laptop computer displaying Blackboard

Upgrade to disable Blackboard Learn on Friday morning

An upgrade to Blackboard Learn will take the learning management system offline Friday, December 22, from 7 a.m. to noon.

Features in this upgrade include:

  • Several bug fixes and security improvements.
  • Assignments - inline grading tool conversion preparations. To facilitate the change of service from the existing tool called “Crocodoc” to the “New Box View” service, the LMS Team has to install software supports. The actual conversion of existing annotated documents won’t occur until the first week of January. This affects only instructors using the annotation functionality in assignments. Read more on this change.
  • Grade display standardization - all gradebook columns online, download, and in My Grades support up to five decimals, are not rounded, and are consistent for Score and percentage display types. The % symbol has been removed from cells in the offline download file to ensure values are not rounded.

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

smartphone displaying new format DailyNews

Reworking of DailyNews to greet new year

DailyNews, the University of Windsor’s e-newsletter, is getting a makeover.

In addition to an updated look, the new format uses the Drupal content management system to handle subscriptions and distribution.

“Our previous system dated back to Lotus Notes,” says Marcin Pulcer, manager of web services and systems support in Information Technology Services. “We were overdue for an update.”

The biggest change readers will notice is that subscribers will receive the entire publication in their email inboxes, rather than having to click through to a website. The new programming also improves navigation, support for video, and functionality on mobile devices.

John Coleman, director of Public Affairs and Communications, hopes that the revamp will help the publication expand its readership.

“Besides helping to keep the campus informed, DailyNews is an important vehicle for sharing stories about the wonderful accomplishments of our faculty and students,” Coleman says. “The new interface will make it easier to increase its reach.”

The new system will be in place for the next edition on Thursday, December 21. IT Services hopes to avoid any glitches, but the changeover may mean some subscribers fail to receive it, or that some non-subscribers will have it pop up in their mailbox.

Please bring any issues to the attention of the design team by opening a job ticket with the HelpDesk.

Lancer plush pillowIdentify “Merry Christmas” in other languages to win this plush Lancer pillow in today’s DailyNews quiz contest.

Plush pillow prize in Christmas quiz contest

DailyNews is offering readers a chance to win a plush Lancer pillow in time to cuddle during the holidays — or re-gift it.

The pillow, donated by the Campus Bookstore, is blue and gold, measures 15x15 inches, and features quality embroidery of the Windsor shield.

To enter the contest, just match each translation of “Merry Christmas” to its language. The winner will be selected at random from all correct responses received by 4 p.m. Tuesday, December 19.

  1. Buon Natale
  2. Feliĉan Kristnaskon
  3. Feliz Navidad
  4. Frohe Weihnachten
  5. Glædelig Jul
  6. Joyeux Noël
  7. Mele Kalikimaka
  1. Danish
  2. Esperanto
  3. French
  4. German
  5. Hawaiian
  6. Italian
  7. Spanish

Contest is open to all readers of the DailyNews. Send an e-mail with your responses to uofwnews@uwindsor.ca. One entry per contestant, please. Note: the decision of the judge in determining the most correct response is inviolable.

books by Marty Gervais and Herb CollingLocal authors Marty Gervais and Herb Colling will sign copies of their recent books during employee discount day, December 21 in the Campus Bookstore.

Book signings to highlight employee discount day

Local authors Marty Gervais and Herb Colling will sign copies of their recent books — Five Days Walking Five Towns and Ford City, respectively, in the Campus Bookstore on Thursday, December 21.

The store will offer a “scratch-and-save” discount to all UWindsor staff and faculty that day, with a chance to win savings between 10 and 25 per cent on their purchases, excluding textbooks and course materials, computers, gift cards, special orders, and already-discounted merchandise.

In Ford City, Colling, a broadcaster retired from CBC Windsor, recounts the history of the town that became the industrial heart of Windsor.

Gervais, an award-winning journalist and the University’s resident writing professional, takes readers on a narrative walking tour of Ford City, Riverside, Walkerville, Windsor, and Sandwich.

The books — both published by Biblioasis — each retails for $24.95. The authors will be on hand in the bookstore Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m.

student at cash in MarketplaceVisual arts student Czarina Mendoza makes a purchase in the Marketplace; it will be the only food outlet serving the campus on Friday.

Food Services winding down operations this week

As the semester is winding down, so are Food Services operations on campus.

The Bru in Alumni Hall and the Starbucks in the Toldo Health Education Centre are closed until the new year. Other outlets are open as follows:

  • Monday and Tuesday, December 18 and 19
    Crocodile Grill, Vanier Hall — 7 to 11 a.m. and 7 to 11 p.m.
    Marketplace, CAW Student Centre — 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Tim Hortons kiosk, CAW Student Centre — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Brown and Gold café, Leddy Library — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Dividends, Odette Building — 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Tim Hortons, Centre for Engineering Innovation — 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 20
    Crocodile Grill, Vanier Hall — 7 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.
    Marketplace, CAW Student Centre — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Tim Hortons, Centre for Engineering Innovation — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 21
    Crocodile Grill, Vanier Hall — 9 a.m. to noon
    Marketplace, CAW Student Centre — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, December 22
    Marketplace, CAW Student Centre — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Find the most current information on the Food Services website.

Reception to bid farewell to executive director of Facility Services

Friends and colleagues of Susan Mark, executive director of Facility Services, will gather to wish her well at an open house reception on Tuesday, December 19.

Mark will leave the employ of the University of Windsor at the end of December. During her time at the University, she was instrumental in the campus’ capital transformation.

Tuesday’s open house will run from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Freed-Orman Commons, Assumption Hall, and is open to all.