New marking tool in Blackboard from 10th August

Bb Annotate is a new tool in Blackboard for feedback annotations. It will replace the current tool, Box View, from 10th August 2020, and has a much wider range of functionality. The change to Bb Annotate will not require downtime, and it will work immediately for new submissions. Previously submitted assignments and feedback will be converted in the background, or when first accessed after the switch. This change does not affect Turnitin assignments.  For more information see Bb Annotate – new Blackboard inline marking tool.

DEO dropins and training webinars for staff

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.

To access recordings of previous webinars, please enrol yourself on the DEO Staff Development course on Blackboard (you’ll be asked to log in to Single sign on first).

Coronavirus – information and support for staff on moving teaching online

The following information is for staff. Guidance for students is being developed.

  1. Self-help materials – moving teaching online. Please look at these first.
  2. Online drop-ins and training webinars.
  3. Share questions and ideas with peers through the digital education Yammer group.
  4. Queries? Email digital-education@bristol.ac.uk. Please be patient. We will respond as soon as we can, but expect to be very busy over the coming weeks.

Digital Education Office support over the Christmas period

  • 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 digital-education@bristol.ac.uk 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).

 

 

Bulk upload of feedback for group assignments – issue fixed

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.  

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

 

 

Important message for staff marking group assignments using B1 workflow – issue affecting feedback files

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.