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 Viva Engage (previously known as Yammer)

Starting Point and Learning Outcomes

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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 Point

If you don’t yet have a Blackboard playground area, download the PDF below for instructions on how to activate it.

NOTE: Currently, steps 1-4 in the document are not possible. Please use this link to access the ‘My Courses’ option. You may be prompted to enter your username and password.

How to activate a Blackboard playground space (PDF)

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 their help pages for instructors for handy tips.