Digitally Ready course: an update

After the course ran successfully during the digital induction week, the DEO is updating ‘Digitally Ready’ with new content in November and January.  In this update, we tell you a bit more about what students thought of the course so far and what’s coming up.

‘Digitally Ready’ is available under your list of ‘My Organisations’ on Blackboard. If you can’t access the course, follow this link where you can self-enrol onto Digitally Ready.

Turnitin service update – 6th Nov 3pm

Turnitin have informed us that similarity report generation times are returning to normal. However, some users may still be experiencing degraded report generation times, due to the backlog created by yesterday’s incident.

More information can be found on the Turnitin Status page.

We apologise for any inconvenience.  If you have any questions please contact digital-education@bristol.ac.uk

Turnitin service update – 6th Nov 9am

Turnitin have advised us that due to an unexpected service degradation users may have experienced slowness when submitting using the service on Thursday 5th November between 17:17  and 19:13.

Submission is now back to normal.

However users may still continue to experience slow similarity report generation.

More information can be found on the Turnitin Status page.

We apologise for any inconvenience.  If you have any questions please contact digital-education@bristol.ac.uk

Turnitin partial service disruption – update 5th Nov 3pm

Turnitin report that they believe they have resolved the earlier issue, but are continuing to monitor the situation.  Users will still continue to experience slow similarity report generation during this time, while they process the backlog of submissions.

More information can be found on the Turnitin Status page.

We apologise for any inconvenience.  If you have any questions please contact digital-education@bristol.ac.uk

Turnitin – partial service disruption 5th Nov 11.40am

Turnitin have informed us that their service is currently experiencing an unexpected service disruption.  Users may find that Similarity Reports are not generating.

We will update you with any new information when we have it.

More information can be found on the Turnitin Status page.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

If you have any questions please contact digital-education@bristol.ac.uk

 

 

Minimise impact of issues in live online teaching sessions

The DEO has gathered together some tips on minimising the impact of issues in live online teaching sessions.  This includes steps you can take beforehand to reduce the likelihood of issues, as well as things you can do during and after sessions, together with links to useful resources.  The document has been put together partly in response to questions we have received from colleagues in the first few days of teaching.  If you have any comments or suggestions please do let us know at digital-education@bristol.ac.uk 

Useful links for preparing online teaching

Change to Turnitin for anonymous marking

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
    and/or
  • 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.