New Ultra Base Navigation (Staff)

Ultra Base Navigation provides a new way to navigate Weblearn and access global tools. There will be no change to modules or content.

Module Request Form

The module and course site request form has moved and is now available via the Institution page:

Notifications

As default you will receive notifications for all activities on Weblearn. If you find you are receiving too many notifications you can choose which notifications you would like to receive or switch off.

Managing Module Page

Modules are grouped by term and listed in alphabetical order within that term as default. The modules page provides new features so users can locate modules more easily. The new features include:

  • Search box: enter the module code or name to locate a specific module
  • View modules in a Term: use the dropdown menu to select the term you would like to view the modules for
  • Favourites: select the star icon on the module page to move the module to the top of the modules list.

Assessments: Student Activity Report

The Student Activity Report is available for Weblearn Assignments, Tests and Discussion Boards (Turnitin is not included). It provides an insight into the assessment including overview information and details about individual student performance.

Access the report from the options menu on the assessment:

The report allows you to view when a student opened an assessment, started submitting and the time the submission was completed.

Module/Organisation Banners

Customise your module or course site by adding a banner. The banners are visible in two locations in Weblearn, on the Modules page in the tile view, and on the module entry page.

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New Ultra Base Navigation (Students)

Base Navigation offers a more modern, intuitive navigation that provides quick access to the most critical information from across all Modules. It creates a more engaging, efficient, and enjoyable experience for students.

Activity Stream

The Activity Stream will keep you up-to-date with changes and updates in your modules. This could include new content being released, new announcements or discussion board posts, or new activities for you to complete.

The activity stream lists all your system notifications.

screenshot of activity stream

Notifications

As default you will receive notifications for all activities on Weblearn. If you find you are receiving too many notifications you can choose which notifications you would like to receive or switch off.

Managing Module Page

Modules are grouped by term and listed in alphabetical order within that term as default. The modules page provides new features so users can locate modules more easily. The new features include:

  • Search box: enter the module code or name to locate a specific module
  • View modules in a Term: use the dropdown menu to select the term you would like to view the modules for
  • Favourites: select the star icon on the module page to move the module to the top of the modules list.
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Summer Weblearn Update

On Wed 30 June at 4:30pm Weblearn will be updated to incorporate the Ultra Base Navigation (UBN).

UBN delivers the information you need, the way you want it. The most critical information from all your modules and organisations is right at your fingertips. With a modern design, timesaving tools, and the ability to take action with one click – the Ultra Base Navigation will help you save time and stay on top of what’s important.

What will the change look like?

The current Weblearn Home page will be replaced by a menu on the left that allows you to access essential functions in one click.

screenshot of activity stream

You’ll find all of your modules and organisations under links on the new menu

When you access a module, it will open as a layer over the new Ultra Base Navigation menu. Everything in the module will be exactly the same as on our current Weblearn version.

screenshot of original module

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Blackboard Ultra

We’re updating Weblearn to incorporate the new Blackboard Ultra Base Navigation this summer (exact date tbc). This new navigation has a sleek, modern look and feel and will save you time with simpler workflows and easier access to important information. 

What is the Ultra Base Navigation?

It is a modern, intuitive navigation menu that lives outside of modules. It includes links to new pages such as the Activity Stream, Calendar, Messages, etc. that provide quick access to the most critical information consolidated from all your modules.

What does this mean for me?

  • Your modules will not change. They will look and operate exactly as they do now
  • Once Base Navigation has been enabled you will see the new navigation as soon as you log into Weblearn
  • The Weblearn start page will be replaced by the ‘Activity Stream’ showing all recent activity on your modules and course sites
  • Your modules will be available on a ‘Modules’ link in the new navigation menu

How will this enhance your efficiency and experience?

  • Works well on mobile devices. This navigation is designed to work well regardless of which device you’re using.
  • Aggregates important information. All your module and organisation information – like calendar, messages and grades – is now consolidated into one global view, minimizing the time spent navigating into each individual module.
  • Only one click away. See something that needs your attention? Just click on it and you will be taken directly there, minimizing clicks and saving time.
  • Communication. A new messages tool will become available, allowing students check all of their Weblearn messages from a central page. This is a great new tool for users who are less likely to check their university email
  • Piloting Ultra Module View. Interested staff will be able to pilot Blackboard’s new module interface, the Ultra Module View.

Will I be affected by downtime?

The upgrade will take hours rather than days. It will be scheduled for an evening or weekend slot after the main teaching and marking period for this year is over.

Once you access the upgraded version, the first page you see will be the activity stream and all modules will appear on the ‘Modules’ tab. Your modules will be exactly the same as before, so there is no need to get your head around new functionality or tools immediately.

What will the change look like?

The current Weblearn landing page will be replaced by a menu on the left that allows you to access essential functions in one click.

screenshot of activity stream

You’ll find all of your modules and organisations under links on the new menu

When you access a module, it will open as a layer over the new Ultra Base Navigation menu. Everything in the module will be exactly the same as on our current Weblearn version.

screenshot of original module

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Weblearn Upgrade 27-29 June 2020

Weblearn will be unavailable from 1am on Sat 27 June until Mon 29 June as we move to the most up-to-date version of Blackboard Learn.

Weblearn downtime – 27th to 29th June

The work will start at 1am on Sat 27th and should be completed by Mon 29th June. Weblearn will be unavailable to users during the upgrade. We will aim to make the system available again as soon as possible on Monday.

What is included in the yearly upgrade?

As part of the upgrade, Weblearn is moving to a cloud hosting platform called Blackboard SaaS (Software as a Service).

No more downtime for upgrades!

Applications need to be upgraded regularly to get access to improved or new functionality and to make sure they remain secure. Since updating a large application like Weblearn takes a fair amount of time, we currently need 2-3 days downtime to apply an upgrade.

Once we’re on SaaS hosting, upgrades can be applied throughout the year in small increments without the need for 2-3 days downtime over summer.

What else is changing?

The upgrade consists mainly of bug fixes and security updates, and Weblearn will look the same as before.

Grading Weblearn assignments – moving from Box View to Annotate

On June 22nd Blackboard will change the current Inline Grading tool for Weblearn Assignments (not Turnitin) from Box View to a new tool called Annotate. Annotate will provide improved functionality and all pre-existing annotations created through Box View will be migrated and visible in Bb Annotate.

View the full Bb Annotate infromation

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Bb Annotate for Weblearn Asignments

On 22 June Weblelarn Assignments (not Turnitin) will transfer to Bb Annotate, the new inline grading tool provided by Blackboard. The transfer will take a few days to complete and you can continue to access and work on assignments during this period.

An example submission in the annotate view

Annotate was created in partnership with institutions across the globe and it will replace the Box View grading tool. The new customisable feature set includes:

  • Selection of document view settings
  • Comments (similar to the Turnitin Bubble Comments)
  • Annotation tools such as free hand drawing, shapes, highlighter pen, customisable stamps/images and text
  • Content library of reusable comments
  • Search feature
  • Print or download annotated submissions
  • Various colour selections, and more.

More information

Frequently asked questions



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Collaborate Ultra Common Questions

Troubleshooting

View the Blackboard Troubleshooting page

View the Collaborate Ultra Session Best Practices page





Collaborate sessions






Recordings




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Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is available to all students and staff as part of Office 365. Teams offers a secure platform for online collaboration where students can share files, chat, hold web conferences and collaborate on documents simultaneously, making Teams an ideal solution for projects and group work.

Instead of your students migrating to a social network such as Facebook or Whatsapp, they can use Teams for online collaboration which means they won’t have to share their personal details with their peers or a third party outside the universities jurisdiction. Microsoft Teams encompasses all the key features of a social platform in a secure location.

Microsoft teams logo

Get started with Teams by entering your full username in the ‘Get Started’ box at https://teams.microsoft.com/start

Staff: username@staff.londonmet.ac.uk
Students: username@my.londonmet.ac.uk

Training and how to guides are available on the Microsoft website, or you could use LinkedIn Learning to view the Teams Essentials Training course (Tip: use the Contents list to skip through each section).

Watch the Teams overview video

The below scenarios are examples of how Teams could be used at this university.



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Resources and support for students

Weblearn Staff Help (login required) contains a collection of centrally managed resources for students which provides guidance on online submission, using the university IT systems, creating assets for projects and submission and more. These resources have been put together so they can be shared with students across the university without the need for them to be redeveloped for each course.

Below we have listed some examples of the resources available through Weblearn. If you can’t find what you are looking for on the Weblearn pages, maybe LinkedIn Learning could help!

IT Induction information

The IT Inductions area contains information, not just for new starters, but on common tasks students will undertake during their degree. Examples include:

Weblearn specific information

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Student FAQs

Students frequently use Weblearn to complete tasks and access their learning materials and there are some common questions which come up time and time again. We have put together a list for staff and a list for students to answer some of these common questions.

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