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Equation Editor and Blackboard 6.3.1.645

Included in most of the test, survey, and content areas of Blackboard is the option to use an equation editor to enter math and scientific equations without having to use html coding. Finding the right combination of browsers and operating system that works with the equationeditor has been an issue but a bit of testing different combinations has produced some successful results.

Windows Vista

  • Firefox 3 – works
  • IE7 – works but other features in blackboard don’t work so we suggest you use Firefox.

Windows XP

  • IE6 – works
  • Firefox3 – works

Mac 10.5 and 10.4

  • Safari 3 – works!
  • Firefox 3 – doesn’t work

News is that UAf is moving to Blackboard 8 in January – hopefully some of the issues with the equation editor will be resolved – we’ll keep you posted!

Author: Heidi Olson

Heidi enjoys working with content experts in developing eCampus courses to provide alternatives for students. Her other interests include faculty training in best practices for eCampus and researching eCampus tools to help fulfill learning outcomes. Having worked in the distance education arena for over 20 years, she has a wide range of experiences in supporting students and faculty as technology and pedagogy evolve.

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