UKNOW  now has working RSS feeds. The RSS icon in my browser didn’t turn orange, but if that happens to you don’t believe it. Navigate to the listing of RSS feeds and then click on one. Subscribe in your browser, or add the individual RSS page’s URL to your favorite feedreader. Need help? Try the tutorial at Blue 2.0.


welcome back

It’s the official start to the Fall Semester at the University of Kentucky! Welcome back to those beginning classes today, and to those who have already started and have classes ongoing. A special welcome to those who are new on campus. Here are a few resources that may be helpful to you:

  • The LinkBlue page, where you can link to Exchange, get instructions for changing your password, access SharePoint, and more.
  • The Blackboard wiki, a help page where you will find frequently asked questions, known problems and workarounds, online training, and more.
  • Need help understanding or using blogs, wikis, podcasting and other Web 2.0 tools? Check out Blue 2.0.
  • The Big Blue Network is a new social networking service for UK students, where they can connect to advisers, other students, and others to find out what’s happening on and around campus.
  • Campus television has programming available and schedule time available for instructional programming and student projects, as long as all rights are cleared. Both campus-only and campus-and-community channels are available. See the technology180 blog entry on the updated cable channels for more information. Mike Weikel is the contact.
  • TASC has several specialty areas ready to assist and support instructors. Visit to find out more about Educational Development, Audio Visual support, Instructional Technology, Distance Learning Programs, and Grahpics & Multimedia.
  • Be sure to check the TASC calendar regularly for training and events.

first-day Bb reminders

Although there are courses already ongoing at the University of Kentucky, the official start of the semester is Wednesday. As Blackboard instructors finalize their course preparation online, here are a few reminders:

  • We are using Bb 9 now. It looks different! Need a refresher? Use our Bb 101 Online course as reference (there’s even a student version now).
  • Need a pre-flight checklist? Try this one from TASC.
  • Help is a click away at the new Bb Wiki (help Web page): Be sure to Bookmark it/add it to Favorites!
  • Need Blackboard training to get your first course shell? We have it in face-to-face sessions and an online course. Check our calendar for face-to-face dates.
  • If you still need help, call UK IT’s CSC (“help desk”) at 257-1300. Complicated Bb matters will be escalated to Bb Technicians.

Have a great semester!


The University of Kentucky has launched its new news Web page – UKNOW News Network – at (you can also get to it by the url

The site makes good use of various media, and it’s busy with a lot of news. Nice features: In the lower part of the page you can edit what types of stories show up in the various boxes and you can shuffle the boxes around into the order you want to view them. Each box has a + and – at the bottom that allows you to add or subtract the number of articles available in each box. It takes a little patience to figure all this out – there are not at this time any pop-up explanations when you hover over any of those items. (It’s a new page; I know from experience it takes time to figure all these things out, so do give them a break as they configure.)

The RSS feed for the page is not working yet, but that will be a major bonus when it becomes active.

The page has just launched, and for the most part just to the UK community, so I’m watching with anticipation of what comes next as it is updated and makes its official debut. It has the potential to be a terrific addition to UK’s website.

Big Blue Network

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports today on the Big Blue Network, the University of Kentucky’s social networking site for students. There are a few of us staff, faculty, and administration types on there, too. Kudos to Dr. Christopher Rice, community manager, for getting this project off the ground … and making it fly!

argument set to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5

A smile for your Friday fluff, from Sid Caesar and Nanette Fabray back in the day … set to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. Imagine for me that they are talkinga bout Bb 9. Until the end. It couldn’t end that well. 😀

web 2.0 for MCL

I’ll be meeting today with Modern and Classical Languages TAs. For those coming to the blog seeking their handout … here it is:

MCL Web 2.0 Handout