Turnitin Service downtime and Announcement Changes – Tomorrow

Turnitin Service downtime

We would like to remind all users that Turnitin will be unavailable tomorrow (Wednesday 14th February) from 08:00 – 08:30.  Turnitin papers cannot be submitted, accessed or marked during this period.

The downtime will fix some long standing bugs, most notably an ordering issue when viewing assignments by groups.

Minerva will be available during this period and all other Minerva functionality is unaffected.


Announcement Changes

We will also be making some changes to announcements in Minerva tomorrow to improve the user experience.

Announcements without an end date will be updated with an end date. Any announcements that already have an end date will be unaffected by the change.

Full details on the changes can be found in our blog post from 2 weeks ago.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.

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

Changes to announcements in Minerva

On Wednesday 14th February we will make some changes to announcements in Minerva.

You may have noticed that there are ordering issues when accessing announcements via the link on the Minerva home tab. This is partly because there are thousands of announcements without an end date in Minerva, some going back as far as 2008.

To improve the user experience we will be making the following changes to announcements in modules and organisations that don’t currently have an end date. Any announcements that already have an end date will be unaffected.

Changes will be made based on the academic year as defined in Banner.

  • 2015/16 and older will be made unavailable, effective 14/02/18.
  • 2016/17 will be made unavailable as of 14/03/18, unless the module is in a non standard part of term and is currently ongoing, or hasn’t begun.
  • 2017/18 announcements added prior to 14/02/18 will be unaffected.
  • All announcements (made from 14/02/18 onwards) will automatically have an end date of two weeks time added, unless one is already specified.

Note: The announcements won’t be removed, only made unavailable. Staff with editing access can make the announcement available again by specifying a new end date and time.

Turnitin – Downtime 14/02/18 08:00-08:30

Turnitin will be unavailable on Wednesday 14th February from 08:00 – 08:30. The downtime will introduce some bug fixes, most notably an ordering issue with viewing assignments by groups.

This means papers cannot be accessed or submitted/marked during this period.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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

Minerva Portal and VLE – Downtime

Minerva will be unavailable on Wednesday 24th January from 07:30 – 08:30 for essential maintenance work.

The Minerva Downtime page will provide links to other key University systems, but there will be no access to VLE resources during this time. Please plan ahead by retrieving material you know you will need.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Drop In Sessions

Do you have a question about how to use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to deliver your online events?

Feel free to ‘drop-in’ any time on any of the dates below where facilitators from Learning Technologies and OD&PL will be online to answer any questions you have on the use of Collaborate Ultra.

The sessions are more suitable for colleagues who have already attended the online workshop “Stepping into Collaborate Ultra: Facilitating Online Learning”, or for colleagues who have some experience of delivering online events and may be migrating from another platform (such as Adobe Connect).

When:

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 12:00 to 13:00
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 12:00 to 13:00
  • Tuesday, March 06, 2018, 15:00 to 16:00

The session link is available here.

Joining the Session:

Using Chrome or Firefox as your browser, launch the session from the session link above.

Take a look at the guide on getting started with Collaborate Ultra and access the test room to configure your audio before the session.

Please ensure you have an appropriate headset available as you will be expected to ask your question using audio.

It might take a few minutes to join the room so please be patient. For technical issues please email itservicedesk@leeds.ac.uk or phone 0113 343 3333. We look forward to meeting you online.