An issue has been identified with the Blackboard tool used to bulk upload feedback documents to students (using the B1 workflow). Students and staff may find that, after upload and release of feedback is complete, they do not have access to the feedback files.
We apologise for any inconvenience. Blackboard have been informed and are working to resolve the issue. If you are, or may be, affected by this and need advice, please contact the DEO – firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been advised that Turnitin experienced disruptions to their service on Friday 18th September between 22:00 and 01:00. Users may have been unable to upload papers or generate reports. This issue has now been resolved.
We apologise for any inconvenience. For more information please see Turnitin’s Status page.
As an Instructor, if under “My Courses”or ‘My Organisations’ on your Blackboard home page you see “not currently available” or “unavailable” after the course name, this means the course is unavailable to students. Instructors can still access and edit the course.
There are two ways to make these available to students
- You can use the Quick Tools on your Blackboard Home page. Click Change Course Availability for Students and turn the On/Off button next to the course or organisation to the required state.
- Click on the course/organisation
- Under Control Panel, click on Customisation
- Click on Properties
- In section 3, Set availability, select Yes
- Click Submit
If you have any problems or queries please contact Digital-Education@bristol.ac.uk
Questionmark have advised us that there will be scheduled maintenance taking place on Saturday 19th September from 08:00 – 20:00 BST.
The purpose of the maintenance is to deploy system updates to ensure the ongoing reliability, security and up time of the platform.
During this time all users may experience service disruptions. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
School / faculty administrators or Student Administration Managers (SAMs) are busy setting up reassessments. This is a reminder that videos covering the process are available from BEAM:
User Guides and Reference Guides:
We have a new FAQ:
How do I make my reassessment available on a specific date?
Go to the submission point, select Edit and then add the dates and times in the in the ‘Availability’ section under ‘Display After’ and ‘Display Until’ .
Please ensure you have also watched Video 6 on how to allocate reassessment groups and make your assessment visible to students.
Please read this information if you use or administer Turnitin for anonymous marking.
With the recent Blackboard upgrade, essential to ensure our Blackboard service remains supported, we were also required to update the Turnitin integration. Unfortunately, in the newer version Turnitin have changed the Sync Grades functionality so it cannot be used to send submission information (marks or submission status) from Turnitin to the Blackboard Grade Centre while anonymity is on.
Does this affect me?
The change affects you if you have previously used Sync Grades to:
- Check to see which students have or have not submitted while an assignment is anonymous
- Run anonymous moderation
If you are affected please read the information about alternatives to sync grades before setting up any new Turnitin assignments. If in doubt contact the Digital Education Office for further advice.
The annual “rollover” of Blackboard courses into their 2020 versions is now complete, and staff can access the courses. As always, staff are not automatically added to courses for units that are new this year – please contact your school office to be added to a new course.
This year, many schools have adopted a new Blackboard course template, in preparation for blended teaching and learning in 2020-21. Guidance on how to make use of these templates can be found in the Blackboard courses themselves – there is a “Help for staff” area in each course created from a template. If you have any questions about the adoption of these templates, please consult your school in the first instance.