Blackboard 2016 Update Complete

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What happened?

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:

  • Thread-to-Thread navigation in discussion boards
  • Delete Assignment option in the Turnitin Assignments area (please consult your Faculty Learning Technologist before use)
  • Improved screen-casting with Kaltura using the new CaptureSpace Lite tool
  • Video quizzing option using Kaltura

What do I need to do?

No action is required from you. However, should you wish to find out more information about these changes, please visit the ‘Help’ tab within Blackboard.

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Blackboard Update 9th and 10th August – a date for your diary!

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What is happening?

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.

If you have any questions in the meantime please contact your Faculty Learning Technologist.

CCCU Blackboard Festival 2015 – Coming to a campus near you!

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Thursday 28th May – Wednesday 3rd June

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:

  • Screencasts
  • Better Blackboard Design
  • Flipped Classroom
  • And much more (details of which can be viewed here)

Sign up to sessions is based on a first-come-first-served basis, so book your place now!