More summer updates: Turnitin and Panopto

Turnitin will be unavailable Saturday, August 5:

Turnitin will be undergoing essential maintenance and will be unavailable from 10am to 4pm EST.

Panopto will be unavailable Saturday, August 12:

A Panopto upgrade  will require downtime from 8pm to 11pm. During this time users will not be able to access recordings, and any attempt to upload from clients will result in a “Server unable to connect” message.

For Panopto Recorder users:

The Panopto recorder was recently updated. When users open the recorder, they should be prompted to update, but in case you aren’t, here are some download links:

Moodle has been updated to version 3.2!

The update mostly affects faculty, but students may notice some changes, like the Messaging and Notifications icons on the top-right. One more change is coming before Fall 2017!

I’m not getting Moodle emails! (Find out why and how to fix it!)

Since the college migrated users to Microsoft’s hosted Office 365 email solution, we’ve gotten quite a few reports of missing Moodle emails from students. Office365 is so “smart” that it’s attempting to filter your emails based on your preferences. So if you’ve deleted 10 past Moodle emails from your professor, then it “learns” that you find these emails annoying and starts to remove them for you. Maybe homework updates are annoying to you, a wonderful and always prepared student– but a class cancellation or relocation for the day? Missing that announcement is REALLY ANNOYING. Moodle is sending the emails, Office 365 is not delivering them.

So how can you fix this problem?

Our Office 365 team has made several efforts to contain this problem, starting with putting the email’s address on a whitelist. This brought back functionality for most users, but the “smart” Clutter  and Junk tools may continue to create barriers for you. Let’s climb over them together:

  • Turn Clutter off: If you can manage your emails on your own, without algorithms trying to guess what you want, just turn off this feature.
  • Turn Junk Mail off: You may see an uptick in unwanted emails, but you may be surprised to see things you’ve been missing, too.
  • Keep Junk Mail on, verify emails are “allowed”: Go to your Blocked Senders settings in email (open a new tab, log in to email, then click here). Verify that donotreply@blackboard.com is NOT in your blocked senders. Heck, go a step further and add it to your Safe Senders!

While it seems silly that every user should have to do this, not necessarily everyone is required to. This should help those of you who notice missing correspondence rectify that problem, but many users don’t have any problems at all.

If missing messages persist, contact help@kings.edu.

Update for Faculty: Moodle/Turnitin integration (good news!)

On 2-2-17 we had a service pack applied to our Moodle site. Part of this update is that Turnitin functionality for “old” Turnitin assignments has been restored! This is great news for those who may not have time to upgrade their assignments through the semester. However, we still strongly suggest faculty consider re-creating Turnitin Assignments using “Turnitin Assignment 2,” as support for the original plugin is likely to be discontinued in the future, though we’re not sure when. Isn’t it better to be prepared?

Go to “Add an activity or resource” and choosing “Turnitin Assignment 2.” Prompts are similar to the previous version, but one enhancement is due dates being set on the Settings screen, not a separate page.

For those interested in learning about the new integration, we’re hosting the following session through CELT:

A Newer Way to Turnitin
Academic & Instructional Technology Staff
Thursday, February 16 at 3:30 p.m.
Molewski Room, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center
Turnitin’s integration with Moodle was recently updated. Now that we’ve had some time to get to know it, we want to show it off and answer any questions you might have. This update introduces a much more streamlined assignment creation and editing process. There’s also better rubric management, e-raters that try to pick up technical issues, new “tutor” roles, and PeerMark online-peer-review functionality.

Welcome back and Moodle update

Welcome back from Winter Break! We hope your holidays were happy and enjoyable and you’re ready to get working on the Spring semester 2017!

If you have any courses missing, extra courses you dropped, students in your classes that don’t belong, trouble logging in, or anything else, contact us.

Moodle was also upgraded over break to 3.1. You may notice slight changes, but the major shift is assignment grading. Faculty may benefit from this short video.

Students will be able to view extensive feedback as part of their feedback process, as well.