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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

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