NOW FIXED Copied courses 2016-17: DO NOT set up new assignments yet!

NOW Completed – Assignment submission points have been deleted and you can set up new assignments.

Important information for staff who will have 2016-17 copied courses (after roll-over) and who want to set up Turnitin or Blackboard assignments in Blackboard.

Note: This notice only applies to courses that are being rolled over and have copied content on Saturday 30th July and Saturday 6th August.

After your courses have been rolled over and content copied, the Turnitin assignment points from last year’s course will still be present in your 2016-17 course. These still need to be deleted.

The deletion of the assignment points will take place in the next couple of weeks.

To allow this work to happen, until further notice:

  1. DO NOT create any new assignment submission points.
  2. DO NOT make changes to the Turnitin submission points copied over from last year.

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Course Rollover: Blackboard unavailable this weekend

The first phase of the annual Blackboard course rollover will take place this weekend, and Blackboard will be unavailable to users while this work is carried out.


We anticipate that the Blackboard service will be unavailable between 08:00 and 12:00 noon on Saturday 30 July.

However, the service should be considered at risk until 17:00.


From Monday 01 August, you will be able to see the 2016-17 Blackboard courses which have been copied forward.


Brand new modules will also be created in Blackboard at this time, and you will be able to use this form to Request enrolment on a course. Alternatively, administrators in the new Student Support Centres should be able to enrol you on any new courses.


Please note that standard RISIS modules and programmes are being copied this weekend. Non-standard courses such as Shared courses and Non-RISIS courses will be copied on Saturday 06 August.

Again, Blackboard will be unavailable between 08:00 and 12:00 noon on Saturday 06 August, and the service should be considered at risk until 17:00.


Please see the course rollover page on the TEL Blog for full details of the rollover process, and for advice on preparing your Blackboard course for use by students in the new academic year.

Writing academically! Closing the gap for new students

With an increased focus on academic integrity across the Higher Education sector and regular stories in the press about the availability of online services that facilitate plagiarism, the ability to help incoming students to understand how to write academically is becoming more important.

Turnitin recently hosted a webinar entitled ‘Mind the gap: Helping students make the step up from Secondary Education’ in which two UK academics talked about how to prepare and support the academic writing skills of students entering Higher Education. They have made a recording of the webinar available for you to watch!

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APPetite provides food for thought!

Appetite-introslideOn Thursday 7th July over 40 members of Academic, Administrative and Professional staff attended a new informal lunchtime staff development event called APPetite to discover, explore and discuss the use of mobile apps used in Learning and Teaching. At this attendee led event short talks were delivered by several attendees describing their use of apps, followed by an opportunity to try them out and discuss options with others.

The session format:

  1. Appetisers – Short talks by attendees.
  2. Meal Deal – Discuss, try out and ask questions about the apps presented.
  3. Sweet Treats – Share your thoughts, ideas and outcomes online.

See how the event unfolded on Twitter #TEL_APPetite

Explore the apps presented at the session on the collaboratively authored Padlet wall.

Thank you to our speakers:

  • Elizabeth Conaghan and Amanda Milmore (School of Law)
  • Stanimira Milcheva (Henley Business School)
  • Matthew Nicholls (Classics)

Our intention is to make this a regular lunchtime event during the next academic year, although we can’t always promise to provide the catering!

Want to join us next time? Watch out for details of the next APPetite session in the new academic year on the TEL CQSD T&L Programme page!


Reminder: Annual Blackboard Course Rollover – action may be required

This is just a reminder that course rollover will take place over the weekends of 30th – 31st July and 6th – 7th August.

And that, if you need to submit a request for your course to be copied forward for use next year, now is the time to do it.


What do I need to do?

Standard RISIS modules and programmes

If you are teaching the same course in 2016-17 as in 2015-16, and it is a standard RISIS module or programme – you don’t need to do anything to ensure that it is copied forward.

But just to be on the safe side, check if your course is listed on the Course Copy Status page.

If it’s not shown there, email asap.


Around 90% of Blackboard courses are standard RISIS modules and programmes, so most staff don’t actually need to do anything at this stage.


Other types of Blackboard course: Shared courses, Non-RISIS courses, and courses where the module code is changing

You need to submit a request using the Course Copy Request Form

Please do this no later than 15th July to ensure that your course is ready for the new academic year.


Full details of what to do in each scenario are on the Annual Course Rollover page of this blog,

and there’s a concise summary in tabular form here: Blackboard course rollover checklist

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Other questions staff have asked

Will links to online reading lists be copied forward?

If you had a published Talis Aspire online reading list for your 2015-16 course, any links to this list in Blackboard will be copied forward to your new 2016-17 course. You will have to go through a very simple process to make sure the links point to your 2016-17 reading list. Full details of what to do will be sent out when the new courses have been created, in early August, and are already on the Library’s reading lists guide for academic staff: Blackboard rollover FAQs / updating reading list links for the new academic year .

If you did not have a link to your online reading list in 2015-16 it is a simple process to create one for your 2016-17 course, see the Library’s guide for details:

N.B. Your 2016-17 list must be published before you link to it on Blackboard.


What happens to 2015-16 courses?

Courses from the current year are not affected at all by course rollover – they may be copied for use in 2016-17, but no changes are made to the 2015-16 courses. You should keep these courses set as ‘Available’ so that continuing students can refer back to course materials, and the feedback they received, in subsequent years.

The only changes you will see are on final year modules, as students’ IT and Blackboard accounts are disabled roughly one month after graduating. This has the effect of making the students invisible on the course, and in the Grade Centre. Please contact if you know that this will cause a problem for you.