Blackboard improvements

Posted by rmt22 at Aug 31, 2018 03:24 PM |
Based on student feedback we’ve made improvements to how we use Blackboard.

At the end of last year we worked with a number of student volunteers who helped populate the new course sites. The new template was developed in consultation with staff and students and through teaching and learning committees.

Using this structure will provide students with a consistent experience across all their modules and the improved layouts will provide more attractive course sites, whilst course leaders are able to retain their academic freedom

What’s happening?

From the start of the new academic year a new Blackboard course will be created automatically for each module, each year, using an improved template. Students remain enrolled on their current Blackboard course sites too, so that they can look back at material from previous years.

Who is affected?

For the 2018/19 academic year, these improvements apply to campus-based, undergraduate programmes. Distance learning and postgraduate programmes will be considered in the next phase.

What does this mean?

There is less work for staff as course sites are automatically created and better access to information. Blackboard now also works more closely with SITS, and we are continuing to improve the way the two systems work together.

Foundation, first and second year campus-based undergraduates will have refreshed Blackboard course sites using an improved and consistent layout. Second year students will still be able to access their first year Blackboard courses.

The Blackboard courses for most third and fourth year modules will remain in the existing layout for this year, as the changes are being made in line with curriculum transformation. Third year students will still be able to access their second year Blackboard courses.

This will continue each year, so by the start of the 2019/20 academic year a third year student will have access to Blackboard courses from all three years.

Want to find out more?

Please email or visit the Digital Learning Environment Yammer group

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