Collaborate Virtual Classroom Survey


Do you have 5 minutes to spare?
Have you used Collaborate within the past 12 months?
If so, we’d really appreciate it if you could complete our short survey!

We are interested in finding out how the tool has been used over the past year and what sort of impact it may have had. This will help us plan for future support and hopefully develop some specific use cases and success stories.

If you have had a particularly positive (or negative) experience and would like to provide more details in the form of a short case study, that would be fantastic and there is space at the end of the survey to provide this feedback.

The survey can be accessed here:

Thank you!

Learning & Teaching Technology Unit


TEL Workshops 2017/18

Semester One Workshops


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


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

Virtual Classroom Research


As part of my Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, I am carrying out an action research project that aims to ascertain current staff perceptions and awareness of the Blackboard Virtual Classroom tool.
This initial survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete and help give me an idea of current awareness and confidence levels around this technology.
You will have the opportunity to indicate an interest in taking part in further research around this tool including the opportunity to take part in a training webinar and follow-up focus group.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire.

Libby Symonds