Friday, November 18, 2011

What is Blackboard IM and why should I use it?

Blackboard IM is an instant messaging tool specifically designed to advance and promote learning. It enables you to instantly connect with classmates and instructors in all your Online, ITV, and any Face to Face courses that are enhance through Blackboard.
What are the benefits of using it?

  • Quickly connect with classmates and instructors.
  • Desktop video conferencing and audio. (Participate in a study group from the comfort of your room.)
  • An integrated whiteboard can be used for real-time collaboration.
  • Application sharing provides unique abilities to work with peers. (Great tool for group projects.)
Getting Started

Blackboard IM is software that must be downloaded before it can be used.

  • Go to Blackboard

  • Enter your login information. Click here for Username Construction.
  • Select your course. Your course will most likely open to the Course Announcement page or Home Page.
  • Click on Tools, found on your left hand side in the menu.
  • Click on Blackboard IM.
  • Click Blackboard IM (Create your account and download Blackboard IM)
  • Create your Blackboard IM account. (Please remember to be professional inappropriate account names will be removed.)

  • After you create your Blackboard IM ID, you can download and install the Blackboard IM client. You may perform this step either immediately after creating your account, or at a later time.
  • Once you have downloaded and installed Backboard IM use the Blackboard IM ID and password that you chose when you created your account.

  • Whenever you launch Blackboard IM, the login window appears.
  • You can set Blackboard IM to remember your Blackboard IM ID and password by checking the remember me box. If you do this, anyone with access to your computer can access your Blackboard IM account.
  • You can also set Blackboard IM to automatically sign you in when you launch the program by checking the sign in automatically box. This setting can be changed in the Preferences window.
For more information see BbIM_GettingStarted

Friday, November 11, 2011

What is SafeAssign? Where do I find it? How do I use it?

SafeAssign is plagiarism prevention software integrated into Blackboard. It checks all submitted papers against various databases to detect unoriginal text.

To submit your assignment you must first login to your Blackboard account and access your course. You can find the login page by clicking on the blackboard link from the CU home page or at
Your username and password is the same as for your email and AggieAccess.

Once you have logged into Blackboard and accessed your course, you will click Assignments on the left side of the screen.

Once in the Assignment screen you will see your Safe Assignment.
It will have this icon next to the assignment .

Now click on the link
You are now in the Upload SafeAssignment screen. Here is where you will upload your paper. To upload the file, click on the browse button. You will now need to search for the paper you created and saved on your computer. Once you locate the file you will need to attach it. This is similar to attaching a file in email. Once you locate the file, highlight it and click open or double click on the file.

Your file is now attached. You can also write any comments to your instructor within the comment text box. You will also need to click the box next to I agree to submit my paper to the Global Reference Database. Once you have done all of these steps you can click the submit button.

Friday, November 4, 2011

CU Calendars

Adding Cameron's Event Calendars and Academic Calendar to your own calendar just became easier. Our university web calendar has been changed to use a Google calendar. For you as students, this means that you can add a Cameron event - or the entire calendar - to your own Google calendar with a few quick clicks. Here's how:

Login to Google
Login to your personal calendar by either starting at or clicking on "Calendar" at the top left of any of the Google apps such as gmail or docs that you're already logged into. You can also skip this step and wait to be prompted to login to your calendar when you try to add the events.

Add a single Event

  • Go to CU's event calendar at or scroll through the events in AggieAccess on the Home tab. 
  • Click on event titles to bring up more information on it. 
  • When you see one that you're interested in attending, click on "copy to my calendar." 
  • (Login to Google if you're prompted at this point.)
  • You'll be presented a screen with all of the information from the original. Since you're copying this event to your calendar you have the option to modify the title, choose which calendar you want to add the event to, and set up notification reminders. Make any changes and then click on Save.

Selecting "copy to my calendar" from AggieAccess
Selecting "copy to my calendar" from the CU Web

Add the Entire Calendar
The event calendar includes information from the main campus calendar as well as the academic calendar and specific liberal arts events. With copy event, you're only getting a copy of the event that is no longer tied to the original. If the original event is updated, you will not see the updates. However, you can add the entire CU event calendar alongside your calendar and you will see all updates. Unfortunately, you won't be able to modify events or set up reminders as you can when you copy a single event. To add the entire calendar, click on the Google Calendar icon at the bottom of the calendar on the webpage or in AggieAccess.
Click Google Calendar to add the entire calendar

(If you haven't already logged into Google, you will be prompted to do so at this point.)
Depending on your browser, you may be prompted to choose which of the calendars you want to add or it may automatically add all of them.

Once added, the calendars appear under "Other calendars." You may need to click on the arrow next to "Other Calendars" so that it is pointing down and shows all of the calendars. Turn the calendars on and off by clicking on their names. You can even change the color by hovering over the calendar name and clicking on the down arrow that appears to the right of the calendar.
CU's calendars now show up on your personal Google calendar