The DEO has identified an issue whereby optional settings chosen during creation of a Turnitin LTI assignment may not be correctly saved. These optional settings include Compare against options, Attach a rubric and the Generate Similarity Reports for student submission dropdown menu.
This has been reported to Turnitin and they are currently investigating the issue.
In the meantime, as a workaround, saving the assignment settings for future use upon assignment creation will ensure that the selected settings are correctly applied. This can be done when creating the submission point by:
- Opening the Optional settings
- Selecting the option Save these settings for future use
- Clicking Submit to save the changes.
Alternatively, instructors may wish to edit the assignment before use to check the settings, in which case any changes made during editing will be applied. To do this instructors will need to:
- Access the Turnitin submission point to reach the Assignment Inbox
- Click on the top right cog icon to access the settings
- Open Optional settings
- Modify the required settings
- Click Submit to save the changes.
We apologise for any disruption that this issue may cause. We will provide an update as soon as we have any further information from the supplier.
In the meantime if you have any questions please contact the DEO.
Places are available on a new DEO webinar ‘Turnitin Assignments for Administrators’. This will cover how Instructors set up and manage assignment submissions using the new Turnitin LTI assignment. The session will include a demonstration and Q and A. Upcoming dates: 27th October, 1st November and 8th November. Further information and booking (via Develop).
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The issue of equations not displaying properly in some browsers was resolved by Blackboard on 6 October. We have recently received reports that a small number of users have continued to experience issues with equations they have previously viewed in their browsers. As mentioned in our previous blog post, if an equation is not displaying properly for you, please clear your browser cache and cookies (using, for example, these instructions), then reload the page. This only needs to be done once on the device and browser being used, and can be done at any time (for example, in advance of taking a test which includes equations), after which the issue should not persist or recur.
Upcoming courses include: Manage and record teaching attendance with Qwickly, Blackboard Basics, Blackboard tests: uses, ideas and hands on practice, and Mentimeter and Padlet Experi-labs. Academic and professional services staff and PGRs who teach can search for and enrol onto courses by logging into Develop. In the Catalogue, filter by Digital Education Office under Topics or the DEO under department, or search for DEO. If you have other training requests or suggestions or would like to arrange a session for your School or team please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A display issue has been discovered when using the MathType equation editor within the Blackboard text editor. If you are currently using either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your browser, you will notice that any equation, once published, will be displayed as plain text.
It is recommended that staff and students use Firefox when required to view any mathematical equations, as the issue is not present in this browser.
This issue will be fixed in the next Blackboard update scheduled for 6 October.
As a reminder, the University will be switching to a new Turnitin integration with Blackboard, called Turnitin LTI, from the 1st September 2022.
Similarity reports and the Feedback Studio used for marks and feedback will remain the same but some other aspects will be changing. Improvements include an enhanced interface, an analytics dashboard and the ability to distribute anonymous marking using a single submission point. Other differences include a slight change to the way Instructors set up and access new LTI Turnitin assignments and downloadable onscreen digital receipts for students rather than emails.
For more information, please see the Turnitin Transition projects page.
Microsoft is updating Stream on 10 July, moving from Stream Classic to Stream (on SharePoint). This will affect anyone using Microsoft Unit Teams to record teaching sessions.
The main changes are:
- Recordings will now be stored directly in OneDrive or SharePoint
- There will no longer be the ability to edit your video directly in OneDrive/SharePoint, but you can download it for editing in other tools, such as Camtasia
- It is no longer possible to create an embed link to your recording, but you can get a link to the recording to share with people within the University.
There are some additional features to this update that may be useful to you in your teaching, including:
- Support for chapters, to make it easier to move through a video
- The ability to add and reply to comments alongside the video
- Improved analytics – weekly viewership (unique & total) and viewership retention
- Improved video thumbnails, with any point of the video able to be used as a thumbnail.
The Microsoft roadmap for Stream has more detailed information on the additional features.
- One-to-one or group calls and scheduled meeting recordings will be saved in the OneDrive account of the University attendee who started the recording. In order to make sure that this is not one of your students, you can set access and presenter options.
- Unit Teams meeting recordings and files will be automatically stored in the SharePoint folder for the Unit Team.
- All Unit Teams have been configured so that only owners can share files or recordings both externally and internally. Any attempt to share files by members of the team will send a request to the owners for approval.
- Non-Unit Teams have been configured so that sharing files or recordings externally can only be done by an owner, but members can share files within the organisation.
- Please also see the IT Services instructions on how to manage permissions.
Further information on the Stream changes can be found on the IT services web pages.
An issue has been identified with the Blackboard ‘My Marks’ tool (which is accessed via the home page or the user menu at top right), so it has been made unavailable. Blackboard are working on fixing it. In the meantime, students should access marks and feedback in Blackboard via ‘My Grades and Feedback’ in the ‘Assessment, submission and feedback’ area. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
IT Services and the supplier need to perform essential maintenance relating to University user authentication to enable sign in to Questionmark. This work will be carried out at 5pm today and may result in a short service interruption, likely to be around 10 minutes.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.