Faculty Blackboard Structure for 2021/22

You are able to view a recording of a template support event.

Module Template

Announcements

The announcements page in the new module template becomes the landing page. ‘Announcements’ are a communication tool within Blackboard. They are a type of tool itemised under the ‘tool link’ option when adding content to this menu. We envisage the first post of the template will include a welcome message or video for the module. There are generic support guidance for the announcements system available from Blackboard inc itself.

Module Information & Reading List

This is a ‘content area’ on Blackboard. A content area is a folder linked to from the side menu where you can start building content. In this area we would expect to find a module guide / handbook and the online reading list. There is generic support guidance for content areas available from Blackboard inc itself.

Learning Materials (Teaching Block 1)

This is a ‘content area’ on Blackboard. A content area is a folder linked to from the side menu where you can start building content. There are actually 2 content areas of this nature covering ‘Teaching Block’ 1 and 2. The second is hidden by default on the template. Learning Materials should contain a well organised structure delivering: the lectures; links to webinars; & printable notes etc.

For the relevant block of the module (can easily update/delete ‘Teaching Blocks’ on menu as applicable). Please do put the material in the order it is taught, with the title of the folders including the date (not just the week number). This comes back through feedback consistently as a positive. There is generic support guidance for content areas available from Blackboard inc itself.

Assessments

This is a ‘content area’ on Blackboard. A content area is a folder linked to from the side menu where you can start building content. The Online Assessment system may create an area called ‘Assignments’ shortly before submission. This will depend on the kind of assessment used on the module. This new area will need to be synergised (co-opted) into this area. We are looking to change the automatically produced folder for the next academic year to remove the need to do this. There is generic support guidance for content areas available from Blackboard inc itself.

Online Classroom

It is envisaged that modules in 2021/22 will continue to use Blackboard Collaborate to host live events. Feedback from student reps has focussed on a need for more consistency in finding Collaborate sessions and to this end we have added a link to the dashboard to the template. This link is a ‘tool link’ with the tool type being selected as Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. To find out more about Blackboard Collaborate please attend a training session held by the Learning Development Centre.

Teaching Team

This is a ‘content area’ on Blackboard. The ‘Teaching Team’ area is a particular tool within Blackboard called ‘Contacts’. It allows the team to leave contact details for the teaching team in a specific format.  It is created via a ‘tool link’ using the tool type ‘Contacts’. There is generic support guidance for the contacts tool from Blackboard inc itself.

Your Experience & Wellbeing

This is a ‘content area’ on Blackboard. It is prepopulated with some content. Please add more if you wish. There is generic support guidance for content areas available from Blackboard inc itself.

Resit Materials

This is a ‘content area’ on Blackboard. Resit assessments will feed into the resit area. During the resit period students who have passed will have guest access to the course. This will mean they may not see all of the course. There is generic support guidance for content areas available from Blackboard inc itself. There is UWE specific guidance for how resit periods are managed on our digital estate.

Programme Course Guidance

The Faculty are looking to improve support, guidance and ultimately the quality of programme level Blackboard presences. From a small focus group of HAS programme leaders we came up with the following way forward:

A template to work from for the 'Starting Block' content.
Use at your own discretion.
Starting Block is very different in it's composition to Block Zero. 
It is more of  toolkit than a timetable. 
It has an internet front page and an intranet resource outlining what it is. 
To help we have done some of the Blackboard administration so you don't have to
Tom Buckley outlines this with an explainer video.
There are two zip files for you to use as you see fit. 
Part 1 (18/08/21) and Part 2 (17/08/21)

A checklist of what should be on the programme level blackboard pages. This will be particularly helpful for new PLs.
TBC

A practice event around different approaches to managing student communication on a programme course that has different cohorts needing different messages.
TBC

Other Blackboard Changes for 21/22

Blackboard Ultra Base Navigation is scheduled to be switched on at the end of August. Navigation moves from tabs at the top of the page to a left hand side menu. There is no impact to courses themselves, just more screen space without the top navigation menu. Existing functionality is retained – Programmatic Blackboard and student Coursework tab are available from the new navigation menu. There will be no impact to system availability.