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.

New marking tool in Blackboard from 10th August

Bb Annotate is a new tool in Blackboard for feedback annotations. It will replace the current tool, Box View, from 10th August 2020, and has a much wider range of functionality. The change to Bb Annotate will not require downtime, and it will work immediately for new submissions. Previously submitted assignments and feedback will be converted in the background, or when first accessed after the switch. This change does not affect Turnitin assignments.  For more information see Bb Annotate – new Blackboard inline marking tool.

Blackboard 2020 courses delayed, new templates available

The annual Blackboard course rollover is being delayed in order to allow as many schools as possible to take advantage of the new standard Blackboard templates. Therefore, your 2020 courses may not be available to you until the week beginning August 10th. For schools that have adopted the templates, their 2020 courses are already being made available. If you have any queries, please contact digital-education@bristol.ac.uk.

Blackboard upgrade 2020, 5 – 6 August

The Digital Education Office will be upgrading Blackboard from 5 pm on Wednesday 5th August 2020. Blackboard will be unavailable until midday on Thursday 6th August. (Please note that these dates have been changed from those announced earlier, following consultation with schools.)

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. 

Turnitin scheduled maintenance: Saturday 1st August

Turnitin scheduled maintenance: Saturday 1st August

Turnitin have advised us that there will be scheduled maintenance taking place on Saturday 1st August from 16:00 – 22:00 BST. Turnitin services will be unavailable at this time.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions please email digital-education@bristol.ac.uk or visit the Turnitin Status page.