Blackboard has been upgraded and is now available

We have now upgraded Blackboard and changed the visual theme.  Find out more about the new theme through our previous blog post. You can find further information, including guides to creating banners to differentiate between courses on our web pages.

Unfortunately we are experiencing a problem with Turnitin at the moment.  We are working with our suppliers to remedy this as soon as possible and will update this blog with any further information.

One or two courses with customised themes may need to be changed.  Please see the information on this page

 

Course rollover now complete

The Blackboard course rollover is now complete, and 2017/18 courses are available for editing.

Blackboard will be upgraded this weekend, and will be unavailable between 7:00 pm on Sunday 6 August and 2:00 pm on Monday 7 August. This upgrade will introduce visual changes that improve accessibility and the experience of Blackboard on a mobile device. See our previous post for further information.

Blackboard has successfully moved to an externally-hosted service

We are pleased to announce that Blackboard is now running as an externally-hosted service. If you experience any issues, refreshing your browser cache (http://www.refreshyourcache.com/en/home/), completely closing your browser and restarting it, or rebooting your machine should fix the issues. Please let us know if you experience any persistent issues: tel-help@bristol.ac.uk.

Find out more about the changes at our project page.

For Blackboard support, training and advice, please contact us: tel-help@bristol.ac.uk.

Blackboard now read-only until Tuesday 25 July

Blackboard is now available as a read-only service, until Tuesday 25 July at 7:30 am, as we complete our move to an externally-hosted service. The move will bring improved resilience and reliability. Staff and students can access materials on Blackboard while it is read-only, but changes should not be made until the full service returns on 25 July at 8:30 am.

Find out more about the changes at our project page.

Blackboard unavailable Friday 21 July between 1:00 am and 12:00 noon, then read-only until Tuesday 25 July 7:30 am

This is a final reminder that Blackboard will be unavailable on Friday 21 July from 1:00 am up to 12:00 noon. This is to allow a final copy to be made for the new externally-hosted service. A “read-only” version of Blackboard will then be available until Tuesday 25 July at 7:30 am.

Find out more about the changes at our project page.

TurningPoint Upgrade – July 2017

In the week starting Monday 3 July, we will upgrade TurningPoint to the latest version, which allows students to vote using their own devices, such as smartphones or laptops, as well as the usual keypads or clickers.

This upgrade will take place in conjunction with the University move to Office 2016, as the version of TurningPoint that we are currently using is not compatible with Office 2016. The new version is very similar to the current version, but it does have one significant difference – in order to run a poll, a licence is required. We have purchased a number of licences to cover the anticipated use of TurningPoint this year. Each licence will have a University email address associated with it and a password, used to log in when running a poll.

Each school that uses TurningPoint will have a general licence to be loaned out to staff for use in teaching sessions, much as the handsets are currently. Please contact your school office for details of the school licence, or to request having an individual licence assigned if you use it very regularly.

The TurningPoint receivers will also require an upgrade to the new version. The first time a receiver is plugged into a PC running the new version, a message will appear, stating that the receiver requires an update. If this happens, you should proceed with the update, which will mean that the receiver will no longer work with the old version of TurningPoint.

A short video showing how to get started with the new version is available here:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2GAIVb3X8byNFBJUHZONzBZejg

For further information, please contact the TELED Team: tel-help@bristol.ac.uk.