Thursday, February 16, 2017

Changes Coming to BOLT Support

Our new contract for Desire2Learn includes premium support services for instructors and students. Staring the week of Spring Break, BOLT Support will transition to new support processes for you.
  • 24/7/365 Technical support for BOLT from our vendor for instructors and students.
  • New support widget with a Live Chat feature for live chat with a support technician.
  • Custom knowledge base with instructions on how to do things in BOLT.
Read on for more details.

Phasing Out Online Rooms

Online Rooms is being phased out on May 19, 2017. 

Your instructor will be using new tools to conduct online classes in BOLT after May 29, 2017. We have several tools available for instructors to use. 
Collaborate Ultra logo text - logo image by IMDC Bloomsburg University  YouSeeU Virtual Classroom logo text - logo by IMDC Bloomsburg University

You can find out more information about Collaborate Ultra and YouSeeU Virtual Classroom at our Student Support pages. Check it out at

Spring Ahead!

Get ready, Daylight is coming in 2018.

No, not Daylight Savings Time.

Daylight is the new look and feel coming to BOLT. It is a modern, responsive design to improve user experience in BOLT and emphasize your course Content.

Here is a sneak peak at Daylight on different devices:

Daylight coming in 2018 shown on laptop, tablet, and mobile phone screens
Brightspace Daylight Responsive Design

We will be sharing more information with all BOLT users as the dawn approaches.

Secure Quizzing Tips in BOLT

Secure Quizzing Tips for Examity and Respondus Tools

  • Keep your software updated.
    This includes browsers, plugins, operating system updates, and application updates.
  • Disable Firewalls and Antivirus Software.
    You may need to disable your firewall software or antivirus software to take your secure quiz. Some of these software suites will interfere with secure quizzing protocols.
  • Keep LockDown Browser updated.
    You can check your version by clicking on "About" or "i" in the toolbar. Update whenever possible to use the latest software.
  • Keep your Flash PPAPI plugin updated.
    Respondus Monitor requires this specific plugin and it must be up to date.
  • Do a system and webcam check in LockDown Browser in the Help Center.
    Do this prior to taking a quiz. To access Help Center, launch LockDown Browser from your desktop, login to BOLT, navigate to a course, and click on "Help Center" in the toolbar.
  • Stay on schedule for Examity.
    Make sure to register with Examity early, and schedule your exam ahead of your exam date. You will have a clear window of time to complete this in order to take your exam.