Modules in the Blackboard VLE

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Blackboard is the primary virtual learning environment (VLE) used here at the University of South Wales.

Each of your modules has a presence in Blackboard and by effectively using the online area for each of your modules you will ensure that your students will have access to relevant and timely information, resources and announcements via the web, anytime and anywhere.

Introduction to Blackboard

This page will give you a quick overview of what Blackboard is, where everything can be found, and how your modules will be laid out. It also introduces you to some important policies and requirements related to the use of Blackboard such as the VLE Minimum Requirements Policy and the new Course Organisations.

We offer a range of specific advice here on TEACH. There may be times however when you may wish to also search Blackboard’s own help for further advice and guidance on the use of specific tools.

Building a basic module

Once you’re ready to start creating your module you can follow our guide to building a module in Blackboard.

Managing content

These pages provide guides to uploading and managing files using the different functions of Blackboard so that they can be shared between modules, departments and faculties as needed.

Reading Lists

Blackboard provides an automatic link to the library’s online Reading Lists system. This page introduces the system and what you need to do to make sure your reading lists are available online.

Assessment & Feedback

These pages introduce and provide step-by-step guides for all the different tools available for delivering and managing the assessment and feedback process at USW.

Communication and Collaboration

These pages introduce the different tools that can be used for communication, group work, and collaborative learning both within Blackboard and outside it. This includes features like webinars, voting tools, discussion forums, Blackboard groups, wikis, and social media.

Media — Audio/Video

These pages introduce the different tools and resources you can use to record lectures, show you how to add video and audio content to your modules, and show you how to create audio and video resources for students.

Administrative tools

These pages deal with the functions of Blackboard that are more to do with administrative side than teaching and learning; for example, enroling staff or students onto modules, viewing who’s enrolled on your module, or requesting an organisation.