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

1. Introduction

We want you to be kept informed of any changes and updates, we have provided various ways that you can find this information:

This What's On & What's New guide provides an overview of recent changes to MyBeckett, you can also find support and guidance via:

'MyBeckett News' Email

The Digital Learning Service send regular staff newsletters via email, you can access back issues below for your convenience.

Via the Training tab in MyBeckett

Quickly access:

  • Guides
  • Webinars
  • Enrol up for Self-Paced Learning Modules
  • Check out the Featured Guides and Videos on popular topics.

2. MyBeckett Newsletters

3. MyBeckett Updates & Improvements

Plus Icon Annotate: Blackboard Assignment 

Annotate is the new marking and feedback interface for Blackboard assignments released in August 2020. (It does not affect Turnitin assignments which will continue to use Feedback Studio). 
Please visit our Get Started with Annotate guide to find out more about the new feature. 

Plus Icon Cloud Storage (OneDrive) File Upload

1. Attach files to Content
a. Adding content has been simplified, there are several improvements for accessibility, updated tool icons and other new features. View the Content Editor guide to find out more.

b. Attach items to Content via your Staff OneDrive for Business account as an alternative to 'Browser My Computer' which is a quicker process if you are already using Microsoft 365 to create resources.

2. Blackboard Assignment Submissions

There is a new Browse Cloud Storage button that enables students to attach files from their student OneDrive.

Please note: that students will access this via the OneDrive for Business option.

3. Drag and Drop

Drag and Drop file upload functionality; 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).

2019 cloud storage

Plus Icon Eesysoft Module Reports

Eesysoft is a data gathering and reporting system in MyBeckett, 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.


Plus Icon Grade Centre

Based on feedback, 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

Our new MyBeckett theme has enabled us to reinstate options on the global navigation menu at the top right of MyBeckett, including My Marks

2019 global navigation menu

Plus Icon 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.

Plus Icon 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 guideupload a file guide, and create a web link guide.

Plus Icon Module Home Button

Click the module title (top left) to return to the module homepage.

Module title

The option for customising the module and course group navigation menu style.

Change the homepage to open on Welcome page visit this guide.

You can change the colour of the text and background of the module menu (example below)

No buttons


Plus Icon Turnitin Assignment

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

Plus Icon Turnitin Rubric Setup 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. [NB: Do not change Post Date when Rubrics are attached due to a known issue of feedback being lost]

Student rubric

4. Quick Guide to Portal Tabs

Plus Icon Library and IT Tabs
Library and the IT tab include how to content video guides (Library tab) and a new three column layout that makes it easier to find content without scrolling. IT tab provides access to your University email account and useful information such as printing, PC availability, software and password management.
Plus Icon Staff Home Tab
The Staff Home tab, which pulls together useful information based on your institutional role. This tab is only available to staff.
Plus Icon 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.
Plus Icon 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.

5. Other digital learning tools

You can find out more in our guides about Turnitin. PebblePad, Mobile apps and tools:

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Page last updated: 09/02/2021

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