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The Server(s)

circuits Here are some basics about the underpinning of your courses. Bb is now on a Bb server (not our local district server) although all functions (including containers and course functions) are controlled locally. WebAdvisor handles all rosters at A&R and will automatically update Bb or any student roster changes.

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District Server:

Course Containers:

  • Empty course container shells are automatically created for every section you are teaching each semester (using a process called "Snapshot." These will appear in your Bb account about the time registration begins. You can then build your course from these containers, add a Bb template, and/or copy material and settings from previous courses into these containers (see Blackboard Container Preparation, and Blackboard Template).
  • If you wish to include material or settings from a previous semester course, go into that previous Bb course and choose "Copy Course." You can then select the target container (you want to copy to) and what components of the current course you would like copied into that container.
    • Some known problems:
      1. All copied Db posts list "anonymous" as author [This is an intentional design of Bb]
      2. Any items that have a link to the Grade Center (assignments, assessments, graded discussions) must have the box "Grade Center Columns and Settings" checked or they will not copy over
      3. If your original Db forum settings have "Allow author to remove own posts" checked, your links to Gradebook will be lost during copying. So, always uncheck this option in all your Db forums before copying. [This is a known bug in Bb]
    • Some Copy items that may need cleanup:
      1. Grade Center: some columns may be appended
      2. Menu items: some items may be appended
      3. Tool Availability: review for desired settings
  • If you wish to work ahead, you can also create a "development container" that is not tied to a particular course section number (see Blackboard Requests) - you can also create these for workshops or presentations.
  • You can also combine sections on Bb using the Course Merge Tool
  • Students for each section are automatically added into your Bb container each semester (included late adds). Use WebAdvisor (see below) to further manage (drop) students.
  • Make the course available (in Bb Control Panel>Settings) when you want to begin allowing student access.
  • At the end of the semester, after your course is over, be sure to change your settings for your old container to "unavailable" (Bb Control Panel). You can hide old courses from your Bb account home page by clicking the pencil icon in the upper right of the "My Courses" box.

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WebAdvisor/Colleague (Cuyamaca's electronic roster): This is the new and now the only way to view and manage your student rosters (see tutorials below). Login usually has the same Username/ID but can have a different password. View all online student rosters with daily updates by A&R. Enter final grades through this online system (use "Grade/Pos Attendance Rosters" listing. Course grades will stay in Colleague online forever, so that you can always access past grading ( you can also save Bb Grade Center or WebAdvisor information into Excel for storage on your computer).

Students will automatically added to Bb courses daily by WebAdvisor, but any changes you make to your roster in Bb will NOT be reflected in WebAdvisor (you must notify A&R) - faculty will not be able to enroll anyone in their containers. Any changes made to email addresses in Bb will be overwritten each night by WebAdvisor - be sure alert your students to correct their email addresses in WebAdvisor. For adding guest lecturers or others to your containers, contact IS at (619) 644-7547.

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WebAdvisor will:

  • add students into your containers automatically daily
  • [up to 7 days before semester begins]
    • will completely remove students who drop from your containers
  • [after 7 days before semester begins):
    • will update student status daily but . . .
    • students will not be able to self-add
    • students who drop will remain listed in containers as "unavailable"
    • student's work is kept in container (just in case)
  • will create a student account in each container for each faculty member (indentified as "stu_firstname.lastname" so that you can view your course as a student

Course Schedule Notes:

  • The semester before your class begins, be sure to write and submit any notes that you wish listed in the notes section of the college course schedule. These notes can include instructions about your orientation, whether students should email you before the first day of class, your college web page, contact information, etc. (see this example of course notes or look in the Cuyamaca Schedule's online classes).
  • You must submit these to your Chair, Coordinator, or Dean immediately following your class assignment (the semester before the course is scheduled to begin
  • Your notes will be listed in both the online and printed schedules

Overall Timeline for Course Development:

  • At start of prior semester:
    • Get course and section approval (by Chair or Coordinator)
    • Submit Course Schedule notes
  • Months before semester begins:
    • Container will be automatically created
    • Build your course within this container (include content and assignments)
  • When registration begins:
    • Students automatically added by WebAdvisor
  • Start of semester:
    • Make course "available" from within Bb Control Panel
    • Begin teaching class

College Email and Cuyamaca Access:

Faculty Login:

  • email: first.last@@gcccd.edu (john.smith@.gcccd.edu)
  • network login (for faculty web page creation, other areas on the college site):
    • username: firstname.lastname (john.smith)
      • [ may sometimes require "gcccdedu\" before username (gcccdedu\john.smith)]
    • password: PIN (birthdate - MMDDYY - on first login, then can be changed)

Student Email:

Cuyamaca Web Standards

Contacts:

  • Technology Contact List
  • For adding guest lecturers or others to your containers, contact IS at (619) 644-7547
  • Network Support Personnel: Steve To, Joe Souza, Robert Mountain
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Blackboard Server:

Faculty:

  • Bb login (same as network login):
    • username: firstname.lastname (john.smith)
    • password: PIN (birthdate - MMDDYY - on first login, then can be changed)
  • Can change first and middle names in Bb for Bb use.
  • If the Bb server should go down or have problems, you should call the Help Desk and report the outage: 660-4395 (on weekends record a message and it will be intercepted and action taken within the hour). You can also email the Help Desk at c-helpdesk@gcccd.edu
  • In extreme cases of problems with lost data, our own IS can request Bb to restore courses from the Bb server.
  • Blackboard Support Page for Faculty
  • Cuyamaca Blackboard Faculty Support

Student Bb Login:

  • Username: firstname.lastname (for example: john.smith)
    Password: Your 6 digit birthdate (for example: 071585).
    The password can be changed after students login (make sure they use any changed password in future Bb course logins)
  • Login Instructions:
  • Student accounts are available one day after they register for a class, but they will not see their online Bb class until the instructor has made it available.
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