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Selection of existing questions when authoring tests

Clicking Reuse Question to select and add questions to a test does not work in some browsers. The browser will be unresponsive or display an error message. This happens on the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer.

Workaround: Use an earlier version of the browser either on a different computer or by installing an earlier version. Firefox 24 and earlier are confirmed to work successfully. This issue will be resolved with implementation of the next Blackboard Service Pack.

Hotspot questions not able to be clicked

When answering a Hotspot question the X does not display where the cursor was clicked. Issue encountered when using Internet Explorer and Chrome (intermittently).

Workaround: Staff should advise students to use Firefox when attempting tests that contain Hotspot questions.

Turnitin iPad app does not load assignments with > 300 submissions

If using the latest version of the Turnitin iPad app (1.3.0) the wait icon just spins endlessly for assignments with > 300 submissions.

Some earlier versions of the app show an error: "GradeMark Unavailable - Turnitin for iPad cannot be used for this assignment because GradeMark is currently unavailable for this class."

Work around: Use a computer with browser to mark the Turnitin assignment.

Flickr "view photo" function does not work

Users click on view photo to see an expanded version of the photo and get error message: "We are unable to display the mashup content. This happens if the system detects an invalid URL. Remove the mashup item and try again to resolve this".

Workaround: Open the preview in a new tab/window.

Pasting text in Firefox

Users are unable to copy (ctrl-c) and paste (ctrl-v) content within Firefox in the visual text box editor.


  1. Paste the text into another program, like a text editor, then copy it again from that program and paste it into the Content Editor
  2. Use a different browser
  3. Make changes to the advanced configuration in Firefox:
    1. Open Firefox
    2. Type about:config into the address bar
    3. Search for 'dom.event.clipboardevents.enabled'
    4. Double click the search result item to toggle value from 'true' to 'false'

Group Member Import fails with Access Denied error

When staff attempt to import a large (>150 users) group membership .CSV file they receive an Access Denied error. This is an intermittent error, not occurring for all subjects. Blackboard are aware of the issue, which is not scheduled to be resolved until SP17 (estimated 2015).

Workaround: Upload CSV files containing < 150 students.

Assignments need to be made unavailable during marking

If an assignment remains available to students while marking, even if the grade centre column has been hidden, students will be able to see the assignment feedback.

Workaround: Make the assignment unavailable (Edit Assignment or Adaptive Release) until marking is complete and the grades/feedback is to be released to students. Grade Centre column will also have to be unhidden to enable students to see their grade.

Changing names of Groups retains old name for active wikis/blogs/journals/podcast feeds

Once you have created groups and made blogs, wikis or podcast feeds based on those groups, if any group member accessed the group while it had the old name, then the group tool will continue to display the old name to students when they access it. Staff will see the new group name in the active assignment area, but when they open the tool the old name will be displayed.

Workaround: Don't change the group names once students have been allowed to access the tools.