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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. 

In August 2019 we have moved MyBeckett to a SaaS deployment option of Blackboard, so future updates and enhancements will be applied more frequently, with zero downtime.

Also, we are working on improving the guides to make them more user friendly, such as links to other guides (purple text) are to open in a new tab and reducing the length of the guides. 

2. MyBeckett updates and improvements

Plus Icon Theme

Where possible, we have applied a three column layout to portal tabs so that it is easier to view content without scrolling.

2019/2020 theme

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

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

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

No buttons

Plus Icon Announcement

Within modules and course groups, the announcements tool now has options at the top right which enables students to toggle between Institution and Module announcements. This provides a convenient way for students to keep up to date with news from the University. 

2019 annoucement toggle

Plus Icon Cloud Storage File Upload

In addition to the drag and drop file upload functionality, there is a new Browse Cloud Storage button that enables you to sign in and upload files from your accounts. Please note that your University OneDrive account can be accessed via the OneDrive for Business option.

2019 cloud storage

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 Home Button

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

Module title

Plus Icon 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

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 Improved 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

Plus Icon 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

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

Post Content

Plus Icon 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

Plus Icon Drag and Drop File Uploads

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

Plus Icon New Box View Blackboard Assignment Viewer

Box View is an online document viewer and integrated marking and feedback interface for Blackboard assignments (Turnitin assignments were not affected by this change) check out our guide to Box View.

New Box View example

3. 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.

4. Other digital learning tools

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Page last updated: 05/02/2020

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