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IT News

Blackboard Learn resources help with grade submission, other end-of-semester tasks

As the spring semester concludes, faculty can get help with completing end-of-semester tasks such as grade submission, updating a master course and retrieving course materials by visiting ITaP’s online Blackboard Learn resources.

The topics covered range from how to download student grades, to exporting a course or moving content from Blackboard Vista to Blackboard Learn.

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Economic modeling with Carter cluster, DiaGrid, SubmitR offers guidance for policymakers

Agricultural economics Professor Michael Delgado uses Purdue's Carter cluster supercomputer, DiaGrid distributed computing system and the SubmitR app developed by ITaP Research Computing (RCAC) to answer questions like how good voluntary pollution abatement programs actually are at reducing pollution, or what the impact of education on economic development is, giving policymakers robust empirical results they can use.

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BoilerBackpack gives researchers 100 gigabytes of storage, removes file limits

The latest offering in Purdue’s BoilerBackpack storage suite, researchBackpack, offers researchers 100 gigabytes of file storage and eliminates limits on the number of files that can be stored. Users of ITaP’s research cluster supercomputers were limited to 5 GB of home directory storage. BoilerBackpack offers 100 GB of free space to all faculty, students and staff.

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Web conferencing survey will inform new campus video conferencing strategy

Purdue is conducting a campus-wide survey to gain a better understanding of Web conferencing practices and needs of faculty and staff. Information gathered from the survey will be used to inform a new campus strategy on video conferencing resources. Take the short survey here.

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Events

Blackboard Learn upgrade to offer new features for faculty and students

New features, along with an improved content editor and expanded assessment analytics, and what should be a better user experience, are coming to the Blackboard course management system as part of a scheduled upgrade of Blackboard Learn.

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Confluence upgrade allows Purdue wikis to be open to the public again

Confluence, Purdue’s Web-based wiki software, will be undergoing a scheduled upgrade from May 11 to May 13. The service will be unavailable during this time. Among other improvements, the upgrade will give users the option to open Purdue wikis to the public.

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Tech Tidbits
Clicking links in emails can lead to compromised computers, identity theft Read more
Disabling mobile devices during password resets prevents career account lockouts Read more
Get help using ITaP services in Windows 8 Read more

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