Learning Systems Announcements

Blackboard Faculty – Fall 2018 – End-of-Semester Announcements »

Dear VCU Faculty,

As the the end of the Fall 2018 semester quickly approaches, ​Learning Systems would like to share some important eLearning reminders, resources and news with you.

Target Date set for the next major upgrade to eLearning (Blackboard) at VCU

The VCU eLearning System will be upgraded to a new version May 14, 2019. Blackboard will be unavailable from 8:00pm on Tuesday, May 14th until 8:00pm on Wednesday, May 15th. More details about the upgrade and new features will be shared soon!

Final Grades and Downloading the Blackboard Grade Center

Bb’s Grade Center is NOT the official source for grades. Grade sheets are available on faculty eServices. Final grades are due by noon on Wednesday, December 20th, 2018 (this is a date change).

Downloading the Bb Grade Center can be done at any time, but we strongly recommend faculty download the Grade Center in their Bb courses at the end of the semester, to retain the most accurate data for future grade references.  Click here for download instructions.

Learning Systems is here to help!

Please remember to use the Learning Systems Web Site as a resource for all things eLearning, which includes centrally supported tools such as Blackboard, Echo360, Kaltura, Lon-capa, and VoiceThread!

Thank you and happy holidays from Learning Systems at VCU!

VoiceThread Workshop January 2019 »

Be Ready for Mother Nature with VoiceThread December 11 at 7:00pm ET - Register here Have you already missed class time because of the weather? There will always be weather events and snow days that cause closures, but you don’t have to lose a full day of instruction any longer. VoiceThread lets you be there even when you’re not. In this wo . . .

Blackboard Production – Update Kaltura Building Block »

Begin Time: Friday, November 9th, 2018 02:00 US Eastern (UTC/GMT-4) End Time: Friday, November 9th, 2018 03:00 US Eastern (UTC/GMT-4) Blackboard building block (Kaltura) will be updated.  Although the update is being done without taking the system offline, there will be brief interruptions in service tools in Blackboard. Kind Regards,  Blackboa . . .

Kaltura Notice – East Coast Data Center Maintenance »

Kaltura's East Coast Data Center maintenance may impact VCU's instance of Kaltura during this timeframe. We are reaching out to inform you that a maintenance on our East Coast Data Center in order to improve performance and stability was scheduled for the following date/time: Friday, November 9th between 6:00pm to 2:00am EST. Saturday, November 10t . . .

Kaltura Notice – West Coast Data Center Maintenance »

Kaltura's West Coast Data Center maintenance may impact VCU's instance of Kaltura during this timeframe due to the additional load being placed on their East Coast data center. Thank you! We are reaching out to inform you that a maintenance was scheduled for Oct 21th between 7:00am to 10:00am UTC, on our West Coast Data Center storage system in order t . . .

VoiceThread Workshop: Oct. 2018 – Nov. 2018 »

VoiceThread and Storytelling October 2 at 7:00pm ET - Register here Most cognitive scientists agree that storytelling is a great way to help your message stick in the minds of an audience. Our minds are fine-tuned to remember information shared in a narrative structure, not a broadcast lecture. In this workshop, participants will learn how t . . .

LON-CAPA Is Unavailable – RESOLVED »

UPDATE - 11:30am LON-CAPA is now fully functional again.  Learning Systems will continue to closely monitor the system.  Please notify your students that they may continue work.  We appreciate your patience and cooperation. ---------------------------------------------------- Original Post - 9:30am LON-CAPA is currently down.  The Learni . . .

Echo360 Service Disruption – RESOLVED »

Echo360 Status Current Status: Operational Started: 9/14/2018 12:04pm (+0000) Resolved: Echo360 support has identified and addressed a root cause for the Echo360 service disruption. Service has been restored and we are monitoring the system at this time. Kind Regards, Learning Systems Echo360 Status Current Status: Service . . .

VoiceThread Workshop – Sept. 2018 -Oct. 2018 »

VoiceThread and Universal Design for Learning September 11 at 7:00pm ET - Register here Participants will learn how VoiceThread can help educators provide multiple means of engagement, representation, action, and expression for their courses. Participants will learn how to use VoiceThread’s multi-modal communication platform, closed capti . . .

Training Opportunity – Advanced Features of Zoom for Virtual Collaboration »

As a follow-up to the “Basics” training this past April, which included over 100 attendees, a representative from Zoom will host an advanced session exclusively for VCU faculty and staff on Friday, Sept. 21, 12:30-1:30pm. A range of advanced features will be demonstrated and explained, followed by a Q&A period for live interaction. If you would . . .

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