Category: Blackboard

Blackboard Administrator – Success!

Do you want your institutional Blackboard to look this good?

Front-image  inside  cc  new-front

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I’ve just completed the two Blackboard accreditation’s, one in ‘Community & Engagement Administration certification’ & the other in ‘Content Management GUI Administrator certification’, April & May 2013.

93% in both exams

Blackboard UK en_GB language pack

I’ve have recently rewritten our Blackboard English language pack for the University which currently employs me. If anyone knows the in’s and out’s of the Blackboard language pack, they’ll know that this is a long and arduous task to perform.

Blackboard out the of box is set up for the American school system marketplace and it’s language reflects this. Within the English University system we call Courses – Modules, Modules – Widgets and Organisations – Communities. This pack is available for you’re Institution without having to pay Blackboard an astronomical fee to change it for you. Why should you have to go through all the 120,000 plus changes that I’ve already performed.

The immediate feedback that I’ve received from our academics at our institution is that of rejoice. “Finally the words we use day to day are now reflected in Blackboard.”

If you’d like it, get in touch.

Blackboard 9.1 SP8 + Accessibility Setting

Just a little something that I noticed and fixed when I was redesigning the look & feel to our Blackboard installation.

access-icons

These icons which may or may not be on your installations login page. They open up a separate pages which detail how to change your font sizes within your browser and how to keep your own high contrast colors / colours theme from your operating system within Blackboard.

Problem is Blackboard have screwed up the CSS you can’t actually click on them to take you to the required page to view the settings / help information.

How to fix:

Hunt down the ‘login.css’ file, this will be containing in whichever theme that your using, download it via ‘System Admin’, Communities ‘Brands & Themes’, ‘Theme and Palette Catalogue’ locate theme and use the Action menu to ‘Download’.

Unzip the contents of the zip somewhere on your hard drive, keeping the folders intact.

Search the file for this section:

#loginHeader ul li.contrast:before {
content: "T";
font: 130%/1 "Utilicons";
color: #f0f0f0;
text-align: center;
position: absolute;
right: 0;
left: 0;
top: 5px;
text-shadow: 0 -1px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, .2);
z-index: 2;
}

Remove or comment out line:

z-index: 2;

Now just zip it back up again, go back to the same place that you downloaded it from and select ‘Edit’ rather than ‘Download in the ‘Action’ menu. Then ‘Upload Theme Package’ from your machine.

You’ll need to clear the browser cache, as Blackboard is a right pain as it holds on to images and css in the cache.

Now check your login page, the buttons will be now clickable.

Job done.