Screencasting 101: The Definitive Guide

A screencast is a recording of what you choose to display on your screen, often including a voiceover. It will output as a video file that can be uploaded and shared online. Screencasts can be used for a range of purposes including how-to demonstrations, presentations, assessment feedback and illustrating difficult concepts. Screencasts allow you to engage with your…

Archiving Blackboard Organisation Sites

Each year we archive Blackboard organisation sites from the previous academic year. This is to clean up the view for staff and students and ensure the correct Blackboard sites are used in the coming year. This year, Blackboard organisation sites from 2016/7 will be archived on Wednesday 11th October. This means that they will disappear…

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…