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.

Information – Anywhere, Anytime!

HWU’s online services are readily available from your smart phone or mobile device.

Our website  is mobile-reponsive, so use your mobile’s browser to bookmark http://www.hw.ac.uk/students.htm , http://www.hw.ac.uk/staff.htm or other pages that you often use.

Setting up Student and Staff Email, Contacts and Calendar will let you keep you in touch, wherever you are.

To work in the VISION Virtual Learning Environment or access your Library Services, whenever you need to, download the free Blackboard Mobile Learn or LibAnywhere apps from the i-Tunes App or Google Play Stores.

VISION App – Blackboard Mobile Learn

At the start of this academic year Information Services augmented the updated VISION system by licensing the Blackboard Mobile Learn App for free download.

Usage statistics for the session show the popularity of this initiative; 7381 unique users have connected to VISION using the app.

Mondays have been been the busiest, with an average of almost 25,000 logins per day whereas Saturdays average out at 8,000 logins per day.

10:00-12:00 GMT is the busiest time of day, seeing 10,000 logins per hour whereas at 03:00-04:00 GMT, the average is around 900.

Roughly three quarters of accesses were from iPhones/iPads with most of the remainder from Android devices.

If you’ve not yet tried Blackboard Mobile Learn, find out more at http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Learn/Features.aspx and download it now from the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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