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Webinar Open Educational Resources
Webinar Open Educational Resources

Interactive webinar: Redesign, enrich and transform your course with open educational resources

On 17 November, information specialists from the UB and didactic experts from ESI will host an interactive webinar focused on helping university teachers redesign and enrich their courses (in whole or in part) with open educational resources.

Who can join: University teachers and education specialists

When: 17 November 2020, 10:00 - 12:30

Where: Blackboard Collaborate

For further details and registration, please visit LibCal.

(Registration link:

New Nestor Help
New Nestor Help

Nestorhelp has been updated

Find the new Nestorhelp on: On our updated nestorhelp you can find user specific information about Nestor’s functionalities. With a new categorization we hope you can find the information you are looking for faster and at the same time discover new functionalities of Nestor you might not have been aware of. Feel free to give feedback by making use of the feedback button. Nestorsupport is the owner of nestorhelp and can always be contacted in case you did not find the answer to your question: email:, tel.: 050 363 8282

Poly Studio video bar
Poly Studio video bar

Poly Studio video bar/camera available and manual online

Within the University of Groningen around hundred rooms are equipped with the Poly Studio Video Bar. This video solution is an excellent choice for small group hybrid education. You can use rooms equipped with the Poly Studio to livestream, (pre-)record or teach a hybrid class. The device can easily be used combined with the computer in room in tools such as Blackboard Collaborate and Google Meet. All rooms with this camera will also be provided with a leaflet and QR-code leading to our dedicated webpage.

Join our course Learning Design for Uncertain Times
Join our course Learning Design for Uncertain Times

Join our hybrid short course Learning Design for Uncertain Times

Do you want to feel prepared for any teaching circumstance in the next block? Do you want to create learning resources that can be used for multiple purposes, now and in the future? Do you want to investigate how to use digital tools more efficiently in order to be prepared for any type of course delivery (online, face-to-face, blended, or hybrid) where online and offline activities are aligned and connected?
ESI (Educational Support and Innovation) is pleased to offer a 3 week hybrid short course where we'll take a practical, hands-on, deep dive into course design that will help you feel prepared for almost any course delivery circumstance in 2020/21 and beyond! The time investment is 5 hours per week x 3 weeks (15 hours). Approximately 1.5 hours per week will be synchronous or face-to-face. There is no cost to register. Active participation and attendance for the entire course is required.

Find out more about the program and how to register.

New features for Collaborate
New features for Collaborate
Urkund replaces Ephorus
Urkund replaces Ephorus

New features in Blackboard Collaborate!

From September 10th onward, you can find the following new features in Blackboard Collaborate:

* Session owners can save time and invite more than one attendee to a session at once. From the Invitations panel, select Import Attendees to upload a CSV file with attendee information. Collaborate sends invite emails to the attendees with all the information they need to join.

* Now moderators will be reminded to start recording the session before they begin. As soon as moderators join the session, Collaborate presents a recording reminder. The reminder is visible until the moderator starts the recording or closes the reminder.

* Public access to recordings will be switched off by default for new sessions. Only session owners and students enrolled in the course will be able to see the recording. If public access is needed, this can switched on by the moderator via the Public access check box. Then a shareable link to the recording becomes available. Anybody with the link can then view the recording.

* The whiteboard annotation tool will have better formatting, usability and annotation persistence. There are more formatting options for using the pencil. It is also easier to copy, reuse, and delete elements. Furthermore, you can share annotations with breakout groups, and annotations will be saved inside of the session (note that these will not be visible in a recording).

Please look forward to using these new features soon!

URKUND replaces Ephorus as plagiarism checking tool by September 1st

Since September 1st, Ephorus is no longer available as a plagiarism checking tool at the University of Groningen. It will be replaced by URKUND. Starting from this date, students will be informed when trying to submit an Ephorus assignment that they can no longer submit their documents. The URKUND plagiarism checking tool links to regular Blackboard assignments, meaning that all of the assignment functions, like Rubrics and Inline Grading, are still available if you need to check the submissions for plagiarism.

Ephorus assignments can be changed into URKUND assignments by copying the instructions text from Ephorus into a new Blackboard Assignment.

Please also see the URKUND manual for more information on how to set up an URKUND assignment.

All Ephorus submissions and reports from previous years will still be accessible through the Ephorus assignment tool in the course menu. All the documents that were submitted through Ephorus are currently being imported into URKUND. Once completed, new submissions are also checked for similarities with documents that were submitted using Ephorus.

In case you need help or if you encounter problems, please reach out to Nestorsupport, preferably by email ( Nestorsupport will closely monitor the usage and feedback in the coming weeks, and will try to improve the workflow based on your feedback.

Polleverywhere login with UG-account
Polleverywhere login with UG-account

Polleverywhere account available with UG login (single sign on)

A Polleverywhere account is now available for anyone who has a (staff) p-number. When going to, log in with your UG mail account (type in your email address and click Log in with your University of Groningen Account) and you will automatically be transferred to the SSO-page where you can log in with your credentials. You no longer need to request an account. For technical questions, you can contact Nestorsupport at You can also find out more information on what Polleverywhere does, how it works and how to implement it in your education on our webpage.

Last modified:09 October 2020 3.59 p.m.