The University of Reading uses Blackboard Learn as its Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in all programmes across every School and Department, assisted by the TEL team.
It is a flexible web based system which enables tutors to deliver online learning to students. It can be accessed anywhere and anytime via the internet, allowing students to check in on their learning materials remotely.
Blackboard Learn provides a practical way to deliver and organise teaching content and activities, offers dynamic interaction, communication and collaboration, and allows tutors to track and monitor student progress.
If you are a tutor with a query about Blackboard Learn, our FAQs page answers commonly asked questions.
Instructions on how to get access to Blackboard Learn, how to get help on any issues you may be experiencing, and a checklist for new staff.
When a course is added to Blackboard, it is up to the tutor to make the course available, customise a course menu, and enrol users onto the course.
Discover how to add and edit content in Blackboard Learn, how to add media content, and how to embed social media and news feeds into your course.
Make announcements and send important emails to students through Blackboard to make communication simple.
Take students' learning experiences a step further by creating discussion forums and giving access to blogs and journals directly through your course on Blackboard.
Blackboard has a built-in assignment tool which can be used to mark assignments, tests and quizzes, and manage feedback to students.
There is a Blackboard mobile app for staff and students, allowing access to course materials and School communication wherever you may be.
TRACKING AND REPORTS
Tutors are able to run reports on course usage and activity, track performance on each user, and access the retention centre to discover which students may be at risk.
COURSE AND PORTAL ADMINISTRATION
Help and guidance on Blackboard course and user management for staff working in the Support Centres within the University.
COURSE ROLLOVER AND REQUESTS
Blackboard courses from the current academic year are copied for use in the next academic year during the annual course rollover process.
BLACKBOARD REQUEST FORMS
For unresolved Blackboard Learn issues, staff can browse the 'support for staff' information, or log the problem with IT by submitting a request form.
If you are experiencing a problem with Blackboard Learn, we have collated a list of all known issues and resolutions to help you.