Fishersnet Blackboard and Moodle Users


Fishersnet Blackboard and Moodle Users

A discussion area for users of Blackboard and Moodle for online teaching and learning through The Fishersnet

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Discuss the transition to Blackboard 9.1 9 Replies

Blackboard version 9.1 is now available. How do Fishersnet users view a transition - yes/no, when, etc.?

Started by John Kahler. Last reply by Greg Kaufmann Jun 17, 2010.

Moodle Upgrade

Greetings Moodle users.The Fisher's Net currently is running Moodle 1.6. Since our Moodle clients have found that platform to be stable and workable, we have not upgraded to Moodle 1.9. Moodle 2.0 is…Continue

Started by Greg Kaufmann Apr 29, 2010.

Backend Registration Software 1 Reply

One area that we can learn from each other is that of the different backend software packages such as Empower. How do they work with Blackboard or Moodle? What has been your experience as you had to…Continue

Tags: Registration Software, Moodle, Blackboard

Started by Greg Kaufmann. Last reply by Greg Kaufmann Apr 29, 2010.

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Comment by Greg Kaufmann on July 8, 2010 at 8:44am
Thanks Sebastian and John for your prompt replies and helpful questions. It would appear that it will take a bit of time for the dust to settle and for consortiums like the Fisher's Net to learn what financial arrangements might be possible. The conversation here will be helpful as I have those talks with our Blackboard rep.
Comment by John Kahler on July 8, 2010 at 7:44am
Hi Greg and Sebastian, We're looking at a couple of options like Wimba, including Dimdim and Zoho, which would have teaching/learning and support possibilities (Webex is just too expensive). Cost is a factor, also in a shared environment like Fishersnet Blackboard how they'd manage availability, scalability and scheduling (offering only one Fishersnet instance, for example, that we'd need to share), along with ability to record and store. With cloud resources becoming commodities (the CollegeAnywhere consortium that I showed early work of in Tampa is now moving its growing operation and resources to the Amazon S3 cloud - for a couple of hundred dollars a month, it's amazingly cheap and flexible). Questions, questions..... But I do think in the long run this is something that we'll want to be using.
Comment by Sebastian Mahfood on July 8, 2010 at 6:01am
Wimba would be useful to us at Kenrick. I found a link for it at that explains the Wimba, Elluminate, and Blackboard combination. For those of us who already have Blackboard contracts with you, Greg, what's the added cost for our starting to use Wimba?
Comment by Greg Kaufmann on July 7, 2010 at 8:56pm
Greetings all,
Just received this email from more presidents than I can count!
Thought it might stir up some conversation on the site.
Comment if you'd like.

Dear Greg,

Today, we've announced that Elluminate, Wimba, and Blackboard will join forces to bring together the leading technology products for synchronous learning and collaboration - and the minds that created them - in what we hope will be a major step forward to pursue new innovation.

We've heard directly from you, our clients, that these products are rapidly growing in importance as formal and informal collaboration - in a variety of settings within and beyond the delivery of online courses - becomes increasingly fundamental to the learning process. But you've also told us much more is needed to realize the full potential of these solutions for impacting education.

Our combination is a union of like-minded, education-focused organizations to invest in and pursue this greater potential. Working together to form a new and independent Blackboard Collaborate platform group, we believe we can accelerate innovation in technology for collaboration within and across educational institutions, as well as add great value to the interactions between these systems and asynchronous learning platforms. And we can do so at a rate faster, and to an end much more impactful for educators, than any of our organizations could have achieved alone. The new platform group will operate under the strategic guidance of Ray Henderson, who oversees Blackboard's overall teaching and learning strategy, and will be led by Elluminate's Maurice Heiblum, who will assume the role of President, Blackboard Collaborate.

As excited as we are about the longer term promise of working together in this way, we realize that as clients of Elluminate and Wimba you will naturally be concerned about the short-term impacts of this news. Our pledge to you is to make our first focus sustaining the positive experience that both of these communities currently enjoy. Further, we will also sustain the goal of improving collaboration broadly, rather than exclusively for those using Blackboard learning management products. In that regard, we will continue current Elluminate and Wimba integration work for open source products, and it is our strategy to sustain those bridges with other commercial LMS providers as well.

Once we've ensured that a smooth transition is underway, we'll begin the work of shaping a combined vision for Collaborate by working in combination with members of both client communities. In the meantime, we're actively seeking to learn about specific questions or concerns you may have and hear any early ideas for how we can improve your current experience with our products or better integrate them with whatever learning management technology your institution prefers.

Please feel free to channel your thoughts directly to our executive team at We've also established an information resource with anticipated FAQs that we'll update with your input. We're very optimistic about the benefit that our collective investment in, and passion for, education collaboration can produce for clients. We're looking forward to digging in together.

Yours Sincerely,

Michael L. Chasen Nashir Samanani
President & CEO CEO & Founder
Blackboard Inc. Elluminate Inc.

Carol Vallone Ray Henderson
CEO & Chairman of the Board President
Wimba Inc. Blackboard Learn

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Comment by Greg Kaufmann on May 26, 2010 at 8:13pm
Greetings all,
Here is an email I received from Blackboard about a webinar to update all of us on things they are doing to improve. There is time for questions. Seems like a great place to air the issues we've already surfaced here on this site relating to Word and IE.

The Blackboard Managed Hosting team cordially invites you to attend an Update Webinar for the Second Quarter of 2010. Our goal for these regular quarterly webinars is to keep our client community informed about general Managed Hosting news, while also providing specific updates relating to datacenter, network, and service performance issues. We will also leave some time at the end of each session to provide you a chance to ask questions directly to the management team.

In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible, we will host two versions of the same one-hour webinar at the following times:

Thursday June 3rd at 3:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time (19:30 GMT)
Friday June 4th at 9:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time (13:00 GMT)

Please register for the time of your choice at the Managed Hosting Webex Event Center. Simply submit the information requested on the page that follows. If you have trouble accessing the above link, please go to and look for these events under the "Blackboard Managed Hosting" section.

Should you have any questions or problems registering for this event, or if you encounter difficulty logging in on the day of the event, please contact Client Services Manager Z Shihab by email for further assistance at

We look forward to having you there.

Jay W. Robertson
Senior Vice President
Blackboard Managed Hosting
Comment by Greg Kaufmann on May 24, 2010 at 9:35pm
Thanks for posting the issue between IE and Word when pasting files into the discussion board in Blackboard.
We’ve had this issue before with IE and Word. While both are Microsoft products they are not compatible with each other! I have no problem with Firefox...go figure.
I know that one of your faculty is upset that this doesn’t work – but for once I don’t think it is Blackboard’s problem. If it was their problem, we’d have issues with all browsers. Instead we have issues only when using the two Microsoft products together. I write my comments in Word, and then paste it into the discussion forums using Firefox as my browser. Seems to work just fine. Just did it again tonight for one of my own Blackboard sites.
I composed the message in Word. Copied it, pasted it into the discussion board in Blackboard, closed out and came back in and it was sitting there as nice as can be.
Since Firefox is free, I’d suggest folks who want to compose postings in Word, to then post in Blackboard's discussion sites, use it.
Until Microsoft actually makes their products compatible, I see no other way around it.\
I’ll post this in our TTEG site to see if others have figured this out even if I can’t.
Peace and joy,
Comment by Michael Porterfield on May 17, 2010 at 4:45pm
Hi everyone, I got an iPad a few weeks ago and Derek from Fisher's Net was able to set up our Blackboard installation for the iPad. It works great! I just wanted to share the great news. In a few months Blackboard says that other devices will be able to access the mobile version as well.

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