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Upgrades to the video services in Microsoft 365 will simplify the sharing of video content and allow for new features including anonymous and timed sharing. These changes will take place during the summer months of 2021 and will impact how videos are stored and shared to be in line with other Microsoft programs.

One of the initial changes deals with recordings of Microsoft Teams meetings. Starting May 10, when a Teams meeting is recorded, the video will now be stored in OneDrive (for a regular Teams meeting) or SharePoint (for meetings held in a Team channel), instead of the Classic Microsoft Stream site.

Many features of meeting recordings will remain as they are now, including:

  • a link to the recording being automatically placed in the meeting chat and calendar event,
  • permissions being granted automatically to the meeting participants, and
  • the individual who clicked on the Record button being the “owner” of the video.

Once videos are recorded, they can be found in the Recordings folder in OneDrive. If the meeting was held in a Teams channel, the video will be stored in the Recordings folder of that Team’s Files tab.

An upgraded player is scheduled for release in July of this year. Until then, some features will be missing from the OneDrive/SharePoint video player: captions and transcript, variable playback speed, transcript search, and preventing download.

If you require captions and other features before the new player is released, upload your video to the Classic Stream site and transcripts and captions will be automatically generated; you can then share the link to the video in the Classic Stream site.

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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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