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Blogs & Podcasts Update

Blogs & Podcasts will be updated on Thursday 28th June 9am – 12pm. This update includes improvements to several plugins and the core system. We are also removing some plugins that have become either insecure, defunct or they are no longer being used.

  • Plugins being removed:
    • Commentator Data
    • Simply Poll
    • Kimli Flash Player
    • SI CAPTCHA Anti Spam
    • WordTwit
    • WP Youtube Lyte
  • New Plugins added:
    • WP to Twitter
  • New features
    • Youtube embedding directly into a post or page
    • Privacy page

Youtube embedding

Now you can copy the embed code from Youtube and paste it directly into a new Blog Post, Otago Blogs will automatically embed it for you.

Privacy page

To comply with the EU’s GDPR you can now create a privacy page for your Blog or Podcast site.  This can be automatically created as a page in your menu.

Blackboard Update 2018

In late November 2018, Blackboard will be updated to a new version. This will result in an outage of Blackboard for approximately 3 days.  This update is still being worked on but some of the new features included are:

  • Assignment Submission Receipt email: Student will receive an email with a receipt of their assignment submission.
  • Security improvements and Bug fixes.

We’ll have more information about the Blackboard update later in the year.


Echo360 Academic Champion Grant

Echo360, the software behind Otago Capture, is offering a $3000AUD grant for an “Academic Champion”.  This is for Academic staff who are using Otago Capture in their teaching.  The grant includes:

  • 2 day workshop (incl flights, accomodation etc)
  • $3000 AUD to support adoption of Otago Capture within Otago
  • Registration, flights, accomodation for the annual Echo360 A/NZ Conference

Echo will have more information about the grant soon. But if you’re interested please contact the eLearning team or check out the poster below.

Academic Champion poster