Monday, July 17, 2017

ExamSoft Administration Certification



Ron Knight and Jessica Smith have successfully completed ExamSoft’s newly created certification process to become certified ExamSoft Administrators. Tim Doughty is in the process of finalizing his certification and expects to have it completed in the very near future.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Testing


Beginning this summer with the School of Medicine’s Pre-matriculation students, the SoM will be making the move to bring your own device (BYOD) testing for incoming first year medical students. The introduction of BYOD testing allows the School of Medicine greater flexibility in where exams are given. Instead of being confined to the Testing Center, they will be able to test in the large classrooms in the HEB. While for the immediate future Testing Services will schedule computer labs as backups in case of major exam issues, once the initial implementation period has passed, the move to BYOD will free up lab space and give Testing Services some much needed flexibility in their scheduling. Additionally, the development of BYOD testing will allow greater ease in the use of alternate sites for distance learning students.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Blackboard Phishing Emails

Some KUMC users may have recently received emails claiming their Blackboard account has changed. These emails are not authentic. If you receive such an email, do NOT open the attachment or submit any requested information. Just a reminder, always be aware of phishing attempts and any suspicious emails which ask for your username and password or personal information. If you have any questions or have been impacted by a phishing attempt, please contact Information Security as soon as possible or call the Jayhawk Tech Clinic at 8-7995.

Monday, June 26, 2017

ExamSoft Scheduled Maintenance

For ExamSoft Administrators:




From Examsoft Support:


On Saturday, July 1st, we will be conducting maintenance on the ExamSoft Portal from 7:00 AM ET until 8:45 AM ET. Your portal may be accessible during this period, however you will be unable to save any changes or create any new content within your portal during this time. Students should be able to download and upload their exams without issue, however you will not see the activity, such as exam downloads and uploads that occur during the maintenance period, until after the maintenance has concluded. If you are administering exams during this period, you should have exam takers download their exams prior to exam day.

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).