Useful start of term Digital Education links for staff

  1. Daily DEO drop-ins 
  2. DEO training – now on Develop 
  3. Blackboard course design 
  4. Make your Blackboard course available to students 
  5. Tools and software 
  6. Online assessment – including planning and running tests, and electronic management of assessment workflows 
  7. Qwickly Attendance updated 
  8. Turnitin changes, including changes for students 
  9. New Re/Play guidance including the new Lecture Capture set-up guidance to avoid common issues 
  10. Central Teaching Spaces page now lists whether a room is Re/Play and/or Hybrid equipped 

For queries, please email digital-education@bristol.ac.uk

[Open] MathType Equation rendering issue in Blackboard text editor

A display issue has been discovered when using the MathType equation editor within the Blackboard text editor.  If you are currently using either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your browser, you will notice that any equation, once published, will be displayed as plain text.  

It is recommended that staff and students use Firefox when required to view any mathematical equations, as the issue is not present in this browser.

This issue will be fixed in the next Blackboard update scheduled for the 6th October.

New Turnitin LTI integration in Blackboard from September 2022

As a reminder, the University will be switching to a new Turnitin integration with Blackboard, called Turnitin LTI, from the 1st September 2022.

Similarity reports and the Feedback Studio used for marks and feedback will remain the same but some other aspects will be changing. Improvements include an enhanced interface, an analytics dashboard and the ability to distribute anonymous marking using a single submission point. Other differences include a slight change to the way Instructors set up and access new LTI Turnitin assignments and downloadable onscreen digital receipts for students rather than emails.

For more information, please see the Turnitin Transition projects page.

Stream is changing

Microsoft is updating Stream on 10 July, moving from Stream Classic to Stream (on SharePoint). This will affect anyone using Microsoft Unit Teams to record teaching sessions.

The main changes are:

  • Recordings will now be stored directly in OneDrive or SharePoint
  • There will no longer be the ability to edit your video directly in OneDrive/SharePoint, but you can download it for editing in other tools, such as Camtasia
  • It is no longer possible to create an embed link to your recording, but you can get a link to the recording to share with people within the University.

Added features

There are some additional features to this update that may be useful to you in your teaching, including:

  • Support for chapters, to make it easier to move through a video
  • The ability to add and reply to comments alongside the video
  • Improved analytics – weekly viewership (unique & total) and viewership retention
  • Improved video thumbnails, with any point of the video able to be used as a thumbnail.

The Microsoft roadmap for Stream has more detailed information on the additional features.

Please note:

  • One-to-one or group calls and scheduled meeting recordings will be saved in the OneDrive account of the University attendee who started the recording. In order to make sure that this is not one of your students, you can set access and presenter options.
  • Unit Teams meeting recordings and files will be automatically stored in the SharePoint folder for the Unit Team.

Folder permissions:

  • All Unit Teams have been configured so that only owners can share files or recordings both externally and internally. Any attempt to share files by members of the team will send a request to the owners for approval.
  • Non-Unit Teams have been configured so that sharing files or recordings externally can only be done by an owner, but members can share files within the organisation.
  • Please also see the IT Services instructions on how to manage permissions.

Further information on the Stream changes can be found on the IT services web pages.

[Open] ‘My marks’ via Blackboard home page unavailable

An issue has been identified with the Blackboard ‘My Marks’ tool (which is accessed via the home page or the user menu at top right), so it has been made unavailable. Blackboard are working on fixing it. In the meantime, students should access marks and feedback in Blackboard via ‘My Grades and Feedback’ in the ‘Assessment, submission and feedback’ area. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions please contact digital-education@bristol.ac.uk

[Open] Emails not being sent from Blackboard

We have received reports of emails not being sent from Blackboard, including emails of announcements, via the ‘Send email’ course tool and the Grade Centre.  

This has been reported to Blackboard who are investigating as a matter of urgency.  

Announcements sent using the Qwickly course tool appear to be unaffected. This is accessed on your Blackboard home page via Tools – Qwickly Course Tools – Post Announcement. 

We will provide an update as soon as we hear anything further from the supplier.