Blackboard maintenance, 7am-8am Sunday 31 May

UPDATE: Blackboard have informed us that this maintenance is not required on our system, so there will be no downtime.

In order to ensure the stability of Blackboard during the exam period, essential maintenance will be carried out on the system between 7am and 8am (BST) on Sunday 31 May. During this time, Blackboard will not be available, so please plan accordingly.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this downtime causes.

Collaborate maintenance, Wednesday 8 April, 11 pm – 3 am

Blackboard will be performing scheduled maintenance for Collaborate between 11 pm on Wednesday 8 April and 3 am on Thursday 9 April. You will experience intermittent availability of the scheduler, sessions and recordings during this time. Blackboard will try to minimise downtime and will not necessarily use the entire maintenance window.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this causes.

Changes to Blackboard for 2019-20

New tool in Blackboard to batch upload feedback 

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 about the tool, see this three-minute video: https://youtu.be/VdRdH8ylB5Y. For further information, or to arrange a demonstration, please contact the Digital Education Office.

New assessment, submission and feedback area in all Blackboard courses

The new assessment, submission and feedback area in all Blackboard unit courses is now available. It provides students with a consistent one-stop-shop for assessment information, online submission, and access to marks and feedback on each of their units. Information can be added and updated at faculty, school or unit level. Where added at faculty or school level, the information needs only to be updated in one place and will then be visible in all units within a faculty or school. If you wish to start using this facility, FEMs, SAMs or GAMs should please nominate two colleagues in the school or faculty to be editors, informing the Digital Education Office, who will then provide training and assign permission to edit.

Non-SITS courses changing to organisations

In order to support the introduction of the Student Lifecycle Support Programme, Blackboard courses that are not linked to a specific unit in SITS are being changed into Blackboard organisations. The content and functioning of these are unaffected, but staff and students will now find them in the My Organisations area rather than My Courses.

If you have questions about any of these changes, please contact digital-education@bristol.ac.uk. For additional information, please see the Digital Education Office website.