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Summer 2018 changes

This year’s upgrade brings updates to existing features, and the introduction of new functionality.

We will be updating our guides throughout the summer to reflect these and other changes to Minerva.

Look and feel

Minerva's interface is cleaner, and has been further optimised for mobile devices. The changes will be seen throughout Minerva including in tools like Tests and Learning Modules.

Our old module icons (which have been in place since we launched the VLE back in 2008) have been replaced with a new set more fitting with the look and feel of Minerva.

The new item, file and journal icons

Browser Support

Firefox, Safari, Edge and Chrome browser icons

Minerva supports the latest release versions of all major desktop browsers*: Chrome 49+, Edge 20+, Firefox 48+, Safari 9+ (Mac Only).

*Minerva is broadly compatible with Internet Explorer 11, however Turnitin is not. Minerva is not compatible with Internet Explorer 10, which you may find on old Windows installations or Desktop Anywhere. Compatible alternative browsers are already provided on campus computers.

Module management

Staff can now make their modules and organisations available/unavailable from one place. Select the availability icon next to the relevant module from your list on the Teach tab and then confirm the change you want to make.

Example of change module availability functionality

You can also change the availability within a module/organisation itself without needing to access the control panel. To do this, go to your Learning Resources area and use the lock icon located at the top right of any module next to the student preview and edit mode buttons.

Change module availability lock icon within a content area


Blackboard Assignment receipt

When submitting a Blackboard Assignment, students now see a confirmation number online and receive an email. This confirmation number is stored in My Grades and can also be accessed via the submission point.

Example text confirming submission and receipt ID

Staff can review receipts via the Grade Centre.

Submission Receipts listed under Reports in the Grade Centre

Email reminders

Staff have the ability to send an email reminder to non-submitters for items in the Grade Centre. Note this feature will not work with Turnitin submissions, use the Turnitin email non submitters function if you need to remind people to submit to Turnitin.

Send reminder example

Grade Centre

Staff can switch to a full screen view of the Grade Centre by selecting the icon:

Grade Centre full screen icon

Column titles now wrap to help with readability. Tidying up the Grade Centre is quicker; there is the option to delete multiple columns at once (via the Manage - Column Organisation option):

Grade Centre Column Organisation option

Discussion Board

Keeping up with Discussion Boards is easier with a new ‘Replies to me’ filter. Staff and students can see which threads contain replies that they have not yet read, clicking the icon will open the individual posts:

An example of the replies to me highlighting the number of replies

Reading list menu item

2018/19 modules feature a new menu item called ‘Reading Lists’. This is an enhancement to the current Reading Lists tool in Minerva which staff use to create reading lists for their modules.

For students, the new menu item will point them to any reading lists available for that module on the Library website. If there are none, students will see a message directing them to useful Library resources instead.

For staff, the menu item will present a list of all reading lists on their module (created with the Reading Lists tool) with options to edit and instructions to delete. If the module has no reading lists, there will be instructions on how to create one or an option to confirm that the module will not have a reading list.

The method for creating reading lists is unchanged.

Collaborate Ultra

Use Collaborate Ultra with Groups

Staff can add Collaborate Ultra sessions to Groups. You are able to grant students the ability to use the whiteboard and create recordings.

Wrapped column name in the Grade Centre

Countdown timer

A popular feature in the previous version of Collaborate was the countdown timer, it is typically used as an indicator that the session is about to start. This feature will be available in Collaborate Ultra from the 25th July.

Known Issues

Some of the issues have also been fixed.