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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 Similarity Report Checklist

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When enabled on Brightspace, Turnitin will generate a Similarity Report on assignment submissions. This Similarity Report is the result of a comparison between the text of the submission and the Turnitin database of billions of pages of active and archived internet information, a repository of works previously submitted to Turnitin, and a repository of tens… Read more » about Turnitin Similarity Report Checklist

Large file submissions via Brightspace

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As we approach another busy assessment period, just a reminder that the recent issue which was preventing students from uploading large file submissions to Brightspace has been fixed. The issue was only affecting students who were required to submit large files (typically media files) that were over 1.2GB to Brightspace. The size limit (per file)… Read more » about Large file submissions via Brightspace

Update to Intelligent Agents tool

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Intelligent Agents are a useful tool to track engagement on your unit and to send automated personalised communications to students.¬†Next time you use Brightspace’s Intelligent Agents tool you’ll notice a couple of improvements following a recent update: New user interface The Intelligent Agents tool now has an improved layout which uses expanding/collapsing boxes to economise… Read more » about Update to Intelligent Agents tool

Updated Groups tool guidance

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We’ve recently updated our online guidance on how to create groups in Brightspace to provide clearer instructions on the types of groups available, and the process of creating groups and allocating students to them. There are several options when setting up groups: manual allocation, random allocation, or allowing students to self-enrol. If you have a… Read more » about Updated Groups tool guidance

Getting Creative with Release Conditions in Brightspace

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In Brightspace,¬† Release Conditions can be used to trigger an event when a pre-set condition, or conditions, have been met. For example, an announcement could be released conditionally to students achieving a certain score in a formative quiz, offering generic feedback/feedforward suggestions to students within specified grade ranges. Release conditions are very flexible and can… Read more » about Getting Creative with Release Conditions in Brightspace

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

Brightspace UKI LT Connect meeting

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This month saw the inaugural meeting of the Brightspace UKI LT Connect group. Thanks to D2L (suppliers of Brightspace) for organising this group which brings together Learning Technology teams from UK HE Institutions using Brightspace. In our first meeting we enjoyed presentations from some of the attendees around different aspects of their VLE activities and… Read more » about Brightspace UKI LT Connect meeting

Updated resources on FLIEflix

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The FLIEflix portal signposts you to a range of help and guidance offered by FLIE using a boxset format which brings together our online support under recognisable themes. It’s a resource you can return to time and time again and we’ve recently added some updates. Education Enhancement Workshop resources You’ll now find a summary of… Read more » about Updated resources on FLIEflix

Creating Groups in Brightspace via bulk upload

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The Groups tool in Brightspace allows you to create and manage groups of students within a unit. Groups can be used with release conditions to control the visibility of communications and content, and also to manage how students interact for collaborative activities and assessment. But did you know that group information can be bulk uploaded… Read more » about Creating Groups in Brightspace via bulk upload