Posts By: Tim Galling

Mahara scheduled maintenance – 13 September 2022

The Mahara ePortfolio system will be unavailable on 13 September 2022, 08:00 to 17:00 whilst essential maintenance is being completed. Please note that this date has been moved back from the previous planned date of 6 September. If you have any queries or concerns please contact the IT Service Desk. +44 (0)1202 965515 Freephone: 0808… Read more » about Mahara scheduled maintenance – 13 September 2022

Changes to how you log in to Mentimeter

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Please note that on Friday 9th September we are making a change which may affect how you log into Mentimeter. This change will mean that all Mentimeter accounts registered to BU email addresses will be authenticated via SSO, so that you’ll sign in with your BU IT account. Most staff will already be signing in… Read more » about Changes to how you log in to Mentimeter

JISC Learning Analytics training

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Following on from earlier messages and information about the BU Learning Analytics pilot we are pleased to confirm the implementation of the extended pilot.  All Level 0 and Level 4 programmes are in scope in Semester 1 2022-23 academic year, with the opportunity to use the following features:  Attendance capture – Checkin   Unit reporting  Student engagement reporting   Learning Analytics is intended to give students… Read more » about JISC Learning Analytics training

Retiring the Brightspace Chat tool

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The Chat tool is one of the older Brightspace tools and offers very basic chat functionality which has since been surpassed by other synchronous communication tools like Zoom and MS Teams. A specific flaw in the tool means that when you join a chat you cannot see any messages that have been raised previously so… Read more » about Retiring the Brightspace Chat tool

Panopto Lecture Capture cloud service downtime

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Panopto will be updating their cloud service on Saturday, 25 June 2022. This will result in up to 4 hours of downtime to the Panopto Cloud site – starting from 22:00. During the downtime, you will not be able to view videos on the Panopto site (or via Brightspace). You will also not be able to… Read more » about Panopto Lecture Capture cloud service downtime

New curricular units on Brightspace for 2022/23

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The new curricular units for 22/23 will be available on Brightspace to staff from Tuesday 19th July. This will be accompanied by guidance and support on unit preparation for the next academic year. If you need to start preparing your unit materials in Brightspace prior to 19th July then we recommend that this is done… Read more » about New curricular units on Brightspace for 2022/23

Turnitin service temporarily unavailable today – 11:00am to 12:00pm (1 hour)

The Turnitin Feedback Studio and Originality Report service will be unavailable due to emergency maintenance on Wednesday 6 April from 11:00am to 12:00pm (1 hour). During this time you will not be able to view and mark student papers in the Turnitin Feedback Studio or view Originality Reports. Submitted papers will still be available to… Read more » about Turnitin service temporarily unavailable today – 11:00am to 12:00pm (1 hour)

MUSE is on the way

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What is MUSE? The Mid-Unit Student Evaluation (MUSE) is a survey designed to encourage students to reflect on their progress to date and feed back on their learning experience, including views on any summative or formative feedback received during their current unit. This information enables tutors to incorporate any necessary enhancements moving forward, therefore adding… Read more » about MUSE is on the way

Enhanced microphones in the Fusion Building and Poole Gateway building

As a part of the Audio-Visual (AV) Project to enhance IT provision in teaching spaces we have recently upgraded the microphones in Fusion Building seminar rooms and Poole Gateway PC labs to improve the audio quality for recording and delivery of hybrid sessions. The focus of this work is to ensure the students have the… Read more » about Enhanced microphones in the Fusion Building and Poole Gateway building