Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Online Learning Support: Blackboard Best Practices

Browser and Internet Settings

Controlling Temporary Internet Files:

From the Start Menu, go to Control Panel and select Internet Options (Some items may differ in location based on what version you are running)

On the General tab, under Browsing History, click Settings

   Select Every time I visit the webpage for the first option to check for newer versions, click OK

   Click the Delete button, select to delete your Temporary Internet Files, click OK

 

Adding Blackboard to Trusted Sites:

From the Start Menu, go to Control Panel and select Internet Options (Some items may differ in location based on what version you are running)

On the Security tab, click the Green Trusted Sites icon, then click the Sites button.

   If there is a check in the Require server verification, remove it

   Type https://courses.ccac.edu and http://courses.ccac.edu in the box, then click Add, then click OK

 

Emptying Java Cache:

From the Start Menu, go to Control Panel and select Java (Some items may differ in location based on what version you are running)

Under Temporary Internet Files, click Settings

Click Delete Files, then OK

  

File Naming Conventions

When attaching files in Blackboard for Assignments, Emails, Discussion Threads, it is important to name the files properly. 

  • Do not include spaces in the file name
  • Do not include special characters in the file name
  • Do not use file names longer than 32 characters

Below are examples of correct and incorrect naming conventions:

Correct:

  • Dog.doc
  • theDogRan.doc
  • thedogran.doc
  • Dog1.doc
  • Dog_1.doc

Incorrect:

  • dog ran.doc
  • dog-ran.doc
  • dog&ran.doc
  • Dog#1.doc
  • dog/ran.doc
  • dog.ran.doc
  • the dog ran over the fence and across the yard.doc

 

Uploading/Downloading Executable Files

Files that are uploaded into Blackboard containing source code  (such as: .java, .htm, .c, .h, .cpp, ...) cannot be downloaded from Blackboard due to a security feature. 

Work-around Solution

  1. Place the files in a compressed (zipped) folder. 
  2. Upload the compressed folder into Blackboard.

Once the folder has been created and uploaded it can be downloaded and unpackaged (extracted) to provide access to the file containing the source code.

For instructions to compress and uncompress files,

visit: windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Compress-and-uncompress-files-zip-files