Turnitin login difficulties between 11.37pm Weds 23 Oct and 6am Thurs 24Oct

Turnitin have reported some difficulties with their login processes between 11.37pm  Weds 23rd Oct and 6am Thurs 24th Oct which would have prevented users from logging in and / or accessing the Turnitin service through Blackboard.  This has now been resolved and Turnitin is available as normal.

Apologies for any inconvenience that may have been caused.

Digital Education Office

Re/Play upgrade Thursday 12 October – delay in publishing of some lectures

Re/Play was upgraded yesterday morning (12 October).  While the upgrade has improved playback performance, it unfortunately resulted in a delay in the automatic publishing of  lectures recorded from 5 pm on Monday until 6 pm Tuesday.

We have rectified this and made the materials visible.  Many apologies for the inconvenience caused.

To make a recording private:

  1. Go to the My Re/Play tab in Blackboard
  2. Find the recording
  3. Change the setting from ‘Viewable’ to ‘Private’.

 

 

 

Re/Play extension activity and maintenance this week (midnight – 4:00 am on both Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 October)

This is a reminder that there will be two disruptions to service this week as we  maintain and enhance the service:

  • The Re/Play service will have limited availability on Tuesday 10 October between midnight and 4:00 am. There will be several short outages of 5 minutes during these hours as essential data centre work is carried out.
  • The Re/Play service will be unavailable for up to four hours between midnight and 4:00 am on Thursday 12 October. This work will improve playback for staff and students.

We are working to enhance and extend the service through a new program of investment, aiming to:

  • Simplify, standardise and complete recording equipment provision in centrally managed, large teaching spaces
  • Extend the scope of the service to better accommodate disciplinary requirements (eg record chalkboards and whiteboards, recording in smaller teaching spaces)
  • Develop, implement and evaluate case studies of media to enhance teaching and differentiate assessment.

Please see our project page to find out more

 

 

 

 

 

 

Limited availability of the Re/Play service (formerly Mediasite) – midnight to 4:00 am – Tuesday 10 October

Sonic Foundry who provide the Re/Play service (formerly Mediasite) have informed us that there will be potential outages on Tuesday 10 October between midnight and 4:00 am. There will be several periods of 5 minutes when the service will be  unavailable during these hours. The outage is necessary  for essential maintenance by the data centre provider. Sonic Foundry apologise for the inconvenience caused.

 

Re/Play (formerly Mediasite) will be unavailable between midnight and 4:00 am on Thursday 12 October

The Re/Play service (formerly Mediasite) will be at risk of being unavailable for up to four hours between midnight and 4:00 am on Thursday 12 October. Sonic Foundry (the company that host the service) need to undertake work to improve the playback experience for staff and students.

During the period of the upgrade, users will not be able to play recordings. The upgrade is out of hours to minimise impact. Nevertheless, we apologise for the inconvenience caused.

 

 

Make your Blackboard courses available to students

As an Instructor, if under “My Courses” on your Blackboard home page  you see “not currently available” or “unavailable” after the course name, this means the course is unavailable to students. Instructors can still access and edit the course.

Once your course is ready for students to use, ensure that it is made available as follows:

Use the Quick Tools tool on your Blackboard Home page (this does not currently work for Hub courses). Click Course Availability and turn the On/Off button next to the course to the required state.

OR

  • Click on the course
  • Under Control Panel, click on Customisation
  • Click on Properties
  • In section 3, Set availability, select Yes
  • Click Submit

Your course is now available to students.