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My first Wikipedia article

During the week, I attended a highly interactive workshop during the week in the Engine Shed in Stirling, lead by Sara Thomas, the Scotland Programme Coordinator for Wikimedia UK. While aimed at public library staff, I wasn’t the only person from a University there.

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Updates to Feedback Studio (Turnitin)

Those of you who are observant, may have noticed a new slider button at the bottom of Feedback Studio. Turnitin have recently introduced a new high resolution view of the students paper, but this does mean it’s a larger file size, so you may find disabling the high resolution useful for papers that are loading slowly. However, using the high resolution may find the papers are clearer and easier to read. Turnitin’s release notes have more about this, and other recent updates. One of the main recent updates was improving the speed of opening quickmarks for review/edit after they have...

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Webinars from Blackboard

Blackboard (the software powering My Dundee) run webinars covering a range of items of interest to users. In the past, these tended to be aimed at support teams, however, they have now started to run some aimed at those who work directly with the learners. There are 2 series that are running in the next few weeks. Collaborate A series of 10 webinars over 10 days, looking at many aspects of getting the most out of Collaborate to support students. More information and register on Blackboard’s website Accessibility Global awareness of accessibility A day to think, talk and learn about inclusive education and digital access. More information and register on Blackboard’s...

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Recent Turnitin Issues.

As some staff have noticed, Turnitin has had a number of short lived, but annoying, periods of down time recently. They have published a  letter from the CEO, looking at the recent issues and, more critically, what they are doing to mitigate issues in the future. In particular they have said: During this peak grading season, we have stringently limited updates to our offerings. Our top priority is a reliable user experience. We have convened a Task Force to: Analyze the recent interruptions and map the specific features and functions that have been unavailable to our customers at these times. Review the policies and procedures around the detail and amount of information we provide around service interruptions. Update our change management procedures to ensure optimal alignment with academic calendars and our customers’ needs. We are committed to providing more transparent incident reviews and root-cause analysis, including a new and improved Turnitin Status page. This means that educators and students will have a more rigorous understanding of what features and functionality were affected by an interruption. In addition to the Turnitin Status page above that they have linked to, you may also like to subscribe to email updates (link on status page), and/or to follow @TurnitinStatus on...

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