The issues we have had with Rosetta Stone in the past 24 hours has now been fixed.
Staff and students should now be able to access Rosetta Stone in the usual way. This will work in Minerva and via the mobile app.
If you do encounter issues then please contact the IT Service Desk.
Thanks for your patience and apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Learning Technologies Team
Following our summer upgrade, we have upgraded the web conferencing tool Blackboard Collaborate to the new and improved Ultra experience.
The Ultra tool makes it easier than ever to host online interactive sessions within your module. It includes audio, video, text chat, an interactive whiteboard, PowerPoint display, application sharing, breakout rooms, live closed captioning, polling and session recording.
What’s different about Ultra?
Compared to the former version of Collaborate, the Ultra experience entirely takes place on the web browser, therefore there’s no need to download a launcher.
Ultra will adjust accordingly for your internet connection speed, so even if you have a poor connection, you can continue to participate in a session.
For the best experience, use Chrome or Firefox as your browser, which allow application sharing.
Each module and organisation has an Ultra room which is always available as long as the module or organisation is available. You can set up individual sessions within these rooms, and provide students with a link in your module.
Lastly, the new Presenter role allows students to present in Collaborate Ultra without giving them full Moderator privileges. They are able to upload and share content, and raise or lower hands to facilitate questions and answers.
How do I start using Collaborate Ultra?
For further help on how to get started using Collaborate Ultra, visit our help pages for step by step guides.
Alternatively, join in on one of the web based sessions hosted by OD&PL which give a brief introduction to the tool. You can book via this link.
Modules for the 17/18 academic year will now show by default on the Teach tab in Minerva. 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 17/18 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 access them. We have a guide for that too!
And remember the 16/17 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 email@example.com.
We are configuring Minerva to allow users direct access to some key University services, such as email, without the need to login again.
From late August, you will be presented with a different login screen when you access Minerva. This will require you to login with your firstname.lastname@example.org rather than just your username.
Mobile Learn is no longer supported, and as of 1st August Blackboard have removed it from the Apple and Android app stores.
You can continue to use mobile devices via the browser when accessing Minerva, which is now more accessible on mobile devices.
We will continue to improve the mobile experience in Minerva in the lead up to start of term.
Minerva, the new Portal and VLE, is now live at minerva.leeds.ac.uk
It was an extremely busy day and we are grateful for your patience while we worked through some teething issues.
We will continue to add features over the next few months; please check our list of upcoming improvements.
For more information check out our introductory video:
The Module Rollover for 2017 has been completed.
All modules due to run in 2017/18 have been rolled over, with content copied from the previous year. Any new modules will be empty but have the standard VLE template.
Please note: Staff and Student enrolments have yet to be added to the new modules. We anticipate that enrolments will be added and maintained from some point next week. We will update you on our Blog: https://vleservice.wordpress.com, our mailing list, and our twitter feed. https://twitter.com/leedsvlesupport.