The issue causing the Turnitin service disruption earlier today has been resolved. This lasted from 10.41 to 11.49, and may have led to you being unable to view Similarity Reports. Please accept our apologies for any disruption caused.
Turnitin is currently experiencing an unexpected service disruption. During this time, you may not be able to view Similarity Reports. We will update you when we hear anything further.
You can follow Turnitin’s status here: https://turnitin.statuspage.io/
The planned maintenance of Blackboard has been completed, and the service is available again.
We are planning a minor, but essential, update to Blackboard between 10 pm on Sunday 2 February and 9 am on Monday 3 February. Blackboard will be unavailable during this period and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Blackboard will be performing essential maintenance to their data centre overnight from Thursday 3 October to Friday 4 October 2019. Blackboard will be unavailable for around three hours during the maintenance window, which runs from 11 pm to 5 am.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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.
Turnitin have reported that the earlier issue has been resolved and all systems are back to normal.
Turnitin have reported that they have been experiencing issues with viewing similarity reports and accepting submissions since 3.08 pm. Their engineers have identified the issue, and are working towards a resolution. You can track Turnitin’s status here: http://turnitin.status.io/.
Android users must update the Blackboard app to continue receiving push notifications.
Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) has been discontinued. Due to this change, Blackboard apps have migrated to Google’s new Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM). To maintain push notifications on your device, please update to Blackboard App 4.0 or Blackboard Instructor 2.5.
Turnitin have reported that, following a service disruption earlier, full normal service has been restored.