My Dundee Blog

Turnitin error – incorrect late/unsubmitted notice

There is a current issue that Turnitin are currently investigating related to incorrect notifications. Students may either see a notice via email, activity stream, or directly through the Turnitin link that alerts them that they have not opened or submitted their assessment.  If the student launches the Assignment Dashboard, they’ll see their submission and the…

Distance Learning Forum Meeting Wednesday 18th November 2020

Dear All, Midway through the first semester, we hope this message finds you and yours all safe and well. We’ve decided to keep the DLF meetings to an hour as online fatigue certainly sets in. That said, if anyone wants to stay for a less formal chat after 3, Susie will be round till 3:30….

Notes from 13th October 2020 DLF Meeting

This is our first meeting for the academic year 20/21. We had a good turnout with attendees hailing from all different schools and services of the University.  Reading List – New interface The first half of the session was about the reading list and as you are probably aware, the library has upgraded the reading…

Turnitin currently down (resolved)

Final Update: The issue have now been resolved.  Due to an unexpected service degradation, users of Turnitin, Turnitin UK, iThenticate, SimCheck, Similarity and Originality, as well as those accessing the service via an integration, may have experienced issues receiving Similarity Reports in addition to slow report generation times. We are pleased to advise that service…

My Dundee monthly update (Ver. 3900.0.0)

Blackboard Learn, the platform that My Dundee is based on, was upgraded* to version 3900.0.0 last night. Key changes include (taken from Blackboard help pages): Embed Office 365 documents: In this release, students and instructors can embed Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files as well as Microsoft Stream videos from SharePoint into the rich text…

Collaborate Urgent Maintenance: Tonight, 00:00-04:00GMT

Blackboard will be performing system maintenance on Collaborate that may affect anyone using the service during this time. The work will be done over a 4 hour period between 0000hrs (midnight) and 0400hrs (GMT) (Friday 6th Nov 2020). IMPORTANT NOTE: We also strongly recommend avoiding using Collaborate Ultra throughout these maintenance windows due to the database maintenance…

Drop-ins are back!

We are aware that many of you have missed the drop-in sessions that we had to stop, in order to ensure that we could cover the significantly increased number of tickets in to Help4U.  We know that many of you found the Drop-ins valuable – and CTIL enjoys running them. We will be running them…

Using Blackboard Journals

It has recently come to our attention that Blackboard Journals don’t currently support more than 50 users (including enrolled staff members).  If you are currently using Journals and have more than 50 users on your course, please contact Help4U and include ‘FAO CTIL’. If you haven’t yet decided on a Journal tool, please look at…

Guest Post: Reflections on video presentation

Guest post Today, we welcome Anne Marie Greenhill, from the Academic Skills Unit, who’s sharing her experience of recording videos for students. Anne Marie is the Academic and Digital Literacies Officer – and works closely with students from a range of different courses.  Getting going with Video presentations Recently I read a meeting chat discussing…

Resolved: Turnitin Currently down

Update This is now resolved.  Original message Turnitin have issued the following status update:   We’re investigating a potential power failure in one of our data centers. Users accessing turnitin.com or turnitinuk.com may not be able to access these services.Users accessing these services via an integration may also be affected. We are currently working to resolve…