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Re: Allowing staff to have guest access to courses

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"Deeprose M." <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 11 May 2012 10:04:33 +0000

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Hi Jo 
 
We are also interested in this.  We're on 9.1 SP5 and guest access appears to be really broken. 
 
In SP5 you have to  
 
-set Guest Access for a course 
-enable guests for each menu item  
-enable guest access to each file in the Files area. 
 
In order to do that last part in SP5 the only way I have found is to add the file as a "file" via Build Content > File and tick the box to enable public permissions.  Submit it, then delete it since the file feature is pretty ugly compared with Item, and the file is probably already on another part of the course. 
 
But in the files area looking at permissions, the file will now have "public" permissions, and can be viewable by guests. 
 
I didn't yet find a way to do this to all files / a group of files en masse. 
 
But... if you use IE and try to open an Office document you are asked for a username and password.  You have to click Cancel twice and then it opens. 
 
In the release notes for SP6 and SP7 there are some statements that this situation is improved.  We don't yet have these releases in dev so I've not been able to test yet. 
 
I'm trying to work out an easy way of writing up some instructions on how to do this, but it's so counter-intuitive I might hold out for us getting a higher Service Pack... 
 
 
Cheers 
 
Matt 
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-University of Southampton 
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-----Original Message----- 
From: Blackboard/Courseinfo userslist [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jo Gilham 
Sent: 10 May 2012 11:35 
To: [log in to unmask] 
Subject: Allowing staff to have guest access to courses 
 
Hi, 
 
I'm hoping to pick your collective brains about this issue... 
 
We are in the process of deciding how to allow academics to see each other's courses in Blackboard Learn and I am looking into how best to do it, with the academics needing to do as little as possible to enable it. 
 
We had previously thought that we could do this by enabling Guest Access in the course properties and then using the course catalogue as the access point for the courses. 
The Course catalogue would then have a live link into the course and the staff member could see the content but no user generated materials.  
This doesn't appear to work any more (SP7) and it maybe that we've missed a setting somewhere. 
 
Have any of you got a working scenario for guest access that you'd be willing to share, we really don't want to enrol whole departments on courses just so they can see each others work. 
 
Thanks in advance, 
 
Jo 
 
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Jo Gilham 
Learning Technologist 
 
Learning Technologies Team 
Corporate Information and Computing Services University of Sheffield Computing Centre Hounsfield Road Sheffield 
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