Bringing Blackboard Vista 8 into the Oracle 11g world..

Just a few notes, probably only of significance to myself, of the work involved when the technology around a software changes even as that software is being brought to an end of life… Blackboard’s CE and Vista product is scheduled to be de-supported in January of 2013. Notre Dame will continue to run it as we come along side it with another system and move our Faculty and Students to it. Meanwhile Oracle has de-supported (as of June 2010) its database software version Oracle 10g, on which many institutions have been running their Bb Vista databases. Meanwhile Oracle has acquired … Continue reading Bringing Blackboard Vista 8 into the Oracle 11g world..

Blackboard/SunGard Grade Adapter Integration

Integration Dependencies Banner Configuration Your Institution’s grading validation rules and their application to each gradeable course (Please comment or email if you have more details). The Luminis grade adapter (SunGard product) The Blackboard Vista/CE JMS architecture as it pertains to clustered environments.  Hopefully Release 8, Service Pack 1’s ‘fix’ will more broadly address the architecture rather than just supply a fix. These two issues currently make grade exchange non-functional (as well as reliable enrollment synchronization) in clustered application environments: VST-27644.2.0.x / 6.2.0.xIMS API/3rd Party IntegrationOther nodes in the cluster are incorrectly picking Grade Exchange events, preventing the JMS node from … Continue reading Blackboard/SunGard Grade Adapter Integration

Configure an Anonymous Gradeable Discussion Topic at your own risk …

How should this feature be designed? It’s bewildering. I got an email this week from an Instructor who wanted students to be able to submit suggestions through a discussion topic without peer pressure. So she configured the topic to be anonymous. But she wanted to offer a grade for some of the best ideas. So she configured the topic to be gradeable. But anonymous from student to student is also anonymous to the Instructor. Go figure. But the system allowed her to do it anyway. Obviously a bug. But how should it work? Continue reading Configure an Anonymous Gradeable Discussion Topic at your own risk …