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Support Desk Metrics

SHSU Online Support Desk

In support of a successful online learning experience, SHSU provides the best in class troubleshooting and technical support through the SHSU Online Support Desk. We support faculty, students and staff utilizing Blackboard and all its integrated academic software. 

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We understand that technology should enhance the learning experiences for everyone, and it is our goal to remove all potential technology roadblocks that you could encounter, hopefully before you experience them. We offer a variety of services and resources for quickly troubleshooting and resolving any questions that should come up. Our primary services include:

  • 24/7 Telephone Support
  • 24/7 Email Support
  • On Demand Resources within Blackboard utilizing Eesysoft
  • Tech Support Tab for using troubleshooting information and tools
  • SHSU Online Support Desk web page

Support Volume and Metrics Summary

The Online Support Desk recorded a record number of support requests in the Fall of 2020. The number of individual faculty and students increased 174% from the Fall of 2019 to the Fall of 2020. Increased numbers of hybrid courses have resulted in a large increase in Blackboard activity and therefore increased demand of Blackboard support requests.

Incident Breakdown by Interaction Type
Comparison made between Fall 2019 and Fall 2020

support desk requests incident breakdown visualization

  • 4,901 incidents (8/16/19-12/31/19)
    • 3690 calls
    • 1211 emails

  • 8,553 incidents (8/16/20-12/31/20)
    • 5345 calls
    • 3208 emails

  • 174% increase from Fall 2019 to Fall 2020

Incident Breakdown by User Type

support desk incident breakdown by user visualization

  • Faculty - 2191

  • Student - 6082

Incident Breakdown by Problem Categorization

support desk category breakdown visualization

  • Account Management - 937
  • Blackboard Assignments - 579
  • Blackboard Tests - 1728
  • Computer Related - 751
  • Course Management - 894
  • Course Tools - 1124
  • Grade Center - 225
  • Information Request - 389
  • Miscellaneous - 1692
  • Navigation – 234

Satisfaction Surveys

During the Fall 2020 semester, the Online Support Desk maintained a (95%) satisfaction rating across all surveys. Below are just a few of our responses.

The Online Support Desk is patient and knowledgeable. I appreciate their investment in resolving my concerns and determining a solution that solves my problem not just for today but for the entire semester. THANK YOU SUPPORT DESK! -Faculty Member-

Thank you! Thank you! The Online Support Desk is always so patient and professional. I love your service and attention to detail for all my technology concerns. -Student-

I can only imagine how slammed you are with questions with so many new faculty and students using remote services. I appreciate a human answering the phone and helping my students when they have technology issues, especially at night! -Faculty Member-

How can you contact us?

Your Online Support Desk is available 24/7 and only closes for official University Holidays. We can be reached by phone at (936) 294-2780 or by email at Whichever your preference, we will be here to respond promptly and completely. Please reach out and let us know how we can help you!