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IT bypasses clutter box

Gabi Wy, News Editor

March 17, 2016

Faculty Senate Chair Rex Strange brought up a reported issue concerning emails not being delivered properly to students. He reported the concern to the senate at its meeting March 4, and said he was communicating with Information Technology Director Richard Toeniskoetter. “Many of us do not know that student...

Tips to overcome ‘spooky’ Blackboard

Osman Bien-Aime

October 21, 2015

Many of us regularly use Blackboard, so I don’t think it’s particularly controversial to say that the service is beneficial, and the ease of access it provides can’t be overstated. But it’s October, Halloween’s coming up, and it’s the middle of the semester. I feel like sharing a spooky st...

Blackboard critical to student success

Brenna Wu

September 11, 2014

Most, if not all students, use the Blackboard site that professors use to post students’ grades, discussion boards, Panopto lectures and even some helpful hints for studying for the final. I appreciate all of the work my professors put into Blackboard in order to help me succeed. Unfortunately,...

$10,000 grant funds new app for Blackboard

$10,000 grant funds new app for Blackboard

Bobby Shipman

March 19, 2014

Katherine Winsett grew tired of working her classroom lesson plans around third-party digital materials. After a call for higher-education proposals fell in her lap, the USI biology instructor chose to act on an idea she had been stewing over for a few years. She enlisted a team of two USI students to design a visual-led proposal for Colab, an application that w...

Optimizing the digital experience

Jake Tapley

September 24, 2013

As I write this, BlackBoard is refusing to let me log in. Something about an “Authorization Failure” – I assure you I don’t know. Now, if this was an isolated incident, I wouldn’t think too much of it. I understand that technology malfunctions, and that there's a lot about coding and web...

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