The Biometric Signature ID (BSI) Building Block for Blackboard Learn 9.1 provides a mechanism to require a user/student to validate their identity when needed. This process is split between enrollment for the user to create their initial profile, and subsequent times when they need to validate themselves. Validating can be configured for three scenarios. Before a course can be opened, right after the “Begin Quiz” button is clicked, or as any other content item via adaptive release conditions.
The current (as of September 24th 2020):
Feel free to provide this WAR file to your Blackboard CSR for installation on SaaS, but it should already be available in their CAPtain system. It is functional on both Java v8 and v11 environments.
IMPORTANT: The Blackboard environment needs to be patched to accept secure building blocks such as BioSig-ID. Please visit the Behind the Blackboard "LRN-86495" security advisory page for more information; included are instructions on how to fix it for a self-hosted environment, or create a ticket with Blackboard managed hosting.
The BSI Building Block is installed in the same way as any other Learn 9.1 Building Block. For example:
a. Click on the "System Admin" tab
b. Click on the "Building Blocks" link inside the "Building Blocks" section
c. Click on the "Uploading Building Blocks" button
The building block is now available for use within Learn 9.1. To alter the availability of the building block within courses use the following:
a. click on the "System Admin" tab
b. click on the "Tools" link inside the "Tools and Utilities" Section
More information on this process can be found in the Blackboard manuals on how to work with building blocks.
Note: Quick alternative is to disable the availability for all courses would be to uninstall and reinstall the building block.
Before the BSI Building Block will work it needs to be configured:
a. click on the "System Admin" tab
b. click on the "Building Blocks" link
c. click on the "Installed Tools" link
a. SSO URL - URL for single sign-on (SSO) connections to Biometric Signature ID server
b. Shared code - Shared secret code which authenticates the primary system to BSI
c. System ID - Unique identifier assigned to the primary system
d. Customer ID - Unique identifier assigned to the customer of the primary system
e. Default Locale - Default locale code specifying the language and locale (e.g. en_US)
a. Pass phrase (to be used to generate the encryption key)
b. Salt value (to be used to generate the encryption key)
c. Initialization vector (must be 16 ASCII characters)
a. Title - default title of new instances
b. Description - default description of new instances
Adding a BioSig-ID building block instance inside a course, via “Tools” drop-down menu, creates a corresponding grade book column for adaptive release conditions.
If this option is activated with a checkbox, then removing the “Biometric Signature ID” instance from a course will automatically delete the corresponding gradebook column at the same time.
This option can be used concurrently with any adaptive released based instance, and will add a new setting in the drop-down menu for any quiz item or other supported course content item.
The new entry acts as “Set BioSig-ID status (current status)”, and results in:
“Set BioSig-ID status (Disabled)” == BioSig-ID is not used
“Set BioSig-ID status (Enabled)” == BioSig-ID will intercept the quiz before it starts
Changing the status is as easy as clicking on the entry in question to toggle between the two.
** If the option is not listed, then please verify that the building block is active for the course.
BioSig-ID can be limited to only be used by the “Role” entries selected in the listed table. If nothing is checked then *ALL* institution roles are active. **This setting is inherited.
For any updates to this document, or to consult others please review the Blackboard articles on this site.
You may create a support ticket on this page. Be sure to include as much information as possible to properly assist you as fast as possible
Students may request support via your existing BioSig-ID Support Site, or use the “Help” link within the BioSig-ID page inside their course. For clients using BioProof-ID (photo-ID check) please refer students to the BioSig-ID/BioProof-ID Support site.