Center for Information Technology Services


University of Maryland Baltimore
eLearning Steering Committee Meeting Notes
August 12, 2004
Prepared by: Nola Stair

Attendees:  Dave Pitts (SOWK), Sarita Sanjoy (SOM-PTRS), Jeff Hawk (SOM-PTRS), Nola Stair (SON), Shannon Tucker (PHARM), Jim Leoni (CITS), Brent Nickles (CITS), Dan Hughes (CITS), Vavian Cox (CITS), Fran May (CITS), Manny Ocasio (SOL), Eileen Patton (SOM), Lorraine Doucette (SOM), and James Craig (Dental)
   
Agenda:

  1. Blackboard 6 Migration Update
  2. General Blackboard Q & A
  3. eLearning Website – http://www.umaryland.edu/eLearning

BLACKBOARD 6 MIGRATION UPDATE

Traditional Campus BlackBoard Server (http://blackboard.umaryland.edu)

Blackboard version 6.1 Migration - successfully completed during the weekend of August 6, 2004. 
The old Traditional Server (running version 5.5) can still be accessed via http://bb5.umaryland.edu; however, these old servers will be used for other purposes and therefore, will not be available indefinitely.

Known Migration Issues:

Test Manager

Status

Creating Tests - Users can create tests, but after adding the last question - BBv6 indicates “Error Message”

BlackBoard has been notified and issue has been resolved.

Pool Manager

 

Question Pools – Some users have reported being unable to reorder the sequence or use keywords for searches

BlackBoard has been notified

Chat Archives

 

BBv5 Archives did not migrate to BBv6

If needed, users will have to print BBv5 archives for each course

Missing Courses

 

Some users reported missing courses in BBv6.

Users should verify their courses and notify the ASC Helpdesk if courses need to be created

BB Technical Support Teleconference Call:

Brent Nickles arranged a teleconference call with BB technical support so that committee members could ask specific questions regarding BBv6, such as:

  • • Roles – TAs have limited capabilities now.  However, roles be modified at the BB Administrator Level
  • Discussion Board – Are discussion threads still copied when a course is copied?
  • Assignment Manager – Do you have to attach a document in order to use the Assignment Manager/
  • Archive vs Course Copy – What is the preferred method?
  • Virtual Classroom (Pasting URLs and using PPTs) – Is it still possible?

Action Items Assigned:

Action Items

Date Due

Responsibility

1. What privileges should be assigned to various course roles?

Next Meeting

Brent Nickles

2. Review and verify suggestions from BB technical support

Next Meeting

All eLearning Committee Members

Continuing Education BlackBoard Server (http://ce.umaryland.edu)

Blackboard Migration  (version 5.5 to 6.1) – successfully completed during the weekend of July 10, 2004. The old CE Server (running version 5.5) can still be accessed via http://ce2.umaryland.edu; however, these old servers will be used for other purposes and therefore, will not be available indefinitely.

Action Items Assigned:    

Action Items

Date Due

Responsibility

None

 

 

GENERAL BLACKBOARD Q & A:

What type of training is available?
It was decided to provide a 1hour campus-wide BBv6 Update, to be held on September 14 from Noon – 1pm. (Updated 12:15 - 1:15)

12:15  Welcome (Peter Murray)
12:20  CITS - Helpdesk & BB Administrator (Fran May/Brent Nickles)
12:30  Digital Dropbox vs Assignment Manager - Nola
12:40  New Gradebook Features - Shannon
12:50  Collaboration (Lightweight vs Virtual Classroom) - Jeff
  1:00  Course Links and Units - Sarita
  1:10  HSHSL Training (Alexa Mayo/HSHSL)
  1:15  Wrapup (Dave Pitts)
 (Optional 1:15-2:00 – Network with eLearning Committee Members and Ask Any BB Question!)

Action Items

Date Due

Responsibility

1. Determine availability of SOWK Auditorium

ASAP

Dave Pitts

2. Spread the word about the campus-wide BBv6 Update

ASAP

All eLearning Committee Members

3. Determine webcast capability from SOWK Auditorium

ASAP

Dave Pitts/Nola Stair

4. Contact Peter Murray

ASAP

Dave Pitts

5. Contact suggested presenters and/or volunteers

ASAP

Nola Stair

eLEARNING WEBSITEhttp://www.umaryland.edu/eLearning

Sarita Sanjoy reported that the sub-committee continues to meet to develop the eLearning website.  The next meeting is scheduled for  Monday, August 18, 2004 from Noon- 1pm at the School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Therapy. (Room 219).  eLearning Website sub-committee members include Shannon Tucker, Alexa Mayo, Nola Stair, Shelley Jordon, Buzz Merrick, Fran May, Lorraine Doucette, Jeff Hawk, and Dave Pitts. 


NEXT MEETING:

Don’t Miss It!  Manny Ocasio graciously volunteered to host the next meeting on Thursday, September 9, 2004 from 9:30 to 10:30am at the School of Law. More details about room location will be sent in an upcoming email. (Updated location is the School of Law's Krongard Boardroom, UMB SOL 500 West Baltimore St.  Baltimore 21201)