Introduction to the new Assessment, Submission and Feedback (ASF) area in Blackboard

We are running a short webinar on Friday, 27 September 2.15-2.45pm for admin and academic staff interested in finding out more about the new Assessment, Submission and Feedback (ASF) area in Blackboard.
If you would like to attend the webinar, please email david.perkins@bristol.ac.uk.
The webinar will be recorded so, if you can’t attend, please still send an email so you can be given access to the recording.
We’ll also be running the webinar again over the coming weeks as well as a webinar for designated ASF administrators for schools.

New Questionmark service now available

Questionmark has now been upgraded to version 6 and the new cloud-based On Demand service is available for use.

Users can log in using the links at:

www.bristol.ac.uk/digital-education/support/tools/questionmark/

Existing content, schedules and users have been migrated into the system.

Support materials are available at:

www.bristol.ac.uk/digital-education/support/tools/questionmark/

If you have any queries please contact the Digital Education Office.

digital-education@bristol.ac.uk

Questionmark service downtime commencing Thursday 25th July

Our self-hosted Questionmark online assessment platform is being upgraded to version 6 and migrated to the cloud-based On Demand service. This work is essential as our current version, Perception 5.7, will no longer be supported by the company after July 2019.
Questionmark will be unavailable from 11am on Thursday 25th July 2019 until Monday 5th August 2019.  The new upgraded On Demand service is expected to be available from 9am on Monday 5th August 2019.
Further information is available on the Questionmark changes summer 2019 webpage.

Blackboard course rollover and planned changes

Each year, we copy existing course materials into new Blackboard courses (units) for the following year through a process called ‘rollover’. Rollover will take place in the first week of August, with two changes from previous years:

  1. The new course codes will include the teaching block recorded in SITS. For example AENG11111_2018 will be copied to AENG11111_2019_TB-2. If a unit occurs in multiple teaching blocks, rollover will create multiple instances of that unit, eg AENG11111_2019_TB-1 and AENG11111_2019_TB-2.
  2. Courses will be rolled forward without the Grade Centre; the existing columns for past assignments will not be replicated in the new version of the course.

There are several implications of the rollover without the Grade Centre:

  • Whilst existing Blackboard tests will be copied to the new unit, they will need to be redeployed. Any tests added to the SLS assessment diet will be created as a blank test. SLS are providing guidance on this, and DEO can provide guidance and help in redeploying these tests with the questions from the previous year.
  • No assignment submission points will exist within your courses until they have been set to be transferred from SITS. SLS will provide guidance on how to transfer assignments from SITS to Blackboard.
  • Any adaptive release rules based on the previous tests or assignments will need to be reapplied as necessary.

Please contact Digital Education if you require further information about the changes.

Try a new Blackboard tool to upload digital feedback for your students

If you are interested in marking offline eg using Word, would you like to try out a new tool which allows the upload of feedback for a whole cohort or for groups of students? The Digital Education Office is running three short hands-on sessions where you can have a go. The sessions are suitable for markers or administrators who support marking.

Book online to attend a session

More information on the tool

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.    Please note that currently the tool can only be used where students have submitted an assignment in Blackboard. 

If you have any queries please contact the Digital Education Office.

 

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