New in Blackboard: EesySoft Course Reports

About EesySoft Course Reports This article is part of a series explaining changes and new features introduced in Blackboard for the 2019/20 academic year. Despite its name, the EesySoft Course Report provides module level information on user activity and engagement with content and tools available in each Blackboard module site from the highest level down…

Update on Blackboard Module Site Home Page Channels

This article is part of a series explaining changes and new features introduced in Blackboard for the 2019/20 academic year. Earlier in the summer we announced that we would be adding a series of new channels to all 2019/20 Blackboard module site home pages. Now, we have launched the following two additional channels that pulls…

New in Blackboard: Course Grades Overview

This article is part of a series explaining changes and new features introduced in Blackboard for the 2019/20 academic year. Course Grades Overview collates and provides a read-only view of all available grade columns (excluding survey, weighted total and total columns) from all module sites that an individual student is enrolled on. It displays academic…

New in Blackboard: Collaborate session attendance reporting

This article is part of a series explaining changes and new features introduced in Blackboard for the 2019/20 academic year. If you use Collaborate from a Blackboard site, you can choose to have Collaborate send student attendance about that session to your site’s Attendance page. Attendance session reporting is off by default. You must turn attendance reporting…

Summer 2019 Blackboard upgrade: 2-4 August and 30 August-1 September

This summer’s Blackboard upgrade will be undertaken in two phases. The first phase (2-4 August) is to enable an essential database update to the Blackboard servers. The second phase (30 August-1 September) is the actual Blackboard software update to provide us with additional features, bug fixes and security improvements. For the first phase of the upgrade, Blackboard…

Access to library resources

To ensure students can access library resources from off-campus using a single username and password, Sheffield Hallam uses a server which adds some additional information into our resource URLs. The University moved to a new server (hallam.idm.oclc.org) last November from an old server (lcproxy.shu.ac.uk). All the links on the Library Gateway have been updated to…

Blackboard update 21-23 June 2019

Blackboard will be unavailable from 5pm on Friday 21 June 2019 due to a critical security update. The University constantly monitors and acts on advice/updates from suppliers to ensure the security and performance of all SHU systems and this is part of that work. Unfortunately this particular security update will require a greater period of downtime…

New Blackboard Module Site Home Page Channels

This article is part of a series explaining changes introduced as part of this year’s Blackboard rollover. We are automatically adding a series of new channels to all 2019/20 Blackboard module site home pages. These channels provide both students and staff with a consistent set of important information about that module directly from data held…