Getting Re/Play ready for Teaching Block 2

Re/Play As we enter 2024 and approach the start of TB2, we wanted to highlight how to get the best from Re/Play content that has been copied into Blackboard courses from previous years. During 2022 and 2023, we updated the way that Re/Play presentations are added to Blackboard and, as a result of that, content that was added prior to 2022 will not work for students when copied into new courses.

As part of your content preparation, we would recommend checking your Re/Play presentations and updating them where needed. If a presentation does not have the orange play icon, but has either four orange dots or a green play icon, it will need replacing.

To replace a presentation:

  1. Log on to Blackboard.
  2. In your Blackboard course, click on Build Content and Item or Blank Page (or edit an existing item).
  3. In the Blackboard editor, add any descriptive text required to support the presentation, position the cursor where you wish to add it, then click the ‘⊕’ button in the editor menu bar (if the button is not visible, click ‘…’ to expand the bar.)
  4. Choose Re/Play Content from under Additional Tools. If the presentation you want to add is already on Re/Play, in this Add Video section you can select it. If you can’t find it, use the Filters box to narrow down your search. You can filter by several parameters. First check for ownership – whether you created the video or if it was shared with you. Then you can filter by how the recording was created. Mediasite recorder is the in-room box for lecture capture, Mosaic (video showing installation and use) is the software you can use to create ad hoc recordings, and Media Upload is where you have manually uploaded a file from your device.
  5. Then select Embed Video.

For further support, please see our Re/Play guidance.

Turnitin AI writing detection scores in December and early January

There was a temporary disruption in access to Turnitin’s AI writing detection tool between 1 and 5 January, which has now been resolved. Submissions affected by this issue will need to be re-submitted to receive a report. Instructions on how to resubmit can be found below.

We appreciate your patience and understanding and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please email us at if you have any questions regarding the AI missing scores.

How to regenerate the AI scores when needed

Step 1. Create a hidden Turnitin submission point

Create a content area which is hidden from students in your course:

  1. Ensure that Edit Modeis On.
  2. Move your mouse pointer over the + symbol above the course menu and select Content Area. Type in a name for the area (eg Turnitin hidden).
  3. Leave Available to Usersunticked and click on Submit.

Add the Turnitin submission point in the hidden content area:

  1. Click on the hidden content area in the left menu.
  2. Expand the Build Contentmenu and click Turnitin Assignment (LTI). At this point you will go into the Turnitin interface.
  3. Enter the Assignment Title (eg Turnitin checks). Add a point value.
  4. Set start, due and feedback release dates.
  5. Click on Optional Settingsto set Turnitin options.
    1. Make sure Submission settings are set to Do not store the submitted papers
  6. When finished, click on Submit.
  7. Click on the arrow next to the submission point you have just created and make unavailable. This will ensure if folder becomes visible students will not be able to access the Turnitin submission point.

Hide the Grade Centre column for the Turnitin assignment from students:

  1. In the Control Panel, click on Grade Centre, then Full Grade Centre.
  2. Find the Turnitin submission point column and click the arrow next to the title.
  3. Click Hide from Students (on/off). A red diagonal line through a circle should appear next to the name to indicate that the column is not visible to students.

Step 2. Download original assignments from Turnitin

  1. Access the original Turnitin submission point.
  2. In the Assignment Inbox, sort the submission by Uploaded date.
  3. Identify the assignments that did not get an AI writing score (if submissions are anonymous, you will need to reveal the author of the paper). Select the papers you have identified by checking the boxes in the first column.
  4. Click on Download Selected and choose Original Files. A ZIP file containing the selected papers will download.
  5. Unzip the folder and make sure you can associate the downloaded files with their author, by renaming the paper using the student number.

Step 3. Upload the assignments to Turnitin

  1. Open the hidden Turnitin submission point that you have created.
  2. Click on the Submit on behalf of student menu and find the student you would like to submit on behalf of.
  3. A message will appear asking you whether you would like to proceed? Click on Continue.
  4. Choose the file corresponding to the student.
  5. Click on Upload and Review and in the preview page make sure you are uploading the correct file.
  6. If you have confirmed that the uploaded file is correct, then click on the Submit to Turnitin button.
  7. Repeat step 3 for each file you need to upload.

Step 4. AI and similarity scores

Please keep in mind that the intention of this guide is to regenerate the AI writing score. Please refrain from focusing on the similarity score, as it will return a high similarity since it will be compared against the originally submitted file.

Changes to Blackboard Submission Receipts will not be Implemented

In a prior blog post, we announced that Blackboard was deprecating support for the Receipting Building Block, which we use to customise the receipts students receive when submitting work to a Blackboard Assignment. This would have resulted in changes to the email receipt that students receive after submission.

Following further discussions with Blackboard, we are pleased to announce that these changes will no longer be implemented, meaning that: 

  • Students: will continue to receive a detailed email receipt including a link that they can use to download a copy of their submitted document(s).  
  • Administration Staff:  will continue to be able to review submission receipts stored for within the content system of a given course. 

The default wording on student receipts will continue to be: 

Your submission has been received. We have recorded the following details: 

Submission ID: ID NUMBER 






This submission contained the following attached files: 


Please retain this email receipt. Do not reply to this email. If you have any queries about your submission, please contact your school. 



Blackboard maintenance, 12 December, 1 am – 2 am

Blackboard has a scheduled Amazon Web Services maintenance window on Tuesday, 12 December, starting at 1 am GMT, with a duration of 1 hour. During this window, there is a possibility the Blackboard home page may be unavailable and users may see a “503 Service Temporary Unavailable” error message.

If you have any questions, please email

Eesysoft/Impact course reports updated

We are pleased to announce that the Eesysoft/Impact course reports have now been updated and are available to use.

You can access course reports for a Blackboard course by going to the ‘Course Tools’ menu within the course and selecting ‘Impact course reports 1.3’.




Further details on course reports can be found in our guide to ‘Checking and improving student engagement‘.

Submit your teaching software requests for Teaching Block 2 (TB2) to IT Services by Tomorrow (Friday 24th November)

The final opportunity to submit your teaching software requests to IT Services for TB2 is this Friday, 24 November. If you have already been using specific software in Teaching Block 1 and wish to continue using it in Teaching Block 2, there is no need to resubmit a request for those software applications.  

See more information and access the app on the IT Services Teaching and Student Software SharePoint page. Please also complete the feedback form to help IT Services improve the Teaching Software Request App for the 2024/25 academic year. Any additional inquiries should be directed toward IT Services.

Upcoming Eesysoft/Impact update

On Monday 27 November there will be an update coming to the way that we access ‘EesySoft course reports’.  This is due to changes made by the supplier that have temporarily caused loss of the function.

Once the update occurs, you will be able to access course reports for a Blackboard course by going to the ‘Course Tools’ menu within the course and selecting ‘Impact course reports 1.3’.




Further details on course reports can be found in our guide to ‘Checking and improving student engagement‘.

We apologise for any inconvenience that you are currently experiencing.


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

[Open] Re/Play issues with student access to embedded content

Some students are experiencing issues when trying to view Re/Play videos embedded in Blackboard, receiving an error message stating that there is a problem with the LTI launch due to not being authorised to view the content. Playback via the link in the left-hand menu of courses is not being affected.

The supplier is aware of this issue and is working to bring the service back to normal functioning. We will update this blog with any further developments.

You can add content via the ‘Build Content’ menu in your Blackboard course to mitigate the issue:

  1. In your Blackboard course, click on Build Content and Item
  2. Select RePlay Content
  3. Locate the presentation you wish to add and select Link Video.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us by emailing