Unfortunately not, unless you just use the cloud profiles but not the Spaces (if my memory serves me correctly), and it’s also still not possible to turn the cloud tools off per institutional role, which was our other request. But hopefully the changes which have been released will allow a few more institutions to look at launching these, after having a chat with their data protection or legal teams.
Soooo…. it’s still not possible to use these tools within the confines of our own institutional community…?
Mark Gamble, MSc BA CertEd FHEA
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As you may have seen Blackboard have just released some updates to the Social Learning Tools; these consist of new Building Blocks for Software Updates, Cloud Profiles and Social Profiles & Tools; see:
The updates contain some significant changes as requested by the working group constituted from this mailing list, and endorsed by 25 UK institutions; the changes include:
· Users now have the opportunity to accept the terms of service before a cloud profile is created for them
· An institutional policy about the use of the cloud services can be displayed
· Users will have the opportunity to delete their cloud profile
· After 12 months of inactivity an email will be sent to a user stating their profile will be delete unless they request to keep it
· A system administrator can ‘blacklist’ certain courses and organisations to be excluded to prevent users enrolled on cross-college areas being shown as ‘classmates’
I’d like to thank everyone for their contributions to these requests, in particular Malcolm Murray (University of Durham), Clive Richards (University of Swansea), Rob Howe (University of Northampton) and Bryony Bramer (Regents College) for their input and support for these changes, and also to Blackboard for listening to the thoughts and requests from the UK community, and making these changes based on our suggestions and those from other institutions around the world.
More details of the changes from the administrator’s perspective can be found at:
Now time to try these features on my test system!
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