Blackboard Moving to the Cloud

Special Warning:


Systems/Tools that will not be available during this migration period: May 28 – May 31, 2019

  • Blackboard Learn
  • Panopto – Users cannot view existing sessions or upload new recordings, but users can still record offline.
  • Respondus – Users cannot upload to Blackboard Learn, but can still create/edit tests

Learn about new features following the upgrade to SaaS:

WCU will be migrating the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) from being managed hosted to Blackboard Inc.’s cloud based offering known as SaaS (Software as a Service). The decision to move to the cloud during the next Blackboard upgrade was based on a recommendation of the WCU LMS team and the changing needs of faculty, staff, and students that use the Blackboard Learn system at WCU.

This upgrade is the same Blackboard Learn you already know and use, delivered on a modern cloud computing technology stack. With this upgrade to SaaS, you get all the benefits of a cloud architecture combined with the power of the Original experience that is already familiar to you as faculty and students from Blackboard Learn 9.1.

For this migration, we will be doing a full migration of data, meaning all the existing content and entire database records will be moved to SaaS.


  • Zero impact to faculty and students during updates: With a cloud-computing environment, you benefit from continuous updates (new features, enhancements, fixes, etc.) with zero or minimal downtime.
  • Higher quality: A SaaS model allows us to deliver maintenance, updates, and fixes to production faster than ever before, and the cloud platform easily scales during periods of high usage.
  • Fast access to new features: A SaaS model allows us to deliver enhancements and new features faster than ever before, so WCU can have the latest and greatest features versus having to wait longer periods of time.
  • Experienced Blackboard staff manages server operations 24x7x365, so WCU can focus on other strategic, mission-critical projects.
  • Supports WCU’s Continuity of Operations Plan
  • To learn more, please visit this Blackboard SaaS help page.

Please contact the Coulter Faculty Commons, LMS team if you have any questions or concerns.

List of Panopto’s TOP Burning Questions & Solutions

Instructors & Students

We know there are times when we are not available to answer your burning questions about Panopto. Whether your questions are for students using Panopto or for yourself as Panopto relates to your course.

Here are the most common questions and solutions for using Panopto at WCU

What’s new in Blackboard for 2019?

What’s new in Blackboard for 2019?

Panopto Updates in Blackboard include:

  • Student assignment recording – Dramatically simplified the process of recording and submitting student assignments through Panopto in your Blackboard courses with grade center integration.
  • Blackboard Grade Center integration – Panopto sessions can now be added as assignments in Blackboard, and students’ scores on Panopto quizzes within the session will be reported as the grades to the Blackboard Gradebook.
  • Embed player (including quizzing) – Play Panopto videos directly in course areas, discussions, Wikis, etc. Panopto’s video quizzes now appear in the embedded player, accessible on mobile devices or desktop browsers.
    • 180 and 360-degree video supported (for streams that have been marked as supporting those playback styles using the stream properties settings in the editor)

Panopto Notes & Pitfalls:

 For additional information about using new Panopto functions in your course CLICK HERE

Pitfall Warning:

The new quiz function is a fantastic way to make sure your students remain engaged throughout your Panopto video, however, please be aware of these important notes & pitfalls.


  • If you use the Panopto video Mashup (available in the text tool) to embed a Panopto video with a quiz, the quiz results will not push to the grade center in Blackboard. **It is recommended that you follow the instructions in the instruction sheets to ensure proper quiz function to the Blackboard Grade Center. 
  • Student quiz results remain in Panopto with the linked quiz video as well as in your course Blackboard Grade Center. **It is recommended you keep a “clean” copy of the video with the quiz in your “My Folder” as a baseline and copy the video (with quiz) to the course folder each semester you would like to use it before deploying it as a quiz to your class. 


Attendance Tool in Blackboard include:

  • For Instructors – Through the Attendance tool an instructor for each class meeting, can mark whether a student is present, late, absent, or excused.
    • Attendance data may be exported from your courses as a CSV file to import to another system.
    • Attendance data is included with other student data in course archives.
    • Find additional information here about the Blackboard Attendance feature.
  • Blackboard Grade Center integration – Easily use attendance as part of calculating grades just as they can for an assignment grade column. The attendance records for each student appear in a single averaged column next to other graded columns in the grade center.
  • For Students – Attendance is viewable through “My Grades”. The attendance grade appears on the All and Graded tabs.

 For additional information about using Attendance in your course click here

Pitfall Warning:

The Attendance tool in Blackboard courses is inactive by default, to use the attendance tool contact the CFC for instructions to enable Attendance in your course.

  • DO NOT copy attendance content into an existing course if an attendance column appears in the existing course. You’ll add another attendance column to the course’s Grade Center.

Inline Grading using Box:

  • Supported File Types – Supports over 100 file types, such as image files, PowerPoint files, Rich Text Files, and more. This means that the document will appear in Blackboard and you will not need to download it but can comment right in Blackboard.
  • Annotations – File types supported for annotation are PDF, DOC, DOCX, ODT, PPT, PPTX and ODP. Point-based annotations available for AI, BMP, DCM, EPS, GIF, PNG, PS, PSD, SVS, TGA, TIF, and TIFF file formats:
    • Instructors (or the person grading on your behalf) must enter a grade before the student can view the annotations. This allows for the students to only view feedback when you are finished.
    • Annotation sessions expire after an hour. If an instructor takes longer than an hour to annotate a document, annotations made after that session expiration are not saved and all work is lost.
    • Students can’t annotate documents.
  • Print & Download – Users can print or download a copy of a student file with the option to download in the original format or an annotated PDF version that includes the annotations.
Click here for instructions on how to download Annotated Comments from your graded Blackboard assignments

Pitfall Warning:


  • Students can’t annotate documents.
  • Inline grading doesn’t work with SafeAssign, Self & Peer Assessment, Discussions, or the Content Collection.
  • The New Box View inline viewer interface is displayed only in English at this time.
  • Annotation sessions expire after an hour. If an instructor takes longer than an hour to annotate a document, annotations made after that session expiration may not be saved. (Remember to “Save” often)

Use a Panopto Quiz as a Blackboard Assessment

Pitfall Warning:

The new quiz function is a fantastic way to make sure your students remain engaged throughout your Panopto video, however, please be aware of these important pitfalls.

  • If you use the Panopto video Mashup (available in the text tool) to embed a Panopto video with a quiz, the quiz results will not push to the grade center in Blackboard. **It is recommended that you follow the instructions in this instruction sheet to ensure proper quiz function into the Blackboard Grade Center.
  • If you are reusing a video with a quiz from Panopto please be aware that quiz results for students who have taken the quiz are kept in Panopto for that video. Students who may be taking the quiz again will have results saved from their prior attempt. In order to use the video quiz again it is best practice to copy the video and use it in the new course.

Embedding Panopto Content with Quiz


Step 1 – To add the Panopto Quiz Tool to your course first select the area you would like to place the Quiz (this can be a folder, module, or any area in your course where the “Build Content” menu is available.

Step 2 – Click Build Content, from the “Create” section of the drop-down, select Panopto Quiz.


Step 3 – Create the assessment

Name = Whatever you choose to call it
Enable Evaluation = True
Points Possible = Whatever you choose

Step 4 – Click Submit. This will take you back to the Content menu.

Step 5 – Choose the Session to Embed

  • Click on the Assessment you just created then select the Panopto content.


Step 6 – You will be redirected to the Panopto Uploader control to pick your session. (It will default to the folder for the course you are in but you can use the drop-down to select any folder. Click Insert.

  • Once you have selected it, you will be redirected to an embedded interactive viewer window.

Viewing the Quiz Grades

As an instructor of the course, you can view the grades by clicking on “Grade Center” in the left-hand bar and choosing “Full Grade Center“. (Note: You will see a column for each assignment created this way. You will also see the grades once the quizzes have been taken.)






Download Instructions for using a Panopto Quiz in your Blackboard course

Download additional instructions for creating a quiz in your Panopto video 

Student Recordings as a Panopto Assignment

How to Setup a Panopto Assignment in Blackboard


Step 1 – Navigate to the content area where you would like to place the assignment in your Blackboard course.





Step 2 – Hover over the assessments drop down list and select assignment.




Step 3 – When Assignment creation window opens, give the assignment a name at the top of the page.
Next, select Panopto student video submission from the mash-ups dropdown list on the WYSIWYG editor toolbar. (This will insert a list of instructions for the students to follow. Add any necessary text to describe the assignment as desired.)


Step 4 – Indicate how many points the assignment is worth and complete any other optional settings.


Step 5 – After assignment criteria has been entered, click Submit.

  • The Panopto assignment with pre-populated instructions will be created as a link to the assignment folder created in Panopto for the students to submit their assignments into.

Additional information about the Panopto Assignment in Blackboard

  •  After the first student submits a video assignment a new subfolder is created within the parent folder for the course called student submissions.

  • All student recordings for this course will be copied into the student submissions folder in Panopto ensuring the instructors will have access to them. Additionally, this means that the students can record their assignment videos in any folder they have access to without fear of causing any permissions issues.

  • The instructor can now access a direct link to each student’s video submission in the grade center.

Panopto Power:

 Student video assignment can be set up in any area that provides access to a assignment tool with the “Mashup” drop down for “Panopto Student Video Submissions”.

Examples of areas the video assignment could be added are discussion groups, etc.

text area screen shot for Panopto assignments