Removal of Blackboard Organisations

Important Changes to Blackboard Organisations

Blackboard Organisations behave like courses and contain tools that enable members to communicate efficiently. You can post information, have discussions, and share documents. Organisations are an ideal place to connect with other users with whom you share interests or extra-curricular activities.

Following the changes in data protection law, the LTTU are revising the way in orgswhich Organisations are set up and administrated in Blackboard and as part of this we are conducting some housekeeping to remove old, unused organisation sites.

If you currently have a Blackboard organisation that you are still using, please let us know by Monday 9th July, otherwise these will be all be removed after that date.

Modules for course delivery are automatically created through the integration with the Student Records System, however Organisations need to be set up manually and participants enrolled as a separate process. As Blackboard is primarily a system for learning and teaching, from now onward we will only be setting up organisation areas for the following purposes:

  • Course/programme wide sites
  • Research projects
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Community engagement

Blackboard should not be used purely for document sharing as the University system for this purpose is Microsoft One-Drive which is supported by ICT. If you have a Blackboard site currently used for this purpose please ensure you back up any documents you wish to keep before Monday July 9th 2018.

Please notify us of any organisations you with to keep by emailing us at eos@worc.ac.uk

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Blackboard Inline Grading Update

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Blackboard’s tool for inline annotation is changing with effect from January 2018. In order to move to the new version, we need to schedule an upgrade which will take approximate 15 hours of downtime. Whilst there is never a good time to take Blackboard offline we have scheduled this to take place over the Christmas break from 19.30 on 26th December to 07.30 on 27th December in order to cause minimum disruption.

If you use the Blackboard inline annotation tool, we have provided a frequently asked questions document which you can access here Inline Grading Update (002)

Please contact eos@worc.ac.uk if you have any questions or feedback about this.

Semester Two Blackboard Modules Available Now

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Modules starting in semester two are now available in Blackboard for staff only.

Tutors who have previously had access to modules in Blackboard will automatically have access to the new iteration, however, if you’re new to a module you will need to use the web form on the logged in staff web page to request access. This is an automated process and you will have access within the following 24 hours. Instructions on how to add yourself to modules can be found here.

We have not automatically copied content over from previous years as you may wish to update your teaching materials, however, if you would like content copied over this can be done by following this link: Migrating Blackboard Content or by sending a request to eos@worc.ac.uk stating the module code, name and what you require copying.

Students will be enrolled onto their modules in the new year, so you have time to update materials and information before this becomes visible to students.

If you have any questions about this please contact eos@worc.ac.uk

Learning and Teaching Technology Unit (LTTU).

Staff Workshop: Bronze, Silver or Gold – how’s your Blackboard Site looking?

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Almost all modules are now making use of Blackboard in some way however, we want to encourage teaching staff to think about their Blackboard sites and consider ways that they might provide a better learning experience for their students.

With this in mind we have designed a self-audit tool which staff can use to appraise their own use of Blackboard in line with the baseline standards, and we have used the bronze, silver and gold categories to mirror the TEF.

This workshop will take you through the levels of Blackboard usage with reference to research that has been undertaken with students to highlight their needs. Participants will then have the opportunity to review one of their modules and make revisions in line with the new standards.

If you have any questions, please email the Learning and Teaching Technology Unit at eos@worc.ac.uk 

Wednesday 15th November 2017
10.15 -11.45am
Book your place via the Staff Development Workshops page

TEL Workshops 2017/18

Semester One Workshops

Staff-Training

You can sign up for any of the following workshops from the Staff Development Booking pages here. 

Using quizzes, tests and surveys in Blackboard

There are 17 different question types ranging from multiple choice to hot-spots to calculated questions in Blackboard. These can be included in formative, summative or anonymous tests and surveys to gain student feedback, gauge understanding and ultimately, assess student performance. This workshop will cover the set-up of a test canvas and the various options that entails together with a closer look at all the question types and how these might be used. Participants will be engaged both as students to experience the student view, and also as tutors setting up and marking their own quizzes to gain an all-round appreciation of the online assessment function.

25/10/17 – 14.15-15.45 – EE1022

Collaborate Virtual Classroom

Description: Blackboard Collaborate is an online virtual classroom/meeting space which allows users to connect via audio, see each other via webcams, use a chat tool, collaborate on documents and view presentations as well as other features. This session facilitated by Gillian Fielding from Blackboard will include an overview of the product, a number of use cases and examples from other Universities including a range of teaching, learning and assessment examples, as well a host of other non-teaching uses.

30/10/2017 – 10:15-11:45 – EEG031

PebblePad Portfolio

Description: This session will provide participants with the knowledge to construct their own portfolio of evidence using the PebblePad software. It will also include discussion on how this can be used for learning and teaching.

07/11/2017 – 09:45-11:15 – EEG023

Bronze, Silver or Gold – how’s your Blackboard Site looking?

Description: Almost all modules are now making use of Blackboard in some way however we want to encourage teaching staff to think about their Blackboard sites and consider ways that they might provide a better learning experience for their students. With this in mind we have designed a self-audit tool which staff can use to appraise their own use of Blackboard in line with the baseline standards, and we have used the bronze, silver and gold categories to mirror the TEF. This workshop will take you through the levels of Blackboard usage with reference to research that’s been undertaken with students to highlight their needs. Participants will then have the opportunity to review one of their modules and make revisions in line with the new standards.

15/11/2017 – 10:15-11:45 – EEG023

Blackboard made simple

Description: This workshop will cover the basics of using the Blackboard system from requesting access to modules to changing the basic template and uploading content in various forms. It will also provide participants with advice on effective design to support student learning. Aimed at users who are new to the system or who need a refresher.

21/11/2017 – 10:15-11:45 – EEG023

Camtasia

Description: Camtasia is a piece of software that can be used to produce videos, screencasts and interactive learning objects. This tool is easy to use and can produce really professional looking materials which you can make available to your students through the VLE and can support a flipped classroom type approach to teaching and learning. This workshop will cover the basics of using Camtasia and provide hands on practice in the use of the software.

05/12/2017 – 10:15-11:45 – EEG023

Tracking Student Engagement in Blackboard

Description: Student engagement and progression is key to their success and the retention centre and performance dashboard are tools in Blackboard which can help you monitor your students’ activity within your Blackboard. In this workshop we will look at setting up rules for reporting lack of engagement and/or achievement and discuss strategies for re-engaging students and promoting active learning.

04/12/2017 – 10:15-11:45 – EEG023

Blackboard Auto-Collapsing Menu

After a recent upgrade in Blackboard, you may have noticed a few changes. One of these updates includes an auto-collapse function to the course menu, on the left hand side of your page. This was part of Blackboards update to make the application more responsive so that the information sits better on your screens.

So if you have misplaced your course menu, no problem! Here’s how you can access it:

 

Introduction to Blackboard 2017

As a result of feedback gathered from students during a recent SAP Project, the Learning and Teaching Technology Unit has created a video guide to Blackboard.

Take a look at the video below which introduces students to the newly updated Blackboard environment.

Please feel free to share this will your colleagues and students during Induction Week.