Announcements – important change

The new VLE comes with a slew of improvements and bug fixes however one change we are going to have to make is to remove the option to email announcements in the upgraded VLE.

The email functionality has been completely redesigned by Blackboard. Instead of module/organisation instructors selecting to email an announcement, it is a system-wide setting. This means we can either turn emails on for every single announcement posted, or turn it off.

We have been testing the new functionality for some months, finding various technical issues. These have not been fully resolved. In addition many Universities have reported load issues with this new functionality, meaning emails could be delivered late/not at all or the VLE could be very slow.

We are aware that this was a well-used function and will continue to investigate it over the Summer, raising our concerns with Blackboard, with a view to securing a change to this functionality in the future.

Remember – there is a separate Email tool in the VLE and this will remain on (accessible via the Control Panel).

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

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