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I am increasingly getting reports of issues with Turnitin.  Obviously it's been down a few times recently which we have no control over but I've had a few students report that they could not access it at all to upload their assignment.  It turns out that Internet Explorer seems to be the main culprit for that.  Having tried a different browser they were able to upload  successfully .

I've also had increasing reports of students being unable to access their feedback in Turnitin via the 'My Grades' link and getting an "Error 124" message.  There doesn't seem to be no rhyme or reason as to when or why this happens.  I usually resolve this by just making the Turnitin link available again.  However, I came across this advice from Aston University which seems very useful.

Anyone else experiencing these problems?
We’re getting increasing reports of students seeing these errors when they try to view their feedback in Turnitin Check the problem If you would like to check if an assignment has this proble…
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James L Goldingay's profile photoJesrine Clarke-Darrington's profile photo
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Great!  Thanks James, that's reassuring to know.   At first it was just one or two and now it seems to be most of the assignments.  I'm spending a lot of time responding to students and fixing these issues.  It would be nice to be made aware of these issues.
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Danny Monaghan

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As a result of Google removing the ability to record directly from a webcam to a YouTube account, the Video Everywhere feature of the MOLE text editor is now no longer available.

Please note that this does not affect the YouTube Mashup tool.
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Trish Murray

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Dear all, does anyone know a way of automating permissions for google folders? For project weeks, I want each group to have their own folder (students get edit permissions to only their groups folder) and then six groups to be gathered so there is an umbrella hub level that the facilitators/staff member can edit plus a folder that all students can edit. Simpelse (I hope)? Is there an app that can help? Thanks, Trish
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David Read's profile photoTrish Murray's profile photo
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Thanks David .. I will explore :-)
Trish
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Fergus Conolly

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Just shared an .mp3 file on Google drive (public share link) but I've set the advanced option to prevent downloading, printing, copying of the file.

Keep getting a consistent error message.  Anyone else have this problem?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxw4WVDEsEfmMzAyZnRWUFM1QTQ/view?usp=sharing
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Bryony C Olney

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Has anyone got any solutions for embedding a Powerpoint presentation with embedded audio?

I thought it sounded a doddle until I started experimenting... Google Drive doesn't support the Powerpoint with embedded audio in the way you can host and embed a normal Powerpoint...

I also started to convert the presentation into a video but it failed on me within the application...

Slideshare charges a fee for private hosting... is this something uPlayer could handle?

Please I'm desperate!
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Fergus Conolly's profile photoFarzana Latif's profile photo
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officemix might do it +Bryony C Olney 

https://mix.office.com/

A free add-in for PowerPoint
Everything you need to easily create and share interactive online videos
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David Read

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We've got a conference coming up this Saturday and wanted to have a Twitter wall up for people to look at. Does anyone know of a  free website that can create a decent, attractive Twitter wall?
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Nav K Hundal's profile photoSimon Warwick's profile photo
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twitterfall worked well at telfest. we also used tweetbeam which displays pictures next to the tweets to create a nice pictorial representation 
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Danny Monaghan

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We are currently experiencing problems with the connection between MOLE and WebPA, and MOLE and Pebblepad. This has stopped the access to these services directly from MOLE.

Pebblepad can be accessed directly via MUSE. Unfortunately WebPA will remain unavailable until this issue is fixed.

We apologise for this loss of service, and thank you for your patience as we work to resolve it.
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David Read

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Paul Jinks's profile photoAndrew Tattersall's profile photoFarzana Latif's profile photo
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Not seen this before - thanks +David Read - I did a test to see whether things like Figshare were in there and they were, so it's a good one
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David Read

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Office 365 for teachers?

I've noticed that if you go to this link on the Shef website (http://www.shef.ac.uk/cics/software/office) and then click on Free Microsoft Office for Students and then enter your staff details on the following page from the student tab, not the teacher one (https://products.office.com/en-GB/student/office-in-education) it still accepts the email and I was able to download and install Office 2016 on my personal computer. Is this just a glitch or are staff entitled to the same access as students, or is it just that there is no way for them to distinguish between staff and student accounts?

I'm not trying to game the system, but if we're entitled to use this, it's great as we can install on several machines and also access the full versions on Mobile devices as well. I just wanted to check if anyone knew as I didn't want it to suddenly stop working.
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AFAIK, this offer is available to students and teachers. The only problem is that at the moment, you can only install Office 2013 (not 2016) on PC, but you can install 2016 on Mac. It seems, from what I've read, that this is because the sheffield.ac.uk domain has be be updated at Microsoft to allow 2016.
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David Read

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The ELTC are hosting a conference in a few weeks time (Saturday 14th Nov) in the Arts Tower and we'd like to have a Twitter wall up for people to  view. Does anyone know if there are any display screens available to use for such events, or would it be better to use a mini-projector or similar?
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Thanks +Chris Clow appreciate the info, will contact them very soon!
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Ian D Loasby

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Ideas for delivering audio feedback longer than the 3 minutes allowed via turnitin? Note the assessment has already been submitted via turnitin but the module convenor now wants to do audio. Attach audio file to the assessment in the gradecentre? download assessment as pdf and use audio comments then email it? Any other ideas, but note the feedback all has to go out simultaneously and we are trying to streamline it and make less work so no selective release audio files!
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that was my first idea to
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David Read

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Danny Monaghan

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Starting at 5pm on Saturday 19th December, we will be upgrading MOLE to a newer version of the system to introduce a number of system improvements and bug fixes. This will mean it will be unavailable for a period of time so this work can be carried out. MOLE will be available again for use by 9am Monday 21st December.
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Ian D Loasby

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Want to duplicate a page of question in a Google form? This worked for me https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/docs/AQfNxohwKLM
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Turnitin are conducting research into potential new features for multiple graders (second marking). They have released this  short survey which you EMA'ers are welcome to fill out.. takes no more than 5 minutes.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9MWMF2K
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Jesrine Clarke-Darrington's profile photoJames L Goldingay's profile photo
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Hi Both, Turnitin are happy for us to share this within any of our University departments
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Fergus Conolly

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Is anyone with an Adobe CC account willing to try something for me?

We have a Word doc with formulas that keeps failing for home users.  I'm wondering if conversion to a PDF form with text field formulas might  resolve the issues?
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Fergus Conolly

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What solutions are colleagues using for module evaluation?

We've been asked to look at a paper scanning solution to capture scalar ratings and free form comments(!) whilst also minimising work-load for support staff.  Not sure a paper system is required at all. But in peoples experience what is the hit on engagement like if we move to an entirely electronic solution?

Electronic evaluation seems to have a poor reputation for engagement within our faculty.  Do we need to offer bribes?  What incentives / threats have worked for you?

Be really interested to hear what people are using out there and perhaps pay you a visit?
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This is great stuff - are people ok if I share some of the ideas here with our Faculty group looking at this issue?  +1 if you're ok with it?  :)
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Fergus Conolly

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Quick MOLE question - how would you create a folder into which students can deposit and view each others work (files)?  Of course a shared Google Drive folder would succeed with this.  But interested whether Blackboard could emulate the same functionality.
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Paul Jinks's profile photoDaniel Villalba Algas's profile photo
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Hi, I have used the file exchange option in MOLE groups and it works really well
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The ELTC are increasingly using Google Classroom as our VLE with students in pre-university courses. It's easy to use and popular with students. You can find a couple of guides on how to use it at http://eltc-tel.group.shef.ac.uk/tech-guides-2/using-google-classroom/ and http://eltc-tel.group.shef.ac.uk/do-more-with-google-classroom/
Logging on to Google Classroom The Google Classroom home page All classes you are a member of (as teacher or student) will be shown. Classes you teach don’t have your photo. Cl…
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We don't use it with students who are already on campus yet, partly because we're not sure how it fits with the university's requirement to store data. However, some colleagues who teach campus-based students are now creating their own in response to student requests.
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David Read

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Nice to see Google Chrome finally available from the Software Centre. Interesting to see if it will support all the browser extensions (screencastify etc)

edit: extensions seem a bit hit and miss, we must be running an earlier version, Screencastify wasn't compatible, couple of others weren't either, luckily Lastpass was (no chance of remembering passwords without it!)
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Ian D Loasby's profile photoGary Wood's profile photo
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Chrome's arrival on MD was announced in CiCS newsletter to students last week.
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