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Archive for July, 2016

Blackboard course rollover 2016

Blackboard course (unit) rollover will take place on 1 August 2016. We recommend that staff do not edit 2015/16 courses after 5 pm on Friday 29 July, as changes made after this time may not be copied into the 2016/17 courses. All 2016/17 courses should be available to staff by 2 August.

Mediasite links will automatically be added to those 2016/17 courses which have Mediasite links in 2015/16 courses. The links will automatically update to the associated 2016/17 catalogue, where the Mediasite recordings are surfaced for students to view, once live.

Turnitin assignments will be copied into 2016/17 courses, but given new start, end, and post dates – so these will need to be changed before making the courses available to students. Note that Turnitin set an expiry date for all assignments in a course that is six months after the course creation date (ie 31 January 2017), after which all Turnitin assignments in the course will become read-only. This expiry date is automatically changed to the latest post date of any Turnitin assignment in the course – so it is worth adjusting the dates as early as possible.

A table showing details of how Blackboard course elements are copied during rollover can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact

Blackboard Downtime 2am to 10am on Tuesday 9 August 2016

Unfortunately IT services need to do some additional maintenance on the University database servers on 9 August that will affect access to Blackboard.  The extra downtime will take place out of hours as far as possible, from 2am to 10am, to limit inconvenience to users.

TEL and Ed Dev Team

Blackboard rollover

All 2016/17 modules will be available in Blackboard by 2 August 2016.
We are not upgrading Blackboard this year and the rollover process
will not necessitate downtime.