Table of contents
- When is the upgrade?
- Temporary site information
- What’s new in this upgrade?
- What has changed?
- Where can I go for more information?
When is the upgrade?
UTSOnline will be unavailable from 6pm Wednesday the 15th of November 2017 to 6pm Thursday the 16th of November 2017 (AEDT) while Blackboard, the application behind UTSOnline, is being upgraded.
A copy of UTSOnline will be available on a separate temporary site for reference purposes during the upgrade.
Temporary site information
The temporary site will be a copy of UTSOnline taken on Monday the 13th of November 2017. The purpose of this temporary site is to allow students and staff to have continued access to subject materials while UTSOnline is being upgraded. Due to the date of the copy, it is recommended that subject materials in the temporary site that staff would like students to have access to, should be made available by Monday the 13th of November 2017.
A link to this temporary site will be included on the maintenance page displayed throughout the upgrade.
The following features will be disabled on the temporary site:
- Sending email from the temporary site
- Campus Pack
- Accessing the temporary site via a mobile app
Any changes made in this temporary site will not be stored and will be permanently removed following the completion of the upgrade. Therefore, staff are advised not to make content changes, or conduct assessments or marking in the temporary site. Staff who wish to enter grades during this time are advised to download the gradebook prior to the upgrade (or from the temporary site), then upload to the upgraded site after the upgrade is completed.
What’s new in this upgrade?
This upgrade will include bug fixes, and new features and enhancements that improve:
- Overall quality and infrastructure
- User experience including mobility, accessibility, and look & feel
- Efficiency and ease of use
- Assessment and grading
The following release highlights are delivered in the latest version:
UTSOnline theme with greater responsiveness
The Discussion Board is now responsive for hand-held devices if the contents of the posts themselves are responsive. Discussion participants can read, respond, and use other discussion features such as Post Rating from mobile devices.
Pages with tables, subject menus, and My Blackboard pages are better optimized for hand-held devices.
Drag and drop files
When Subject Coordinators create content items, assignments, and web links, they can quickly and easily drag files from their desktop to the “hot spot” in the Attach Files area. Students can drag files to upload when they submit assignments. The drag and drop capability has been added to the Content Collection, content editor, blog, journal, and portfolio features. If the browser allows, users can also drag a folder of files and the files will upload individually.
Course activity report enhancement
To better support subject coordinators with UTSOnline subject sites with a large enrollment of students, the Course Activity report can now be filtered to break down the calculations of student activity by groups.
Keep track of all student submissions, regardless of whether the attempt or assignment is deleted or the submission history is changed. A submission receipt gives students assurance about their work. Students can receive a notification email for each assignment attempt with information about the submission including attached files. Students can also access receipts at any time on the My Grades page.
Missing coursework reminders
Subject coordinators can send email reminders from Grade Centre columns to students and members of groups who have missing coursework. Students receive a system-generated email that lists the UTSOnline subject site, coursework, and the due date, if included.
What has changed?
To make UTSOnline more mobile friendly and accessible, all staff and students when they first login into UTSOnline after the upgrade will see a new My UTSOnline module page (see image below). The new module page will still allow personalisation. The modules enabled on the page are:
- My Subjects
- My Communities
- My Announcements
- What’s New
- Quick Links
Although changes have been made to the My UTSOnline module page, the upgrade version will still have a similar user interface to the current version of UTSOnline except where the new Faculty Templates are applied to improve the student experience.
Where can I go for more information?
If you have any questions regarding the upgrade, please log a UTS ServiceConnect request to the Learning and Teaching Systems team