Notification of Learn Rollover - Monday 11th July - Tuesday 12th July

by Greg Milsted -

Every summer Learn is 'rolled over' for the next academic year. This means that modules are recreated on a new version of Learn reset from any previous year student interactions. The content on the majority of taught modules is automatically hidden pending review (and updating as appropriate) by module leaders in readiness for the new academic year. All modules from the current academic year are copied to an archived version of Learn (Learn21). 


This year the rollover is scheduled for Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th July. During this process the system which underpins Learn (moodle) will be updated. As a consequence Learn is scheduled to be unavailable from 12:00am on Monday 11th July through to 5:00pm on Tuesday 12th July. We always aim to complete the rollover process as soon as we can and often return the Learn system to normal service within 24 hours.

Anyone visiting Learn during this period will be greeted with a message explaining the downtime, and we will keep the site updated throughout the procedure.

During the rollover, a copy of the current system is taken and this creates the "Learn Archive" for the previous 2021/22 academic year. Material in the Learn archive is only available to those students and staff who were registered on the module during that academic year.

The new version of Learn is created as a copy of the previous year with the previous years student participation removed. Module content uploaded by staff is not removed. Colleagues should note that, as has happened in previous years, module content in modules in the new version of Learn will be set to 'hidden' by default and we ask that modules are suitably configured for the new academic year. Module Leaders will therefore need to check each of your modules before the start of the academic year to review/update/amend content and display resources as appropriate.

Mendeley Desktop software is changing

by Rich Goodman -

Mendeley Reference Manager is an online reference management application and is the updated interface designed to replace Mendeley Desktop.

From 23 August 2022, users will no longer be able to download and install the Mendeley Desktop software.

However, existing users of Desktop will continue to be able to sign into, use and sync their Mendeley Desktop. It is anticipated that Mendeley Desktop will stop all sign-ins in Summer 2023.

Mendeley Reference Manager can be downloaded now from the Mendeley website. References and folders held in the Desktop version are transferable to the new platform.

Support on how to do this can be found in the updated Mendeley Learn module which also includes support materials to reflect both the Desktop and Reference Manager versions

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