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  • LAS Server Maintenance, November 26 - 29

    by Craig Jackson | Nov 26, 2014
    LAS IT will be performing maintenance work on the computer hardware which is used to support the College's efforts. We will be using this holiday weekend to update the software (e.g. security updates) on these computers which provide shared folders, department and College websites, and LAS Exchange email (campus mail servers will not be affected).

    The work will be begin Wednesday night. Please save any work to the shared drives and do not edit any websites during this period.

    We will use this website to provide updates as to what services have been put back into operation and which ones are being updated so that you know when all is good. We plan to have everything operational Saturday night.

    Please contact me ( if you have any questions or concerns.


    Craig Jackson
    Executive Director, IT 
  • Using Announcements in Blackboard

    by David Halsted | Jul 18, 2014
    Blackboard Announcements are a good way to communicate with your students.  Announcements appear in your course site and can be sent to students via email.  They can also be linked to specific items within your course.

    Let's create an announcement asking students to read the course syllabus in preparation for the first day of class.

    First, open the course page and click on Announcements in the menu.  Then click on the Create Announcements button:

    The Create Announcements screen has several sections. 

    First, you can name your announcement and write a message to students.

    (Notice that I included a link to the 1984 Apple SuperBowl ad--please ask if you want to know how to create links in Blackboard!)

    The next section lets you control how long the announcement will be displayed.  It also lets you choose to send the announcement as an email to students.  We'll choose to do that.

     Then just click on "Submit" to post your announcement.

    And you should get this message telling you that your announcement was posted and email went out to students.

    So now you have posted your announcement!  But what do your students see? 

    First, let's have a look at the email:

    This is what a student will see in his or her email inbox.  The announcement will also appear on the course main page:

    Notice that in the full-text version we see the link we made to the course syllabus.  That means students who come to your course site will be able to navigate directly to the linked resource.

    By the way, that Apple ad is on YouTube.  It was directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner).  Worth a look if you haven't seen it.
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