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October 17
Changes to student email

 

​Changes to your Inbox

 

Your university email service is provided through an Office 365 account. One of the features Office 365 offers is a ‘Focused Inbox’, which separates the messages you receive into two folders: ‘Focused’ and ‘Others’.
 
'Focused' messages are ones sent directly to you that Outlook judges the most important. Anything else goes into the  ‘Other’ folder and that includes messages sent to groups of people.

 

This facility can cause problems if you don’t spot the ‘Other’ folder, or don’t remember to check it regularly. Some students have been unable to find important messages that Outlook has stored in the ‘Other’ folder. To prevent this happening we are changing the settings for our Office 365 accounts so that  there is only one ‘Inbox’ folder. 
 
From Wednesday 17th October, all your incoming messages will be displayed in the same Inbox folder.
 
If you liked the Focused feature and want your messages to be sorted into Focused and Other, you can set this up yourselves. If you are using Outlook on the web:
 
1. Select Settings > Display Settings> Focussed Inbox 
2. Under 'When email is received', select 'Sort messages into Focused and Other'
3. Click OK
 
If you do this, don’t forget to check your ‘Other’  folder regularly!
 
You can find more information on Focused inboxes and further instructions for changing your Focused Inbox settings  on the Microsoft office web site here: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/focused-inbox-for-outlook-f445ad7f-02f4-4294-a82e-71d8964e3978

 

October 03
Computer Clinics Extended

​Computer Clinics provide advice and assistance to students for their personal IT devices. They can help with eduroam issues, malware, viruses and connecting to university systems and diagnosing hardware and software faults.

Most clinics operate in the evenings. A new evening clinic is being trialled at Varley Park (trial ends Wednesday October 31) and a new daytime clinic has been introduced at Hastings.
For further information, including locations and opening times, see the Computer Clinics web page.
October 01
St Peters House Library re-opened on Monday

​We are delighted to announce that St Peters House Library re-opened on Monday 1st October as planned. Print journals and Special Collections won't be available for a while as we focus on getting the bookstock and study spaces in full order. Please bear with us during this time.  

 
What’s been achieved with the university’s £800k investment?
·    Cool air ventilation system installed to address overheating in the building
·    New lighting throughout
·    New shelving installed and stock layout
·    Fully re-carpeted and redecorated –with a different accent colour on each floor.
·    200+ study spaces of different styles, many with power sockets


What services are available on Monday?
·    Books - most are available but others will be unpacked and interfiled during the next week or so
·    Help Desk - enquiry services
·    Student pcs and Macs
·    Wireless network
·    Self-issue and return machine

·    Library catalogue – all floors
·    Study spaces – Ground, 2nd 3rd and 4th floors
·    Group study room – 4th floor
·    Copy/print/scan – ground floor only
·    Toilet facilities – all floors

What services won’t be available for a short while?
·    Print journals – Floor 1 will be closed while these are being unpacked and re-shelved.
·    Special Collections and microform reader

September 27
Student Lookup for Personal Academic Tutors and *new* for Course Leaders

The Student Lookup tool allows PATs and Course Leaders to look up the student record details for students they are responsible for.

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A Student Lookup tab appears on studentcentral for all staff, in all schools, providing instructions, support and a single-sign on link to eVision. Personal tutors and Course Leaders will be taken to the 'Schools' content and able to click on 'My Students' to see details for their tutees. At Course Leader level you can choose from a list of courses and levels. Other staff will see any eVision content that applies to them (eg Ceremonies or messages). 
 
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The student dashboard button is how staff involved with the Learning Analytics pilots can access the Learning Dashboards for individual students.

Student Record screenshot:

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September 13
SHARP Touchscreen improvements

​Responding to feedback from last term, we have made some improvements to the SHARP touchscreens:

- To minimise interruptions from unsolicited requests to share mobile devices to the screen, you must now turn Screen Sharing (AirServer) on before your group can share their devices with the touchscreen.
- The open tiles icon on the taskbar has changed
- Lock is now an option via the windows button
- Files is now an option via the windows button – making it easier to open files from a memory stick
These changes should be applied to all touchscreens within the next 2 weeks.
Watch our 3-minute video for a quick tour of the changes:
https://mediastream.brighton.ac.uk/Play/15433
 
The SHARP touchscreen user guide has also been updated to reflect these changes:
https://staff.brighton.ac.uk/is/Published%20Documents/Using%20a%20SHARP%20touchscreen.pdf
 
A full list of where screens have been installed, along with more videos on how to use the screen are available on the touchscreen page of the IS website:
https://staff.brighton.ac.uk/is/learningandteaching/Pages/Lecture-and-teaching-rooms/Touchscreens.aspx
 
If you have any questions about using the SHARP touchscreens, please contact your school's Learning Technology Adviser.
 
These improvements are part of the Modern Spaces Programme. For more information visit the Modern Spaces Programme site.
 
September 03
Photoregisters are now available on studentcentral

​All 2018 modules on studentcentral now have our new Photoregister that enables you to take electronic registers by module or group.

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NOTE: If you plan on utilising the Group registers you need to ensure that your groups are named with the word GROUP (all uppercase) at the start of the group title.

This new tool will sit alongside the existing Photo Classlist and provides a route for tutors to register attendance by clicking on the photos of students at module or group level. It has been designed to work best with classes of less than 30. This may be useful for seminars and workshops in place of paper registers. Use of the photoregister is optional unless you are involved with the Learning Analytics pilot project for 2018/2019.

A wider, electronic (card scanning) attendance monitoring solution is in development, beginning with Moulsecoomb, which will provide a standard solution across all teaching spaces.

Help using the register
For more details on how to use the Photo Register tool open one of your modules for the new academic year and click on the Help link.

September 03
medialecture launch - new screen recording service

​​medialecture is the university's new screen capture software to replace Techsmith Relay ('Camtasia'). It offers similar functionality with extra features, which includes video editing and annotation tools. The software integrates seamlessly with mediastream and screen recordings captured by medialecture are automatically uploaded to https://mediastream.brighton.ac.uk

Each time you need to record your computer screen you just launch medialecture from the mediastream website. When you sign into https://mediastream.brighton.ac.uk you will see a 'Record Screen' button on the top menu.

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Read more about medialecture

 

Relay and Fuse are now no longer available and all users should move to medialecture. See the previously announced timeline for this change and details on moving old video content

 

August 08
Online Journal Finder and Findit@Brighton Upgraded

The Online Journal Finder and Findit@Brighton have a cleaner and more modern look and improved functionality.

You can see the upgraded Online Journal Finder from the Online Library. Findit@Brighton is the service that underpins linking to our online journals from scholarly databases or OneSearch. The upgraded Findit@Brighton service uses an improved way of linking which should, in the majority of cases, mean fewer clicks to get you to the full text of an article and provide a more streamlined experience.

June 19
Library summer vacation opening hours: Brighton Campuses

Falmer Library Over summer vacation 2018 opening hours at Falmer Library will be extended to be open 7 days a week, with their ground floor computer room open 8am until midnight every day.  

​Monday to Thursday ​ Friday​​ ​ ​Saturday and Sunday
9th June to 31st July​ ​0900 to 1900 ​0900 to 1730 ​1200 to 1600
August​​ (closed 27th) ​0900 to 1730 ​0900 to 1730 ​1200 to 1600
1st to 23rd ​September ​0845 to 1900 ​0845 to 1900 ​1200 to 1600
​Ground floor Computer room ​0800 to midnight ​0800 to midnight ​0800 to midnight
 
 
Aldrich Library will be open the usual weekday vacation hours of Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm.
Monday to Friday​​ Saturday and Sunday​
9th ​June to 23rd September (closed 27th August)​ ​0900 to 1730 ​Closed
 
 
St Peters House Library will be closed for refurbishment and improvement works, see news item for further details.
9th June to 30th Septe​mber​ Closed for improvements​​
 
 
Please visit the Library Services website for opening hours of all our libraries
 
This means the focus for weekend and evening summer hours will be at the Falmer Library where the teaching year differs and there is a greater need for summer evening and weekend hours. We have consulted with equality and diversity colleagues and Human Resources to conduct Equalities Impact Assessments for library users and staff in setting these hours.
The advantages to this change in hours are:
 
·        The Falmer Library computer room opening hours extend beyond the library opening hours 8am-midnight, 7 days a week. This gives extended access to specialist software for CEM, SET and SOAD via Flexapp.
 
·        It avoids disruption from the building work associated with the Big Build at the Moulsecoomb campus.
 
·        It allows for essential improvement work within Aldrich library to be scheduled over the weekend period which minimises weekday disruption.
 
·        Parking facilities are expected to be severely limited on the Moulsecoomb campus. There are good transport links and greater parking availability at the Falmer campus where parking permits are not required during the summer vacation. Five disabled parking spaces are situated very close to the Falmer Library.
 
·       It allows full week access to the St Peters House core collection of 1000 books which will be housed at Falmer Library from 25th June to the completion of the refurbishment works.
 
·       Key readings from Aldrich Library can be made available as Desk Loans at the Falmer campus and there are many more available as e-resources.
 
·       MyPc enables students to book pcs and study spaces to plan their visit.
 
·         Falmer has 400 study spaces offering silent, quiet and group working available for longer hours than at Aldrich.
 
Please contact your library to discuss your individual circumstances and needs.
 
May 29
​Closure of Queenwood Print Room

Dear Colleagues

 
Unfortunately due to a lack of use, the Print Service for students trial based at Queenwood Library in Eastbourne will be finishing on Friday 8th June 2018.
 
Our initial survey, conducted in April 2017, indicated 98% of students would use the service however take-up has not met expectations and usage of the service has been approximately one student per day.
 
To further promote and encourage students to use the service, we also undertook two meet and greet advertising days during the academic year where Print Services staff visited the Eastbourne and Hastings campuses (Computer Rooms, Libraries and Restaurants), handing out dozens of leaflets. Our marketing campaign included a well-publicised open day at Queenwood with free giveaways, we also used posters, twitter and advertised on the Print Services website.
 
We are sorry that we have to withdraw the service in Eastbourne, however we still encourage students to visit either the service provided at Brighton (Cockcroft Building) or Grand Parade (3rd Floor) where we offer a personal service with fully trained members of staff. Alternatively there are also several commercial printers within the town centre in Eastbourne.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries regarding this matter.
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