Blackboard Rollover

Blackboard Modules for Academic year 18-19

It’s that time of year again and in response to feedback, this year we will beblackboard providing you with access to all your modules for the academic year 18/19 from 14th June 2018.

Students will not be enrolled until the end of August so you will have time to prepare your modules for the new semester.

Content from previous years will not be rolled over automatically, however if you would like to copy materials from previous iterations you can follow these instructions here:
Or you can request that we copy this over for you by emailing

Please note, if you have used Blackboard/Turnitin for assignment submission DO NOT use ‘select all’ for the copy process as this will duplicate your grade centre columns and settings.


Lino: Sticky and Photo Sharing

What is it? lino logo

Lino is an online bulletin board service in which sticky notes can be used to post memos, to-do lists, ideas, photos and videos.

What can it be used for?

Lino can be used for various activities such as planning and research, sharing ideas with colleagues and classmates and for posting reflections. During lectures, Lino can be used to post questions to students for them to respond to in real-time. Similarly, students can post questions on Lino around any areas they are unclear about, class discussions and group work.
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What are its useful features?

Free version available.
Unlimited number of canvases.
Take notes anywhere – home, office or mobile.
App available for iOS and Android devices.
Share files, post photos and videos.
Set due dates on your stickies and receive email reminders.
Multiple users can edit the same canvas – great for group work and class discussions.

To find out more about Lino, visit:
Frequently asked questions can be found here:

Many of you are already utilising Padlet for your online sticky note needs but for anyone looking for an alternative solution, give Lino a go and let us know what you think!

Introducing our new Academic Learning Technologist

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I’m delighted to announce that Nisha Sharif has been appointed as our new Academic Learning Technologist. You may have already come across Nisha who has been working in the team as e-learning advisor for the past 16 months dealing with the team emails and generally keeping us organised. After a very competitive recruitment process, Nisha will now take up her new role and will be supporting academics and students in using Blackboard, PebblePad, Turnitin and all the other learning technologies provided by the team.

With a background in creative digital media, Nisha is keen to work with academic staff wishing to create interactive learning materials or screencasts. The team have access to authoring software which can help build professional learning objects so if you have an idea of a resource you would like to develop but don’t know where to start, please get in touch with Nisha who can work collaboratively with you to help develop your idea.

You can contact Nisha at or via twitter @lttu_uw

Collaborate Feedback Panel

The Collaborate Feedback panel is great for obtaining general feedback from your students during your webinar.

feedback panelYou can use this to gauge how your session is going and how well your students are following you. It is also one way of carrying out quick polling with the “Agree” and “Disagree” options.

You can get to the feedback panel by clicking on your profile picture next to the microphone option.



There are also a couple of really useful keyboard shortcuts –    ALT + M for enabling your microphone and ALT + C for turning on your webcam.

Collaborate Settings Cog


You can add a profile picture to your Collaborate profile to help create a learner community. It is a good idea to encourage your students to do the same. In order to do this click on your profile picture placeholder from within the “Settings Cog” icon.profil pic


You can either upload an existing picture or take a picture with your webcam while logged in to Collaborate.

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

Discover your Digital Capabilities!

The University has joined the JISC Digital Discovery pilot together with over 100 other HE and FE institutions to try out a new tool to help staff reflect on their digital capabilities.

It is:

  • A self-administered quiz about professional digital practices (in education)
  • Designed to give useful feedback including ‘next steps’ and links to resources
  • Reflective, informative and developmental

It’s also completely anonymous and purely for your own personal information (although it can provide some high level metadata about skills across the university as a whole). Some sections may be more relevant to certain roles than others so please don’t worry if you find a certain section is not relevant to your role – just answer as best you can.

Take the quiz here:

  1. Click on the ‘sign-up’ link just below the ‘Sign in’ box.
  2. This will take you through the sign up process, where you will need to provide your name and email address
  3. You will then need to create your password  (this needs to be at least 8 characters, one capital letter and one number). This is also where you need to use the code dcap17!
  4. Finally you will need to select your institution from the drop down list (note that this is sensitive to any apostrophes in your organisation name) and your department and role before reading the data privacy notice and creating your account.


Further details about the tool can be found here: