Talis links in Blackboard – an update

Blackboard are still working on a patch to fix the issue which has affected course menu links to Talis.

In the meantime, Blackboard engineers have located all 2017-18 courses where the menu includes a link to a Talis reading list (these are the links which are currently broken), and made the links unavailable i.e. not visible to students.

This should help to to avoid student confusion, and removes the need for you to do this on your Blackboard course.

However, if you have not already done so, please do create a new working link from Blackboard to your Talis module reading list.

 

See this guide for instructions on creating a link to Talis from your Blackboard course.

 

Please note that the problem affects Blackboard courses where there is a single module reading list, with a link from the Blackboard course menu.

If your Blackboard course has multiple reading lists, or you have created links from Blackboard to specific sections of a Talis list, these links will be inside a Blackboard content area, and should not be affected by the Blackboard bug.

 

Please continue to update your reading lists for the 2017/18 session, and remember to publish all lists that are still in draft. Until published, a list can’t be seen by your students. For further information please contact your Liaison Librarian.

More Welcomes

…to our two new TEL Support Officers, Sev Raychev and Peter Moll.

These are new roles in the CQSD-TEL team. Along with TEL Applications Manager Andy Turner, Sev & Peter will be working closely with the TEL Advisors, and with IT, to help and support staff and students using all of the university’s digital learning tools – principally Blackboard and Turnitin.

Sev: Hi, I’m Sevastiyan (Sev) and I’ve been working at the University for a few months as an IT Support Analyst where I became familiar with the university’s systems. I have a BSc in Computer Science and am currently doing an MSc in Business Informatics part time.

I’ve previously worked at Aberystwyth University’s IT Department supporting their IT systems including Blackboard and Turnitin. I am very passionate about technology and education, so I am very excited to be here.

I look forward to working with all of you to make the most out of the technologies we have!

 

Peter: I have used virtual learning environments from different viewpoints.  My background of an Ancient History degree ironically prepared me for the role, using Blackboard as a student.  I have recently supported the Directors of Teaching and Learning within the School of Politics, Economics, and International Relations.  This has given me an overview and exposure to the university, as well as specific knowledge of Teaching and Learning processes.  I feel Sev and I will complement each other in our background and knowledge base.

 

Linking to your Reading Lists from Blackboard – action required

You will be aware that the Blackboard upgrade at the beginning of August introduced a bug which broke links on Blackboard course menus to Talis reading lists. Initially Blackboard seemed optimistic that they would have a resolution for this problem before the start of term. However, to date, no solution has been forthcoming.

With Welcome Week fast approaching, we wanted to ensure that Module Convenors were aware of the situation, and of the workaround which you can put in place to allow students to access their module reading list from Blackboard.

Please see this guide for instructions on creating a working link to Talis from your Blackboard course.

 

Please note that the problem affects Blackboard courses where there is a single module reading list, with a link from the Blackboard course menu.

If your Blackboard course has multiple reading lists, or you have created links from Blackboard to specific sections of a Talis list, these links will be inside a Blackboard content area, and should not be affected by the Blackboard bug.

 

Please continue to update your reading lists for the 2017/18 session, and remember to publish all lists that are still in draft. Until published, a list can’t be seen by your students. For further information please contact your Liaison Librarian.

New TEL staff – Jackie Fairbairn

Welcome!

…to our newest staff member Jackie Fairbairn,
our new TEL Advisor.

TEL staff Jackie Fairbairn

“Hello, I’m the newest member of the TEL team and I’m really looking forward to working with staff at Reading University.

Before joining the University I worked in FE colleges, as a lecturer in Creative Technologies and in a support role providing staff development sessions and mentoring PGCE students. Within these roles I covered a variety of eLearning tools; I have a particular interest in blended learning and deploying new technologies in the classroom.

I am keen to share the benefits of technology in learning. My degree is in Graphic Design and I started my career in education by working for an educational app provider, which sparked my interest in teaching and learning. Alongside working in the TEL department, I am completing a part-time MA in Education.”

Repositioning items within a course content area

If you want to rearrange folders or items within a course content page, you should be able to do this simply by dragging the item to the desired position – see How to rearrange content items on a page.

However, if you have a large number of items on the page, you may find that this is impossible to do. In which case you can use “keyboard accessible reordering” to place items in the desired position – here’s how to do it.

Issues with links to Talis from Blackboard courses

We have been made aware of an issue with links to Talis reading lists in Blackboard.

The issue affects Reading List links on the course menu – these are no longer pointing to the correct module reading list in Talis.

Blackboard are working on a fix for this issue. We do not have a timescale as yet, but we certainly hope to have the matter resolved before the start of term.

 

In the meantime

  • Please do not delete the Reading List link (if you do, you’ll need to recreate it once Blackboard have released a fix for this issue).

 

If you need to make the reading list available to your students before the start of term, you can

  • Create a link inside a course content area
    There is no problem creating Talis links inside course content areas (as you would do, for instance, if you need to link to more than one reading list for your Blackboard course).See Linking to multiple lists on the Library help page, or this guide: Linking to your reading list(s) on Blackboard.
  • Provide students with the URL of the reading list
    Go to your reading list in Talis, copy the URL, and paste this in as a Web Link in Blackboard (or paste it in an email).Talis URL

 

Apologies for any inconvenience, we will of course let colleagues know of progress in resolving this issue.

 

Update 5th Sep

Please see Linking to your Reading Lists from Blackboard – action required