So I have not posted for awhile. My course has been going good. 34 students, hanging in there with me as we try out a new course management system.
Some who have used Vista before see that they can send email, but can not find their in-box. I explain this is really a tool that sends email to their regular email box. I have been really busy dealing with course content, and the FTP server and access issues students have been having. So lots of one-on-one with students. Some with Norton can not SFTP to the server. But if they install the USU VPN they can. First time I have run into this. So lots of fun.
Course Content Deleted – assignments too.
If you remember from my course design, I have a menu item called course content. In that content area I have a bunch of content folders, one for each week of the class. I call them units. On Friday I was preparing to present at the TTIX conference at the U of U, and was inside Bb 9.1. I have a couple of demo courses in addition to my live course. I specifically went to my demo course and started deleting the menu items to get ready for my presentation on building courses in Bb 9.1 from a CE/Vista perspective. To make a long story short, some how after deleting the first menu item, I ended up in my real course, and ended up deleting the course content – content area.
That was not so bad as I could easily rebuilt the content. What was really bad is that in each content folder I have items, assignments and discussions. By deleting the content area also deleted all the assignments, including the files students had turned in. Luckily the gradebook did keep all scores I had given and the columns where all in tack. I could see the green alert to tell me to grade some assignments, but there were not attempts or files available to grade.
Interesting enough all my discussions are there, as are all my announcements. Those are tools, and thus they were available.
So it was my own fault. Luckily John Desha the Bb sys admin from the U of U was willing to help. Even though this was a Bb 9.1 pilot server, it was running an oracle database. A backup or snapshot was available from 2:30 am. So he got a copy of the database from them, took down the Bb 9.1 server and changed the database name, and brought it back up. The course was there. We simply archived it, and downloaded then brought back the production database and restored the course. It linked back up and away I go.
Mike Zimmerman an Ask Dr. C Moderator from Nebraska also gave some pointers in emails I had with him.
Matt Davis from Blackboard mentioned a recycle bin that can be turned on in Bb so that deleted content goes there instead of being deleted. I need to explore that more. No one on our end can seem to find where that feature is located or turned on.
Time to go. Need some sleep before grading a bunch of assignments, and apologizing to my students.
A big kudos goes out to John Desha from UEN for his willingness to help on the back end. Saved my day, and the assignments of my students!