UMRA Simplifies Student Data & Account Management
Connection with E-Learning Environment BlackBoard
More schools are progressively deploying an e-learning environment where each student and teacher has access to information with his or her login. Which information a student or teacher can see and what actions can be performed is determined by the roles imposed on the login account.
Managing BlackBoard by the system administrator is a time consuming task when data is maintained (accounts created, modified and deleted) manually. The School Information System (SIS) is accurately managed by the administration and contains important information for each school. It is the perfect source of information for BlackBoard.
UMRA offers the possibility to automatically manage student data in BlackBoard. The connection extracts relevant information from any SIS (eg., Banner, JPAMS or Power Campus) and turns it over to BlackBoard. Every time student information changes, this information is automatically detected by UMRA and updated in BlackBoard. It is even possible to load the hierarchy information from the SIS in BlackBoard.
Other Benefits of UMRA's Connection with BlackBoard
In addition to managing user accounts, groups and courses can be automatically updated in BlackBoard.
Integrated e-mail environments like Live@edu and Google Apps can also be automatically updated using the connection. Control of the email environment and its associated applications remain at the school. This connection avoids duplication, ensures that the information in BlackBoard is always up-to-date, saves valuable time and reduces the risk of errors.
Access to the e-learning environment can be kept synchronized to the directory service. This can be done by logging in once to the network to automatically access the e-learning environment (Single Signon (SSO)) or through password synchronization. The network password stays the same as thee-learning environment password. The student user has to remember only one password thereby reducing calls to the helpdesk to reset forgotten passwords.