Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Importing a Test created in Word into Blackboad


A common request by faculty is how to import a test that was created in Word into Blackboard. TLT has an app that can assist in this, as long as the Word (or text file) is formatted correctly.

Process to get your Word Test into Blackboard:
  1. Get your Word (or text file) test formatted correctly by following instructions in this document.
  2. Contact your TLT Liaison or eLearning Support Specialist with the course, semester, and name of the test so that they can do the conversion and import into Blackboard.

TLC Scheduled Maintenance

A scheduled maintenance on the email servers will be performed and All TLC email services will be offline during this maintenance period.

Friday, June 23, 2017 5:00AM - 10:59PM CST

Friday, June 9, 2017

Useful Blackboard Features

On Blackboard's homepage, faculty and students will be able to take advantage of three useful additions:



Blackboard Browser Test -

Displays a short report on any browser incompatibilities, links to how one can resolve those, and also tests for compatibility with Microsoft Office programs and Adobe Acrobat.






On Demand Help
Students and Faculty can now access brief tutorials on Blackboard from the homepage.  Faculty can receive information on how to include discussion boards, assignments, tests, etc.  Students can receive information on how to access and submit them.







Bb Student App
Links to install Bb App on personal devices can also be accessed.  The app allows faculty and students to check and monitor their course(s) from their mobile devices (supports IOS, Android, or Windows).

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Blackboard is currently unavailable - RESOLVED

Blackboard is currently unavailable.  They are aware of the issue and are currently working to resolve.  This post will be updated when the issue has been resolved.
This issue is resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

TLC Scheduled Maintenance

TLC will be unavailable during the following times due to scheduled maintenance.

Please do not plan on completing training during this time:

Sunday, June 18, 2017 11:00PM - 3:00AM CST

Publishing Examsoft Test Scores to Blackboard


Those of you how use Examsoft for testing now have the option to push test scores directly to your Blackboard GradeCenter. You will first have to contact your TLT Liaison to get it set up. Download the pdf below for instructions on how to accomplish.

Benefits of this Process:

  • Once set up, pushing scores from Examsoft to Blackboard is a quick process.
  • No manual adding of scores.
  • Reduce errors in transcribing scores.

Adding Closed Caption file to YouTube or Office Mix

If you create a voice-over PowerPoint (VOPPT) or video, best practice highly recommends that you provide closed captions when you publish it to the world (or your class). Follow these steps below in order to convert your transcript to closed captions.

Note: If you do not have a transcript, there are additional paid resources that can transcribe for you, or you can use YouTube's auto-transcription to get most of your presentation transcribed, and then do some manual editing.

Directions for YouTube


  1. Have your completed transcript and your video ready to upload to YouTube (How to convert VOPPT to video). The transcript should be in a Word file or text file and video in mp4 format (preferably).
  2. Log into YouTube and upload your video file. This will take some time to process.
  3. Go to your Video Manager in YouTube.
  4. Select "Edit » Subtitles/CC" for the video you are adding captions.
  5. Choose "Add new subtitles or CC" button, and choose "English."
  6. Choose "Transcribe and auto-sync" button
  7. Copy and Paste your text into the box or choose "Actions » Upload a File". Then, click "Set timings" in order to process and sync text with video.
  8. This process will that some time for YouTube to sync. The button will become green when completed. You will notice that YouTube has an Automatic process, but this will not be as accurate as your transcript.
  9. Review your video now with captions and make any changes necessary. Finalize your captions by clicking the "Unpublished" button. If you make additional changes, you will have to publish again.
  10. You can now share your YouTube video will captions.

Directions for Office Mix

Office Mix is an awesome add-in to PowerPoint to make your presentations more interactive with video, quizzes, and markups. Click here to learn more about mix and how to add it in PowerPoint.


  1. Once you have completed your VOPPT, you will have to upload to the Mix website. Click the "Upload to Office Mix" button.
  2. A side bar on the right will appear. Select "Next."
  3. You'll need to sign in with your Office 365 account to continue. Once you have signed-in, select "I'm uploading a new mix." and make sure to check the "Enable playback on mobile devices" box and click "Next". This will convert your VOPPT to a video. So, this process will take some time to generate the video.
     
  4. Once done processing, click the "Show me my mix" to continue to the Office Mix website to access your uploaded presentation.
  5. On the Mix website.
    1. Update the Title
    2. Set the Category and add Tags
    3. Set permissions to "Unlisted" to enable sharing
    4. Here is the link you will copy to share
    5. Click "Download Video" to get a copy of the video
    6. You will click this button when you have your caption file ready to upload (in step 10).
  6. As PowerPoint and Mix do not caption your presentation, you will need to download the video and upload to YouTube. Follow the directions above to caption your video in YouTube.
  7. In YouTube, you will need to download the caption file. Go to "Actions" and select "Download -> .vtt"
  8. Now, you will need to convert the .vtt to a .ttml file for Mix. Go to: https://gotranscript.com/subtitle-converter and upload the .vtt file, select the "Timed Text 1.0" format, and then "Convert" button.
  9. The downloaded file will be an .xml file type (probably called "captions.vtt.xml"). You will need to can the file type to .ttml by simple renaming the file to captions.ttml.
  10. Finally, go back to the Mix website, and upload the .ttml file.