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…

Colour grades now switched off in the Blackboard App

Blackboard has switched off the colour-coding of the grade pills in the live Blackboard App. Users will need the latest version of the App to see it. Marks showing in a black pill link to further information about that assessment. Marks showing in a grey pill indicate an assessment item type that is not supported…

New in Blackboard: Audio and video feedback

You can now embed audio and video recordings (of up to five minutes in length) along with text-based feedback on any  gradable item in Blackboard (such as assignments, grade columns, wikis, blogs, discussions, tests). It’s a relatively easy process to create recordings. All you need is a built-in or external microphone or headset for audio-only recordings and…

Reminder: Blackboard upgrade 18-20 January

This is a reminder that an upgrade to Blackboard is scheduled to take place during the weekend of 18-20 January 2019. The upgrade will begin at 5 pm on Friday 18 January and continue throughout the weekend. We anticipate that Blackboard will be available again during the afternoon of Saturday 19 January but it is…