A security update released by Microsoft last week has rendered Internet Explorer 11 incompatible with Blackboard. Blackboard is aware of the issue, and is working on a fix; however, they have not yet provided a timeline on when it will be available. We will provide updates once more information becomes available. This issue only affects Internet Explorer 11. Previous versions of Internet Explorer will still work with Blackboard, as will Firefox or Chrome. Users should access Blackboard via one of these alternatives until this issue is resolved. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Tegrity is the campus service that faculty use to record classroom activity. Tegrity works within Blackboard and enables a faculty member to record their desktop. Students can view the class recording from anywhere. This is the second full year the campus has used Tegrity for classroom recording. The data below is based on data gathered by the Tegrity system as faculty and students use the service. Usage of Tegrity has grown substantially by students over the first two years. From the data we can conclude that students are using Tegrity in higher numbers and viewing for longer periods of time based on the viewing habits from calendar years 2012 to 2013.
Student Viewing over calendar years 2012 and 2013
2012 – Students viewed content for a total of 13,010 hours (542 days) over 26,397 visits
2013 – Students viewed content for a total of 21,195 hours (883 days) over 46,335 visits
Viewings in Fall 2012 – students viewed content for 5982 hours over 13,225 visits
Viewings in Fall 2013 – students viewed content for 6908 hours over 16,891 visits
Faculty Recording Usage
2012 – faculty created 1062 class recordings for a total of 807 hours
2013 – faculty created 748 class recordings for a total of 914 hours
We encourage everyone to use MyBelmont to connect to important campus resources. There are also a few web links good to know that are used daily that reside outside the mybelmont portal that does not require you to login everytime you want to lookup a campus phone number. These links are available to the entire Belmont community and guests.
So, please bookmark or place a shortcut on your desktop to access these important links.
If you have any questions please contact Randall Reynolds at 460-5471 or by campus email.
Campus Academic Calendar
Campus Events Calendar
ITS Support sites
The Blackboard Learn mobile app is now available for Belmont University for iOS, Android, Blackberry, and webOS devices. Users can download the app for a fee of $1.99 per year or $5.99 for a lifetime license. With the app, users can:
Receive push notifications of course activity
Post and comment on Discussion Boards, Blogs, and Journals
View (or post, if you’re an instructor) content and announcements
Check grades (students only; instructor Grade Center functionality is planned for a future release)
Attach files via Dropbox
Users who download the app can log in using their BUID as their username and myBelmont password as their password. iOS, Android, Blackberry, and webOS users can download from the app stores on their devices; more information can be found here:
Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
You see QR codes cropping up in a lot of places on campus. They are an easy way
to allow your customers to find you or information you want to share. Once the
QR code below is scanned it will bring up a web site or text or call a number on your smart phone.
To generate a code for a URL or other text there are web sites that will generate a code. I generated the code below for the link at http://goqr.me/
QR codes are a quick and easy way to share information on mobile APPs which can
be download for any mobile device such as an IPAD, Iphone or Android phone. I downloaded on my Iphone a free QR scanner APP which will read QR codes.
1. LINK to www.belmont.edu/its
2. Show a bible verse (or any text)
Do you follow several blogs and want an easier way to keep up? Try using RSS feeds to push emails to your outlook account or book marks so that you easily keep up with sites that are of interest. To use select the RSS button on the web site and either bookmark or cut and paste the link to your email. Outlook has an RSS feature that will create a separate folder in your inbox just for that feed. You can also install RSS readers that consolidate posts as well. So, if you want to read posts on the Belmont Vision you can use the RSS feed to have articles delivered to your email inbox. Also, you can install an RSS reader on your personal device (iphone, ipad or android) and consolidate your online reading. Try downloading Feedly from Google or other APPs to read content from your favorite web sites. Its fun and an easyier way to keep up with all of those blog sites!
RSS Feeds in Microsoft Outlook
Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a way for content publishers to make news, blogs, and other content available to subscribers. You can add your favorite RSS Feeds as subscriptions in Microsoft Outlook.
Using Outlook to subscribe to an RSS Feed is quick and easy and does not involve a registration process or fee. After you subscribe to an RSS Feed, headlines will appear in your RSS folders. RSS items appear similar to mail messages. When you see a headline that interests you, just click or open the item.
Create strong passwords
A strong password is an important protection to help you have safer online transactions. Here are some steps to create a strong password. Consider using some or all to help protect yourself online:
- Length. Make your passwords at least eight (8) long.
- Complexity.Include a combination of at least three (3) upper and/or lowercase letters, punctuation, symbols, and numerals. The more variety of characters in your password, the better.
- Variation. Change your passwords often. Set an automatic reminder to update passwords on your email, banking, and credit card websites every three months.
- Variety. Don’t use the same password for everything. Cyber criminals can steal passwords from websites that have poor security, and then use those same passwords to target more secure environments, such as banking websites.
There are many ways to create a long, complex password. Here are some suggestions that might help you remember it easily:
|What to do||Example|
|Start with a sentence or two.||Complex passwords are safer.|
|Remove the spaces between the words in the sentence.||Complexpasswordsaresafer.|
|Turn words into shorthand or intentionally misspell a word.||ComplekspasswordsRsafer.|
|Add length with numbers. Put numbers that are meaningful to you after the sentence.||ComplekspasswordsRsafer2013.|
More strategies for strong passwords
Test your password with a password checker
A password checker evaluates your password’s strength automatically. Try our password checker.
Avoid common password pitfalls
Cyber criminals use sophisticated tools that can rapidly decipher passwords.
Avoid creating passwords that use:
- Dictionary words in any language.
- Words spelled backwards, common misspellings, and abbreviations.
- Common letter-to-symbol conversions, such as changing “and” to “&” or “to” to “2″.
- Sequences or repeated characters. Examples: 12345678, 222222, abcdefg, or adjacent letters on your keyboard (qwerty).
- Personal information that could be guessed or easily discovered. Your name, birthday, driver’s license number, passport number, or similar information.
(Taken from Microsoft Article online – 2013)
The Belmont community needs to be aware of possible scam artists calling different departments across campus asking for serial numbers from HP, Samsung, and possibly Dell printers. These scam artists use the serial number from these printers to get warranty parts from the manufacturers, which they sell for profit. They may have information on the make and model of the printers or copiers in your office area. If requested, they may even provide a telephone number for their “company” which they will use to convince you of their authorization to collect information. Also, a number of departments have received calls from individuals posing as members of Information Technology Services or vendors wanting someone to give them a PO for toner supplies.
These scam artists will sound convincing if you talk to them long enough. Do not give them that opportunity. If anyone calls your department claiming to be from ITS, a printer or toner company and they request serial numbers from the printers in your office or want a PO number, tell them you are not allowed to give out that information and hang up.
Director of User Services
A New Web User Interface!
For Summer 2013, Tegrity will have an updated user interface.
- The new design will be simple and contemporary. Our goal is to also provide familiarity and continuity for our users.
- Tegrity will have updated help documentation to reflect the new design.
- The new user interface will allow Tegrity to innovate and more easily incorporate new feature and services.
Upload Recordings to YouTube
If enabled by the administrator, the instructor will have a new publishing option to supply their own YouTube (Google) credentials for uploading the screen-portion of a Tegrity recording. This is an admin controlled feature just like any of the delivery options available in Tegrity.
Twitter Course Notifications
Tegrity is re-introducing its popular Twitter notifications. Now the Twitter notifications will use the Instructor’s own specified Twitter account.
New Editor UI
The edit recordings functionality is undergoing several changes to make the editing experience easier and more powerful.
Copy/Move Additional Content
Now instructors will be able to use the actions menu to move or copy the additional documents, media files, and links along with their Tegrity Recording.
New Sharing Options for Instructors
Tegrity now makes it easier to share class links with several more options to help the instructor communicate the links to students. From the get class link feature, the instructor can choose options like Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr to communicate the link.
New Supported Caption Formats
Several new standardized captioning formats will be supported for closed captioning. This will allow Tegrity users to choose from a larger variety of tools and providers. The newly supported caption formats include:
- SRT – The most common subtitle/caption file format.
- SBV – Very similar to SRT.
- DFXP – Commonly used for captioning Flash video. Developed by W3C.
- QT – Caption format used for QuickTime video or audio. Developed by Apple.
Remove Closed Captions
An option is now available for removing closed captions from a recording. This will allow for easier external editing and replacement of existing captions.
Tegrity users can now view, print, and download transcripts from Tegrity recordings where captioning has been provided.
Maximum Recording Time Setting
A new admin setting allows to define a maximum length for Tegrity recordings. No more worries about the occasions where someone forgets to turn off the recording feature for several days.
New Print Layouts
Tegrity will now support more optimized printer layouts for better facilitation of note taking and efficient use of paper.