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Arkansas Tech University - eLearning Course Management System.
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In order to proceed with testing all the facets of the new Blackboard platform that is going live on Aug 11th, we have had to create a temporary second server profile for Respondus Lockdown Browser. This means that for the rest of the summer when any user opens Respondus Lockdown Browser, you will be shown a box that says “Choose Server”. In the dropdown you will find our usual server, BbArkansasTech, and now a second one called ATU SaaS Pilot (do not use unless told to). Most students taking Summer II courses will continue to use BbArkansasTech, so you will click that choice and then OK. However, if you are in one of the few courses running on the new system; 1. your instructor will or should have told you this already and you are accessing the course through a separate web address, and 2) you will use ATU SaaS Pilot (do not use unless told to) when opening Respondus Lockdown Browser.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the Campus Support Center at 968-0646 or email@example.com.
Redundancy, Global Accessibility, Continuous Delivery and Overall Reliability of the University Learning Management System (LMS)… sound good? Well, add to that, access to an enhanced student experience, enhanced feature possibilities, and the peace of mind that the system will be available 24x7, and you have the Blackboard Learn Essentials Software as a Service (SaaS) portfolio that the University has elected to migrate to for the 18/19 Academic Session starting in Fall 2018.
Arkansas Tech was an early adopter of the Blackboard platform in 2001, starting on Blackboard 5 with 16 instructors to deliver online classes. As of Spring 2018, now on version 9.1, the LMS has over 10,583 active user accounts and 1573 available courses, facilitating online and face-to-face courses, as well as a number of organizational and custom use models.
Blackboard Learn has always been a self-hosted system running in our own on-campus data center. However, with the continuing demand for 24-hour access, global reach and reliability requirements; the University has been developing a plan to migrate to a cloud solution. Delivered on a modern cloud computing technology stack, the SaaS deployment method for Blackboard Learn provides that scalable and reliable foundation for a "World-Class" learning experience.
Another change? Nope, not for now; this is just a switch in deployment methods and users can expect very little change in how the LMS "looks" to you. Granted, this does open the possibilities of feature enhancements in the future, such as the "Ultra Experience", which will provide students and faculty a richer, more robust platform. For now, some of the initial benefits of this switch include:
Arkansas Tech is committed to advancing its educational technology for the mutual benefit of students and professors. This migration is one of the steps in that continued commitment.
Attention ATU students!
Blackboard has replaced its “Mobile Learn” app with a new app designed just for you. The “Blackboard App”. This enhanced, user-centric mobile experience puts critical learning tools right in your hands. Available for both iOS and Android. Check out this quick video on how to set up notifications from Blackboard Learn to the Blackboard App on your phone or tablet.
Learning anytime, anywhere.
Please be aware of this new phishing scam email disguising itself as a Blackboard Learn email.
This is not a legitimate message. Please do not click on the link. Just ignore it and delete it.
From: Blackboard IT [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2016 9:41 AM
To: FirstName LastName <email@example.com>
Subject: New message
We noticed your last document did not upload to our servers and your assignment was not submitted.
To ensure you receive a submission confirmation, you must resubmit again.
RESUBMIT MY DOCUMENT <link removed>
Follow the above instructions to confirm successful submission of your documents
MY UNIVERSITY ADMIN
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