We are happy to announce that Blackboard has released a suite of new, improved mobile apps and that they are now compatible with myFSCJ for Fall 2017 and beyond! Blackboard has split the functionality of the apps to create one that is specifically tailored towards the needs of students and one that is perfect for instructor use!
Blackboard App (for Students)
The Blackboard App is the current name for the student-centered version of Blackboard mobile. It replaces the current Blackboard student app, which has been discontinued.
It is available in the iOS App Store, in Google Play, and in the Windows Store.
Like the previous version of the Blackboard mobile app, students can still take tests, view announcements, post discussions, and review grades with Blackboard App. Now, the app is optimized for mobile, so that the content will adapt to all screen sizes and be more visible and accessible! Users can also upload assignments and attachments from Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive, making it easier than ever to work on the go using just your mobile device. The new homepage for the app also features an activity stream, displaying due dates, posted grades, and assignment uploads for all classes in one continuous, integrated flow. Collaborate is also now fully integrated into the mobile experience, so students do not need to use another app or their browser to join learning sessions on their phone or tablet.
The Blackboard app will be continuously updated, with the intent of making it easier and more efficient for students to complete online coursework wherever they are. For more information, visit Blackboard's help site.
Login to the Blackboard Student app:
The Blackboard Instructor app is brand new, and only shows the courses that are being taught, not those that the user is enrolled in. Instructors can use the app to view and send announcements or make courses available for viewing by students. The app is fully responsive and mimics the content layouts and file structure of a Blackboard course within the full LMS. This structure can also be edited or changed from the mobile app.
The app contains a student viewer that can help faculty to better understand the student mobile experience while taking tests, watching videos, and reading content. The app will also allow the user to export content for use in other mobile apps or in a web browser. It also incorporates Collaborate access natively, so that sessions can be run completely from the mobile app without relying on a browser or separate plug-in. For more information about the Blackboard Instructor App, visit Blackboard's help site.
Login to the Blackboard Instructor app:
To access your online courses on the Blackboard Mobile app, please follow the directions listed below:
1. Ensure you have the correct app downloaded onto your smart-device. The Blackboard Mobile app’s icon should appear as a blue square with a pencil. (Note: The Blackboard Learn app, which looks like a chalkboard, is not compatible with myFSCJ, so if you only have that app on your device, please download the correct Blackboard Mobile app).
2. Upon opening the app, you will be prompted to enter your college. Type in “Florida State College at Jacksonville”.
3. You will be presented with a prompt telling you to “Web Login”. Click the “Web Login” button.
4. You will be redirected to the myFSCJ login page. Please login using your myFSCJ userID and password.
5. Locate and click the Blackboard link underneath the “Useful Links” section of the student tab. For instructors, locate the Blackboard link within the faculty tab.
6. This will certify your session and take you back to the Blackboard Mobile app interface.
If you are experiencing any issues during any one of these steps or with the functionality of the app, please contact the Technical Service Desk at (904) 646-2300, option 3.
Information Technology has decided phase out SoftChalk, the eLearning authoring tool that was used by some faculty members to create learning objects that integrated with Blackboard. FSCJ faculty and staff will no longer be able to use SoftChalk to create new learning objects after February 28, 2018. Already-created content will still be usable.
If you are a SoftChalk user, there are a few tools that can be used to create learning modules, depending upon your budget and what you would like to make. Please feel free to contact the Educational Technology team (EdTech@fscj.edu) for consultation and recommendations!
There has been a change made to the way Smarthinking Online Tutoring integrates with Blackboard. If you use Smarthinking in your course, you will need to create a new link.
If you encounter any issues, please submit a ticket at help.fscj.edu.
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