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Microsoft Lists is an app that helps users track information and organize work.

Watch Information Technology Services team member Jonathan North as he demonstrates how to add a column, choose its data type and configuration options, and set formatting rules in this 118-second Tech Talk video.

If you want more information about Microsoft Lists, click on the link in the Comments section below the video. Alternatively, check out IT Services’ growing series of Tech videos about Lists here.

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A cross-campus project will bring the UWinsite Student system in line with the latest technical, functional, and security-related features and fixes, while positioning it to take advantage of future enhancements.

The Campus Solutions Update Project will accommodate updates since the November 2018 launch of UWinsite Student, including improvements to the class wait list functionality, the academic advisement summary, and class search.

The project includes key members from Student Finance, Student Awards and Financial Aid, Information Technology Services, and the Office of the Registrar. The group will be reaching out to individuals across campus to help with testing during the final phases of implementation.

“We are not anticipating any day-to-day impact to UWinsite Student users, as most of the updates will happen behind the scenes,” says acting registrar Lorraine Grondin. “We appreciate the campus community’s patience as we work through these updates.”

Staff from the relevant offices will dedicate part of each workday to the project, leaving less time for support, such as assistance with daily issues and requests for reports.

UWinsite Student is frozen for any system updates and enhancement requests. The project is expected to take approximately seven months, with an anticipated completion date of Nov. 22.

“We will continue to update the University of Windsor community through the UWinsite website as well as through DailyNews and emails,” Grondin says.

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An upgrade to Blackboard Learn will take the learning management system offline Thursday, April 29, from 6 a.m. to approximately noon.

Features in this upgrade include:

  • A refreshed text editor, with new features such as an accessibility checker, improved copy-and-paste performance from platforms such as Word, and automatic embedding of videos from platforms such as YouTube. The Centre for Teaching and Learning has published a Tech Talk video outlining the changes.
  • A plug-in for accessing YuJa, the University of Windsor’s enterprise video platform, will be enabled in Blackboard as part of the upgrade, which will allow users to upload videos to YuJa directly from Blackboard.
  • McGrawHill Connect, which allows instructors to link to assignments and transfer marks from the McGrawHill platform, will also be enabled as part of the upgrade.

More information about the new features coming as part of the upgrade can be found on the New Features page.

For updates on the planned maintenance or Blackboard outages, visit ITS HotNews or the announcements feature on the Blackboard login page for further details.

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Blackboard has introduced an updated content editor.

Watch Centre for Teaching and Learning’s student online learning assistant Eric Mcfarlane as he walks through the visual changes as well as new features of Blackboard’s content editor interface in this 108-second Tech Talk video.

While all Blackboard users have access to the refreshed content editor, it is anticipated faculty will use it the most. For more information about Blackboard, click on the link in the Comments section below the video.

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Message to all Summer/Intersession 2020 Instructors

Last year, a Microsoft group/team was automatically created for your course and students were added as members, based on your Blackboard roster.

The group that was created for your course is about to be expired.  This group may have been used to manage access to videos in Stream and is also the basis for a Microsoft Team, if it was activated. 

What will happen?

The name of the group (and team) will be changed to include a prefix of EXP0421.

The team will be deactivated, so students will no longer be able to access resources in the team.

Students will still be members of the group, so if you use the group to limit access to Stream videos, students will still be able to view the video.

What can you do?

If your students still need access to the resources in the team, you can activate the team, just like you did at the start of the semester, by pressing the Activate button in the banner when you enter the team.

How can you change access yourself?

If you want your group-protected Stream videos to be not viewable by your students, you will need to modify the permissions on the video or the channel and remove the class group from the list. More information: Article - Publishing and sharing videos in Microsoft Stream

If you activated a team, you could delete the team if it is no longer required by accessing the three dots menu on the team icon (see image below).   This will remove the group as well. After 30 days, the Teams data will be permanently deleted. Stream videos will remain with corresponding group access removed.

You can hide the expired team from your list of teams by selecting Hide from the three-dots menu on the team tile. This will keep the team and group name preserved.