In summer 2021, the first phase of the Minerva Upgrade Project saw Minerva migrate to the latest version of Blackboard. This upgrade delivered many benefits, including accessibility improvements, a more equitable experience for users accessing via mobile devices, and increased system resilience, with no need for annual maintenance downtime and a significantly reduced risk of unplanned downtime.
The next phase of the project, focusing on improvements to teaching areas, is now underway.
Introduction to Ultra Course View eLearning resource
Due to structural differences between the old and new module/organisation designs within Minerva, it is not possible for the institution to automatically copy content in summer 2022. It will, therefore, be necessary for you to take the opportunity to refresh and rebuild your teaching areas before the start of the next academic year. To assist in this process, a new Introduction to Ultra Course View eLearning resource is now available for colleagues, providing a high-level overview of forthcoming changes to workflows and module areas within Minerva.
University Reading List Tool
The University’s Reading List tool is also changing ahead of the 2022/23 academic year. You’ll be able to explore the the new Reading List tool from early summer 2022, and guidance for this system will also be available at this time.
What Happens Next?
Training and Support
Further information, training and support will be provided from late May/early June 2022 to assist you in making the most of your teaching areas within the upgraded system. You’ll be kept updated on this, along with other project activity, through the Digital Education Systems Help website, the University staff e-newsletter, and at the Digital Education Systems Team Twitter account (@DESystemsUoL).
In the meantime, colleagues can complete this online form to contact the project team with any queries or feedback, and further information on changes to teaching areas can be found at the Digital Education Systems Help website.