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.

Mediasite renaming as Re/Play

As part of a program of investment by the University in the Mediasite technology the service will be renamed Re/Play from September onward.

Managed by the Digital Education Team in partnership with IT services and Learning Facilities Management over the coming year we will see investment in to the service under four themes

  • Increased room coverage
  • Increased coverage of Cameras for recording of chalkboards and whiteboards
  • An innovation fund to allow for creation of Media using the Re/Play service outside of the equipped rooms
  • Pilot of software solution for smaller teaching spaces

Re/Play provides the automated recording of audio and projected content of lectures, accessed via Blackboard. The means of recording, editing and accessing lectures will remain the same. Please bear with us whilst we revise the support pages. If you’re new to the university and require technical support, please contact service-desk@bristol.ac.uk

More information will follow on this blog and on our projects pages – if you have any questions please contact the Digital Education Office.

 

Turnitin unavailable in some Blackboard courses

We are experiencing some problems accessing Turnitin in some of our Blackboard courses following our upgrade yesterday.  If you find that you have lost access to the Turnitin tool in your course please follow these steps:

From the Course Management menu click Customisation > Tool Availability and then put a tick next to the Turnitin options in the page of tools that appears > click submit.  (please leave Turnitin basic tools unticked)

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.