Blackboard launches custom toolbar for IE and Firefox users

Blackboard have announced they’re releasing a custom toolbar for IE and Firefox users;

“Get notifications directly from your Blackboard Learn system with an easy-to-use browser toolbar. You’ll receive regular updates of new content items, grades, discussions and announcements. And you’ll save time and energy with an automatically generated set of links that give you one-click access to all of your courses.”

I’ve installed it and got it running in IE7 (although I usually use Chrome for the majority of my browsing, Blackboard doesn’t work well in it so I use IE7 for all Blackboard activity). However, when I try and login it crashes the browser, the same happens for Firefox 3 as well.

Is anyone using it yet, any comments on how it works, it’s effectiveness, etc, then please let me know, I’d be interested to know.

  • http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk David Hopkins

    I have heard from our system administrators and it is not working as we don’t have the Blackboard Sync building block installed. This is also why we are not able to try or use the iPhone app Blackboard released last year.

  • http://bppcollegevle.edublogs.org/2010/01/27/keep-up-to-date-with-the-vle-via-the-browser-toolbar/ Ian Gardner

    You would need system admin to have it setup.

    However, even after that it would not work for me for a while. Seems to be okay in IE7 now.

    Also, like the Apple and Facebook Apps it doesn’t really work if you have lots of courses on your account (so it’s okay for students but maybe not for for staff/admin).

  • http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk David Hopkins

    Ian Thanks for the heads up. Our system administrators are working hard to set up test servers for the uograde, so I hope to be in a situation where I can fully test version 9 of Blackboard and these apps.

  • Ian Gardner

    No problem.

    Just to let you know we are running them on 8 so you wouldnt need 9. The building blocks probably just come preinstalled on 9.

    All the best
    Ian