Instructor Blog Topics

Instructor Blog Topics

Blackboard Instructor – New Mobile App Available!

Blackboard recently announced the availability of a new mobile app, designed specifically for instructors.  The new app, named “Blackboard Instructor”, is compatible with HuskyCT and available for iOS 9.0+ and Android 4.2+. Blackboard Instructor makes it easy for instructors to collaborate with students on the go! Currently, the app supports the following features: View courses […]

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Course Navigation Menu Collapses Unexpectedly

HuskyCT users may notice the course navigation menu is collapsing unexpectedly on some devices and browsers.  A recent software update, intended to address responsive design goals, has resulted in this unintended side-effect. The described behavior exists under the following conditions: Display resolution is 1024 x 768 (or lower) Web browser window has been minimized to […]

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Optimizing Course Lists in HuskyCT

After several semesters in HuskyCT, instructors may find their list of courses has become overwhelming.  In this post, we’ll review two common techniques for organizing the “My HuskyCT Classes” list. To get started, we’ll first need to access the appropriate settings: On the “My Courses” tab, hover your mouse over the “My HuskyCT Classes” module.  […]

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Student Access to Unavailable Courses (Prior Terms)

Approximately two weeks after the academic term ends, students will lose access to your course (assuming you have not set a later end date).  Additionally, four weeks after the term ends, student enrollment is set to unavailable (applies to courses where the end date has passed).  This is done to remove those courses from the […]

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Uploading Your Profile Picture

Students and instructors now have access to upload a profile picture in HuskyCT. Profile pictures are displayed as thumbnail images throughout HuskyCT, including: My Courses Notifications Dashboard Discussions, Blogs and Journals Grade Center BbStudent Mobile App Uploading a profile photo is as easy as 1-2-3: To get started, click the down-arrow next to your name, […]

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Course Archive and Export

HuskyCT allows instructors to create on-demand backups of courses.  Course exports and archives are useful in the event individual course materials need to be restored. The Export/Archive Course utility can create course Archives and Exports.  Both options generate a zip file containing materials contained in your course.  The Archive option has the additional capability of […]

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HuskyCT Transition to Cloud Services

HuskyCT is moving to Blackboard’s cloud-based architecture between December 25 and January 1. We are making this change because system updates, such as new features, enhancements, and fixes, can be implemented with zero or minimal downtime, and this will ultimately enhance students’ and your experience with our learning management system. During the transition, course availability […]

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Troubleshooting LockDown Browser

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the exam environment within HuskyCT. When LockDown Browser is used during an online exam, students are unable to navigate to other URLs, switch applications, take screenshots, copy questions or print.  Instant messaging and email applications are also disabled. Students taking exams in LockDown Browser may encounter […]

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Blackboard Collaborate Ultra – What’s New?

Collaborate Ultra has long been touted as the successor to Collaborate Classic.  Its initial launch last year, however, was met with little fanfare.  Despite a modern interface and audio/video improvements, Ultra lacked several of its predecessors features. All that changed this past summer, when Blackboard released several major updates to Ultra (listed below). Polling Breakout […]

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Common Video Playback Issues and Solutions

Modern computers simultaneously download, decode and stream media. This process requires capable hardware, updated/compatible software and a strong internet connection. In this post, we’ll review some common video playback issues experienced by HuskyCT users and how to resolve them.  The most likely culprits are often your browser/device settings or network connection. Before we dive into […]

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Combining HuskyCT Course Sections

HuskyCT course sites are created for each course section activated in the Student Administration System (PeopleSoft).  When instructors teach more than one section of the same course, or it’s cross-listed, it may be desirable to combine them into one HuskyCT course site. There are several advantages to combining sections: Course content is published and maintained in […]

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Respondus Introduces “Help Center” for LockDown Browser

Respondus, Inc. recently introduced a new “Help Center” feature for LockDown Browser.  The tool is integrated with the LockDown Browser.  Its features are comprehensive, easy to use and well documented. Students can find the “Help Center” tool in the browser toolbar, after logging in to HuskyCT (see screenshot). Let’s take a look at two important […]

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Phishing Email Alert

Over the last several days, a phishing email has been sent to members of the university community and  contains a link that appears, on cursory review, to reference Blackboard or specific university locations.  Closer inspection reveals that these links are to alternate external locations.  This email is not being sent from system administrators and is […]

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Managing HuskyCT Course Enrollments

In HuskyCT, course enrollments are managed automatically by the system.  HuskyCT receives updated enrollment records from the Student Admin System (aka PeopleSoft).  Each time the process runs, newly registered students are enrolled.  Additionally, any student dropping courses are disabled.  The process runs several times throughout the day during the semester. Student enrollments are updated on […]

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Mixed Content in HuskyCT

HuskyCT and SSL The HuskyCT application is deigned to run securely, utilizing SSL to encrypt data transmitted between your browser and the server(s).  A properly secured page uses the HTTPS protocol exclusively to reference external content (e.g. images, audio and video). What is mixed content? Since HuskyCT allows users to publish content, there will always be […]

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