In the autumn Apple are releasing the latest version of their operating system ‘Catalina’ as part of this release they are withdrawing support for 32bit applications. At the current time the Re/Play Desktop recorder is one of these applications. We have been informed by the supplier that they are developing a new version and this should be with us by the end of TB1.
In the interim we would advise staff to not update the operating system until this is release if they wish to use the Desktop Recorder. If you have any questions please email email@example.com
The Blackboard upgrade has been completed ahead of schedule, and Blackboard is available again now. The Digital Education Office has tested all key functionality, and is continuing with further in-depth testing.
The Digital Education Office will be upgrading Blackboard from 7pm on Monday 29th July 2019. Blackboard will be unavailable until midday on Tuesday 30th July.
This update brings general improvements to Blackboard, including audio/video feedback for submissions. Keep an eye on the blog for updates.
Course rollover and new course creation for 2019/20 will take place on Monday 5th August 2019. Blackboard will continue to be available as normal during this process. Staff enrolments will roll over from 2018/19 or 2017/18 courses as applicable. For any issues with new course enrolments, please contact your school admin team in the first instance.
If you are interested in marking offline eg using Word, would you like to try out a new tool which allows the upload of feedback for a whole cohort or for groups of students? The Digital Education Office is running our third hands on session on the 22nd May where you can have a go. The session will be suitable for markers or administrators who support marking.
If you are interested in marking offline eg using Word, would you like to try out a new tool which allows the upload of feedback for a whole cohort or for groups of students? The Digital Education Office is running three short hands-on sessions where you can have a go. The sessions are suitable for markers or administrators who support marking.
Turnitin is now available again. The system suffered an outage between 14:52 – 07:06 GMT on Feb 15-16, 2019 due to an unexpected database issue. Users will not have been able to submit or mark during that time.
Due to an Education Services festive event, the Digital Education Office will be unavailable on Friday 14th December. Please email Digital-Education as usual and we will respond as soon as possible. If you experience urgent problems during this time (for example, a service is unavailable), please contact the Service Desk on (0117 92) 87870.
Booking is now open for Digital Education Office workshops and webinars in the New Year. These include new webinars covering Blackboard Basics and the Grade Centre, as well as workshops on Blackboard, materials design, synchronous online teaching, and advanced admin skills for EMA. More information and booking.
Recordings of our Winter webinar series are also available. These covered:
Managing student access to online submission points in Blackboard – pre-submission quizzes, groups and adaptive release.
Giving feedback in TurnitinFeedback Studio.
Blackboard basics – marking and providing feedback on assignments.
Help your students engage with your Blackboard course – course design and layout.