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Archive for September, 2014

New tool available for online marking

A new tool for online marking is now available in Blackboard. The “inline grading” tool allows markers to annotate work directly in Blackboard, without having to download and upload files.

Blackboard’s 3 minute video tutorial shows how to use the tool.

If you would like to find out more about online marking or online submission please visit the TEL website or email us at

Blackboard downtime Thursday 18 September 17.30-19.30

IT Services have informed us that they are intending to take down the server that hosts Blackboard (and other services, such as SITS) on Thursday evening for two hours, between 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm. This is to allow them to make important repairs to the hardware. Hopefully this downtime will not have a significant impact, but please contact us if you think it is going to cause any problems for you or your students. We will pass on updates as we receive them.

Blackboard workshops for staff

Places are available on Blackboard workshops for staff. These include:

  • Introduction to Blackboard for administrative and support staff
  • Introduction to Blackboard for Academic Staff (including Research Staff)
  • Effective course design

For further information and booking please see the “Training and events” section of the TEL website.

Questionmark Perception maintenance 24th September 2014

The Questionmark Perception system will be unavailable on Wednesday 24th September 2014. The downtime is required for maintenance.

Thursday 25th will be an “at risk” period – we strongly recommend that you do not run any critical activities on this day. Please let us know ( if you have any critical activity that must run on this day.

Campus Pack update – Summer 2014

Campus Pack have updated their wiki, podcast, blog and journal course tools in Blackboard, as well as the Personal Learning Space.

Information on what is new can be found on the Campus Pack website .

We would recommend that these tools are accessed via Chrome as there have been reports of some problems for Internet Explorer users.




Questionmark Perception Groups

Dear colleagues ,

This email is for Questionmark Perception administrators and anyone who manages student accounts and groups using Enterprise Manager.
For this coming academic year, we recommend that you use your existing group (s) where possible. If this is not possible, please email with the name of the new group along with the names of any colleagues who need access to this group, and we will create it for you. 
Renaming or editing groups is not recommended if you need to run reports against these groups with Reporting or Analytics. 
Please subscribe to the TEL blog to receive Questionmark updates and communication.
Kind regards