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…

Lynda.com is changing to LinkedIn Learning

Lynda.com is migrating to LinkedIn Learning on the 8th of July. The system will be down for approximately 18 hours and any staff or students who previously used Lynda.com will receive an email once the migration is complete. If you have previously used Lynda.com, everything from your Lynda.com account will be moved over, including your…

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…

Technology Jargon Buster Launched

As part of our Digital Essentials online course to support SHU staff in developing their digital capability, we’ve developed a ‘Jargon Buster’/glossary resource that helps explain some common, and not-so-common, technology terms that you might hear. The resource is designed to work on both mobile devices and desktop/laptop computers and you can browse through the list or search…

Blackboard temporarily unavailable – 1 February 6-7pm

Blackboard will be temporarily unavailable for about an hour, starting at 6pm on Friday, 1 February. This is due to a need to apply security patches to systems Blackboard relies on, and unfortunately this could not be done at the same time as the recent upgrade.  Please do not schedule any online learning and teaching activities…

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…

Updated student organisation enrolment tool

The tool for enrolling students on or removing students from an organisation site will be updated during the Blackboard upgrade scheduled for 18-20 January 2019. This updated tool will now instantly enrol students on or instantly remove students from an organisation site. There will no longer be a delay while the system updates site enrolments.…