Some great news to mark the end of the week… the Computer Centre (in collaboration with the LTT) managed to successfully install a patch to resolve the group blogs issue yesterday.
Hopefully that means we will get lots more people blogging now (just as I am currently doing!)
Have a great weekend all… and let’s hope the weather continues to improve
Thanks to a few eagle-eyed students who noticed an issue with the Group Blogs tool in Blackboard Learn, we now have a patch available to fix the issue!
The good news is we can (with the help of the Computer Centre) get this installed tomorrow.
This means that Blackboard Learn will be down between 7-9am tomorrow (11th April). Hopefully you won’t miss it too much
We will update you after it’s back.
You may have noticed a difference in Blackboard Learn this Valentines day as we have launched a new theme!
To find out more about the exciting new changes that this offers, take a look at our guide
You’ll be using a more modern interface, with controls appearing when you need them rather than taking up valuable screen space. The new design is also more in keeping with other Brunel sites and resources…
We’re pleased to say we’ve resolved the issue with Blackboard that some students were experiencing. Access should now work as normal – thanks for bearing with us and apologies for the inconvenience!
Some students are currently experiencing issues with their modules not appearing in Blackboard.
We’re working hard on resolving this as I type this, so please bear with us and we apologise for any inconvenience! I will update this blog when the problems are resolved…
Today, we launched a new tool for staff to help themselves develop their own skills using Blackboard Learn. Members of staff at Brunel logging in to the VLE will see a new tab at the top of the screen – the ‘Help Me LTT’ tab.
Here you can find training session times, one page guides and other resources, and learn more about how the LTT can help you develop your skills in enhancing your teaching with technology. Take a look!
I hope that 2013 is already living up to even your wildest expectations.
I wanted to share some survey results with you, and then give you a couple of links you can use to help some of our own research students here at Brunel, as well as have your voice and thoughts on technology at Brunel, and Blackboard in particular, heard.
We recently asked what our users – staff and students – thought of the Blackboard Mobile app. Up to now, we’ve had 1832 responses, which is a decent sample! 1448 of those users have downloaded the Mobile app.
Of those 1448, 76% think the app is either very useful or useful.
Only 9% deem the app ‘disappointing’. I think this says a lot about the choice we made to invest in the Mobile app to enhance the VLE we had just put in place.
Two research students here at Brunel, who have worked closely with us to understand how the project has progressed, are offering staff and students the opportunity to provide their views and inform the research.
If you are a member of staff, click here to take a staff survey, set up by Latefa Bin Fryan.
The student equivalent is here.
Alison Bulbeck is running some focus groups and would love to get students involved: if you’re interested in finding out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently planning how best to take forward the new features available to us in Service Pack 10 so watch this space for some exciting developments!
Yet another guest post from me (Anu, Learning Technology Team)… (I could get used to this!!)
So, now that we have Service Pack 10 in place, here is a reminder about some of the new features and tools that are available…
- better access to notifications, updates and tasks across your set of modules; you’ll find all of these in one place, rather than having to go to each module individually
- better reporting on how a cohort has performed in tests and quizzes over time
- more opportunities to run University-wide surveys and evaluation; we can also set up surveys and share them
- an updated text and equation editor
- some improvements to test questions and other minor changes
There are some additional social networking options available in Service Pack 10 which should be released soon. Watch this space for further information!
Anu from the LTT here, writing a guest post to let you know that the new and improved Blackboard Learn is back up again. We have spent the last few days working hard to upgrade to Service Pack 10… that too 72 hours ahead of schedule!
It is worth noting that the service remains ’at risk’ until 6th January, but it is back to normal service from Monday 7th January onwards.
The Computer Centre and the LTT have been working hard to get the upgrade completed as soon as possible, with minimal disruption to our users, so thanks to all for their hard work
We are wrapping up for the Christmas break so I hope all our students and staff have some great time off.
Remember that we’ll be making the VLE unavailable from Wednesday 2nd January through to Friday 4th, with an ‘at risk’ service over the weekend, before normal service resumes on Monday January 7th.
This is so we can provide you with our gift of Service Pack 10- take a look at my previous post for more details.
We have had some students point out that they’ll be preparing for exams and assignments during the week of the 7th- the best thing to do is to download any materials you will need from the VLE to your own devices. Because the system will be down for staff too, nothing new will be added between the 2nd and 4th.
As such, the content in the VLE on January 1st (and in many cases, the content in Blackboard right now, actually) is a perfect snapshot if how it’ll look in the morning of the 7th.
In future, our winter upgrade will take place late in December; this year, special events like the Olympics pushed term dates back a bit.
Happy holidays and see you next year!