“My Re/Play” tab restored; all services operating normally

We are pleased to announce that the “My Re/Play” tab has been restored in Blackboard. All our services (including Re/Play, Blackboard and Collaborate) are available and working normally. We are continuing to closely monitor these services, along with our suppliers. Please accept our apologies for the issues that you experienced yesterday. Further information about the nature of the issues and the steps taken to resolve them will follow shortly.

Accessing Re/Play recordings while the “My Re/Play” tab is unavailable in Blackboard

At the moment, the “My Re/Play” tab is unavailable in Blackboard, due to the issue that affected it earlier today. We are working to resolve this issue, and hope to make the “My Re/Play” tab available again in the near future. While it is unavailable, staff who need to access their recordings, or make them available to students, can use the following workaround.

  1. Go to https://mediasite.bris.ac.uk/Mediasite/MyMediasite/
  2. If you are asked to sign in, click on the “Authenticate” button and sign in using your University of Bristol ID and password
  3. You should now see the “My Presentations” screen, giving you access to all your recordings

To create a link that students can use to view one of your recordings:

  1. From your “My Presentations” screen, find the recording you want to share
  2. Click on the name of the recording, which takes you to a screen with that recording’s details
  3. Check that “WHO CAN VIEW?”, on the right-hand side, is set to “My Organization”
  4. Click on “Watch in New Window”, on the right-hand side towards the top
  5. In the new window that opens, copy the URL (select all the text in the address bar, eg https://mediasite.bris.ac.uk/Mediasite/Play/cb546ba353a4438eb363edb897ed46041d)
  6. Provide this link to your students, who can use it to view the recording

Blackboard issues

You may recently have been experiencing difficulty in accessing Blackboard, or finding it running slowly. Blackboard are aware of this issue, and are taking steps to rectify it. This work should be completed very soon.

Collaborate sessions should not have been affected by this.

We will update you with further information when we have it.

Blackboard course rollover 2020 complete

The annual “rollover” of Blackboard courses into their 2020 versions is now complete, and staff can access the courses. As always, staff are not automatically added to courses for units that are new this year – please contact your school office to be added to a new course.

This year, many schools have adopted a new Blackboard course template, in preparation for blended teaching and learning in 2020-21. Guidance on how to make use of these templates can be found in the Blackboard courses themselves – there is a “Help for staff” area in each course created from a template. If you have any questions about the adoption of these templates, please consult your school in the first instance.

Blackboard upgrade 2020, 5 pm today (5 August)

This is a final reminder that the Digital Education Office will be upgrading Blackboard from 5 pm today, Wednesday 5th August 2020. Blackboard will be unavailable until midday on Thursday 6th August.

This update is part of essential service maintenance. The core Blackboard functionality and interface will remain the same, but the upgrade will allow us to explore integration with Microsoft Office 365.