Blackboard 9.1 Upgrade – Friday 17th Aug – Monday 20th!

Blackboard 9.1 will be upgraded from Friday 17th August 2018 (11:00 pm) until Monday 20th August 2018 (11:00 pm).

During the upgrade window the system will be unavailable, we therefore advise you to make some preparations to reduce any impact:

Students:

  • If you need to refer to online materials in your Blackboard course during the upgrade window, you can download those materials in advance to your computer, laptop, or mobile device.
  • If your course utilises recorded lectures and sessions you can download those recordings in advance of the weekend upgrade.  You can then watch these recordings on your computer, tv, or mobile device.

Staff:

  • If you expect you will need to view data from your course’s Blackboard Grade Centre you can download it to an excel file.  This allows you to view the data whilst Blackboard is unavailable;
  • If, during the upgrade window, you will need to refer to student submissions in Turnitin, you can download the files in advance for offline viewing;
  • If you need to refer to submissions using the Blackboard Assignment Feature you may download them in advance for offline viewing on your computer or mobile device.

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any questions regarding this, please email us at ltdsupport@edgehill.ac.uk

Blackboard 9.1 – Coming Soon!

Blackboard 9.1 will be upgraded from Friday 17th August 2018 (11:00 pm) until Monday 20th August 2018 (11:00 pm).

During the upgrade window the system will be unavailable, we therefore advise you to make some preparations to reduce any impact:

Students:

  • If you need to refer to online materials in your Blackboard course during the upgrade window, you can download those materials in advance to your computer, laptop, or mobile device.
  • If your course utilises recorded lectures and sessions you can download those recordings in advance of the weekend upgrade.  You can then watch these recordings on your computer, tv, or mobile device.

Staff:

  • If you expect you will need to view data from your course’s Blackboard Grade Centre you can download it to an excel file.  This allows you to view the data whilst Blackboard is unavailable;
  • If, during the upgrade window, you will need to refer to student submissions in Turnitin, you can download the files in advance for offline viewing;
  • If you need to refer to submissions using the Blackboard Assignment Feature you may download them in advance for offline viewing on your computer or mobile device.

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any questions regarding this, please email us at ltdsupport@edgehill.ac.uk

BOS is changing its name to Online Surveys

Since the migration of BOS (Bristol Online Surveys) to Jisc in October 2017, we have been busy updating our good practice guidelines and terms & conditions for Edge Hill users of the service. More information can be found on our wiki pages.

There has been an announcement from JISC that from March, BOS will be renamed to ‘online surveys’.

To reduce any unnecessary confusion to users the changes will be implemented in a phased way. These changes will start in the next few weeks with the aim to complete the changes by summer this year (2018).

These changes will not affect your surveys and the service website address and logo won’t change. For a short time, both names will be displayed on the website. This should reassure anyone visiting or using the service.

Over the next few weeks you’ll notice instances of ‘BOS’ being replaced with ‘Online Surveys’, and later website branding will be updated.

If you would like any further information please get in touch with the Learning Technology Team at ltdsupport@edgehill.ac.uk