Blackboard Course Rollover 2019

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

This post is to provide advance notice that

Course rollover for 2019-20 will take place on Saturday 29th June

Blackboard downtime will be required, approximately 08:00 – 17:00 BST.

The process for 2019-20 will follow a very similar pattern to last year.

The default position is that any RISIS module or programme

  • which was used in Blackboard in the current academic year
    (i.e. in 2018-19)
  • and is scheduled to run again in the new academic year
    (i.e. in 2019-20)

will be automatically copied forward as part of Course Rollover.

The vast majority of Blackboard courses normally fall into this category.

There are some circumstances where course copying will only take place on request – this applies particularly to Merged and Supplementary courses.

Full details will be circulated shortly, once the Course Copy Request Form has been updated for 2019.

Blackboard Ally Road Tour visit and Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD 2019)

Thursday 16th May 2019 marked the eighth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion.

 

In recognition of GAAD 2019, the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team welcomed the Blackboard Ally Road Tour for a day of knowledge sharing. Members of the University were recorded discussing accessibility issues for broadcast at the 2019 European T&L Blackboard Conference.

Watch highlights from students and staff participating in the event:

Summary of the day

  • 30 UoR staff participated in a talk and an interactive workshop, exploring Universal Design for Learning. See #inclusiveRDG for coverage.
  • Round table discussions highlighted how the university is responding to challenges and opportunities presented by inclusive teaching practices.
  • UoR students and academic staff shared their individual experiences using assistive learning technologies and exploring digital accessibility in STEM subjects.

For more information or ideas on developing inclusive teaching and learning approaches, visit the CQSD Engaging Everyone webpages or browse the T&L Exchange for case studies.

Colleagues are invited to book a short Blackboard Ally consultation with a member of the TEL team. These 1 2 1 meetings provide an opportunity to discuss the online accessibility of your Blackboard teaching resources and receive support to make adjustments. Schedule your check-up via email: IT@reading.ac.uk