To support you to move teaching and assessment online, the DEO are running daily drop-ins as well as subject-specific webinars for staff. Current webinars cover using Collaborate for live sessions, creating and reusing video, Blackboard basics, assessment and feedback, and designing and facilitating engaging online discussion. You can find details and signup instructions on our Events page.
The University is closed for Christmas from 5pm on Monday 23rd December, and re-opens on Friday 3rd January 2020
The Digital Education Office (DEO) team will be unavailable on the afternoon of Friday 20th December due to a divisional Christmas celebration
There will be a limited DEO Helpdesk service on Monday 23rd December
If you have a query for the DEO during the Christmas period please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as possible. If you have an urgent IT problem (eg a service is unavailable) please contact the IT Service Desk on 0117 4282100 (internal 82100).
This message is for staff marking group assignments using EMA workflow B1 (the marks and feedback batch upload tool in Blackboard). Group assignments are where one student submits on behalf of a group.
An issue was recently identified as potentially affecting a small number of courses with group assignments due to have feedback bulk uploaded.
We are pleased to say that this has been fixed by Blackboard.
Feedback for group assignments can now be bulk uploaded as normal using EMA workflow B1.
Blackboard will be performing essential maintenance overnight on Monday 9th December. Blackboard will be unavailable for around 3 hours during the maintenance window which will run from 1 – 4am GMT. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Digital Education Office.
This message is for staff marking group assignments using EMA workflow B1 (the marks and feedback batch upload tool in Blackboard).
There is currently an issue affecting feedback files for group assignments only (group assignments are where one student submits on behalf of a group). Students may get an error message when trying to open feedback files which have been batch uploaded using the B1 workflow. This has been reported to Blackboard and they are working on a fix urgently.
We recommend not uploading feedback files for group assignments using workflow B1 until this is fixed. Feedback files can still be added using the standard Blackboard method as described in marking instructions for EMA workflow B2. We will update this blog as soon as we have further information from Blackboard.
If you have any questions please contact the Digital Education Office. However please be aware that the Digital Education Office is operating at extremely limited capacity at present due to industrial action. This is impacting both our response times and ability to respond to certain requests due to lack of specialist knowledge available.
Places are available on Digital Education Office workshops in September onwards. These include: Introduction to Blackboard, Questionmark OnDemand, The Blackboard Grade Centre, Blackboard Collaborate, Designing and creating digital materials, and Video in teaching and learning. See the Digital Education Office events page for more details and to book.
In response to suggestions from staff users, the Digital Education Office has worked with Blackboard to develop an extra tool to make marking quicker by batch uploading feedback documents. To find out more, see this three minute video: