In the event of an evacuation, students will be responsible for checking the Blackboard system (http://loyno.blackboard.com), where faculty will be able to communicate with students, post announcements and assignments for students, and accept homework, etc.
Bb sites will be created for all Loyola classes automatically near the beginning of each semester. Even if Bb is not part of the daily life of your courses, you can plan to use the system in the event of an evacuation or other extended absence to keep courses moving along.
Courses will be created automatically at the beginning of each semester and will remain in the system for one calendar year before being purged. Faculty will be contacted about courses slated for deletion one month and again one week before the purge date. Courses that need to stay in the system will be refreshed with a course ID that reflects the current semester. It is the responsibility of individual faculty members to archive his or her courses to keep a backup copy saved.
Bb “courses” can be any of the following: an academic course; a committee; a student group or organization; an academic group or organization. Examples of each course ID follow here:
13S = Spring / 13M = Summer / 13F = Fall
Committees: 13F-COM-NAMEOFCOMMITTEE-CN (CN = contact person’s initials)
Student Group: 13F-STUGRP-NAMEOFGROUP-CN
Academic Group: 13F-ACAGRP-NAMEOFGROUP-CN
Each course in Blackboard will be allotted 200 MB of file space. Every effort should be made by faculty members to control the size of files added into the system. Exceptions to this rule will be determined by the Blackboard administrator only after examination of files in the course, at which time a reduction in file size may be achieved.
Blackboard student accounts must comply with the Loyola email username protocol; that is, a student’s Bb username must match his or her email username. Check the university’s online directory (A to Z lookup) to verify username. The default password for student accounts will be the first two (lowercase) letters of their first name followed by the last four digits of their Social Security Number. (ex. Mary Smith, ssn= 123-45-6789 will have a password of “ma6789”.) Student accounts will be removed from the system upon graduation or after 12 months of inactivity.
Blackboard faculty accounts must comply with the Loyola email username protocol; that is, a faculty’s Bb username must match his or her email username. Check the university’s online directory (A to Z lookup) to verify username. The default password will follow the same convention as student accounts, which can be changed by the individual upon logging into the system.
Individuals who are not part of the Loyola community but who need access to the Blackboard system will be given special accounts. Usernames will be identical to the person’s email address, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org - The default password will be the same as the username and can be changed by the individual upon logging into the system.