There has been an increase in numbers of students losing their work on lab computers due to not saving their files correctly. Please see the guidance below:
- ALWAYS save your work to your home directory when using a lab computer. You will find this in ‘Computer’ as your ‘H:’ drive. On a Windows 7 lab PC click on ‘Computer’ on the desktop then select the ‘H’ drive which will have your username associated with it. Your home directory is backed up daily in order to ensure your files are safe. When saving a Word document, select ‘Save as’ then choose your H drive by clicking ‘Computer’ then your ‘H’ drive.
- NEVER save your work on the desktop of a lab computer. Personal files on the desktop are deleted as soon as you log out.
- ALWAYS ‘save as’ your work if you are opening it directly from your email. If you open a document directly from your email using a lab computer, and then just click ‘save’ instead of ‘save as’, it will be deleted as soon as you log out (due to it being saved only to temporary files).
If you have any questions about saving your work, please contact us at the Information Centre.
Succeed will be going load-balanced at mid-semester. Load-balancing Succeed with two servers will just about double the capacity of Succeed and make Succeed more robust as a single server crashing will not stop the system.
Succeed will be down on Thursday 5th April (mid-semester week) to do the necessary work. It will probably be unavailable for the whole day (09.00-17.00).
Load-balancing Succeed will improve day-to-day performance but will not solve the issues with the extreme loads at the start of semester.
Load-balancing will however, help to address the extreme loads at the start of semester and it is also planned to change the opening times of modules in Succeed to try and stagger the load on the servers. The exact details of how the opening times of modules in Succeed will be changed are still to be arranged and further announcements will be made when they are agreed.
Colin Dalziel from PebblePad will be talking about this system on Monday 5th March at 3.00pm in Room 1 of the Enterprise Zone in the Stirling campus library.
PebblePad is a dedicated learning system designed to meet the needs of higher education. It is a Personal Learning Space being used in learning contexts as diverse as colleges, universities and professional bodies; by learners, teachers and assessors; for Personal Development, Professional Development and Learning and Teaching
PebblePad brings together two unique products, Pebble+ and ATLAS, to create an environment that provides learners with a secure private area whilst providing teachers with a space to support learning and manage assessment processes.
Users can upload any safe file type or they create records by entering information into a range of structured and supportive templates. Users can choose from a range of generic inbuilt templates or can use templates created by peers or tutors to support a particular purpose. Importantly users can also create and share their own template designs using a brilliantly simple drag and drop method that mirrors the process used for creating other items like webfolios, blogs and collections.
The flexibility of the template builder means that there are endless possible uses -from learners creating their own reflective models, to teachers creating templates for complex experiments, procedures or placement preparation. Additionally the template builder can be used to structure formal frameworks of competences, capabilities, skills and qualities such as professional standards or graduate attributes.
To book a place please contact Simon Booth, via Email email@example.com or 7247.
Succeed can now notify you via email of events in Succeed such as a new item of content being added to a module that you are taking or that a new assignment, survey or test is available along with other events. A short video has been created to show to set up email notifications:Â
Please note that notifications are for staff too! Certain events in the system are for staff (like an assignment being submitted). See the document for details
Notifications can also be accessed on your smartphone via mStir – http://m.stir.ac.uk Â - and look for the Succeed Notifications icon. You will need to login to mStir to see your notifications.