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  • For Students: How to remove old classes from course list (Monday, December 29, 2014)

    If you have been at Oregon Tech for more than one term, you'll notice that your old classes are still listed even though you can't open them after a certain date.  If you don't want those to display, follow these steps.

    On the first page you see when you log into Blackboard, look for a small circle icon in the box labeled "Course List."  Click that circle and you'll see a page of options.  The only thing you need to do is click the box in front of "Group by Terms."  (It is at the top of the page.)  Then click Submit.

    Oregon Tech Online staff

  • Blackboard offline every Wednesday morning for 1 hour (Monday, December 29, 2014)

    Every Wednesday morning between 4:00am and 5:00am Pacific Time, Blackboard will be offline.  This is to allow us to perform Windows updates, install Blackboard updates and to do weekly database maintenance on the Blackboard Learn servers.  Please be aware that Blackboard will not be available during this hour.  Faculty should avoid any development in their classes and students should avoid test taking and assignment submission around this time frame.

    Doing this weekly maintenance help keeps Blackboard running more smoothly.


  • Avoid using Internet Explorer (Monday, December 29, 2014)

    Please remember to NOT use Internet Explorer with Blackboard. We have found that many unexplained problems/issues are resolved by using a different browser.  Even though Blackboard should work with all browsers, we have discovered that it is best to use Mozilla Firefox, Chrome or Safari with Blackboard. 

    Any time you have a problem in Blackboard, you should try another browser to see if it fixes the issue.  We often switch between Firefox and Chrome when we find that something won't work in one browser.  These browsers are updated frequently however and some features may not work as well right after they are updated, but in a few days the issue may go away.

  • Warnings - My Grades area and submitting assignments (Monday, December 29, 2014)

    Please be aware that there are two items that may affect students using Blackboard at Oregon Tech.  One of the issues is also affecting all other universities using the last four versions of Blackboard, so we're not alone.  Both of these issues will be fixed by Blackboard at some point, but we don't know when. 

    My Grades - Please do not use this area as your method of watching for upcoming items that are due.  It does not list any item that has specific dates available set up.  So if your instructor has an item set to not display until a future day, you will not see it listed in the My Grades area until that day arrives.  Also if you don't turn in an item that had selected dates available, you won't see the missed item in your My Grades area.  You should use the class syllabus, and the calendar if your instructor uses it, to track due dates

    Submitting Assignments - If an assignment link is listed inside of an area like Course Materials, you may notice an odd screen after submitting your assignment.  If the page that the assignment is listed has the Table of Contents menu listed on the side, that menu will move itself and land right on top of your submitted assignment.  Your instructor will not have this problem viewing your submitted assignment.  If you want to see the assignment with the correct view, go to the My Grades area and click the name of the assignment.  It will display correctly there.

    Oregon Tech Online

  • Summer Term Course Evaluations for Online and Blended Classes (Monday, August 3, 2015)

    It is time for students to complete the course evaluations for Summer Term 2015, fully-online and blended courses. (Hybrid courses are not included in the online evaluation process.) Please access the "Course Evaluations" link in each of your online and/or blended courses. It should be available as a link on the Course Menu. Your evaluation will remain anonymous. Instructors and OTO staff will know who completed an evaluation but they will be unable to determine which answers came from which student.

    Evaluations for 8 week courses are available between Monday, August 3rd at 8am through Thursday, August 12th at 11:59PM Pacific Time.

    Evaluations for 11 week courses will be available between Sunday, August 23rd at 8am through Friday, September 4th at 11:59PM Pacific Time.

    In some cases your instructor may extend this date range. If your course does not provide access to the Course Evaluation, please use external email to notify the Oregon Tech Online staff at online@oit.edu.

    I can't stress enough how valuable your feedback is to faculty and departments. Thank you for completing the course evaluation for your Blackboard course(s). Your time is greatly appreciated.

    Carrie Blomquist, Oregon Tech Online

GETTING HELP

If you need assistance with your Blackboard Learn ID or password, please email helpdesk@oit.edu or call ITS Helpdesk at (541) 885-1470, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time. The Helpdesk staff will need your first name, last name, and student ID (not your Social Security Number). Please specify that you are attempting to login to Blackboard Learn.

MAINTENANCE

Every Wednesday morning between 4:00 a.m and 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time, Blackboard will be offline. This is to allow us to perform Windows updates, install Blackboard updates and to do weekly database maintenance on the Blackboard Learn servers. Please be aware that Blackboard will not be available during this hour. Faculty should avoid any development in their classes and students should avoid test taking and assignment submission around this time frame.