018