These are the issues reported by users and are logged in the Blackboard Inc. Tech Support Known Issues Database.

System Version:
Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2019 CU4

  • Assignments

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      Assignments Do Not Accept HTML Files with Script Tag

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      Explanation of Issue:
      When students try to submit HTML files that contain script tags, they will receive an error message that will not allow them to submit.

      HTML Assignment

      Explanation of Resolution:
      Blackboard is functioning as designed. The filtering for tags inside the files is controlled by a filter class. The script tags inside the file uploads are not allowed, due to security fixes implemented into the codeline of the application.

      Students can add these HTML files to a .zip folder and upload to Blackboard. For more information regarding .zip files, you may access .zip files for PC or .zip files for Mac.

     
  • Collaborate Ultra (NEW)

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      Some of the older ChromeBooks and iOS devices are experiencing audio breaking up due to hardware limitations (NEW)

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      Explanation of Issue:
      Some users on older or underpowered ChromeBooks and iOS devices (iPads and iPhones) may experience audio breaking up in their live Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session due to hardware configuration and CPU capabilities. This article provides several best practices to help keep the audio from breaking up.

      While we do not have a complete list, the issue seems to be related to older or underpowered ChromeBook and iOS devices. However, older or underpowered Windows machines may also be effected. Examples: the Apple iPhone 6 or a ChromeBook with an Intel Celeron N4020 processor.

      Explanation of Resolution:
      Blackboard understands that in many cases these devices have been issued by schools and it is not possible to use another device. Since the audio breaking up is generally a result of high CPU usage on the device or computer we recommend the following measures be taken if at all possible:
      -Be sure any unused applications on your computer or device are closed before starting your Collaborate Ultra session
      -When in the Collaborate session, try not to open the Collaborate Panel located on the right side of your session. If you must open the Collaborate Panel to utilize the Chat feature, do NOT open the Participant tab.
      -Do not turn on your web camera unless it is necessary.
      -Instructor's with students having issue should upload Powerpoint slides to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and try to avoid using Application Sharing unless it is necessary.

      While the most immediate advice is to follow the practices listed above, we're also working on potential optimizations of Collaborate's use of CPU so that low performance devices can have a better experience.
      Related Links and Resources:
      Moderator Best Practices: https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Moderate_Sessions/Session_Best_Practices

      Audio Breaking Up and Cracking when Using Specific MacOS

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      Explanation of Issue:
      When using Mac OS "Big Sur" 11.0 or "Catalina" 10.15 and Safari 14 with Collaborate Ultra the audio a user hears is breaking up or cracking.

      The issue seems to be related to a known issue with the Safari browser and happens with other browser based web conferencing platforms.

      Explanation of Resolution:
      If Safari 14 is installed on your computer, please plan on using either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox with Collaborate Ultra sessions.

      You may download and try the Safari beta version with Collaborate Ultra, the audio issue is supposed to be resolved in the upcoming version of Safari: https://developer.apple.com/safari/technology-preview/

      Since the "technology-preview" version of Safari is in beta, it should not be considered a supported version of Safari at this time.

      Recordings stop when all users are put in Breakout Groups

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      Explanation of Issue:
      When recording an Ultra session, and all are moved into a Breakout Group, the recording will stop without notification. Once users are moved back into the Main Room, the recording needs to be restarted by the moderator. This will generate separate recordings for the session.

      Explanation of Resolution:
      There is no workaround at this time. If you come out of a breakout group, please restart your recording. Unfortunately, this will create multiple recordings.

      Pause Recording Generates New Recording

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      Explanation of Issue:
      In the past, we have been able to record, stop the recording (to pause), restart the recording, then exit the session for the recording to process. It appears that now when we stop the recording (to pause), the recording will process even before we exit the session.

      Explanation of Resolution:
      The option to pause a recording during a Collaborate Ultra session is not available as it was in Collaborate Original (Web Conferencing 12.6) and right now if you stop a recording, the system will start processing as if the session was completed. However, after verification with our Collaborate Engineers, they do have the feature on the roadmap to be developed and released to the users in the future. At the moment there's no release date for it yet.

      Unfortunately, there is not a workaround for this issue.

      Users Receive Busy Signal When Accessing Telephone Option

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      Explanation of Issue:
      We have had several instances where users cannot join a session using the telephone option because they may receive a message stating the call cannot be completed as dialed or a busy signal.

      Explanation of Resolution:
      Blackboard Inc.'s exisiting telephony provider has a limitation in their inventory of phone ports, which is shared across North America. Blackboard Inc. has implemented a per-session dial-in limit of 25 dial-ins per session. However, when the total number of ports have been occupied, attendees will not be able to dial into their session.

      Blackboard Inc. is in the process of transitioning to a new telephony provider, which will allow them to increase the number of ports. However, this will not be available until sometime in April. They are asking attendees to not use dial-in numbers, unless they are experiencing internet issues.

      The workaround is to use a browser on your computer or mobile phone and use VoIP for audio in the Collaborate session.

      Users attending sessions on some iOS devices cannot see edits made to Collaborate Ultra Whiteboard

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      Explanation of Issue:
      Users attending a Collaborate Ultra sessions on some iOS devices cannot see edits made to the Collaborate Ultra Whiteboard.

      Explanation of Resolution:
      There is no workaround at this time. If you experience this issue using an iOS device, please switch to a PC or Mac. You can also try a different iOS device, if you have one available.

     
  • Course Navigation

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      Course Menu Disappears When Browser Window Becomes Too Small

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      Explanation of Issue:
      The Course Menu is not visible when the browser window becomes too small (under width of 1040 px). The tab appears to the far left of the screen and users must click the "Show/Hide Course Menu" tab each time the page reloads, or a new page is selected within a course.

      Course Menu

      Explanation of Resolution:
      Blackboard is functioning as designed. The Course Menu is automatically hidden at low screen resolutions. Due to mobile responsive design, screen width of 1040px and lower will cause Course Menus to be automatically hidden. To be displayed, they have to be manually expanded. Enter a Blackboard course and click the button above where the course navigation menu would normally be. This will reopen the menu.
      https://youtu.be/81zIluAVUaY

     
  • Full Grade Center

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      Grades Assigned and Uploaded Offline Don't Work When Assignments Contain Multiple Attempts

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      Explanation of Issue:
      If an Assignment has multiple attempts and the user uses the Work Offline > Upload feature for marks and feedback, the student will still appear under Needs Grading in the Grade Center.

      Explanation of Resolution:
      This behavior is functioning as designed. Even manually, if a user puts in an override grade rather than grading the attempt, the attempt still appears as 'Needs Grading'. The challenge is that when a score is entered as an override and there are potentially many attempts for the student, it is impossible to know which attempt the instructor is targeting. When a grade doesn't have a relation to the attempt, it is stored as override; the code is designed to treat this in this manner purposefully.

  • Mashups

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      YouTube Mashup Displays a 403 Service Error: 403

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      Explanation of Issue:
      When searching using YouTube mashup tool, either through Build Content > Mashup or through the Content Editor > Mashup, users receive an error message:
      Error: An error was returned by YouTube: There was a service error: 403 : Daily Limit Exceeded. Daily Limit Exceeded. The quota will be reset at midnight Pacific Time (PT). You may monitor your quota usage and adjust limits in the API Console: https://console.developers.google.com/apis/api/youtube.googleapis.com/quotas?project=28589479198

      This mashup tool uses an API key shared by many Institutions. Since COVID-19, many institutions have been going online and bottlenecking this tool.

      YouTube Mashup Error

      Explanation of Resolution:
      Instructors can open YouTube in a new tab, search for the video they wish to embed, and copy the embed code provided under the video player. Proceed back to Blackboard, create an Item, create a title, select the HTML code button in the content editor, paste the embed code, and submit.

      EmbedYouTubePlayer
     
  • Mobile Apps

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      Inconsistent Grades in Blackboard Student App

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      Explanation of Issue:
      Please note that this issue is for grades over 100 points that use decimals. When Students proceed to check their grades within the Blackboard Student app, the first grade (Grade Overview) they will see is rounded to the nearest whole number. When Students click on the Grade Overview to view more details about their grade, they will notice the correct decmial grade.

      Inconsistent Grades in Blackboard Student Mobile App

      Explanation of Resolution:
      Students will have to select the Course Overview grade in order to see their true current total score.

     
  • Move/Copy Function

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      Move and Copy Function Does Not Update in Browse Window

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      Explanation of Issue:
      When using the Copy or Move function in a Content Area, the Browse window with the course menu links does not update with copies or moves that just took place. For more information regarding this issue, please view the video below.

      Move Copy Function

      Explanation of Resolution:
      As a workaround, you may either click twice on the Expand All icon ("+") or log out of Blackboard and log back into the course to display all nested folders.

      This issue has been verified as a software defect and will be reviewed by Blackboard Inc.'s Product Management to prioritize for a future release. There is not any further information on a resolution date at this time.

      Move Copy Function Resolution
     
  • PDF Files

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      Multiple Page PDFs do not Display Properly in Chrome

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      Explanation of Issue:
      When using Chrome to view a multi-page PDF document in Blackboard Learn, only the first two pages can be viewed.

      Steps to Replicate:
      1. Access a Course
      2. Create a Content Item in the Course with a multi-page PDF
      3. Use the Preview User to view the PDF as a Student

      ForceCompletion

      Explanation of Resolution:
      Since this appears to be a bug within Google Chrome, you may switch to Mozilla Firefox, or open in PDF viewer, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

  • Tests, Surveys, and Pools

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      Students Getting Kicked Out of Tests

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      Explanation of Issue:
      Please be advised that this entry is not related to a system issue, but is to show the cause of such incidents.

      By selecting ‘Force Completion’, students must complete the exam in one sitting. A student may get kicked out and not be able to return to the test by accidentally closing the browser, accidentally navigating away from the test, accidentally refreshing the test page, experiencing a computer crash, experiencing internet issues, etc.

      ForceCompletion

      Explanation of Resolution:
      Blackboard is functioning as designed. Force Completion is only recommended for proctored exams. We recommend Instructors leave the Force Completion option unchecked. If the student experiences technical issues with Force Completion unchecked, he/she would be able to return to the test and resume from their last saved entry.

      Incorrect Instructions in Test Availability Exceptions

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      Explanation of Issue:
      Instructions in Test Availability Exceptions for a Test suggest that Force Completion must be turned On, which is not the case.

      Click Add User or Group to search for course users and groups to add to the exception list. "Timer and force completion must be enabled in the previous test availability step to enable those settings for exceptions." If you choose to use groups, you must make the group unavailable if you do not want students to see group members. Click Remove all Exceptions to delete all exceptions for the test.

      Test Availability Exceptions

      Explanation of Resolution:
      Instructors should ignore "Timer and force completion must be enabled in the previous test availability step to enable those settings for exceptions." The instructions should not state that Force Completion is required.

      Downloaded Survey Contain HTML Code

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      Explanation of Issue:
      When Instructors download Surveys from the Full Grade Center, questions and student responses contain HTML code in the text downloaded into Excel.

      Explanation of Resolution:
      This is a Known Issue that is planned to be fixed, but does not have a known release date.

      Please contact GSU Blackboard Support to further assist.

  • VoiceThread

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      VoiceThread Link Unavailable in Learning Module Unless Edit Mode is Off

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      Explanation of Issue:
      When creating a VoiceThread in a Blackboard Content area, the VT link should be accessible to Instructors. This is true for Content Areas and within Content Folders. However, we did notice when adding a VoiceThread to a Learning Module, Instructors are not able to edit or access the link unless Edit Mode is OFF.

      VoiceThread Edit Mode

      Explanation of Resolution:
      The only workarounds at this time would be to build VoiceThreads inside of Content Folders, instead of Learning Modules or turn Edit Mode OFF. VoiceThread cannot determine your Edit Mode off. VoiceThread categorizes by email address, so even with Edit Mode OFF, Instructors will link into VoiceThread with their regular access.