As part of ongoing improvements by TurnitinUK, Turnitin is having some scheduled maintenance on Saturday 5 November 1:00pm – 6:00pm (UK Time).
We would like to make users aware that the Turnitin service will be unavailable between 1pm-6pm on Saturday 5th November. This is to allow for scheduled maintenance by TurnitinUK. No submissions, grading, or access will be possible through the service during this time.
Programmes are advised to amend any deadlines set during the maintenance period.
Markers are reminded that submitted papers can be downloaded (both individually and in bulk) from Turnitin should they wish to read/annotate during the maintenance period and then copy & paste these into the Document Viewer manually once the service is available again.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
For queries or further advice, please contact your Faculty Learning Technologist via the IT Service Desk on 01227 782626.
On Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th August 2016, the Blackboard system was updated by colleagues within IT and the Learning Technology Team. The system was made available to all users ahead of schedule at 12pm on Wednesday 10th August.
Why did this happen?
The upgrade ensures the system remains current and it brings a few new features to the system and its suite of tools:
Users using Windows 10 and/or Microsoft Office 2016 may experience issues submitting work to Turnitin, if using one of the new fonts such as Arial Nova.
Statement from Turnitin:
The new fonts found in Windows 10 and the latest version of Microsoft Word are not currently being displayed properly within Turnitin. If a newer font type such as Arial Nova is used in a document, it will be converted to a different font for display within Turnitin, and may appear as a cursive-based font.
We are working to make changes to better display these new fonts in future versions of Turnitin. In the meantime, a work-around to this would be to change the font to a type commonly used in previous versions of Word (such as Arial) before submission to Turnitin.
An update to the Blackboard system is scheduled to take place from 6am on Tuesday 9th August 2016 and will involve a maximum of 48 hours downtime. During this time there will be no access to Blackboard courses or to its integrated tools (i.e. Turnitin).
Why is this happening?
Primarily the update is to ensure the system remains current and can continue to be supported, however any new features will be posted in the coming months.
When is this happening?
The update process is scheduled to take place from 6am on Tuesday 9th August to 6am on Thursday 11 August 2016.
What do I need to do?
At this point in time please make a note of this date in your diary and for those colleagues who have assessment deadlines or feedback due on these dates, please adjust these accordingly.
Further information will be posted in the coming months.
A series of events will be organised during the festival week to assist staff and collaborative partners in their use of the Blackboard VLE and in its related tools. It is the intention of this week to learn and share good practice and to address key issues which have arisen through student surveys in relation to the use of Blackboard. Delegates will have the opportunity to attend sessions which are of interest as this festival has a pick ‘n’ mix approach.
The timetable for the festival can be viewed here.
The festival will include sessions on:
Better Blackboard Design
And much more (details of which can be viewed here)
Turnitin has ended support for Internet Explorer 9 and 10
Statement from Turnitin:
At Turnitin, we are continually improving the experience of providing rich feedback on student work. As the internet, web browsers, devices, and Turnitin all evolve, Turnitin has followed the industry by ending support for Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and 10 (IE10).
Going forward, we will no longer test or fix features and bugs found only in Internet Explorer 9 or 10. This does not mean that Turnitin will suddenly stop working in IE9 and IE10, only that we can no longer guarantee full functionality long term. We encourage Internet Explorer 9 and 10 users to move to a current version of one of these supported industry standard browsers:
Welcome to the blog of the Learning Technology Team based at Canterbury Christ Church University. You can find out more information about the individual team members in the “About Us” section of the blog. Our various research and scholarly activities can be located in the “Publications” section if you wish to know more about what we get up to. We have recently launched an accompanying Twitter feed (@CCCUTEL) to support our social media engagement. Whilst individual team members have engaged in various social media platforms over the years either personally or professionally, it is the first time that the team have engaged with it collectively. So yes, we are a bit late coming to the party, but better late than never we say.
There were a number of reasons why we “arrived late to the party” and we were conscious that at some point we would need to engage with social media to support our students and staff, as well as raising the team’s profile in the wider Higher Education (HE) technology-enhanced learning (TEL) sector.
There is a tendency for people to jump into using social media because there is a perceived expectation that a) they should be using it, and b) they do not want to feel “left out” in some way. There are some big, and important, questions that need to be asked when considering using social media: What?, Where?, When?, How? and Who? It is these questions that were our points of reference as we began to adopt a more considered approach in our engagement with social media as a team. Suffice to say, we will be using this blog and the associated Twitter feed in the following ways:
Case studies, both internal and external, on how learning technology is being used;
Evaluation of software and/or mobile apps that support learning, teaching, assessment or productivity;
Promotion of learning, teaching, assessment and technology events (both internal and external);
Reviews of events attended, books or articles read, etc. relating to learning technology;
Signposting to resources relating to our tools (both internal and external);
Promotion of any research, publications and presentations that we have undertaken;
Service updates of our learning technology systems;
Communication and feedback (both internal and external);
Profiles and/or contact details of the LTT.
We hope to bring something a little different to the party. See you there!