We have broken up our Blackboard training into several key areas – please choose which you feel best suits your needs:
Basics of Using Blackboard
For new users of the system who want to learn about navigation, adding basic text and how to get started.
Using Blackboard to Create Content: Making Your Course Look Good
Once you know the basics of Blackboard, this training shows you a few simple tricks for upgrading the visual quality of your course.
Creation of Blackboard Summative and Formative Assessments
Learn how to add Blackboard Tests into courses for both Summative and Formative learning activities.
Blackboard has its own Assignments tool that allows you to collect files from students, mark them, check them for plagiarism and distribute them back to the students. If you are collecting posters or videos from your students, this may be a preferrable tool over TurnItIn.
Live and Asynchronous Lectures, Seminars and Small Group Teaching (Tutorials) via Blackboard Collaborate
Online lectures may be run either live or recorded using inbuilt Blackboard Collaborate. Likewise, the system can help with your small group teaching.
Using the Preview User
The Blackboard system allows you to test almost all parts of your content via the use of a “Preview User” option in your course. This 2 minute video goes through how to use this part of the system.
Personalising the Student Experience: Adaptive Release of Content
Adaptive release tools in Blackboard allow you to release content under certain pre-set circumstances (rules), enabling you to personalise student learning.
Reading Lists and Blackboard
To create or edit your reading list, view the University Library’s guidance.
If your Reading List is not available in the Blackboard left-hand menu, follow the guide created by the University of Manchester’s Library team, which you can find here.
Groups for Collaboration, Group work and Administration
This training is designed to introduce to you the “Groups” tools in Blackboard. These tools enable you to separate your students into “groups” in order to:
– Allow students to work together collaboratively OR
– Allow you to administer students on your course OR
– Allow you to personalise the learning of your students
Using the Grade Centre to Access Student Grades
The Blackboard Grade Centre stores all student grades and submission data for Blackboard assignments and tests in a course. It is possible to manually mark submissions from the Grade Centre, and it can be used to calculate overall weighted grades or averages for multiple assessments.