New feature: Blackboard Assignments can use SafeAssign similarity tool

We are pleased to announce that SafeAssign, Blackboard’s originality checking tool, is now available for use in all courses using Blackboard Assignments.

The Digital Education Office has provided guidance on enabling this tool within Blackboard Assignments, which can be accessed as part of our supplementary resources for staff.

If you have any questions, please contact digital-education@bristol.ac.uk.

[Resolved] Turnitin service incident, 2 November

Turnitin has now informed us that the incident that prevented users from accessing Turnitin Assignment Inbox and Feedback Studio has been resolved.

Starting at 11:42 AM today, an unexpected service incident occurred in Turnitin, particularly impacting users of the Feedback Studio and the integration. As a result, some users may have experienced difficulties logging in and accessing submitted papers. The impact of this issue affected all of our Turnitin users.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding this issue, please contact us by emailing digital-education@bristol.ac.uk.

[Closed] Turnitin service incident, 2 November

Turnitin is currently experiencing an unexpected service incident.

During this time, you may find that you are unable to log in or access reports.

Users accessing these services via Blackboard may also be affected.

Further information is available on the Turnitin status page.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us by emailing digital-education@bristol.ac.uk.

Changes to bulk upload for Turnitin similarity reports

Turnitin has just informed us of its decision to cease support for assignment submissions on behalf of non-enrolled students, effective from 19 September. Submission on behalf of non-enrolled students is an integral part of the workflow that allowed instructors to bulk upload Blackboard assignments to turnitinuk.com to generate similarity reports.

From 19 September, student administrators who wish to continue to use this workflow will have to manually associate each submission with an enrolled student, following upload. If this is not feasible – due to large cohort size, for example – we recommend switching to using Turnitin assignments for student submissions, rather than Blackboard assignments. (If the submission requires multiple files per student, you will need two submission points: one via a Turnitin assignment, to generate the similarity report, and another via a Blackboard assignment, to manage the additional files.)

For group submissions, files must be submitted via Blackboard assignments; you will then need to download one file per group using the Marks and Feedback tool. Afterwards, you will upload these files to Turnitin and manually associate each of them with one group member in order to generate a similarity report.

More detailed guides for the options suggested here will be made available shortly.

If your school will be affected by Turnitin’s decision, please contact the DEO to notify us of the number of units that will be affected, by emailing us at digital-education@bristol.ac.uk

[Resolved] Turnitin delay in similarity report generation

Turnitin have now informed us that the issue causing a delay in Similarity Report generation has been resolved.

Starting at 6:49 AM today, an unexpected service incident occurred in Turnitin Feedback Studio, causing a delay in the generation of similarity reports. The impact of this issue was limited and most Turnitin users were unaffected.

If you have any questions or concerns about this issue, or if you have been affected, please email digital-education@bristol.ac.uk.

[Closed] Turnitin delay in similarity report generation

Turnitin Feedback Studio is currently experiencing an unexpected service incident. Students remain able to submit work but may experience a delay in receiving a Similarity Report.

Further information is available on the Turnitin status page.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us by emailing digital-education@bristol.ac.uk.

Teams for Teaching – Archiving Unit Teams

As Preparation for the new academic year your unit Teams for 2022 will be archived on 31st August. This means that although the unit Teams and their SharPoint folders will still exist and be accessible, they will be set to be ‘read-only’. If you wish your unit Team to remain editable you can easily unarchive it if you are a Team owner. Please see instructions on how to do this here