News and Updates

News of software upgrades or updates, along with any associated maintenance and downtime are shared here – and summarised on the planned maintenance and downtime page to help you keep track. Service issues that may prevent you from using a particular Digital Education System or functionality are also shared on this page, and on our Twitter account @DESystemsUoL, (you’ll find the latest tweets at the bottom of this page).

The official Twitter account for IT at the University of Leeds, @ITServicesUoL is also recommended for service status updates, along with their service status web page.

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Padlet has a fresh new look! Padlet has updated its Homepage (dashboard). Though it may look different most of the functionality remains unchanged. Users with a Padlet account will now be able to create folders to save their Padlet’s to, making it easier to find what you are looking for if you’ve got lots of…
The next phase of the Minerva upgrade project, focusing on improvements to teaching areas, has now begun. Find out more about the changes that are happening and the support available ahead of the 2022/23 academic year.
The Digital Education Systems website has now officially launched. It provides task-oriented help and guidance for staff and students on the use of digital learning and teaching systems and virtual classrooms.
Instructors are now able create direct links to assignments. The benefit of linking to an assignment directly is that a column within the Grade Centre is created automatically, and the due date appears in the activity stream for students.
The Digital Education Systems Update newsletter for September 2021 introduces new tools that have been implemented and summarises recent changes to tools and systems.
Mediasite Desktop Recorder will be retired on Friday 27 August and replaced by Mediasite Mosaic. This new application provides access to multiple recording options, and can also be used to bulk upload videos created in other applications to Mediasite. Colleagues are encouraged to start using Mosaic before Mediasite Desktop Recorder is retired – full instructions…
Mediasite will be upgraded on Saturday 28 August, between 12am and 4am. During this period the Mediasite Service should be considered at risk but users should still be able to playback recordings. Content uploads are not advised as they may take longer than usual to process. You may also need to reload the Media area…
Minerva will be unavailable from 5.00pm on Friday 6 August until Wednesday 11 August while upgrade takes place. Access to other University systems, such as Outlook, OneDrive and Student/Faculty Services, will be unaffected.
The University of Leeds has procured two new Digital Education systems to support students and staff; an ePortfolio system (PebblePad) and a Learning Analytics system (StREAM@Leeds). These systems will contribute directly to a completely refreshed approach to Academic Personal Tutoring at Leeds and help us to address attainment gaps, student retention and student success. Initial…
Leeds has chosen Solutionpath as its institutional provider for Learning Analytics. The platform will radically transform the Academic Personal Tutoring experience for both students and staff, providing more contextualised and nuanced student support. The five-year partnership, starting in early 2021, will support the delivery of our vision to enhance Academic Personal Tutoring as part of Leeds…