Blackboard 9.1 Frequently Asked Questions
The answer to my problem isn’t on this page – what do I do now?
Please put in a work order so we can start looking at it.
Please give us enough information to get started, especially your user-id, the course id, what you did, what you see and what you were expecting.
ACCESS TO BLACKBOARD
Common Questions from STUDENTS:
I can’t sign in to Blackboard!
- Are you sure you are registered for a Blackboard Course? If not, speak to your instructors. You will not have a Blackboard user-id unless you are taking one class that is being taught in Blackboard.
- Have students been enrolled yet in Blackboard? Course shells are created in Blackboard prior to the enrollments being copied over. Check the system announcements for the student enrollment dates.
- Try your Mary Baldwin User ID and your ORIGINAL pin.
- Call x7075 or fill out a help request form at http://help.mbc.edu/HelpRequest.html
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I am a student and I can’t see my class
Ask your instructor for help. Ensure that
- The class IS being taught using Blackboard
- The instructor has made the course available AND
- Student enrollments have been loaded.
If all these conditions have been met
and you still can’t see your course, contact the Help Desk by calling x7075 or fill out a help request form at http://help.mbc.edu/HelpRequest.html
I can’t get into the Discussions or Readings or Tests / I can’t see my grades / I can’t see the left hand side of my page!
Look on the far far far left hand side of the screen that comes when you click on your course to see if there is a tiny little tab with a > sign on it. It might look like this:
Click on the > you can get your left hand side back.
I can’t see my grade!
If a student has taken a test and the test is still available in the Content Area, the student can click on the test again. They will be able to see whatever the Instructor has allowed. This may be any or all of these:
- Score on the Test
- The Answers that the Student Submitted
- The Correct Answers
- Feedback from the Instructor based on the Student’s Answer
The Instructor sets up which feedback they wish to show the student when the Test is deployed or afterwards from Edit Test Options.
If a student has completed an assignment and the assignment is still available in the Content area, the student can click on the assignment again. They will be able to see the grade and any feedback the Instructor has entered for this assignment.
In order for a student to see all of his or her grades after the graded item is no longer Available, the Tools or the My Grades menu item must be made Available by the Instructor.
I have forgotten my password!
Your Blackboard password is your original MBC Pin. If you have forgotten your password, contact OIT on X7075 or go to https://academic.mbc.edu/sslscripts/password/pwreset.asp
When you click on Reset Password, it will not reset your Pin, but it will reset your network password (if you have one) to your original Pin and it will tell you your Pin.
I got an error while taking a test! My test recorded the wrong response!
When you press on next question (or save answer) and then click the mouse button again before it finishes refreshing the screen, you might get the following error -In the red bar it says – “Access denied” and the message says “Access Denied – Either you are not logged in or you do not have the appropriate privileges to perform this action.”
Another kind of error which just says “Error” in the red bar and the message says – An error occurred. Contact the System Administrator. For reference, the Error ID is ….
Workaround: Wait a second or two after the save before clicking the mouse again.
Always double check your test answers before the final submission. Because sometimes if you are working quickly, the screen might not have had time to reset itself before you click the answer. If the screen has not reset itself, the test might record the answer it THINKS you chose, rather than the answer you thought you chose.
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How do I turn off the overnight emails?
You can turn OFF your notifications for each class you are in, and then you won’t get the Overnight Digest emails.
Do this by clicking on My Places and clicking on Edit Notification Settings.
If you want to turn off the overnight emails from ALL your courses, click on Bulk Edit Notification Settings and Courses I am Teaching and/or Courses I am Taking. Leave the Default to ALL and go to 3. Settings and Unclick the box to the left of On/Off so that there are no little check marks in any of the boxes below. Click on Submit.
To turn off the settings from a certain course or courses, click on Edit Individual Course Settings. Click on each course one at at time and in the little box at the top left click on the On/Off button so that all the boxes below are Unclicked. Then click on Submit.
If, when a professor creates an announcement in their course, they click on Override User Notification Settings, Blackboard will send an email to the student even if they have set their Notificaiton Settings to NOT receive the overnight digest.
My test “froze” or I got “kicked out” of my test
If your students are taking a test from a wireless device they may have this experience. Please NEVER use Forced Completion when you are setting a test, because if the test freezes or the network connection fails, the student will be unable to complete the test even if it is within the time limit.
If you do not choose Forced Completion, your student will be able to re-enter a frozen test and finish it.
If you must make a Forced Completion test, please inform your students that they must use a wired device to take the test.
My Blackboard Home page is so cluttered – how can I make last semester’s courses not show up?
First, make last semester’s course UNAVAILABLE. Go to Control Panel, Customization, Properties and change Make Course Available to NO.
Then, go into your Blackboard @ MBC tab and on the My Courses pane there is a little wheel at the top right. Click on the wheel and then UNCLICK the boxes next to the old courses. This will remove the course from your view but it is still in the database until it is archived.
How can I make a .pdf from my Word or Powerpoint document?
If you have Word 2010, you can Save As a .pdf file.
If you have an earlier version of Word, the easiest way to do this is to print to a .pdf printer. This will copy your document into a file instead of printing it.
Many MBC workstations have a doPDF printer, but if you need to install one go to http://www.dopdf.com/download.php and download the pdf printer from there. Click on “Run” after you click on download. It will run the install file on your computer.
If you are on Word 2003-2009 and your student sends you a Word 2010 document (.docx), you might need to download a converter in order to be able to read it. You should only have to do this once. Go to:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=3 and download and run the installer after accepting the agreement. You will then be able to open documents, spreadsheets, and presentations created in versions of Microsoft Office that are newer than yours.
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I pasted text into a Visual Edit Box and the formatting has changed / My Discussion entries look strange.
Sometimes pasting from Microsoft WORD or some other word processing software gives unpredictable results. Try pasting your entry into notebook (for a PC) or TextEdit (for a Mac), and get it looking the way you want it there, and then copy it from notebook into the Discussion Board or the Visual Edit box with edit mode ON.
SpellCheck crashes my Firefox!
This is a known issue with Blackboard and Firefox 15. At the end of spellcheck if you click Finish, Replace, or Ignore the small window just gets darker and darker until Firefox Crashes. The workaround for this issue is once the last misspelled word in the paragraph is reached , use the red X to close the spell checker.
The Blackboard timeouts for Assignments is set to 60 minutes. If you are working on a long assignment, it is better to create it using WORD or Notebook so you can save as you go along, then you can paste into Blackboard when you are finished. In our previous Blackboard it was not advisable to paste from word but it works fine now.