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Updates, announcements, and other items of interest from eLearning, Teaching and Learning Facilities (ITS).

Demo video for students – Otago Capture

We’ve made a very short video (about two and a half minutes) that demonstrates the main features of the new Otago Capture system from a student perspective.

Please feel free to show this video to students in any lectures or tutorials, and to upload it to the Capture section for any course. You can watch this video on Unitube here.

Alternatively, you can download a copy of the video using the following link:

Capture demo video for students Jan2018


Reminder: Blackboard Update on Monday 18th of December

On Monday we will be updating Blackboard. Blackboard will be unavailable from 9am until 5pm.

This update includes:

  • A new mobile friendly theme
  • A change to the Inline Grading Tool
  • Bug fixes and security updates

New Theme

The new theme will allow Blackboard to be more easily used on a mobile phone.  It also means we must turn off individual Course Themes.

Inline Grading Tool

The current Inline Grading Tool, Crocodocs, is being shut down in January and Blackboard are moving to the new Box View.  This change is completely out of our control and affects every institution using Blackboard.

Bug fixes

Some known issues that will be fixed with this update include:

  • Hotspot question inaccuracies
  • Needs Grading errors

If you want to see more about these features we’ve made a handy series of posts about the update.

Notes and bookmarks within Otago Capture

The new Otago Capture system will bring students the ability to make notes and annotations within the same system they use to view the lecture recordings.

Obviously, it has always been possible for students to take notes on their lectures. The advantage of the new note taking tools in Otago Capture is that they link these notes in a very direct and straightforward way to the course content they pertain to.

Each annotation is taken alongside a moment in the recording, and a timestamp for that moment is created alongside the note. When a student revisits her notes later, she can click on the accompanying timestamp for a given annotation, to go back to the precise moment in the recording that gave rise to her comment.

If no particular comment is required, the system also allows for users to create bookmarks, which highlight key segments for later revisiting. Both comments and bookmarks are illustrated in the screenshot below.

The view a student will have when taking notes alongside a lecture

These notes and annotations are easily collated and accessed from the Study Guide tab. Within this tab, a student can view her notes for any given lecture.

Student notes are private and can only be viewed by the student who took them. However, for analytics purposes, Course Co-ordinators will be able to see the number of words of notes a given student has taken (while not being able to access the content of those notes).

Since the entire point of this system is to group student notes alongside course content, these tools function best when used onscreen, within the Otago Capture application. However, if a hard copy or archival format is required, it is also possible for students to export their notes and bookmarks in a .txt format. This exported format does not include the course content, but does include all the work that the student has created, along with written (non-clickable) timestamps to provide the context.