Archives for December 2010

Student Orientation to Blackboard (Prezi)

One of our student workers has created the following Prezi presentation to introduce students to Blackboard on our campus. This past semester, he gave this presentation to all incoming freshman as part of their orientation to Missouri S&T. We in EdTech are very proud of the hard work and effort he has put into creating the following. Enjoy!

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Blackboard Updates on Thursday, December 23

Blackboard services will be undergoing important updates on Thursday, December 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Blackboard will be inaccessible to all faculty, students, and staff during the maintenance window while IT applies necessary updates to Blackboard.
Please call the Help Desk with questions about this or any other IT issue at 573-341-HELP (4357) or submit an online Help Request at

Wimba Live Classroom Server Maintenance on Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wimba, the service provider for Live Classroom in Blackboard, will be performing maintenance on their servers on Sunday, December 19, 2010. Wimba Live Classroom will be unavailable for 1-2 hours while the maintenance is performed.

For more information about Wimba Live Classroom, visit:

Technical support for Wimba can be obtained directly from the vendor at or 1-866-350-4978.

Important Changes to Joe’SS and Blackboard

Starting on December 7, 2010, Blackboard and Joe’SS will both undergo important changes to improve the functionality of both systems.

  1. Two new columns will be created in Blackboard for all courses – JoeSS Midterm and JoeSS Final Grade. These columns allow instructors to retrieve grades directly from Blackboard into Joe’SS at midterm and at the end of the semester.
  2. A new button is available in the Grade Roster of Joe’SS – retrieve grades from blackboard. Clicking this button will automatically populate the Grade Roster in Joe’SS with grades from Blackboard.
  3. The Student ID column in Blackboard will automatically be populated with student numbers. This is the link between Joe’SS and Blackboard.

For more information on grading policies and Joe’SS, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

For more information on using the new columns in Blackboard, visit the online documentation available at:

Contact the Help Desk at 573-341-HELP or online at to submit a help ticket in the event of technical difficulties with Joe’SS or Blackboard.