What's New Spring/Summer 2017



It’s time to move your portfolios online! Blackboard Personal Portfolios tools lets you and your students create portfolio collections, which can then be shared with others. Use it to record personal and professional development or for online assessment.

Changes to Turnitin and GradeMark

Over the summer term we will be running a range of face-to-face and online sessions to introduce you to the new and improved version of Turnitin and GradeMark.

How does it help you? You get:

  • All the usual tools for creating assignments, marking and grading.
  • Multi-part assignments so students can submit more than one file.
  • A clearer view when grading.

UniLearn Drop-ins

Do you need a five-minute refresher on setting up online assignments? Or just want to discuss the possibilities of using technology to enhance learning and teaching? Learning Technologists are available to answer queries and chat about technology in our weekly drop-in sessions that run on all campuses – look out for the banner! Don’t forget: if you can’t come in person, join our virtual drop-in sessions with Blackboard Collaborate.

Collaborate with your students

Looking for better ways to communicate with your students outside the classroom? Collaborate Ultra is an online virtual classroom/meeting space which allows users to connect via audio, see each other via webcams, use a chat tool, collaborate on documents, view presentations, and more.

Collaborate Ultra is easy to use and it’s entirely browser-based so you don’t even have to download any extra software.

Digital Literacy Project

The digital literacy survey was completed last semester. Survey results showed that more than half our students say they understand things better when technology is used on their course. And 88% of staff see the relevance of developing students’ digital literacy skills in their discipline.
Interviews and focus groups were carried out to get a bigger picture about these results and what 'Digital Literacy’ means for everyone at USW. The results of these, and the entire project so far, will be available soon on the CELT website.