Blackboard downtime

Due to essential maintenance, Blackboard and shuspace will be unavailable for staff and students from 6pm-10pm on Friday 25 August. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Improvements to shuspace

Following last weekend’s Blackboard upgrade, a refresh of shuspace is now underway.  You may have noticed some of the changes already, others are still in the process of being implemented and are expected to be finished by the end of the week. This refresh has been driven by student feedback on shuspace which highlighted a need…

Blackboard Upgrade – Some other changes

We have now successfully completed the upgrade of Blackboard. In addition to the changes discussed in earlier blog posts, there are a few other changes worth drawing to your attention. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra/Classic – If last year you set up a Blackboard Collaborate link in your Blackboard site, it will now redirect to the Classic…

Turnitin unavailable for maintenance on 5 August

Turnitin will not be available for any purpose on Saturday 5 August 2017, 3pm-9pm, due to essential maintenance. This means students will not be able to upload work, and both students and staff will not be able to access reports during that time period. We apologise for any inconvenience, however we have no control over…

Blackboard Upgrade – Interface changes

After the Blackboard upgrade at the end of July, there will be some changes to the interface in Blackboard and shuspace. shuspace is being refreshed as part of the upgrade, with a new banner at the top and a modern look and feel for the channels and tabs. Some of the less used areas have…

Blackboard upgrade – Assessment-related tool changes

As part of the upcoming Blackboard upgrade there are some changes to tools used for assessment and marking that are worth highlighting. Based on data which is being collected by Faculty teams this summer, we will try to create as many summative assessment items in your Blackboard site as we can, including reassessments. This means we…

Blackboard Upgrade – Changes to Blackboard Collaborate

After the upcoming Blackboard upgrade is complete, there will be improvements around using Blackboard Collaborate inside Blackboard sites. Currently staff can only have a single session of Collaborate Ultra. After the upgrade, staff will be able to schedule different sessions in their Blackboard site. Staff and students will also be able to download Collaborate Ultra recordings…

Reminder: Blackboard upgrade 28-30 July

This is a reminder about the Blackboard upgrade taking place at the end of July. The upgrade will start at 6pm on Friday 28th July 2017 and is expected to be completed on the afternoon of Saturday 29th July 2017. However, Blackboard should be considered at risk throughout all of Sunday 30th July, which means…