Blackboard upgrade postponed

We’re sorry to say that, with very little notice, Blackboard cancelled the upgrade which had been due to take place yesterday. This is because they had discovered a new bug, which was deemed sufficiently serious to put the success of the upgrade in jeopardy. No doubt determining the cause of this bug, and resolving the issue, will now be an absolute priority for Blackboard. However, until we know more about the likely timescales, we are unable to reschedule our upgrade.

In the meantime, our plans for course rollover are unaffected, and this will take place as scheduled on Saturday 8th July.

Blackboard Course Rollover: a reminder of actions required – and an interactive model

What is Course Rollover?

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

This year Course Rollover will take place on Saturday 8th July 2017

 

Read on for a summary of how Rollover will work for your course, and what action (if any) you need to take.

Or, if you prefer a more visual approach to this, please check out this interactive model of your rollover options.

Course Rollover model

With thanks to Jonathan Rajadurai, Analyst Programmer (TEL) in the IT TEL & AV Team.

 

What action is required?

Blackboard courses linked to a single RISIS module or programme

The default position is that any RISIS module or programme

  • which was used in Blackboard in the current academic year (i.e. in 2016-17)
  • and is scheduled to run again in the new academic year (i.e. in 2017-18)

will be copied forward.

The vast majority of Blackboard courses fall into this category.

 

If a course you are teaching or supporting meets these criteria, and you are happy for the 2016-17 course to be copied forward, NO ACTION IS REQUIRED AT THIS TIME.

 

You can check that your course is scheduled to be copied by searching the Course Copy Status page at https://www.reading.ac.uk/blackboard/bbcopy/Home/Status

Courses included in the forthcoming Course Rollover will display as SCHEDULED – AUTO.

 

If your course is not shown here, please check:

  • was the course used in Blackboard in 2016-17?
  • is the module scheduled in RISIS for 2017-18? (your programme administrator can check this for you)

 

What if I don’t want my course to be copied?

If you would prefer to set your 2017-18 course up from scratch, perhaps with a new menu structure, and uploading only the specific content you need for the coming year, IT will provide you with a blank course shell.

An opt-out form is available for staff who do not want their 2016-17 course to be copied forward.

DEADLINE: 1st July

Please note that this opt-out form is only accessible to staff who are identified in RISIS as Module Convenor for 2017-18 modules.

 

Other options

What if the course did not run in 2016-17?

What if my module has a new code in RISIS?

What if I am teaching a completely new module?

 

Shared Courses

Shared Courses are not copied forward by default.

If you are responsible for a Shared Course in Blackboard and you want it copied forward for use in 2017-18, please use the Course Copy Request Form. Under ‘Select Type of Course Copy’ select Shared -> Shared, and make any changes required.

DEADLINE to be included in the main Course Rollover: 1st July

 

Non-RISIS courses

Non-RISIS Courses are not copied forward by default.

If you are responsible for a non-RISIS Course in Blackboard and you want it copied forward for use in 2017-18, please use the Course Copy Request Form. Under ‘Select Type of Course Copy’ select Single -> Single, and make any changes required.

DEADLINE to be included in the main Course Rollover: 1st July

 

 

What is copied during Course Rollover?

Course content and staff enrolments (Instructors, Teaching Assistants and External Examiners) will be copied as part of rollover.

In addition all staff identified as a 2017-18 Module Convenor in RISIS will be enrolled on the corresponding Blackboard course.

full details of what is and is not copied

 

 

For more detailed information on Course Rollover, please see the Course Rollover page on this blog.

 

If you have any queries, please log them with the IT Service Desk.

 

UoR TEL feature in an article in Blackboard’s eLearn magazine

UoR TEL staff, Maria Papaefthimiou & Lauren McCann, and Dr Angelique Chettiparambil-Rajan from Real Estate & Planning feature in an article about TEL at the University of Reading recently published in Blackboard’s eLearn magazine.

Photo of Angelique, Maria & Lauren

Linked to presentations given by these staff at Blackboard’s Teaching and Learning Conference held earlier this year at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, the article discusses how we engage academics with TEL here at the university and touches on REP’s experience of piloting a department-wide move to online submission, e-marking and e-feedback.

For further info about the conference and a summary of keys findings, please see this blog post.

TEL Fest 2017 – Booking is now open!

TEL Fest logo

 

Bookings for TEL Fest sessions are now open! (This event is for University of Reading staff only.) 

*Please see the link in the Details & Booking section at the end of this email for full descriptions of the ‘gigs’ (sessions) and booking information.*

TEL Fest

TEL Fest is designed in large part (though not exclusively) to help academic staff make the most of technology to enrich teaching and learning. (Administrative staff may also be interested in some of the sessions.) A series of bookable sessions, and something a little different from our TEL staff development provision during the year, it draws on expertise from colleagues across the University and external speakers, and comprises a range of TEL-related demonstrations, practical workshops, a roadshow and sharing/showcase sessions. Whether you come along to one or many ‘gigs’, and regardless of your previous TEL experience, the festival has been developed to ensure that you leave both inspired and equipped with the skills you need to enhance your current practice.

The Programme

Here’s how the final festival programme (and catered lunchtime ‘fringe’) shapes up:

  • Tuesday 11 July

Telling TEL Tales and TEL Tapas: A taster session. What are they doing elsewhere with TEL and Blackboard? Examples of interesting & innovative practice at other institutions (Steve Hoole, Blackboard)

Mixing it up with an OOC: Lessons from our Open Online Courses for designing blended learning and maximising student engagement (the OOC team)

Lunchtime ‘Fringe’: TEL Roadshow

Blackboard Bootcamp: Whip your Blackboard course in to shape! A practical workshop to help you develop your Blackboard module (Steve Hoole, Blackboard) 

  • Wednesday 12 July

Electronic Management of Assessment – Programme overview, progress and initial deliverables! (Emma Mayhew & EMA team)

1. ABC Curriculum Design workshop. A rapid-design workshop useful for new programmes and those being reviewed and changing to a more blended format, with links to the Curriculum Framework initiative (Clive Young & Natasa Perovic, University College, London)

Lunchtime ‘Fringe’: Show and TEL –  A forum for academics to share how they’ve used an aspect of technology enhanced learning in their teaching

2. ABC Curriculum Design workshop. Repeat of morning’s rapid-design workshop useful for new programmes and those being reviewed and changing to a more blended format, with links to the Curriculum Framework initiative (ADE/TEL staff along with Clive Young & Natasa Perovic, University College, London)

  • Thursday 13 July

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (Live Online Classroom): Launch & Early Adopters Showcase– Official launch of this new online collaboration/live online classroom tool and tales, hints and tips from our early adopters (Lauren McCann, Adam Bailey & early adopters)

An introduction to using webinars for teaching and Learning using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (Adam Bailey & Angela Buckingham)

Lunchtime ‘Fringe’: APPetite – Sharing apps for teaching & learning

Play a video and BoB’s your uncle! Using TV and radio programmes from Box of Broadcasts (BoB) to enhance teaching and learning (Markeda Cole, Learning on Screen)

Details & Booking

Book to come along to one, a few or all of the ‘gigs’ – whatever best suits you!

For full details of each of the sessions (in chronological order) and to book, please visit: https://www.reading.ac.uk/cqsd/TandLEvents/CQSD-TELEvents.aspx

All sessions are capped at 40 participants, except for Blackboard Collaborate: Using webinars for teaching & Learning (Thurs 13 July) which, for logistical reasons, is capped at 20 on this occasion. If the session you require is full and you are unable to book a place, feel free to email cqsd-tandl@reading.ac.uk to be added to a waiting list.

Please feel free to get in touch directly with me if you have any questions about this event – I’ll be happy to advise.  

Countdown: 5 weeks ’til TEL Fest – TEL your colleagues!  

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TEL team recruiting! Job vacancies – June closing dates

We are recruiting to several new Technology Enhanced Learning posts within the Centre for Quality Support and Development. These offer an exciting opportunity to join a recently established team who are building on the development of strategic pedagogical and technological initiatives within the institution.

We are looking to appoint:

  • TEL Advisors (1 permanent, 1 maternity cover) £29,301 to £38,183 Closing date: 21st June
  • TEL Support Manager (permanent) £29,301 to £38,183 Closing date: 15th June
  • TEL Support Officers (1 permanent, 1 fixed term) £23,879 – £28,454 Closing date: 23rd June

Please read the job descriptions to find out more and make an application at: https://jobs.reading.ac.uk/ .