We are pleased to announce the Xerte upgrade has been successful and Xerte is now available to staff and students.
We have had reports of users being unable to bulk download submitted files through the Assignment Inbox when assignment anonymity is on. Attempting to do so generates an error message. This has been reported to Turnitin and they are investigating. In the meantime, it is still possible to download the documents individually by going into the Feedback Studio view for a submission, clicking the download icon, and selecting the format required.
We apologise for the disruption and will provide an update when we hear anything further.
- Gallery – displaying 25 attendees, with arrows allowing scrollable pages for larger groups.
- Speaker – current speaker displayed as a large window at the top with other users as smaller windows below.
Tiled – current speaker displayed as a large window to the left with smaller windows for other users to the right.
In addition to the visual improvements, Moderators can select an individual attendee’s video or avatar window, to change their role or send them a message.
The new gallery is currently only active for Moderators and Presenters but will be rolled out to students soon.
You can read advice and guidance on using the new video gallery and views here: https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Moderate_Sessions/Video
Questionmark Scheduled Maintenance: 17 April 2021 0900-1500
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.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
IT Services will be upgrading Xerte to version 3.9 between 8am and 1pm on Wednesday 14th April. During this time Xerte resources will be unavailable to staff and students.
This upgrade brings security updates, and improved functionality including:
- Accessibility enhancements
- Stand-Alone pages
- Page enhancements
- Media sub-folders
We will blog again when Xerte is available for staff and students.
Blackboard Collaborate has advised us that there will be scheduled maintenance taking place on Thursday, April 8th, between midnight and 4 am. During this time, users will experience intermittent availability. The purpose of the maintenance is to update Collaborate to the latest version. The new version will provide an improved video gallery for instructors.
During the maintenance, you can check Blackboard’s service status page.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
Please check the IT service status page to see how the University’s systems and services are working and for planned maintenance information.
IT Services will be completing their emergency upgrades to the University network on Monday 22 March between 5.30 pm and 9 pm. This will affect access to some of the services that the Digital Education Office manages, including Blackboard and Re/Play. Further information can be found in the IT Services status item about this work.
IT Services will be making emergency upgrades to the University network on Friday 19 March between 6 pm and 9 pm and on Saturday 20 March between 6 pm and 9 pm. This will affect access to some of the services that the Digital Education Office manages, including Blackboard and Re/Play. Further information can be found in the IT Services news item about this work.
Turnitin have informed us that they had to carry out emergency maintenance on the service on the evening of Friday 12th March.
The service was unavailable between 16:30 and 18:30 GMT. Between 18:30 and 21:00 the service was restored, but details of student paper matches in the similarity report were not available.
The service was fully restored at 21:00.
We apologise for any disruption this may have caused. Further information is available on Turnitin’s Status page.
If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The issue affecting some Turnitin bulk downloads has been resolved. The issue was first reported on Tuesday 9th March and Turnitin informed us it was resolved at 13:00 on Wednesday 10th March. During this period users may have been unable to bulk download Online Grading Papers (papers with annotations and feedback) through the Assignment Inbox, attempting to do so generated an error message. Our testing has confirmed this is now working again.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com