Blackboard™ is a course management system used campus-wide at NIU. The system allows faculty to post materials, deliver tests and surveys, hold online discussion and many other course-related functions. All currently-enrolled students and teaching faculty have access to the Blackboard system. We are running Blackboard version 9.1 Service Pack 11, having upgraded the system June 8, 2013. Login to the NIU Blackboard site at: http://webcourses.niu.edu
Internet Explorer 11 issue resolved
ITS installed a patch to Blackboard on 2/19/14 that resolved the issue that would cause Internet Explorer 11 to crash when users logged in to Blackboard or accessed a course in Blackboard. Users can now update Internet Explorer to version 11 or return to using Internet Explorer 11 instead of an alternative browser.
Microsoft pushed out updates to Internet Explorer 11 on Tuesday, 2/11/14 (newest version 11.0.9600.16518) that caused Internet Explorer 11 to crash either when users logged in to Blackboard or accessed a course in Blackboard. Some users reported IE 11 froze while taking a test.
Issue with Java 7 Update 51 Causes Problem Running Apps
ITS has identified a problem with the latest version of Java 7, ver 51, released 1/14/14. This Java security update does not allow unsigned Java applets to run. Users have encountered this problem in Blackboard, and WebCRMA, where the Java applets will not run but instead display an Application Error Security Exception "Missing required Permissions manifest attribute in main jar:"
One solution is to add trusted websites to Java 7 in the Exception Site List now included in version 51. To do this, open the Java control panel then on the security tab, go to "Edit site list" and click "Add" to add the following 3 sites, all trusted at NIU: https://bbcollab.niunt.niu.edu:8443 https://webcourses.niu.edu http://niu.edu
This will allow the Java applets to run. Users who do not have sufficient rights to edit their computer's Java settings should be referred to their LAN Admins for assistance.