News and Updates From 2020

February

Below you can find a list of some of the updates applied to MyAberdeen since January:

Ultra Course View 

  • Group self-enrol: students can now change between self-enrol groups themselves, whithin the specified enrolment period.

For a comprehensive list of all the updates and fixes applied to MyAberdeen, please visit the Blackboard Learn Ultra page. 
 

Known issues 

None at the moment.

January

Panopto

Panopto has been updated to version 8, which came with some of the following features:

  • Embed configuration options: ability to customize size of an embedded video and modify options such as autoplay and start time
  • PowerPoint and Keynote slides download: PowerPoint and Keynote slides can now be made downloadable within the interactive. This feature is opt-in and needs to be turned before it can be used

 

MyAberdeen

MyAberdeen update delayed until February.

News and Updates From 2019

December

Below you can find a list of some of the updates applied to MyAberdeen since the November release: 

Ultra Course View 

  • Course-level groups: groups created at course level can now be re-used within assessments and discussions 
  • Multiple answer prompts: the prompt for multiple choice and multiple answer questions is now the same, so as to not give students unintentional clues 
  • Grade pill colour: for the student view there is now the option to turn off the grade pill colour. The colours are still visible in the instructor view. 

For a comprehensive list of all the updates and fixes applied to MyAberdeen, please visit the Blackboard Learn Ultra page. 
 

Known issues 

There are some know issues we would like to draw your attention to, and on which Blackboard are currently working on: 

  • Some students might receive Overdue notifications for assignments they have already submitted. We are trying to identify why this is happening, so please forward any such student queries to eLearning. 
November

Below you can find a list of some of the updates applied to MyAberdeen since the October release: 

Ultra Course View 

  • Empty learning modules removed: the empty learning module that appeared on a blank course is now removed. This caused issues with users accidentally creating a learning module when trying to add other content to their courses. 
  • Document description: Ultra Documents now have a Description box which can be populated. Populating this can improve the student experience and prevent any unnecessary clicks. 
  • Assessment settings panel update: The previous Done button in the Assessment settings panel has been replaced by two buttons: Cancel and Save. This should improve the experience of using these settings and makes it clearer as to what will happen when exiting the settings panel. 
  • Error message when deleting: three new error messages have been added to provide more details as to why users cannot delete some items. 

For a comprehensive list of all the updates and fixes applied to MyAberdeen, please visit the Blackboard Learn Ultra page. 
 

Known issues 

  • When trying to submit to Turnitin, some students are receiving the following error message: Invalid or missing state.  See the Turnitin quick guide for troubleshooting advice. 
  • Some students might receive Overdue notifications for assignments they have already submitted. We are trying to identify why this is happening, so please forward any such student queries to eLearning. 
October

Below you can find a list of some of the updates applied to MyAberdeen since the September release: 

Ultra Course View 

  • Bulk download submissions: it is now possible to bulk download submission for Blackboard assignments 
  • Decimal points for assessments: the option to assign decimal points is now available.  
  • Regrade questions in question pools: this change now allows users to regrade individual questions within a question pool.  
  • Select all and clear all questions for question pools: the option to select all and clear all when using questions from a question pool is now available. 

For a comprehensive list of all the updates and fixes applied to MyAberdeen, please visit the Blackboard Learn Ultra page.

Known issues 

  • When trying to submit to Turnitin, some students are receiving the following error message: Invalid or missing state. See the Turnitin quick guide for troubleshooting advice. 
  • Some Turnitin assignments in Ultra might display the following error message: The membership service failed to initialise Error fetching memberships URL. If you see this error message please contact the eLearning team. 
  • Some students might receive Overdue notifications for assignments they have already submitted. We are trying to identify why this is happening, so please forward any such student queries to eLearning. 
September

Below you can find a list of some of the updates applied to MyAberdeen since the August release:

Collaborate

  • You can now create Collaborate sessions in Ultra courses before you open the course to students. This allows you to pre-schedule sessions in your course at any time
  • Attendees can now get a browser pop-up notification when someone joins or leaves a session 

Original Course View

  • If you delete a course folder that contains graded items with no attempts, then the corresponding columns are also deleted from the Grade Centre

Ultra Course View

  • Needs grading: In order to help the grading process in Ultra Course View there is now the option to filter by Needs Grading. Within the Gradebook, click on an assignment to see all the submissions made and use the new Filter option to display only the submissions that need grading. This option does not currently appear for graded discussions or group submissions
  • Group self-enrol: group assignments and discussions now have the option to use self-enrol groups

For a comprehensive list of all the updates and fixes applied to MyAberdeen, please visit the Blackboard Learn Ultra page.
 

Known issues

There are some know issues we would like to draw your attention to, and on which Blackboard are currently working on. We will update this once these issues have been fixed, so remember to check back:

  • No major known issues at the moment
August

Below you can find a list of some of the updates applied to MyAberdeen since the July release:

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

  • Renaming session files: files uploaded into a Collaborate session can now be renamed, by going to Share Files in the Collaborate panel, opening the File Options menu of the files needing renamed, and then selecting Rename File
  • Sharing/saving content in breakout groups: files can now be shared with one or more breakout groups. Sharing files this way will display the first slide/page in the breakout group. Group files can now also be saved back to the main room.
  • Default recording name: default session recording names are now numbered sequentially, so they can be found more easily. Recordings can still be renamed.
  • Browser pop-up notifications: previously, moderators or presenters that were sharing a file or an application within a Collaborate room were unable to see new chat messages popping up. This can now be enabled by each individual user, allowing browser chat push notifications to alert them of new messages in the session, even when the application is minimised. This is not selected by default, and each user needs to tick the box to allow browser push notification from their browser’s settings tab. In Chrome for example, a pop-up appears at the top of the screen, next to the padlock where the URL is.

Ultra Course View

  • Show answer options in Ultra Assignments/Tests: it is now possible to decide if students see the answer to questions that were answered incorrectly. Answers can now also be hidden until all students complete their submissions. This new option can be found in the Assignment/Test Settings panel, just below Anonymous grading
  • Question pools: you can now add question pools to Ultra course areas, which allow students to receive different sets of questions to answer. This is similar to the random blocks and question sets functionality in Original courses. Questions can be added to pools from all existing tests, assignments and question banks in the course.

For a comprehensive list of all the updates and fixes applied to MyAberdeen, please visit the Blackboard Learn Ultra page.

Known issues

There are some know issues we would like to draw your attention to, and on which Blackboard are currently working on. We will update this once these issues have been fixed, so remember to check back:

  • Performance of Ultra Course pages: some users are experiencing poor loading time performance when accessing their Ultra Course, with some course areas taking 1-2 minutes to fully load. This issue has been reported to Blackboard, who are currently trying to provide us with a fix. ** A workaround has been provided in the meantime: when working in the Ultra Course View, trying to keep folders and learning modules closed when not needed, as the entire page has to be loaded and this can cause delays.
     
July

Below you can find a list of some of the updates applied to MyAberdeen over the last few months:

Base Navigation

  • Grid Views: from the Courses and Organisation pages, you now have the ability to view the page as either a list or a grid, where banner images are displayed. 

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Ultra experience

  • Student preview: student preview is now available in Ultra Course View.
  • Improvements to the gradebook: grading workflows now support the ability to filter based on merged courses. If your course area is a merged one, you will now be able to filter your students in the Gradebook based on which child courses they are coming from.
  • Individual feedback for group assessments: you now have the option to provide students undertaking group activities individual, and not just group feedback.
  • Parallel grading: double, parallel grading is now possible within Blackboard Assignments. 
  • Question banks: this new feature allows instructors to import question banks in Ultra Courses, including question pools that have been exported from Original courses. As with any conversion from Original to Ultra, any question types that are not supported are dropped during the upload process. Access to question banks now appears under Details & Actions on the course content page.
  • Panopto: our lecture capture software has now been fully integrated into the Ultra Course View. Help on using this new functionality can be found in the Panopto Quick Guide on Toolkit.

For a comprehensive list of all the updates and fixes applied to MyAberdeen, please visit the Blackboard Release Notes page.

Known issues

There are some known issues we would like to draw your attention to, and on which Blackboard are currently working on. We will update this once these issues have been fixed, so remember to check back:

  • Performance of Ultra Course pages: some users are experiencing poor loading time performance when accessing their Ultra Course pages, with some course areas taking 1-2 minutes to fully load. This issue has been reported to Blackboard, who are currently trying to provide us with a fix.