Welcome to the FBMH eLearning Support Pages

w/c Monday 30 March 2020 – updated Wednesday 01 April 2020

The Institute for Teaching and Learning guide to teaching online

The University of Manchester Institute for Teaching and Learning has put together some guidance for online teaching and learning during the coronavirus outbreak.

eLearning support with moving teaching online during the COVID-19 outbreak

Following the announcement made by the President, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, on Friday 13th March regarding the transition to teaching online, and the more recent announcement to vacate campus, please be assured that the eLearning team has support plans in place and we have allocated team members to co-ordinate and act as key contacts for activities in your area. Our initial priority will be supporting face to face teaching activities for more than 100 students that are scheduled to take place this week and that need to be moved online. If your teaching activity is affected, a member of our team will be in touch.

We ask that all other support requests be routed via the eLearning helpdesk at The Support Portal which can be found at http://support.manchester.ac.uk: first log in, then select Request Support, click on the ‘Blackboard, Turnitin and eLearning request’ tile – from there select Request, your Faculty or business area, and the type of request that best fits your needs. Our team stand ready to support you and will work with you to find suitable solutions.

However, there are some things you can do now.

Practise your Collaborate skills

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a tool available in Blackboard that you can use to:

  • pre-record lectures
  • deliver live lectures or webinars (recorded or not)
  • facilitate break-out groups
  • assign students presenter status so that they can deliver presentations
  • facilitate PBL or EBL

The eLearning team have scheduled a series of open Collaborate sessions for staff to try Collaborate before going live with students. You will need a microphone (even your in-built mic will do) and, ideally, a webcam to participate.
We’ll talk you through the process of setting up a Collaborate space, show you the tools it has to offer and then try and answer any questions you may have.
Sessions can be accessed by clicking the links below.  Each session will be open 15 minutes prior to the published start time. Sessions will run at the following times:

Wednesday 27th May: 2pm – 2.30pm
Friday 29th May: 2pm – 2.30pm

Monday 1st June: 2pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 3rd June: 2pm – 2.30pm
Friday 5th June: 2pm – 2.30pm

Blackboard Drop-in Sessions

The eLearning team have been listening to your feedback and scheduled a further series of open drop-in sessions for staff to discuss any eLearning related issue you wish. There will be many things we can help you with in these sessions but if not we will arrange for suitable support to be put in place. You will need a microphone and, ideally, a webcam to participate.
Each session will be staffed during the following times and can be accessed by clicking the links in the lists below:

Wednesday 27th May: 2.30pm – 3.00pm
Friday 29th May: 2.30pm – 3.00pm

Monday 1st June: 2.30pm – 3.00pm
Wednesday 3rd June: 2.30pm – 3.00pm
Friday 5th June: 2.30pm – 3.00pm
(Please note that we will be running the ‘Collaborate Skills’ sessions between 2pm – 2.30pm so you may catch the end of one if you join early)

Lecture Recordings

If you need an alternative to face-to-face lectures, your options are:

Make last year’s lecture podcast available in this year’s Blackboard space

Here is a video guide to making a lecture capture podcast from a previous year available in the current year’s Blackboard unit:

Use the ‘Blackboard Collaborate Ultra’ tool to record your lecture or deliver tutorials.

An overview of the features offered by Collaborate can be found here :

A guide on How to record lectures using Blackboard Collaborate can be found here:
How to record lectures

Explore Collaborate in the following playground test space where you will be enrolled as a presenter:
Presenter Playground

Recording and uploading a presentation on your own machine

Podcasting FAQS: (opens in new tab)
– Record a presentation in Microsoft Powerpoint
– Record a presentation on a Mac
– How to upload recordings to the video portal

Please contact the eLearning team via The Support Portal for help in using Collaborate or if none of the solutions above meet your needs.



About this site

This website is aimed at our staff; however we also run a similar site aimed at students. Feel free to give the link to the student site to your students. It is available to them in the left hand menu of any Blackboard course.

Who are the eLearning Team?

The eLearning Team is part of the Faculty Student Experience Team and its members support the Schools of Biology, Medicine and Health in all aspects of online and interactive course development and delivery.

Our primary goal is to help deliver excellence in teaching via electronic means using modern technology. We also work to ensure that both Staff and Students are fully supported in the use of the University’s chosen Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and other educational software embedded into our teaching.

On this website you will find information to help you with your own teaching and learning activities. You will find guidance on common teaching activities under “Help”, Services that are available to help you in your teaching under “Services”, and Software that our team can assist you with under “Software”. If you would like to contact a member of our team for any reason, please see our “Contacts” page.

The menus on the right-hand side will allow you to search the site for something specific, or visit a particular section quickly.

Scheduled Training

Scheduled face-to-face training sessions have had to be suspended for the time being.  Updates will be posted here.