Locating Your Summer 2011 Courses

If you are interested in locating your Summer 2011 course in PirateNet, go to the Blackboard Courses & Communities module, and click on the Other Courses tab. This will list previous and future courses in which you are enrolled either as instructor or student. Simply click on the name of the course to access it. If you do not see your course listed, you can click the All Courses link at the bottom of this list to view all courses in Blackboard.

Quickly Access Email and Blackboard

Follow the steps below for a quick and easy way to access your email and Blackboard from the SHU website:

1. Go to http://www.shu.edu

2. Click the BlackBoard link at the top of the page.

3. Log in with your Piratenet username and password.

4. You will then be taken directly to your main Blackboard page.

5. From there, you can quickly switch to your email by clicking on the myWEB@SHU logo.

6. Although this will take you back to the SHU website, you are still logged in to PirateNet and can click on the E-Mail link at the top of the page to go directly into your email without having to log in again.

Clearing A Student Assignment

If you have set up an Assignment in your course to allow only 1 attempt from students, you may encounter a situation where a student submitted the wrong document or for another reason needs to be able to submit again. This is an easy fix. The steps are provided below:

  1. Go to the Grade Center in the course.
  2. Find the column for the assignment and the student’s name. There should be an exclamation point in the cell for that student under the assignment column.
  3. Click on the exclamation point and then click the double down arrows.
  4. Choose “View Grade Details”.
  5. To remove the student’s submission entirely, click the “Clear Attempt” button. Warning: This will remove the student’s document from Blackboard, and you will no longer be able to access it. This should be used in situations where the student submitted the wrong document.
  6. The second option is simply to allow the student to submit again. To allow this, click the “Allow Additional Attempt” button. The student should then be able to click on the Assignment link and submit another document.

This illustration demonstrates where these options are located.

Blackboard Tutorials

Do you have a question about how to do something in Blackboard? Many Blackboard tutorials are available on the SHU website for both students and faculty. These tutorials illustrate many different features and functions within Blackboard, including how to create and submit assignments, customize the course menu, and create exams. Tutorials are available in both video and print format at the following link:

http://www.shu.edu/offices/technology/tutorials.cfm

Blackboard Grade Center Scroll Bar

If you have experienced issues with the Blackboard Grade Center not scrolling and preventing you from seeing all student names and rows, the following steps should resolve the issue. The problem is related to the scroll bar setting in Windows or the zoom level in Firefox. This can be resolved by changing the Windows scroll bar size back to 20 or smaller or by increasing the zoom level in Firefox.

To change the zoom level in Firefox, open the Firefox browser and click View in the menu bar. Then, select Zoom > Zoom In.

To change the scroll bar setting in Windows:

Windows XP:
Right click on an empty area on the Desktop and choose Properties. Next, click on the Appearance tab, and then click the Advanced button. Select Scrollbar from the drop-down menu and change the size to a value less than 20 (the default is 17). Click OK, then Apply.

Windows Vista or Windows 7:
Click the Windows symbol on the bottom left side of the screen. Go to Control Panel > Personalization > Window Color > Advanced Appearance Settings. If you do not see Advanced Appearance Settings, select an Aero theme like “Windows 7” and then repeat the previous steps. Select Scrollbar from the drop-down menu and change the size to a value less than 20 (the default is 17). Click OK, then Apply.

Following these steps should allow you to see all rows using the vertical scroll bar in the Grade Center.

Preparing your Blackboard Course

As you prepare your Blackboard courses for the spring semester, you might find the following video tutorial helpful in learning more about all the features and functionality that can be included in your course:

Customizing Your Blackboard Course

Additionally, there are many training sessions in the months of January and February being offered through the Computer Training Center. View a complete list and register.

Replying to Blackboard Announcements

Have you ever received a Blackboard announcement from your professor or community that you are part of that you had to respond to for more information or for a follow-up inquiry?  Ever wonder what the text at the bottom your announcement stating “This is a system notification sent based on your personal settings and should not be replied to” means?

The announcements that are sent out through the Blackboard courseware system are used something similarly to a billboard or a written note on the classroom board.  Basically they are designed to alert people to a change or a news item but should not be used as method of back and forth communication.  Announcements usually follow the pattern of “make
sure to bring a calculator to class this week”, “we need to reschedule today” or “a new
assignment has been posted”.

Also the announcement messages actually have an additional line at the bottom of them stating that the message should not be replied to.  If you need to respond back to an
announcement sent from the Blackboard system it is best to use the forward option, as
opposed to reply, and address your new message personally to the professor or leader of the community to ensure that he/she receives the message.

Locating Your Spring 2011 Courses

If you are interested in locating your Spring 2011 course in PirateNet, go to the Blackboard Courses & Communities module, and click on the Other Courses tab. This will list previous and future courses in which you are enrolled either as instructor or student. Simply click on the name of the course to access it. If you do not see your course listed, you can click the All Courses link at the bottom of this list to view all courses in Blackboard.

Password Changing and Challenge Questions

Have you received an email message or seen the countdown clock within PirateNet reminding you to change your password?  Have you ever had an issue where you couldn’t log into your account until you have changed your password?  Have you ever forgotten your password and wished there was a way to fix the problem on your own?

As part of Seton Hall University’s commitment to network security and integrity all technology users are required to periodically change their PirateNet password.  For employees this must be done every 90 days, for students and faculty the required timeframe is every 180 days.

In an effort to make sure people are aware of how much time is left for their current password there are two indicators that will show when the password will expire.  Within PirateNet on the “Main Deck” tab there will be a module called “My Login Settings” that will show how many days are left on the current password and a calendar date and time indicator showing by when the password must be updated.  Secondly starting 14 days before a password is going to expire an email will be sent out daily reminding to change the password, include the deadline for when it change by and instructions on how to change it.

With all of the password changing that occurs there is a chance that you may forgot that current password for your account.  Presently after you change your password you are then directed to the university’s Self Service Password Manager system.  This functional allows you to establish four challenge questions that can be used in the event that you forget your password.  It is highly recommended that after you have changed your password for the first time that you then take the time to run through establishing your challenge questions.  This way if you do forget your password in the future you can personally reset it.

Submitting Your Course Evaluations Online

Seton Hall University has transformed its paper-based university-wide undergraduate course evaluations to an online surveying system. CoursEval is a quick and easy way to submit course evaluations online through Blackboard.

When your course evaluations become available, you will receive an email invitation containing a link to the evaluation, along with instructions on how to access the site. Or, you can log in to PirateNet to access the link. The tutorial below provides instructions on how to submit your online course evaluations.

How To Submit Course Evaluations Online