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.
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.
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).
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
We have recently become aware of a minor issue when exporting marks from a Turnitin Assignment.
This issue only arises
- when using Google Chrome (but this is generally our preferred browser)
- for Turnitin Assignments which have a comma in their title
So there’s a simple solution: don’t use commas in the title of your Turnitin Assignments.
Strangely, other punctuation marks seem to be OK – it’s just commas which cause a problem.
Update: This issue has now been resolved
We have had a couple of cases recently where lecturers have changed the Post Date on a Turnitin assignment, and the student grades entered in Turnitin have then disappeared.
Although the marks were not irretrievably lost, this inevitably causes some anguish, and leads to a delay in the availability of marks to students.
Turnitin Support have advised us that “Anonymous marking assignment settings will not function correctly when post dates are being moved forward or back”.
So please avoid making any changes to the Post Date if your Turnitin Assignment was set up for anonymous marking.
If, as the Post Date approaches, you are not yet ready to make marks and feedback visible to students, instead of pushing back the Post Date, you could use Adaptive Release to temporarily hide the assignment from students.
Update: this has been resolved
From April 2016 Turnitin receipts have once again included the Paper ID
There is currently a technical issue which means that Turnitin email receipts (automatically sent to students when they submit their work) do not contain the Paper ID.
The email does contain details of the
- submission title
- date and time of submission
so is still proof of submission. However the Paper ID is the one unique identifier, and a vital piece of information if we need to raise a support call with Turnitin.
Turnitin are aware of the problem, and say that it will be resolved during their next maintenance window. But they have not as yet indicated when that is likely to take place.
While this problem persists, students are strongly advised to download a full receipt from Turnitin – instructions on how to do this can be found via the link labelled ’email receipt’ on the Support for Students tab in Blackboard.