Teaching a brand new module next year? How to get access to the course in Blackboard

Where you are offering a completely new module, the course rollover process does not apply, since there’s no existing Blackboard content to copy.

Any modules scheduled for 2016-17 in RISIS will automatically have Blackboard courses created in early August.

Staff teaching those new modules will need to place a request to be enrolled on the relevant Blackboard courses.

For completely new modules, please use this form: Request enrolment on a course

and include details of any other colleagues who need to be added to the Blackboard course.

 

Alternatively, your course administrator – in your School or in the new Student Support Centres – should be able to enrol staff to the courses, from August onwards.

 

As with any other RISIS course, student enrolments will flow through automatically from RISIS to Blackboard in the new academic year.

Blackboard course rollover: action required for 2016

 

Course Rollover is the annual process whereby Blackboard courses from the current academic year are copied for use in the next academic year.

2016-17 Calendar

Course Rollover is being streamlined this year, so that all of the course copying is carried out over two consecutive weekends:

  • Standard courses which are scheduled in RISIS to run in 2016-17  will be rolled forward over the weekend of 30th – 31st July.
  • Other courses (e.g. Shared and non-RISIS courses) will be rolled forward over the weekend of 6th – 7th August.

Blackboard will be unavailable to users while this work is being carried out – exact times tbc.

Please see below for actions which you should take to ensure that your courses are correctly rolled forward for use in 2016-17.

 

 

Is my course scheduled to be copied?

Please see the Course Copy Status page for a list of all courses which are currently scheduled to be copied forward – you can use the search box to find your course.

If your course is listed here, no further action is required to ensure that the course copying takes place.

 

 

Standard RISIS courses

i.e. Blackboard courses which are directly linked to a single programme or module in RISIS

If you had a Blackboard course (module or programme) linked to RISIS in 2015/16 and it is scheduled in RISIS to run again in 2016/17, the course content will be copied automatically as part of Course Rollover.

If your course is listed on the Course Copy Status page no further action is required to ensure that the course is copied.

If your course is not included on this list, please check with your course administrator that the programme/module has been correctly scheduled for 2016/17 in RISIS.

 

Modules with a new code in RISIS

If your module is getting a new code for 2016-17, and you want to copy across your current course content, please check the Course Copy Status page to see if the old and new codes are already listed there (e.g. we already know that AP2EM3-15-6A needs to be copied to AP2EM4-16-7A).

If your module is not listed there, please ask your course administrator to enter this information on RISIS by Friday 1st July.

After 1st July, please submit a request for content and staff enrolments to be copied from the current Blackboard course to the re-coded 2016-17 Blackboard course.

 

 

Shared courses

Shared courses group together enrolments from a number of RISIS programmes or modules, and have a Blackboard course code ending in SH.

Shared courses are not automatically rolled forward.

If you wish your 2015-16 Shared course to be rolled-over for the next academic year, you need to request this using the Course Copy Request Form.

Under ‘Type of Course Copy’ select Shared -> Shared, and specify the RISIS programmes or modules from which the Shared course enrolments will be drawn.

The deadline for this information to be included in the annual Course Rollover is Friday 15th July.

 

Non-RISIS courses

Typically these are used for the delivery of academic activities which are not recorded in RISIS, and have a Blackboard course code ending in NR.

Non-RISIS courses are not automatically rolled forward.

If you wish your 2015-16 Non-RISIS course to be rolled-over for the next academic year, you need to request this using the Course Copy Request Form.

Under ‘Type of Course Copy’ select Single -> Single.

The deadline for this information to be included in the annual Course Rollover is Friday 15th July.

 

Which parts of my course will be copied?

Please note – there are some changes from previous years.

In particular, Turnitin and Blackboard assignments will NOT be copied forward.

See the Course Rollover blog page for further details.

 

Further Help

Please read the information on this blog and, where appropriate, speak to administrative staff in your School for clarification. If you still have unanswered questions on the Rollover process, log them with it@reading.ac.uk

Press ‘Sync Grades’ to ensure the Grade Centre displays updated Turnitin marks

When staff use Turnitin GradeMark to mark student work, the grades entered in GradeMark should automatically transfer to the Blackboard Grade Centre (for assignments with Anonymous Marking, this should happen once the Post Date has been reached).

Sometimes this synchronisation does not happen automatically, and you have to use the Sync Grades tool – see Use Sync Grades to push marks into the Grade Centre.

If students’ marks have been changed in Turnitin as a result of moderation, we advise you to press Sync Grades to make absolutely sure that the updated mark is transferred to the Grade Centre.

 

To do this

  • Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Turnitin Assignments
  • Find the relevant assignment in the list
  • Click the Sync Grades link to the right of the assignment name.

Turnitin Sync Grades

Having done that, go back to the Grade Centre, and you should find that the same marks are showing in both places.

 

Please note, we are only aware of one case where  marks which had been changed in Turnitin were not automatically updated in Blackboard. But to be on the safe side, if marks have been changed in Turnitin, we would advise you to press Sync Grades before marks and feedback are released to students.

Choosing course roles in Blackboard

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Free stock image Pixabay; CC0 Public Domain

We have now updated our guide on course roles in Blackboard to cover what various roles can and can’t do in more detail. Different course roles have different levels of access to Blackboard areas and tools, so it is important to allocate the most suitable roles to those involved in teaching or managing a module.

It also describes the introduction of 2 new roles, one dedicated to External Examiners and the other for members of staff associated with the University through partnerships.

The guide also includes advice on choosing the right role for the type of access required. You can find this guide under the Course Management section of the Support tab or access it here:

NEW GuideCourse roles in Blackboard