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:
As you know, the Student Lifecycle SupportProgramme is delivering changes to assessment and feedback this year,including the following areas in Blackboard:
The capability for marks and feedback to be accessed and submitted in Blackboard
Allowing for marks to be transferred automatically from Blackboard to SITS, saving staff time and reducing the risk of transcription errors.
To enable this, the Digital Education Office will be rolling over Blackboard courses with blank Grade Centres this academic year. This means that any settings currently in Grade Centres, as well as test deployments, will be deleted and will need to be set up again after roll-over. If you have Blackboard courses with complicated Grade Centre settings that need to be copied over, you can opt to have these courses rolled over with the Grade Centres intact; however, you will then need to manually delete parts of the new course in order to make them ready for the new link with SITS. The DEO will advise you on what needs to be done. Please fill in the attached form as soon as possible if you have any courses like this.