Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Google's Chrome Browser and Blackboard

Google has developed a browser known as Chrome.

Tests of the Blackboard using the Chrome browser have been largely encouraging, with many functions on the site working perceivably faster than is typical with Internet Explorer and even Firefox.

However we have not had time to fully test and vet the Blackboard application in Chrome. Please let us know if you find additional issues beyond the ones described here.

Known issues with Blackboard on Chrome:

1. Blackboard Grade Center final column missing bug:  in Blackboard version 9.1.x, when viewing the Grade Center using the Chrome Browser's 90% zoom setting or lower, the right-most column may disappear.  This problem can be corrected by changing the zoom value back to 100% and/or changing the width of the Chrome browser window.

2.  The Quicktime plugin sometimes crashes in Chrome.  If you have a lot of video content (e.g. .mp4 files) posted in your course, you may have better luck accessing them with Firefox than with Chrome.

Please send any comments or issues you discover to ats@neu.edu

Thank you for using Blackboard at Northeastern University!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

How to add Blackboard to Facebook

Update:  Classtop has discontinued support for the CourseFeed application, so the method in this article no longer works.  The article will remain posted for historical record.


Information Technology Services at Northeastern University has partnered with ClassTop (developer of the CourseFeed application) to offer a new secure Blackboard / Facebook integration. You can now add your Blackboard courses to your Facebook account in a way that will not compromise your myNEU account credentials.

Some of the benefits of Blackboard on Facebook:
  • Automatic notifications for new items added to your Blackboard courses
  • A Facebook "Wall" for your course where you can post messages to your classmates
  • Announcements from Blackboard delivered directly to Facebook
How to add Northeastern University Blackboard to Facebook (3 steps)
If you have received an invitation to the CourseFeed Facebook application from one of your classmates, you may follow the steps in the invitation to add the CourseFeed application to Facebook. If you have not received an invitation, here is how to add Blackboard to Facebook:

1. Log into Northeastern University's Blackboard site on myNEU or at blackboard.neu.edu

In Blackboard, under the Home tab, click the "Facebook" link on the left (this link will be available starting July 8th, 2008):

3. Follow the steps on the screen to add the CourseFeed application to Facebook

To add your courses, you must be a member of the Northeastern network in Facebook

For more information on the CourseFeed application in Facebook, see: http://www.coursefeed.com/faq.html

Tuesday, February 19, 2008