SCU Update as of 31 October 2018

Blog Post created by sgardner on Oct 12, 2016

Blackboard Learn SaaS  Continuous Delivery -- Servers for production, staging, test environments

  • License and use: Community, Content Management System, Bb App (Modo Labs), Social Profiles and Tools, Blackboard Portfolios, Blackboard Collaborate (Original and Ultra), OpenDB
  • Current Release 3500.3.0-rel.6+d946e98
  • Building blocks/plugins/LTI tools include
    • Turnitin 2.7.3
    • 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 - All the Ducks) - used to auto-populate groups based on enrolment location
    • Custom Site List (All the Ducks)
    • Menu modification tool (All the Ducks)
    • UniMentor - Self Matching system for mentors/mentees (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)
    • 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 335 hours of audio requested in 2018 so far
        • Currently, there are 1074 registered TextAid users - TextAid now does speech to text!
    • ReadSpeaker audio requests in 2018 are up to 1,261 hours.
    • SensusAccess - a file conversion tool that allows SCU users to convert any file into the format that best fits their needs, including Braille and ePubs.
  • Eesysoft Support Centre, Messaging and Reports are running very well