What Was New Autumn 2016


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Things to do in Blackboard — get ready for the start of the year

• Update your Course Organisation

Remember that the Blackboard homepage now gives each student access to their relevant Course Organisation. From here, they can access all course information, including course handbook, and contact details for course staff and student representatives.

All courses must contain a minimum set of information to ensure all students are receiving accurate details. You can download the minimum requirements checklist.

What else is new in Blackboard this term?

• Explore e-portfolios, blogs and wikis

We are no longer using the Campus Pack tool for e-portfolios, blogs and wikis. Instead, the equivalent Blackboard tools have been enabled for users. Find out more about blogs and wikis in Blackboard.

The Blackboard Personal Portfolio tool lets users create ‘artefacts’ which can be organised into collections. A snapshot of the portfolio can be shared with other users or external contacts. Find out more about e-portfolios in Blackboard.

• Tailor your announcements

When you post an announcement in Blackboard you can now choose whether the email comes from your own email address, or the usual 'do-not-reply@blackboard.com’. If you select the option for your email address, then students will be able to send a direct reply about the information you have posted.

Help for your student IT inductions

We have shared resources that you can use for your IT inductions, which can be easily tailored to the specific needs of your course and students.

Good Practice Exchange — case studies to inform and inspire

Read about how your colleagues are using technology-enhanced learning (TEL) in our Good Practice Exchange case studies.

To share your own story about using technology in your learning and teaching activity, email the UniLearn team.

Drop-in sessions for personal help and guidance on TEL

If you need help or advice for the UniLearn systems, come along to one of our weekly, campus drop-in sessions, 10am to 3pm.

You can now also drop-in online using Collaborate. This virtual meeting space is available at the same time as the face-to-face drop-in, so you can get online and talk to someone quickly and easily from any campus.

For more information about days, locations, and how to get online for drop-ins, visit our Staff Development & Training page.

TEL-focused CELT seminars

Look out for the regular CELT lunchtime seminars: there’s always something of interest, and some will promote discussion and collaboration around using technology to enhance learning and teaching.

'Loop’ course and module evaluation tool

Loop is the new web application for delivering course and module evaluation to students and reporting tools for staff. It replaces the previous reliance on Blackboard and QuestionMark Perception (QMP).


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