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News of new developments across Digital Education Systems, software upgrades or updates, along with any associated maintenance and downtime are shared here - and summarised on the Downtime and Maintenance 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 can also get these updates directly to your inbox by subscribing to the mailing list.

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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Improving the accessibility of the site

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Frequent visitors to this site may notice it looks a little different following a recent update focusing on improving
the browsing experience for users with visual impairments.

Turnitin Inbox Display Issue

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There appears to be an issue with the page trying to resize inbox columns when it is above a certain pixel size. Colleagues may see the inbox window rapidly flickering and will be unable to unable open any of the submissions.

Turnitin known issue - Inbox sync error message 26/9/22

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There is a known issue affecting the roster sync of students between Minerva modules and the Turnitin assignment inbox. Staff may see the following error message when attempting to open the assignment inbox. "The membership service encountered some errors. Click here for details Error fetching memberships URL" The issue may affect assignment in modules where...

Top Hat Downtime 25/09/22, 02/10/22, 09/10/22

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Top Hat has scheduled maintenance on the following dates and times: September 25, 2022 from 06:00am - 09:00am GMT October 2, 2022 from 06:00am - 09:00am GMT October 9, 2022 from 06:00am - 09:00am GMT During this maintenance window, Top Hat will be unavailable to all users.  If you have any questions please contact the...

Minerva Monthly Update - September 2022

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The September update to Minerva introduces new features and improvements to existing functionality with a focus on assessment and accessibility features.  New features  Assessment Grade overrides are now included in Grade History downloads. Blackboard Rubrics can be copied from Original (used for 21/22 modules and earlier) and Ultra Course View modules. New Ally alternative format...

Gradescope Create Assignment Workflow New Look

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Gradescope have introduced a new look to the Create Assignment workflow. Create Assignments has moved to a separate page to provide instructors more screen space and allow more space for upcoming section management features. Gradescope guidance has been updated to reflect this change.

New Top Hat Navigation Header

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Top Hat has updated the navigation header for all staff and students. All functionalities of the old header remain, this update is for a fresh new look! Old Top Hat Header:  New Top Hat Header: The biggest change to note is the location of the Course Settings and the Add Educator button no longer sits...

Resolved: Turnitin Grade Centre Issue

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The issue affecting Grade Centre columns for Turnitin assignments in Original Course View (21/22 modules and earlier) first reported in July and resulting in the column being un-hidden from students after making changes to the assignment settings within the Turnitin interface has been resolved.

Updates to LeedsforLife APT systems for 2022/23

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Since the new LeedsforLife systems (PebblePad, StREAM and MS Bookings) were launched in autumn 2021, many of you have been in touch to tell us about some changes you’d like to see.

Turnitin Grade Centre Issue - July 2022

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Saving Turnitin assignment settings causes an issue where the Grade Centre column is made visible. Please be aware when saving Turnitin settings while a fix is being developed.