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Blackboard Learn System Administration

In comparing Blackboard 7 to 9 in respect to system administration, not much if anything has changed for the functions that we use most frequently. The most notable difference is the drop down menus, which make the user experience a little less clunky. Two such places where this can be found are in the areas we use the most: Users and Courses. Exploring the Courses and Users areas more thoroughly showed that the functions remained the same except for the addition of the “not blank” search drop down option that can be confusing at first. In Blackboard 7, if you left the search box blank then that would mean to list everything, but in Bb 9 you must specifically choose “not blank.” Also, I found that if you typed the “%” sign in the User’s search box then that is equal to “not blank” though the “%” sign did not work in the Course’s search box. Here is a link to the system administration guide that we can reference as needed: http://tinyurl.com/dao2z7

Another area in system administration that is relevant to all of us is standardization, such as:
  1. Do we want a customized login page?
    • Brands and Themes -> Customize Login Page
  2. What default theme do we want to use?
    • Brands and Themes -> Customize Default Brand (Current is Bb Learn)
  3. What are the default course menu items?
    • Course Settings -> Default Course Menu
  4. What homeroom content do we want as default?
    • Tabs and Modules -> Tabs -> Homeroom -> Default Content
We can discuss the standardization questions above and decide how we would like to proceed.

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