Android users should update Blackboard App

Android users must update the Blackboard app to continue receiving push notifications.

Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) has been discontinued. Due to this change, Blackboard apps have migrated to Google’s new Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM). To maintain push notifications on your device, please update to Blackboard App 4.0 or Blackboard Instructor 2.5.

Trial of new Blackboard tool to batch upload feedback

In order to better support markers who mark offline, the Digital Education Office has been working with Blackboard on development of a tool which allows Instructors to:

  1. batch download assignments, including by group (eg if you are marking a subset of students within a unit)
  2. mark offline eg annotating an assignment or completing a separate feedback sheet in Word
  3. batch upload marks and feedback files.

This video  provides an overview of how the tool works.

If you would be interested in finding out more or trying the tool please contact Roger Gardner, Digital Education Development Manager: roger.gardner@bristol.ac.uk 

Questionmark service changes and downtime – Summer 2019

The University’s online assessment platform, Questionmark, is being upgraded to version 6 and migrated to the cloud-based On Demand service.   This work is essential as our current version of Questionmark, Perception 5.7, will no longer be supported by the company after July 2019.
Following consultation with users, the change has been scheduled for the week commencing 29th July 2019 and it is likely that Questionmark will be unavailable throughout the week. This downtime will be confirmed once a trial migration has been completed (expected by Easter).

Further information and contact for queries

 

Re/Play not recording automatically 19/02/2019

We have been made aware that there is an error in some timetabling data that means that lectures cannot be identified as being automatically scheduled by Re/Play and so are not being recorded.  The timetabling team are looking into the matter as a priority and we will update the blog with further information.

In the mean time we would advise lecturers to use the ad-hoc recorder to record their sessions. Please see our Re/Play organisation for further information on using the app, there should also be instructions in lecture theatres.