FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -

  • How do I log in to BİLGİ Learn?

    Access BİLGİ Learn at İstanbul Bilgi University at http://learn.bilgi.edu.tr NOTE: If you are already logged in to https://sis.bilgi.edu.tr and are in an active session, simply click on the BİLGİ Learn button on https://sis.bilgi.edu.tr and you will automatically login to Bb and be taken to your My Blackboard page.

  • What do I need to access BİLGİ Learn?

    In order to access Blackboard, you need:

    A computer with Internet Access
    A browser with cookies, JavaScript, and Java enable
    An active İstanbul Bilgi University Network ID and password
    İstanbul Bilgi University email address

    BİLGİ Learn is accessible via most major web browsers. This includes:
    Chrome 36+
    Firefox 31
    Internet Explorer 9+ (Windows only)
    Safari 6+ (MacOS only)

    VERY IMPORTANT:
    A. Use a browser that is on Blackboard's list of approved browsers:
    CLICK HERE for a list of supported browsers and plugins.

    Blackboard does NOT support the mobile/app/tablet versions of above browsers. Always ensure to use regular laptop or desktop computers when taking Blackboard tests.

    https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/9.1_Older_...

    B. Run Blackboard's browser-checker to make sure that your browser passes the test:

    CLICK HERE (https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/9.1_Older_Versions/9.1_2014_and_2015/Administrator/020_Browser_Support/Browser_Checker) to run the Blackboard browser checker test to ensure that your browser and JRE (Java Runtime Environment) will support all of the features of Blackboard Learn, especially if you will be taking tests in Blackboard.

  • What should I do if I cannot log in to BİLGİ Learn?

    If you cannot log in to BİLGİ Learn try the following:

    Identify your Network ID : All users must have an active İstanbul Bilgi University Network ID and password in order to access BİLGİ Learn. If you do not know your Network ID, you can find it by getting in touch with The Faculty Secretary of your department.

    Reset your password (if you don't know it): If you forget your Network Access password, request a temporary password via SMS;

    For Temporary Password via SMS

    Type "bilgipass" and send the message to 2322

    * This is a paid service and the fees may vary by provider.
    * Make sure your phone number has access to special services

    After obtaining a temporary password you can go ahead and change it by following the steps on https://sis.bilgi.edu.tr/sisauth/home/accountoperations page.

    Make sure you are typing in your Network ID and password correctly

    Check browser cookies and Javascript: If you have an active NetID and Password, but still cannot access BİLGİ Learn, make sure you have cookies and Javascript enabled in your browser. You can also try logging in using a different browser.

    If the steps above do not resolve your BİLGİ Learn login issues, contact the UZEM Help Desk at lms.support@bilgi.edu.tr address.

  • How can I hide old course sites in my course list?

    1. Click the “Edit My Courses” module button (gear icon) located on the upper right corner of the My Blackboard page
    2. Remove the check mark in the Display Course Name column for each class that you do not want to display

    3. Click the Submit button

  • How can I organize my BİLGİ Learn Course Menu?

    Detailed information on how to this can be found on this link.http://www.bilgi.edu.tr/site_media/uploads/files/2...

  • I am teaching a course, but it is not listed in my BİLGİ Learn course list. What should I do?

    BİLGİ Learn uses the listing from the University’s SIS System to add instructors to course sites. If you log in to SIS and see a course you are teaching on your SIS site but not on BİLGİ Learn, open an issue with UZEM Office by sending an email to lms.support@bilgi.edu.tr address. Once you are added to the SIS system, you should have instructor access to your course site by the next hour.

  • I need my assistant and an other instructor to see my BİLGİ Course, with full instructor access rights, what should I do ?

    To add an Instructor for the course you need to open a ticket to uzem by sending an email to lms.support@bilgi.edu.tr address. Adding of a TA to the course site can be done through the SIS System (Detailed information on how to this can be found on this link. Melike dokuman).

    http://www.bilgi.edu.tr/site_media/uploads/files/2...

  • What is "Edit Mode: On/Off"?

    This enables/disables the ability to edit aspects of the course.

    To access the Edit Mode button, click on a course site on My Blackboard. Edit Mode: On/Off is in the top-right corner.

    The Edit Mode in Blackboard 9 is similar to Edit View / Display View in Blackboard 8. However, whereas Edit View allowed for a more limited functionality while avoiding the use of the Control Panel, Edit Mode in Blackboard 9 opens the doors to editing, modifying, and managing content in Blackboard.

    Edit Mode (located in the top-right corner of any Blackboard course page) allows Instructors to add, edit, modify, and manage content in Blackboard. Edit Mode toggles on and off, and MUST be ON in order to allow instructors to access the editing tools and add, edit, modify, and manage content. To view course content as a student would see it, toggle Edit Mode to Off. The toggle appears in the navigation bar in each Course area and any subfolders.

    The Edit Mode toggle is displayed to users with a role of Instructor, TA, and Course Builder.

    To have the ability to add, edit, modify, and manage content in your Blackboard course site, click the Edit Mode button to On.

  • How do I combine multiple sections of a course into one Blackboard site?

    Merge course will alow instructors to combine multiple course sites into a single merged Blackboard course. This allows them to post materials only once for all enrolled students to see, rather than posting to each separate course site. Starting from 2016-17 Academic Year, UZEM can only do the merge process before the semester begins. So your merge course list should be entered in the form provided by uzem before the deadline given fort he current semester.

    Merge request form:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12Xw6R0C_eLutY_opX-3-tmLjLhMkHD8X-wGm15FwUUo/viewform

  • Can I copy content from my old course site to my current course site?

    Yes, Instructors can copy course content as a whole or selectively into the current semester from any course they have taught in the previous semester of the same academic year. You must have an Instructor role in both courses to use this feature.

    Detailed information on how to do this can be found on this link.
    https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Course_Content/Reuse_Content/Copy_Courses

  • How can I hide old course sites in my course list?
  • How do I create my course site in BİLGİ Learn?

    All course sites for fall, spring, and summer semesters are automatically created in BİLGİ Learn two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester through SIS integration. (We are working on a new schedule to make courses available for Instructors each semester).

  • How do I combine multiple sections of a course into one Blackboard site?

    If you are teaching multiple sections of a course and wish to combine the enrollments of each into a single BİLGİ Learn course site, Please fill in the merge course request form in the link.

    Important note: You must submit one request for each merge course needed. Please do not include multiple requests in one form. Merge course will alow instructors to combine multiple course sites into a single merged BİLGİ Learn course. This allows them to post materials only once for all enrolled students to see, rather than posting to each separate course site. This process is done before the semester begins. So please provide your merge course list at least a month before the new semester begins.

  • What should I do after my course sections are combined?

    You can combine all sections, select sections, or cross-listed sections of a course, but you must have an instructor role in all of the sections to be combined.

    The existing course sections will be combined into a new, "Merge" section site. The course ID of the new combined course site will include "Merge" in place of the section number (e.g., TRIB01.PG.2016.2.XYZ_517.01-02.MERGE).
      • The combined section site will be in addition to the already existing sections.
      • The combined section site will include the student enrollments from all the sections that were included in your combination request, but will NOT include any pre-existing content from the individual section sites.
      • Instructors will need to contact UZEM support staff (lms.support@bilgi.edu.tr) with a request to associate their content with the new, MERGE site.
      • The combined section site will be "Available" to the students by default upon creation.
      • After the combined site has been created, any student who registers for any of your individual sections referenced in your request will automatically gain access to the combined section as well.
    We ask that you please verify that the combined site correctly reflects student enrollment from the individual sections.
  • What can I do if I need a combined course site as well as a way for instructors and TAs to communicate with students within each section?

    Within any Blackboard course site it is possible to set up groups to allow students and instructors/TAs in each section to email each other, participate in discussions and virtual classroom sessions, and post/exchange files to members of the group. After the course site sections have been combined you or anyone with the role of instructor or teaching assistant can create a group for each section of the course by following the instructions in Add and Modify a Group.

    Alternatively, instructors and TAs can continue to use the individual course section sites for the course in addition to the combined course site.

    The Control Panel is missing in my course site. What can I do?
    If the Control Panel or course menu is missing in your course site, please see the following guide:

    How do I provide students access to course tools?

    What happened to the course menu for my course site?

    What is a course Home Page in Blackboard?

  • What is the size limit for course sites and files?

    The default quota size for a BİLGİ Learn course site is ……..megabytes.

    The default size limit for an individual file to be uploaded to BİLGİ Learn is ……..megabytes.

    To request an increase in quota, please send an email to lms.support@bilgi.edu.tr
    However, before your request a quota increase, please see if you can delete any unneeded or duplicate files that may be "hiding" in your course site AND reduce the file sizes on some of the files on your BİLGİ Learn site. For example PPT files or Videos. We do not recomend you to upload videos on BİLGİ Learn. We recomend you to give a link of a video. As UZEM, we also provide our users with a CDN service and Professional Vimeo account that can be used for the purpuse. With the PPT files, once you reduce the file size of the PPT file, you can delete the large file from BİLGİ Learn and post the smaller file again.

  • What should I do if students cannot see my course site in Blackboard?

    You can check the student enrollment in your course site via SIS to make sure that the student who can't see your course site is enrolled in it. To check student enrollment, you can also send an email to lms.support@bilgi.edu.tr address to open a ticket.

  • When will my course site be created?
  • Can I control who sees what material and when they can see it?

    Yes. Adaptive Release of content provides controls to release content to users based on a set of rules provided by the Instructor. The rules may be related to availability, date and time, individual users and user groups (such as Course Groups), scores or attempts on any Grade Center item, or review status of another item in the Course.

    Sophisticated combinations of release rules on items are created by combining rules into Advanced Rules. Basic rules are used to release content to specific users or groups and/or to allow users to view content based on their performance on an assignment.

    Adaptive Release is a tool that customizes the release of content. With Adaptive Release you can control when and to whom course content is available. You create rules based on criteria to control the availability of content items to users.

    Basic Adaptive Release rules enable the instructor to create and edit one rule that is based on a limited number of criteria used to control the availability of a single piece of content.

    Advanced Adaptive Release rules enable instructors to create an unlimited number of complex rules with multiple instances of the same criteria. Multiple rules can be applied to a single content item so that the same content can be released to students who meet the criteria for different rules.

    The following options are available:

    Adaptive Release – Create basic rules for an item. Only one rule per item may be created, but the rule may have multiple criteria, all of which must be met.

    Adaptive Release Advanced – Add multiple rules to a single content item. Users must meet the criteria of a single rule to gain access.

    User Progress – View the details on an item for all users in a Course. This page includes information on whether the item is visible to the user and whether the user has marked the item as reviewed.

    Add a Basic Adaptive Release Rule:

    From the Content Item's contextual menu (click on the chevron to the right of the item name) select Adaptive Release.

    Select any of the four types of criteria by filling in the information for each item.

    Click Submit.

    Select from the following basic rule types:

    Date Rule: The date restriction prevents users from viewing the item except during the designated date/time range.

    Membership Rule: This restriction is based on the membership status of a user to specific group within the course or an individual user designation. Either browse for a particular username of a student in the course OR select one or more course groups.

    Grade Rule: This restriction is based upon the completion of any item in the Grade Center, with the user required to either have attempted the item or earned a score within a specified range.

    Review Status Rule: This restriction rule is based upon whether or not a student has reviewed another piece of content in the course.

  • Can I copy content from my old course site to my current course site?

    Yes. Content can be copied as a whole or selectively between course sites in Blackboard. Please see the following tutorial for detailed instructions:

  • What is the difference between adding a New Item and adding a New Blank Page?

    The following explains the difference between adding a New Item and adding a New Blank Page in a Blackboard content area:

    • When adding a New Item, the description of the item appears right below the item name in the content area.
    • When adding a New Blank Page, the item name is a link and points to a different page. There is no "description" field on this page, but only a "Content" field, and this content is displayed in the new page instead of in the main content area.
    However, in either case, if a file is attached, the link to the file does appear in the main content area.


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  • What is the size limit for course sites and files?

    The default quota size for a Blackboard course site is 300 megabytes for BİLGİ.

    The default size limit for an individual file to be uploaded to Blackboard is 100 megabytes.

    To request an increase in quota, please send an email to lms.support@bilgi.edu.tr

    However, before your request a quota increase, please see if you can delete any unneeded or duplicate files that may be "hiding" in your course site AND reduce the file sizes on some of the files on your Bb site (e.g. PPT files):

    Chances are, you may find some Power Point files in your course site that are unnecessarily large. There is a way to reduce this file size in PowerPoint (on a Mac computer, open the file in PowerPoint, click on File > Reduce File Size, then select from the options given):

    Reduce PowerPoint File Size

    In order to free up space in a Blackboard site, PowerPoint (PPT) file size can be greatly reduced by following these simple steps (especially if there are images in the PPT file):

    Open the file in PowerPoint
    Go to:
    File
    Reduce File Size

    Select the appropriate Picture Quality from the following options:
    Best for printing (220 ppi)
    Best for viewing on screen (150 ppi)
    Best for sending in e-mail (96 ppi)
    Place check-mark next to Remove cropped picture regions
    Select the radio button for Apply to All Pictures in this file
    Click OK and the picture compression process will start

    Once the picture compression process is completed, go to:
    File
    Save As... to save the file with a different name to differentiate between the two files

    Change the name of the file by adding "220 ppi", "150 ppi", or "96 ppi" to the file name
    Click on Save

    The PPT file size should now be reduced manyfold.

    Once you reduce the file size of the PPT file, you can delete the large file from Bb and post the smaller file again.

    For fully online and blended course videos please upload your videos on CDN or Vimeo pro. Account and share the link via your course site.

  • Why can't students open files I posted on Blackboard?

    If students are having problems downloading a file from your BİLGİ Learn course site, check the following:

    Does the file name contain any special characters or spaces? Files uploaded to BİLGİ Learn cannot contain spaces or special characters (e.g. #, &, @, etc.) in the filename. For example, a file named "Paper # 1.doc" will generate an error message in Blackboard.

    Does the file name include the appropriate extension? When you post files on BİLGİ Learn, make sure uploaded files contain the appropriate extension at the end of the filename (e.g., .doc, .pdf, .xls, .ppt, .gif, .jpg).

    Do all students have the ability to view the file type you posted? BİLGİ Learn supports an array of file types. However, in order for users to view your uploaded document, they must have the appropriate software program or browser plug-in installed on their computer. For example, for students to view a Microsoft Word document on BİLGİ Learn, they must have either the Microsoft Word application on their computer or have the Microsoft Word Viewer (free downloadable plugin).

    Other Tips

    In posting documents, instructors should give consideration to the ability of students to access the file format. For example, rather than saving a file in Microsoft Word format, you can use the "Save As" command in Word to save it as an .rtf document, a format which can be read by all word processing programs.

    Likewise, you may wish to save a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation as a .pdf document (if you have access to Adobe Acrobat), since the freely downloadable Acrobat Reader application for viewing .pdf files is available for many platforms, whereas the PowerPoint viewer (for those who do not have the PowerPoint application) is not.

    Also, consider the file size and whether an alternate file format would be more space efficient. For example, a PowerPoint file saved in .pdf format will be significantly smaller than the original PowerPoint, allowing students to download the file more quickly and using less space in your Blackboard course site.

  • Can I grade student contributions to the Discussion Board?

    Instructors have the option to enable grading for Discussion Board forums and threads. Enabling this option automatically creates a corresponding column in the Grade Center. Grades can be entered either in the Grade Center or by clicking the Grade icon next to the forum or thread in the main forum or thread list.

    When adding a thread to a forum that has "Grade threads" enabled, you have the option to enable grading and assign a point value for the new thread.

    Note that "Allow members to create new threads" cannot be enabled in a forum in which "Grade threads" is enabled.

  • How do Blogs, Journals, and Wikis work in Blackboard?

    Blogs, Journals, and Wikis provide students and instructors with a social media learning tool for expressing their thoughts and reflecting on their learning, either privately with just the instructor or with other students in the course. In either case, Blackboard blogs, journals, and Wikis are only restricted to a particular course and are not available to users who are not enrolled in the course or to the public. These tools empower all course users to create and share ideas, while instructors maintain the ability to edit or remove material.

    Individual Blogs provide each student with his or her own area to share thoughts and work with others in the course and to receive comments and feedback on entries.

    Course Blogs allow all users in the course to share their thoughts and work in one common area that everyone can read and comment on. All entries are posted to the same page to help promote collaboration among all course members. Users can add entries and comment on entries anonymously to maintain privacy.

    Group Blogs allow groups of students to collaboratively post thoughts and comment on each others' work while all other users in the course can view and comment on their entry.

    What is the difference between an Individual blog and a Course blog?

    In both Individual and Course blogs, all students can post entries. The difference is in the way the blogs are displayed/presented. In an individual blog, each student has his or her own page in the blog. If the instructor deploys an “Individual to All Students” blog, the blog entries will be displayed for one student at a time. That is, when a user accesses an individual blog, the user sees his or her own page in that blog. There are arrows on the right and left sides of the user's name. Clicking on the arrows will allow the user to see other users' blogs in the site. In the case of a course blog, all entries are shown together.

    Individual Blog: Only the owner of a blog can create blog entries. All other enrolled users can view and add comments.

    Course Blog: All enrolled users can create blog entries and add comments to blog entries.

    Group Blog: If the instructor enables the blogs tool for a group, all group members can make blog entries and make comments. Any course member can view group blogs, but they only have the option to add comments. You can make entries only to your own group blog.

    Individual Journals allow students to record their course experiences and what they are learning. These thoughts can be a private communication between a student and the instructor or shared with everyone in the course. Journal entries can be commented on by the author and the instructor. Others are able to read shared Journals, but they cannot comment on them.

    Group Journals allow groups of students to reflect collaboratively on their course work and comment on their fellow group members' findings. To maintain privacy, Journal entries may be added anonymously by group members.

    Course Wikis are created by the Instructor and anyone enrolled in the course can add pages, unless the Instructor intends to be the sole author and use the Wiki as to provide course content to students.

    Group Wikis are enabled by the Instructor and can be read by anyone enrolled in the course, but a student must be a member of the Group to edit a page or make a comment on a Group Wiki page. The Instructor can change the default setting to allow only Group members to view a Group Wiki.

    In each of these cases, users create entries, which are added to their Blog, Journal, or Wiki. The entries can be saved as drafts or published and then edited later. When entries are added to the Blog, Journal, or Wiki, they are added automatically to an index organized by date. A "New" indicator is displayed on entries and comments that the user has not yet displayed. Entries also can be marked as "New" again to create a reminder.

  • How do I create a Blog in Blackboard?

    To create a blog, follow the instructions below:

    • Turn Edit Mode to ON.
    • Click on "Course Tools".
    • Click on "Blogs". The "Blogs" page loads.
    • Click on "Create Blog".
    • Enter a Name for the blog.
    • Enter any specific Instructions in the text box.
    • Make sure that Blog Availability is set to "Yes".
    • Determine the Blog Participation by selecting "Individual to All Students" or "Course".
    • Determine whether to allow anonymous comments or not.
    • Choose between Monthly or Weekly index entries.
    • Click the checkbox to Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries.
    • Click the checkbox to Allow Users to Delete Comments.
    • Click on "Submit".


  • How do I send emails to my students in Blackboard?
    Instructors can easily email students from Blackboard even if they do not otherwise use Blackboard.
    The easiest way to send an email message to students in a Blackboard course site is to use Blackboard's built-in email tool. There are two ways for instructors to access the email tool in a Blackboard site:
    Through the Control Panel
    • Access a course site in Blackboard.
    • In the Control Panel, click on Course Tools.
    • In the expanded
    • Course Tools menu, click on Send Email Choose the recipients by clicking on the appropriate link (e.g. All Users, etc).
    • Enter your email's subject and message.
    • To attach a file, click on "Attach a file" link and follow the on-screen prompts.
    • When you are finished, click the Submit button.


    Through the Course Menu
    • Access a course site in Blackboard.
    • On the Course Menu of the course site, click Tools.
    • Scroll down and click Send Email
    • Enter your email subject and message.
    • Choose the recipients by clicking on the appropriate link (e.g., All Users, etc.).
    • To attach a file, click on "Attach a file" link and follow the on-screen prompts.
    • When you are finished, click the Submit button.
    • Blackboard will display a green text box telling you that your email was successfully sent.


  • What can I do if a student is not receiving my Blackboard emails?

    When you send an email using Blackboard to students enrolled in your course site, it goes first to their @bilgiedu.net address.

    If students are not receiving your Blackboard emails, they should check their BİLGİ email routing.

  • What do the different Discussion Board forum roles mean?

    In the Manage Forum Users page, the instructor can assign different roles to forum participants. The Manage Users page is accessed by clicking the Manage button to the left of a forum name in the main forum list.

    Participant: Default role for students. Participants can read and post, but have no other privileges.

    Moderator: Default role for Course Builder. Moderators can review/reject posts, and delete and modify posts.

    Reader: Readers may view forum threads and replies, but cannot add any content.

    Manager: Default role for instructors and TAs. The Manager role allows complete control over the forum and threads, forum settings, post moderation and grading.

    Grader: Graders may review posts and enter grades but cannot modify postings or settings.

    Blocked: Blocked users are prevented from accessing the forum.
    More detailed information on the Discussion Board can be found on our Guides page and Videos page.

  • What does Discussion Board force moderation mean?

    When the force moderation option is checked, all posts have to be reviewed and approved by a forum manager before they are posted to the forum.

    Instructors and TAs automatically have forum manager status. Instructors or TAs can also designate additional forum managers on the Manage Forum Users page.

  • What is the Discussion Board?

    The Discussion Board is a tool for written, threaded discussions, grouped in a number of forums. It is available to the class as a whole as well as to groups. Participants are able to create discussion threads (if enabled), respond to threads or posts, and send file attachments along with posts. The Discussion Board is an asynchronous communication tool, so participants do not have to be online at the same time.

  • What are Assignments?

    Instructors can create Assignments in any content area of the course so that students can view, complete, and submit the Assignments back to the instructor. Instructors then view and download completed Assignments, post grades, and provide feedback – all via the Grade Center.

    Assignments created by the instructor become items in the Grade Center. Students can complete the assignment either in a separate file, attach it, and electronically send it back to the instructor or they can simply type (or copy and paste) their work in the text field and send it back to the instructor. The instructor may then download these Assignments (and attachments, if any) from the Grade Center and review them and provide feedback, before assigning a grade.

    Note: When adding an Assignment, provide clear and concise directions for the students. Blackboard will automatically create a button that reads "View/Complete" (which students will see when they go to the content area where the Assignment has been created) but this may be confusing for students without supplemental information and directions.

    To create an Assignment see Add an Assignment.

  • Can I download multiple Assignments at once?

    Yes. To download multiple Assignments, do the following:


    • In the Control Panel, click on Grade Center, then click on Full Grade Center.
    • Scroll to the column of the Assignment.
    • Click on the chevron next to the name of the Assignment.
    • In the drop down menu, click on Assignment File Download.
    • Download Assignment page loads, with a list of students. Put a check mark at the top to select ALL users, or put check marks next to student names whose work you would like to download.
    • Click Submit.
    • Download Assignment page reloads and displays the following text: "The Assignments have been packaged. Download Assignments now. Date and time stamp."
    • Click on the Download Assignments now link.
    • A folder will be downloaded into the default downloads area of your computer.
    • Click on the folder to open it to see the Assignments.



  • Are students able to save their tests in Blackboard so as not to lose their answers in the event of a lost connection?

    Yes. If the Force Completion feature has not been enabled, students have the ability to save their responses without necessarily submitting the test for grading. Students may log out and resume the test at a later time. To return to the saved test, the student returns to the course area that contains the test and clicks the link to the test. At that point, he/she will be able to continue completing unanswered questions.

    Note: The clock on a timed test will not stop if the student decides to resume completing it later. Therefore, this feature is not recommended for timed tests.

  • Can I allow students to take a test multiple times while preserving the score of each attempt?

    Yes. Assessments may now be configured to allow unlimited attempts or a specific number of attempts. In the Grade Center, all attempts will be displayed and you can choose to grade by the student's last attempt, first attempt, highest score, lowest score, or average of scores. Additionally, an override field is included so that you can override the score independent of any attempts.

    You may also choose to clear (or delete) the last, first, highest, lowest, or all attempts within a specified date range. This action may be performed by item (for all students at once) or by user (for a specific user).

  • What do I need to know before creating or deploying a Blackboard test?

    Following these recommendations may help Instructors avoid common problems associated with Blackboard tests:

    1) Require that all students run Blackboard’s browser-checker to make sure that the browser that they will be using to take a Bb test is an approved browser:

    2) Do NOT allow tests to be taken on wireless networks.

    3) Do NOT allow tests to be taken on mobile/tablet devices. Tests should be taken only on conventional laptop and desktop computers.

    4) Do NOT engage Force Completion when creating a Blackboard test.

    5) Do NOT select "All at Once" for Test Presentation. Instead, select "One at a Time", so that each question is displayed on a separate page.

    Be aware that Blackboard has a 3-hour inactivity time limit. If you plan to create a long, single-paged test (which we do NOT recommend), ask your students to click the Save button frequently in order to avoid being "timed out".

    When making a test available, instructors have the option of controlling how much information a student is given when the test is completed. If you choose all options available, each student will receive the answer to each question, marked either correct or incorrect and, if his/her answer is incorrect, what the correct answer is. While more information is useful to the student, you should realize that students could potentially pass information along to students who have not taken the test yet.

    Resizing the browser window, hitting the back or forward buttons of a browser, or losing an internet connection while taking a test in Blackboard may cause the student to lose access to his/her test and result in an incomplete attempt, indicated by a lock symbol.

    WE STRONGLY SUGGEST AGAINST ENABLING "FORCE COMPLETION": If you have enabled the Forced Completion setting on the test, the student will not be allowed to re-enter the test and the instructor will not be able to recover the grade. Therefore, in order to allow the student to re-take the test, you must clear the student's attempt (for instructions, see Can I allow students to take a test multiple times while preserving the score of each attempt?)

    Although Blackboard scores fill-in-the-blank questions automatically, it is highly recommended that instructors review these scores. Even though Blackboard allows an instructor to provide several options as the correct answer, one will most probably not be able to predict all of the variants that might be acceptable, including blank spaces in the beginning or at the end of an otherwise correct answer.

    To reduce last-minute technical issues and crises, prepare a practice online test that is similar in the settings and types of questions you will use in graded tests.

    After a student has successfully submitted his/her assessment, a submission report displays the student's first name, last name, name of the assessment, course name, username, course ID, and date/time of submission. You may ask the student to print or email you a screen shot of the report as proof of submission (in case of a technical problem).

    Inform students about the information contained under What should I tell my students before taking a test? to help them avoid typical technical problems.

    Because it is possible, even after taking precautionary steps, for students to encounter problems with online tests in Blackboard, always have a backup plan for students to take the test (paper copy of the exam, alternative date, etc).

    http://www.uta.edu/blackboard/students/test-taking...

  • What do students need to know about taking tests?

    Following these recommendations may help users avoid common problems associated with Blackboard tests:

    1) Run Blackboard’s browser-checker to make sure that the browser that you will be using to take a Bb test is an approved browser:

    Which browsers should I use to access Blackboard?

    2) Do NOT take Blackboard tests on wireless networks. Always use high-speed, wired connections. Keep in mind that off-campus connections are generally less reliable than connections through the campus network.

    3) Do NOT take Blackboard tests on mobile/tablet devices as such devices are not approved by Blackboard for taking tests. Tests should be taken only on conventional laptop and desktop computers.

    4) Click on the Save button frequently in order to avoid being "timed out".

    We strongly recommend that students follow these guidelines to help them avoid problems when taking tests in Blackboard:

    Close or quit other programs running on the computer.

    Disable pop-up blockers in your browser.

    Do not resize or refresh the browser window after you begin a test. Make sure it is the size you want before you begin the test.

    When you begin a test, click the OK button only once.

    Do not use the back and forward buttons on the browser to navigate within a test. To move from question to question, only use the navigation within the test.

    If the test shows all questions on the same page, click on the Save button to the right of each question after answering the question.

    At the end of the test, click the Submit button once and wait to receive the confirmation message that your test was submitted successfully. Take a screenshot of the submission confirmation. The report includes: first name, last name, name of the assessment, course name, username, course ID, and date/time of submission. Some instructors may require students to print or email a screen shot of the report as verification.

    If, after submitting your test, you see a lock symbol when checking your grade, this indicates that the test was not submitted correctly. Inform your instructor and ask how to proceed. Your instructor is the only person who can clear your attempt and allow you to re-take a test.

    Note: When an instructor clears a student's attempt, all previously submitted answers are erased.

  • Is the Blackboard Grade Center connected to the Registrar's grading records?

    No. The Blackboard Grade Center has no correlation with the SIS grade book. In order for a student's Blackboard grade to enter in the official university records, the faculty member must enter the grade to the SIS system. https://sis.bilgi.edu.tr

  • Why should I back up the Grade Center for my course?

    We recommend that instructors periodically download a copy of the Grade Center to keep as a backup. In particular, instructors should always make a backup of the Grade Center at the conclusion of the course after all grades have been entered.

    When students graduate or otherwise leave the BİLGİ Learn Course (Add-drop, section change,etc.) they become inactive in Blackboard and their names and related information no longer appear in course sites. Instructors who do not have a backup, will not be able to see the grades in the Grade Center for students who have left the university or the course.

  • What is SafeAssign?

    Safe Assign can be used as a tool to prevent plagiarism and to create opportunities to help students identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase. SafeAssign is effective as both a deterrent and an educational tool.

    When SafeAssign receives a submission from a student, it converts the submission from its original file format into text, and then "chunks" that text into phrase-level pieces to execute as queries against the indexes of the various sources. SafeAssign chunks the text according to punctuation (periods, commas, semicolons, new lines, etc.). Also, the edits that a student makes between a draft and final version of the paper can change the way that SafeAssign "chunks" the text, which, in turn, can result in different results.

    SafeAssign also checks the Institutional Database before it checks the Global Reference Database. If a paper is in both databases, SafeAssign will always return the one in the Institutional Database because it will encounter that match first. Once SafeAssign finds a match, it stops looking for further matches. If SafeAssign finds more than one match for a particular paper, there is a possibility of a different percentage each time if the paper is resubmitted. Not only is there the possibility of false positives (for example, SafeAssign may return a match for appropriately cited quotations, as it does not make determinations about citation accuracy).

    The Internet is a dynamic place. To determine if there are matches on the web, SafeAssign executes web searches using Microsoft Bing. Web pages change and the rankings that search engines give to web pages can also change. When using the phrase-level "chunks" as the search query, it's possible to get different results on different days as pages are added to the web and search engines (like Bing, which SafeAssign uses) adjust their rankings of search results that they return. Similarly, the Institutional Database and Global Reference Database grow by over a million papers a month.

    SafeAssign is best approached not as a tool to "detect" plagiarism, but as a decision-support mechanism that provides instructors with more supplementary information for identifying areas of concern.


  • Where can I find more information on a topic?

    On each page within Moodle, you may see a link on the bottom center of the page that opens up Moodle Documentation for that page.

    You may wish to right-click the link and open it in another tab or window, as the default behavior is to redirect the window or tab you are currently using.

    In addition to the "Moodle Docs" there may be a small question mark next to any given text indicating that additional information is available.

    Click the question mark and a small pop up window will open with additional information on the specific topic.

    The image below shows the Forum Search function where additional information is available by clicking on the question mark.

    Clicking on the help icon displays a small help window with more information.

  • Getting started on your course
    • A blank course looks typically something like the following screenshot, but it may vary according to the theme and default settings of your establishment's Moodle. Down the left and right sides are blocks which can be added to and removed, and in the middle is the "work area". This is your course homepage

    blankcourse1.png

    • Once you have a new blank course, you can start work on it by turning on the editing, either with the button top right or the link in the Course Administration block

    turneditingon.png


    Editing elements of your course

    With the editing turned on, each item on your course homepage and each section/block will have icons next to it which all perform different functions such as edit/move/copy/delete/hide. Note: your theme may have icons different from these below::

    Edit.gif - the edit icon allows you to change the wording or settings of the item.
    Duplicateicon.png - the duplicate icon allows you to copy an activity or resource within your course
    Open.gif - the open-eye icon means an item is visible to students. It will close when you click on it
    Closed.gif - the closed-eye icon means an item is hidden from students. It will open when you click on it
    Right.gif - the right icon is used to indent course elements (there is also a left icon)
    Move.gif - the move icon allows course elements to be placed anywhere
    Movehere.gif - the move here icon appears when moving a course element. Click into the box to re-locate your item.
    Updownarrow.png - the up/down arrows allow you to move course sections up or down.
    Ajaxmoveicon.png- the "crosshairs" move icon allows you to move items or sections by dragging and dropping. It appears if your admin has enabled Ajax in Settings > Site Administration > Appearance > Ajax and Javascript
    Delete.gif - the delete icon will permentantly delete something from the course
    Groupsicon.png - the groups icon allows you to change between no groups or separate/visible groups
    Rolesicon.png - the roles icon allows you to assign roles locally in the item.

    The following icons are visible when editing is both on and off

    One.gif - This icon is used to show only the selected section
    All.gif - This icon is used to show all sections in a course

    The following icon only applies to sections

    Marker.gif - the highlight icon allows you to highlight a section as current


  • How do I message/email participants in a course?

    On the course landing page, click on the Participants link for the course located in the left Navigation column.

    Scroll through the list of users participating in the course and choose which users will receive the email message. There are options at the bottom of the page to "select all" and "deselect all" of the users in the list. You also have the ability to just choose individual users (there's a checkbox to the left of the user profile picture in the list).

    The drop down list at the bottom of the page shows three different options, one of which is to "Send a Message" to the selected users.

    Simply type in the content of your message and then click on the preview button.

    Preview the message. Update it, if needed, or send it to the selected participants by clicking the "Send message" button.

  • How do I add a Additional Instructor for a course?

    Additional instructor are assigned to a course by SIS like the official instructors of the courses. So if you can not see the additional instructor on the course participants list. Please contact İstanbul Bilgi University Planing department to add the instructor's name on the course.

  • How do I edit items on my course homepage?

    With the editing turned on, each item on your course homepage and each section/block will have icons next to it which all perform different functions such as edit/move/copy/delete/hide.

    hide24.png - the open-eye icon means an item is visible to students. It will close when you click on it
    closedeye24.png - the eye with a strike through icon means an item is hidden from students. It will open when you click on it
    26duplicate.png - the duplicate icon allows you to copy an activity or resource. It's done directly on the course page.

    moveajax24.png- the move icon allows you to move items or sections by dragging and dropping.

    movenoajaz241.png - this move icon appears if you don't have Ajax enabled.
    groups24.png - the groups icon allows you to change between no groups or separate/visible groups


    26actionicon.png - this icon groups actions together for easier editing on smaller screens. Click to reveal the options.New feature
    in Moodle 2.6!

    movenoajax24.png - the move here icon appears when moving a course element without Ajax. Click into the box to re-locate your item.

    topicmove24.png - the up/down arrows allow you to move course sections up or down and appear if you do not have Ajax enabled.
    delete24.png - the delete icon will permanently delete something from the course
    groups24.png - the groups icon allows you to change between no groups or separate/visible groups
  • Assignments

    Assignments allow students to submit work to their teacher for grading. The work may be text typed online or uploaded files of any type the teacher’s device can read. Grading may be by simple percentages or custom scales, or more complex rubrics may be used. Students may submit as individuals or in groups.

    How to add assignments?

  • Forums

    The forum activity allows students and teachers to exchange ideas by posting comments as part of a 'thread'. Files such as images and media maybe included in forum posts. The teacher can choose to rate forum posts and it is also possible to give students permission to rate each others' posts.

    Which forum do I need?


  • Quizzes

    The Quiz activity module allows the teacher to design and build quizzes consisting of a large variety of Question types, including multiple choice, true-false, short answer and drag and drop images and text. These questions are kept in the Question bank and can be re-used in different quizzes.

    Quiz settings.

  • Other Activities
  • Adobe Connect-Virtual Class

    Web/video conferencing for virtual class sessions, office hours, student group project meetings, etc.

  • How do I add a File ?

    Moodle provides an easy way to present materials to students such as word-processed documents or slideshow presentations. All types of files can be uploaded and accessed through Moodle, but the student needs to have the correct software to be able to open them.

    File Resource

  • How do I add a Folder?

    A folder allows a teacher to display several course resources together. The resources may be of different types and they may be uploaded in one go, as a zipped folder which is then unzipped, or they may be added one at a time to an empty folder on the course page.

    Folder Resource

  • Where should I use Label?

    A label serves as a spacer on a Moodle course page.It can be used to add text,images, multimedia or code in between other resources in the different sections. It is a very versatile resource and can help to improve the appearance of a course if used thoughtfully. Banners or descriptions may be added
    to labels to distinguish between and highlight different areas.

    How can I add a Label?

  • How do ı use Page ?

    A page resource creates a link to a screen that displays the content created by the teacher. The robust Text editor allows the page to display many different kinds of content such as plain text, images, audio, video, embedded code or a combination of all of these.

    Page Resources

  • How can I display URLs?

    A URL (Uniform or Universal Resource Locator) is a link on the internet to a website or online file. Teachers can use the URL resource to provide their students with web links for research, saving the student time and effort in manually typing out the address.

    The URLs can be displayed in various ways - see the URL resource settings for example, opening in a new window so a student can access and use the URL, close it and return easily to their original Moodle course page.

    URL Resource