Blackboard is the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used by the University to provide a dedicated online space for each course it offers. Most teaching-focused staff will be required to use it to support their students’ learning experience.

Training outline:

  1. Online self-study module (covered here)
  2. Optional: Peer Support via Yammer

Starting Point and Learning Outcomes

Objectives for Blackboard Basics

Before you start the training you should:

  • Have access to Blackboard.
  • Be enrolled on a Blackboard course, or have a Blackboard “playground” area in which you can practice.

After working through this training you should be able to:

  • Access your Blackboard units and navigate the layout
  • Understand how the ‘Edit’ and ‘Student Preview’ modes work
  • Add folders, files, web links and visual media
  • Enable discussion in your units

Starting Activity

If you don’t yet have a Blackboard playground area, follow the link below for instructions on how to activate it. You will need to be logged in to access the information and may need to log into the IT Support portal before clicking the link:

Blackboard Staff: Activate a playground space


Navigating Blackboard

How to access Blackboard, locate your courses and familiarise yourself with the menus


Adding Content

Adding and organising content items, folders and visual media


Enabling Discussion

Setting up forums to engage your students with online discussions


Self-help guides from Blackboard

Blackboard’s own website has a wealth of guidance, designed to help you get started. It’s worth taking a look at the Help for College or University Instructors page for handy tips.


Post Training Support

The FBMH eLearning Team has set up a Yammer group to assist the teaching community in peer support and sharing best practice. You can join the group by logging onto Yammer and clicking here.