#SpotlightOnDigital: Don’t Feed the GDPR Cookie Monster!

Since the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into effect in late May 2018, the web has become a more frustrating place. A vast majority of websites, both large and small, block access to their content until you consent to their data gathering and processing policies, including cookies to track you across the site and,…

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#SpotlightOnDigital: Why Accessibility is Important to All

‘Accessibility’, ‘Inclusive Practice’ and ‘Universal Design’ are terms that are used with increasing frequency within Higher Education, but the distinctions between them and the importance of the principles to which they refer is not always clear. In this video, Paddy Turner (LEAD lecturer and Chair of the National Association of Disability Practitioners) gives a brief…

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#SpotlightOnDigital: Search the Web like a Pro

The web is a great source of information, but the problem is that there is often just too much of it. If you’re like most people, you won’t look much past the first couple of pages of search results so it’s important that you get the most relevant results on those early pages. The simplest…

#SpotlightOnDigital: Managing P4$$w0rd5

Trying to create strong and, more importantly, memorable passwords for all the different services that you use can be a real problem. Every site seems to require a different password length and combination of character types, which you often aren’t told about until after entering a non-compliant password. Combine this with being forced to change…

What is a Digital Identity – And why is it important?

A Digital Identity is information stored online that relates to a single individual. We generate our own with every on-line interaction and the data that we leave behind builds a profile of us – which may not be an accurate representation. It is important to understand what a Digital Identity is, so that you can take control…

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…