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What's new and what's changed in MyBeckett?


1. Introduction

This guide provides an overview of recent changes to MyBeckett.


2. MyBeckett upgrade (August 2018)

This year's Summer upgrade took place between 20:00 BST Sunday 05 August 2018 and 16:45 BST Monday 06 August 2018. During this period we completed essential maintenance work for the MyBeckett portal and VLE.

A summary of new and updated features is available to watch in our webinar recording: MyBeckett - What's new and what's changing for 2018/19? This session also included information about changes to the reading list system, as well as digitisation.

New MyBeckett theme

After the Summer upgrade, MyBeckett will have a more modern look and feel, providing an improved experience for mobile users. We have also included a link to the University's privacy notice on the Staff Home tab and student Course tab, for increased transparency about how we use MyBeckett data.

New theme

Module availability icon

A new padlock icon at the top right of each module (next to the Edit Mode button) clearly indicates when a module is available to students. By default, your modules will already be available (the open padlock icon). 

We advise that you use this feature with caution. For example, if you change the availability setting whilst preparing module content, please make sure that the module is set to available (the open padlock icon) when you are ready to release content to students. More information is available in our module availability guide.

Module availability icon

Module home button

The module home button (house icon) has now gone from the navigation menu. Instead, you can click the module title (top left) to return to the module home page.

Old view:
Module home icon

New view:
Module title

Improvements to Grade Centre

Based on feedback, Grade Centre’s Total and Weighted Total columns are now hidden from students by default in most modules. We recommend that you always check Grade Centre settings due to the manual nature of this process. 

Columns with a red line icon mean that the marks/feedback are hidden from students. You can use the action link at the top of each column to change settings, as described in our guide to showing/hiding Grade Centre columns.

Hidden columns

Grade Centre training is scheduled for 04 September 2018 11:30-12:30. You can book a place on this session via People and Organisational Development.

Eesysoft module reports

Eesysoft is a data gathering and reporting system in MyBeckett. As of the Summer upgrade, this will be accessible to instructors by default via the Module Management menu. More information is available in our guide to getting started with Eesysoft.

Eesysoft

Eesysoft training (an introduction to learning analytics) is scheduled for 04 September 2018 13:30-14:30. You can book a place on this session via People and Organisational Development.

Improved Turnitin rubric set up and student experience

When creating a Turnitin assignment, you can now create and attach a rubric within the assignment settings. Please note, there may be a short (2 second) delay before you can select a new rubric from the drop-down list. More information is available in our guide to creating Turnitin assignments.

Rubric button

If you have attached a rubric to an assignment, students will be able to access this via the Submissions Inbox.

Student rubric

Clearer interface for editing Turnitin assignment dates

Where previously you had to click a pencil icon to edit Turnitin assignment dates, there is now a much clearer Edit Parts button at the top right of the Submissions Inbox. More information is available in our guide to editing Turnitin assignments.

Turnitin Edit Parts button

Improved Module/Course Group Manager & Communicator tool

In addition to sending announcements and emails to multiple modules/course groups, you can now use the Module/Course Group Manager & Communicator tool on the MyBeckett Tools tab to change availability, create a content item or web link in multiple modules/course groups.

More information is available in our module availability guide, upload a file guide, and create a web link guide.

Post Content

Chemistry notation support

The Content Editor maths tool now contains an embedded periodic table. You can access this via the fx button when entering text in a content item, for example.

FX button

Periodic table


3. Previous upgrades

Here is a list of some of the new or updated functionality released in previous MyBeckett upgrades.

Drag and drop file uploads

Since January 2018, a dotted line now indicates areas of MyBeckett where new drag and drop file upload functionality is available. This is a faster way of attaching files than browsing your computer for them one at a time. Note, if you are dragging and dropping multiple files, please ensure each file has a different name.

Drag and drop example

New Box View (Blackboard assignment viewer)

In January 2018, New Box View replaced Crocodoc as the online document viewer / marking and feedback interface for Blackboard assignments. Turnitin assignments were not affected by this change. You can find out more in our guide to New Box View.

New Box View example


4. Changes to portal tabs

We made the following changes to MyBeckett portal tabs in August 2017.

Staff Home tab

The Staff Home tab pulls together useful information based on your institutional role. This tab is only available to staff.

Support tab

The Support tab provides links to help and advice from services across the University, helping students find support when they need it. It is part of the Online Student Support Framework and replaces the Help tab.

Opportunities tab

The Opportunities tab provides access to resources that support students with career planning and decision making, as well as graduate, part time and casual job vacancies and volunteering opportunities through MyHub. It is part of the Online Student Support Framework and replaces the Employability tab.

IT tab

Previously known as the IT Support tab, the IT tab provides access to your University email account and useful information such as printing, PC availability, software and password management.


5. What about other learning systems?

In August 2017, the text matching, marking and feedback interface for Turnitin assignments changed to Turnitin Feedback Studio. PebblePad also updated to version 5 for all users, and a new Blackboard Instructor app replaced Bb Grader for iPhone and Android devices. 

You can find out more in our guides:



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