NILE Updates

NILE Upgrade

Between July 21st 3pm BST and July 22nd 3am BST, NILE was upgraded to the latest version.
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Top 5 NILE tips for Summer 2013

If you do nothing else on NILE then please look at the top 5 actions to complete on NILE this summer. More details at:

NILE Archiving

LearnTech are actively managing the space allocated to us by Blackboard for the NILE system to avoid any unnecessary subscription charges. As we have material on the system which dates back several years, we have archived sites that are no longer being actively used. The sites chosen to archive have creation dates of 2007 (which includes information dating from as far back as 2003) and 2008. If you notice an old site missing from your NILE listing then please contact us before 6th September. More details at:
Planning for 2013/14 NILE sites

Rachel McCart is working with the team to assist academic staff with migrating and setting up NILE sites for the 2013/14 academic year. She is specifically, administrating site copies, merging modules and setting up Turnitin for 13/14 NILE modules – requests for work on modules within the current academic year are being dealt with by the rest of the team.
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NILE Uptime

Did you know that NILE over the past year was available 99.91% of the time (including nights, weekends and all holidays). Remember that you can directly access NILE and bypass the University website by going to More details at


LearnTech Events

Staff development

Scheduled LearnTech events until December 2013 are now available to view and signup using the links below. More details at:

If you need further development and cannot make one of the scheduled dates (or need the event more urgently) – just get in touch with your LearnTech representative.


SaGE (Submission and Grading Electronically)

10 Steps to SaGE

The most common method of marking online will be using Turnitin. The guidance for this has now been reduced to 10 steps which will form the basis for all staff “SaGE Essential” training sessions. This process is the finalised form which all staff should be aware of when dealing with marking online.

Staff wishing to explore alternative methods of marking online should contact the LearnTech team.

Turnitin iPad app

The new Turnitin iPad app has been made available to download from the App store.

The app allows many of the features that are available on larger devices such as originality report, Grademark, rubrics and audio feedback.

Of particular interest to those having to mark ‘on the move’ is the ability to download papers to mark offline and then resynchronise when reconnecting to the net.

Due to the very small nature of the marking screen, the iPad app should not be used as a primary marking device but may be used to provide some flexibility to those marking whilst travelling.

Review the promotional video to see more on the key features.

Staff should contact their School Learning Technologist for further support and guidance before using the Turnitin app!


Mobile Updates

There is a new release of Blackboard Mobile Learn which should be available to download / update by the end of August. This app will allow mobile access to NILE for both staff and students and is one of the key springboards from iNorthampton in addition to being a useful app in its own right.
icon for the University's iNorthampton app
iNorthampton is also currently undergoing a  revision which will add new functionality to the maps in addition to allowing for in-app updates rather than having to re-download each time. More news once this is ready to release.

Who are your LearnTech contacts ?

The full team list is at:

The support address for the team for any Learning Technology related issues is

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