Points to note
- Accessibility: Learning materials need to comply with UK accessibility legislation. It can sometimes be easier to create new materials than to try and edit existing materials that have a low accessibility score. Our Practical Guides for Improving Accessibility include all the information you need to help you with this.
- Copyright: Learning content needs to comply with copyright legislation. In addition to the Library’s pages on copyright and teaching, there are also copyright tips for teaching during COVID-19.
- Course copying from one module run to another: Our Copying content to a new module run page recommends selective copying instead of a full course copy.
Changes for 2021/22
Minor changes, agreed by the Faculty’s Learning and Teaching Student Experience Executive on 19 January 2021, are summarised below:
- Under Module Information, you will find a new 2021/22 FET Module Handbook Template for this year. It is in an accessible format (using minimum font size and Word styles). Please download this and edit it to include your own module-specific content.
- A new menu item for Webinars has been added under Learning Materials and includes a Collaborate Staff Guide and a Collaborate Student Guide.
- Under Learning Materials there is guidance on accessibility, and links to accessible Word and PowerPoint templates, information about creating accessible documents and the LIU’s guide to making your learning resources accessible. [For ease of access, here’s a link to an accessible Session Study Plan template that staff are expected to use.]
- Under Assignments, there is a new item on Assessment Offences, which includes this video: Assessment Offences: Academic Misconduct (approximately 3.5 minutes) presented by Jenny Dye.
- By default, the Module Enhancement menu item has been hidden; it can be made available by clicking on the dropdown arrow to the right and clicking on ‘Show Link’.
Please refer to our Guidance on Populating FET Blackboard Module Runs 2021/221, which pulls together a range of information and takes you step by step through the process of setting up your new module runs.
The purpose of the template
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, accessible 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. Any materials used in a Blackboard site must also comply with copyright law.
Further support, including one-to-one help setting up a new module, is available on request from the Learning Innovation Unit in FET (email firstname.lastname@example.org ). [For general Blackboard guidance and support, please refer to the Blackboard Support Staff Guidance.]