HWU Vision Upgrade – July 2018

Information Services are upgrading Vision this summer and making a move to a cloud solution (SaaS) which involves some system downtime (with a ‘read only’ version still available).
The essential planned downtime of Vision will be from 0:00 BST 13/07/2018 until 14:00 18/07/2018.
In the future, the University will benefit from (almost) no downtime when managing upgrades.

There will be no immediate change to the user experience for students and colleagues (We will continue to use Learn with the Original Experience) but the look and feel will be updated and the ongoing updates will improve user experience.

Deletion of old Vision courses

As part of the migration of Vision to the cloud, there will be a clean-up and deletion of old Vision courses some dating back to 2005.

The course IDs outlined below will be deleted during the migration on 13/07/2018.  It is an easy process to download the course files in a zipped package or move the files to another course. Instructions available on Blackboard Help.

Course IDs to be deleted:

  • _2005-2006
  • _2006-2007
  • _2007-2008
  • _2008-2009
  • _2009-2010
  • _2010-2011
  • _2011-2012
  • _2012-2013
  • _2013-2014

Apologies for the disruption and thanks for your patience.

For more information or any questions about the upgrade, please contact Caroline Dobson, Information Services.

Vision: Service Interruption 18th November 2017

Our Managed Hosting Company (Blackboard) will be performing essential maintenance at their datacentre in Amsterdam on Saturday 18th November 2017

This has been scheduled for

23:00 on 17/11/2017 to 05:00 on 18/11/2017 GMT

While Blackboard will keep downtime to a minimum, Vision will be unavailable at some time during the maintenance window, and should be considered to be at risk throughout.vision20171118

See System Status page for updates.

Free quiz – with prizes – for new students…

New students are invited to enter our FREE quiz in Vision.  It’s quick, it’s easy – and it gives prizes…

All you need do is explore the services we offer both globally and locally (on our website and on campus) and then answer 10 easy questions.

Last year nearly 1000 students took part (see New Student Quiz Winners 2016) – it would be great to break the 1000 mark this year.

Answer all questions correctly and you will be entered into a prize draw.  Three lucky winners will be drawn from the all correct entries for each campus.

The quiz is in Vision (our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)) in the Skills for Success organization.

  • Once you are fully enrolled you can log into Vision
    See the Student Guide to Vision for a quick overview of the VLE
  • All new students are automatically enrolled on Skills for Success.

To enter

  1. Log into Vision using your HWU UserID and password
  2. Click on Skills for Success
  3. Select New Students Quiz from the top of the menu on the left
  4. Choose the quiz for your campus

You can try the quiz as often as you like from 1st September to 30th September.  Your highest score will count.

Good luck!

Vision/Blackboard Webinars for staff

bbwebinarA new series of webinar training is now available for using Vision/Blackboard.

  • When: Ongoing recordings are available
  • How: Self enrol onto the Vision course: Bb Training Webinar Series

This series of webinar provides instruction on the essential features and functions of Blackboard Learn™ 9.1. (Vision).

Through a variety of activities, including hands-on exercises, participants learn how to organise and build a course online, monitor and assess student performance, and use communication tools to enhance interaction.

Throughout the workshop, participants discuss pedagogical principles related to online learning, along with best practices for teaching in both Web-enhanced and fully online environments.

The Webinar series covers three broad themes:

  • Course Design
  • Assessment
  • Connectivism

Live webinars will be recorded and added to the Bb Training Webinar Series course.

To Self Enrol:

  1. Login to Vision
  2. Click Courses tab
  3. Type Bb train into search box – Click Go
  4. Hover over Bbtrainweb – Bb Training Webinar Series – Click arrow
  5. Click Enrol
  6. Click Submit
  7. Click OK

That is it!  You are now enrolled and will see the Bb Training Webinar Series in My Courses

New Student Quiz winners 2016

We have had an excellent response to our new student quiz in Vision with a total of 970 students taking part across our 5 campuses: –

  • Dubai: 199
  • Edinburgh: 527
  • Malaysia: 204
  • Orkney: 8
  • SBC: 32

The prize winners – selected at random from the all correct answers – have collected their prizes of gift vouchers for local cinemas, food outlets etc.

Dubai campus

Edinburgh campus

Malaysia campus

Orkney Campus

Kapoe Jimenez, MSc Renewable Energy Development

Kapoe Jimenez, MSc Renewable Energy Development

  Scottish Borders Campus


We hope you found it a bit of fun, but also a useful introduction to the services and support offered by Information Services – and to Vision itself.

Thank you to everyone that took part.

Vision Service Interruption – downtime scheduled 7th October 2016

We have been requested by our Managed Hosting Company (Blackboard) to schedule 6 hours downtime to enable software updates to be applied to our Vision application.

This downtime has been scheduled to take place from

22:30 BST Friday 07/10/2016 to 04:30 BST Saturday 08/10/2016

Please note that the Vision service will be unavailable during this time.

visiondowntime.GIF

See the System Status page for updates.

Student quiz goes global…

Following on from the success of last year’s quiz for new students (see Vision Quiz Winners) we are running it again this year – but this time we have gone global giving students on all campuses the chance to take part while they explore the services we offer both globally and locally.

It’s quick, it’s easy – and it gives prizes…

Get all the answers correct and you will be entered into a prize draw with 3 lucky winners drawn from each campus.

The quiz is in Vision (our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)) in the Skills for Success organization.

  • Once you are fully enrolled you can log into Vision
    See the Student Guide to Vision for a quick overview of the VLE
  • All new students are automatically enrolled on Skills for Success.

To enter

  1. Log into Vision using your HWU UserID and password
  2. Click on Skills for Success
  3. Select New Students Quiz from the top of the menu on the left
  4. Choose the quiz for your campus

VisionQuizYou can try the quiz as often as you like from 1st September to 30th September.

Your highest score will count.

Good luck!

New! Vision Power Hour

A new Vision topic has just been added to the summer Power Hour programme.

Vision: Preparing a course for Semester 1 2016/17

This hands on session will focus on key tasks to prepare your Vision course for the start of the year.

After this session you will be able to:

  • Highlight course goals and objectives
  • Enhance content presentation
  • Update course content

Date/time

  • Wednesday 31 August from  1000 – 1100
  • Friday 16 September from 1400 – 1500

Venue

Teaching room in the Edinburgh campus library.

Book your place

You can book your place on a workshop at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Places are limited to 10 delegates per session.

Summer Power Hour Programme

There are still a few spaces on some of the August Power Hours already advertised.

  • Introduction to Office 365
  • Introduction to OneDrive
  • EndNote
  • Discovery

Full details at Power Hours

Vision update

The Blackboard software upgrade was completed successfully giving us accessibility and security updates as well as bug fixes.

The functionality of the system remains the same but the user interface has been given a cleaner, more modern look.  You’ll notice this the next time you use Vision.

blackboardupgrade1

If you have any queries please contact ithelp@hw.ac.uk

Vision upgrade – 25th June 2016

Blackboard, the software which underpins our VISION Virtual Learning Environment, will be upgraded on Saturday 25th June between 1 am and 2 pm BST (you can check your local time at http://bit.ly/28Jy5rA)

Vision will be unavailable during this time.

Times at our campuses are

Campus Start Time End Time
UK 01:00 BST 14:00 BST
Dubai 04:00 GST 17:00 GST
Malaysia 08:00 MYT 21:00 MYT

 

Benefits of the upgrade will include: –

  • Accessibility updates
  • Bug fixes
  • Improved User Interface
  • Security updates

If you have any queries please contact ithelp@hw.ac.uk

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