A review of the template for 2017/18 has been carried out by FET’s Learning and Teaching Student Experience Executive committee.
Changes for 2017/18 include the addition of two new menu items:
Reading List [Reading list software is now available for module leaders to provide a link to an electronic reading list for students.]
Resit Materials [Resit and feedback module runs will no longer exist on Blackboard from September 2017.]
In addition there has been a minor change to the guidance about the inclusion of assessment hand-in dates under the Assignments tab (and a change in the example Module Handbook document to reflect this).
The new module runs are created six months before the official start date of the module so Module Leaders should usually start to see the new module runs appear in their Blackboard list of courses around April time.
Using the template
For details about each menu item and what content should be included, and also advice on how to organise content in the Learning Materials section of the template, please refer to the About the FET Blackboard Module Template 2017/18 document.
Further support, including one-to-one help setting up a new module, is available on request from the LIU in FET (room 3Q64). [For general Blackboard guidance and support, contact UWE’s Blackboard Support team.]
The purpose of the template is to provide a good starting point for module leaders setting up a module site and encourages good practice from the outset. The module template is to be used in conjunction with the following guiding principles, which are critical elements for effective communication with students.
Currency and activity: Students respond best to environments which appear ‘live’. They will engage more readily with a learning environment if it is updated regularly, has immediately relevant information and encourages activity.
Organisation and clarity: Feedback indicates that students value consistency in the layout of Blackboard sites; if it is the same across their modules they know where to find key information quickly. Information about the module should be easy to find and learning materials should be clearly organised and easy to navigate.
Content and guidance: Any Blackboard site must be populated with good quality learning materials, but it is also important that learning materials are clearly labelled and instructions and guidance provided on how students should use the materials. All Blackboard module sites should convey the minimum levels of information described in the Faculty’s existing guidance on writing a module guide, which includes an introduction to the module, learning outcomes, a schedule of the teaching programme, and staff contact details. Any materials used in a Blackboard site must also comply with copyright law.