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.
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).
We have been made aware that there is an error in some timetabling data that means that lectures cannot be identified as being automatically scheduled by Re/Play and so are not being recorded. The timetabling team are looking into the matter as a priority and we will update the blog with further information.
In the mean time we would advise lecturers to use the ad-hoc recorder to record their sessions. Please see our Re/Play organisation for further information on using the app, there should also be instructions in lecture theatres.
Turnitin is now available again. The system suffered an outage between 14:52 – 07:06 GMT on Feb 15-16, 2019 due to an unexpected database issue. Users will not have been able to submit or mark during that time.
We have had reports from some users that uploading zip files to Turnitin is giving the error ‘Zip file submission is currently unavailable.’
This appears to be an intermittent error that occurs at times of high workload for Turnitin and currently the advice is to try the upload again at a later time. The Digital Education Office are in touch with Turnitin about the error and will update this blog with any further information.
As an Instructor, if under “My Courses” on your Blackboard home page you see “not currently available” or “unavailable” after the course name, this means the course is unavailable to students. Instructors can still access and edit the course.
There are two ways to make your courses available to students
You can use the Quick Tools on your Blackboard Home page. Click Course Availability and turn the On/Off button next to the course to the required state.