Blackboard is UWE’s virtual learning environment, and is a key part of every module and programme. Blackboard courses may also be requested (via the ISIS student groups page) for other non-standard teaching and learning activities.
Blackboard is linked to the Ingres Student Information System (ISIS) so module and programme enrolments happen automatically, and summative assessment marks from standard assignment submissions in Blackboard are fed back into ISIS.
Blackboard is not just a content repository for learning materials. There are many tools within Blackboard (discussion boards, wikis, blogs, tests and surveys) and tools accessed through Blackboard (Panopto, Kaltura, PebblePad, Reading Lists, Dewis (an e-assessment system) and YouTube. These can all be used to provide active learning opportunities for your students.
If you are a member of teaching staff you will be introduced to Blackboard as part of your role. You should be automatically enrolled on the modules you teach.
There may be faculty guidance and/or templates for setting up your modules and programme in Blackboard, so check for these first. The following guiding principles will enhance your students’ experience.
- Currency and activity: Students will engage more readily if the content is up to date, relevant and encourages engagement.
- Organisation and clarity: Consistency across modules helps students find the key information quickly and easily, as does a well-structured layout and clearly labelled materials.
- Content and guidance: Learning materials should be good quality, and instructions and guidance on how students should use them should be provided. Content also needs to be accessible and comply with copyright law:
- Blackboard Ally is a tool that shows you how accessible your content is by displaying a ‘fuel gauge’ next to each item. See UWE’s Blackboard Ally page and the Xerte resouce on Blackboard and Accessibility, which includes practical guides on how to create accessible content and how to fix the top ten Ally issues. If scores are low, try to follow the advice to improve them.
- For guidance on copyright, please refer to the Library’s Comply with copyright law page.
You may also want to consider using adaptive release to show information during a certain timeframe – when it is relevant – and hide it when no longer needed. And to keep your Announcements list short and current, use the date restriction option.
You can access Blackboard from inside UWE by following the myUWE link on the UWE Intranet homepage, or from outside UWE by following the ‘Log in’ link on the homepage and selecting myUWE, or by typing http://my.uwe.ac.uk and clicking on ‘Blackboard’.
UWE’s Learning Development Centre runs training on Getting Started with Blackboard.
You may find it helpful to set up a test course to get used to using the Blackboard interface and try out some of the features.
If you are teaching on a programme and/or module, and you can’t find it on your list of Blackboard courses, please contact your Faculty Student Administration Team (SAT) – see the Student Administration (Service and Operations) page for contact details.
For more support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone them on 0117 32 85735.
Please read this guidance if you are planning on using group work for summative assessment.
Create groups in your Blackboard course for facilitating group work, providing different materials to different students, or for administrative purposes.
To avoid student panics on the day of assessment, consider setting up a practice assignment submission in Blackboard.
For teaching staff who have joined the Faculty recently, or existing staff who’d like a reminder…
If you use Panopto quizzes, make sure you understand how to link to the Panopto recordings correctly.
Why does my Blackboard Announcement email not include my subject heading? Read on for the solution.
Important information for staff recording student presentations using Panopto
How to share a file with students on your module using a distribution list or through Blackboard.
Some archived, but still useful, content from the old Blackboard Support pages.
For 2020/21: All the guidance you need to know about reading lists in one place
Compare the different tools for running asynchronous tests and quizzes.
Changes to the 2020/21 FET Blackboard Module Template and other support to help you create an accessible module site.
IMPORTANT: Please read before setting up your new 2020/21 Blackboard module runs.
Support for Programme Leaders in setting up new programme sites or reviewing existing ones.
This is a list of current TEL-related training events at UWE.
Guest post from our colleagues in HAS.
How to ensure your students’ assignments are small enough to be checked in SafeAssign.
These instructions cover how to manually set up a submission point for an online exam.
If you or your students are denied access to a recording, please read on for the solution.
An article on using Panopto for desktop recording and running webinars using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.
Interactive resources to help you make your Blackboard content more accessible, including step-by-step guides for Word and PowerPoint.
Learn how to use an accessibility checker on your document and test colours with a contrast checker.
A Blackboard Test Course can be useful. Read on for more information.
Do you need to declutter?
This is an example of a FET Blackboard programme site.
Find out how Blackboard’s originality checker can be used to embed good referencing practice.
Easy-to-follow, step-by-step, visual guidance which will only take a few minutes of your time to follow.
Step-by-step instructions for a controlled conditions multiple choice exam.
Watch a short video tour to see how the FET module template can improve student and staff experience.
For information about the new Programmatic Blackboard view, please read on.
A comparison of features in Dewis and Blackboard tests.
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When you first use discussion boards with your students, it is a good idea to give them some guidance around the etiquette of using these.
The Learning Innovation Unit has pulled together some tips based on recent experience (2017) of supporting the delivery of postgraduate distance learning programmes
For students to be able to view your recording, you most likely want to add it to the relevant part of your Blackboard module or programme site.
Find out what students using a smartphone see on Blackboard
Make sure students know how to use equipment safely with an interactive online guide.
LinkedIn Learning has dozens of courses covering the subjects taught in FET, so you’ll probably find material to supplement the modules you teach
Bring a timeline of dates to life with images, videos, maps and web pages
Blogging can help students reflect, collaborate and develop a community.