Staff: 15/16 modules and reminders for the new academic year

On the VLE homepage modules for the 15/16 academic year now show by default.  You can continue to access previous years’ modules by selecting the ‘Last Two Years or Everything’ box.

In preparation for the new academic year here are a few things you should consider, if you haven’t already:

Check your rolled over 15/16  module before you make it available to students. Remember there are some kinds of content which cannot be copied automatically and these are all listed in our rollover guide. You may have work to do.

Modules need to be made available to students so that they can see them. We have a guide for that too!

And remember the 14/15 modules are for last year’s cohort: you shouldn’t use those anymore.

Comments are welcome, however if you need help or advice please contact the IT Service Desk on tel (0113) 343 3333, or helpdesk@leeds.ac.uk.

Turnitin – scheduled maintenance Saturday August 15

Turnitin have informed us that the service may be intermittently unavailable during a maintenance period on Saturday August 15, 3pm-7pm.

They encourage Instructors to modify assignment due dates for either before or at least several hours after the scheduled maintenance window.

Turnitin have scheduled maintenance periods on the first and third Saturdays of every month, usually 3pm-7pm. Please bear this in mind when setting due dates.

Comments are welcome, however if you need help or advice please contact the IT Service Desk on tel (0113) 343 3333, or by email at itservicedesk@leeds.ac.uk

Turnitin issue with Email non-submitters function

Staff may notice a new option to email non-submitters within the Turnitin inbox.

This functionality does not work; students will not receive the email.

We have reported this to Turnitin.

Comments are welcome, however if you need help or advice please contact the IT Service Desk on tel (0113) 343 3333, or by email at itservicedesk@leeds.ac.uk

Survey Results Download Issue

We have unearthed a bug in the Blackboard Survey results download functionality in Blackboard – unfortunately introduced in the latest update.

When downloading the results of a Blackboard Survey from the Grade Centre in Google Chrome, the file downloads without a file extension.

The workaround is to rename the downloaded file with an appropriate extension:

.csv for comma delimited files
.xls for tab delimited files

This issue has been acknowledged by Blackboard as a software fault and will be remedied in a later update.

Comments are welcome, however if you need help or advice please contact the IT Service Desk on tel (0113) 343 3333, or by email at itservicedesk@leeds.ac.uk

Reminder: VLE unavailable Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th July

The VLE will be upgraded this summer during the agreed maintenance period:

Tuesday 14th July until late Thursday 16th July*

*Additionally, Friday 17th July may be used for upgrade contingencies if necessary.

While the VLE is being upgraded it will not be available, hence no content will be accessible.

Staff: Do not schedule formative or summative assessment or electronic assignment hand-ins through the VLE for the above dates (including the contingency day).

Students: Plan for the VLE downtime by retrieving material you know you will need.

Please do blog, repost and publicise this message widely, using the permalink to this post:

https://vleservice.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/vle-summer-upgrade-2015/