Getting Ready for the New Year

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Helpful tip!The Online Teaching Toolkits on the TEL website have been developed to help you teach online during the Autumn Term 2020 and beyond. They cover all the essential aspects of effective digital teaching. Please read these first, before updating your Blackboard course.


Once your Blackboard course has been created during the annual ‘rollover’ process in July you will need to update the content ready for a new cohort of students.

Please ensure the course is ready for the new academic year, and is accessible to your students, by referring to the checklist below.

If you are a new member of staff, please view the New Staff Checklist on the TEL website, in addition to the points below.


Ensure your courses materials are up-to-date, including:

  • Module and programme handbooks
  • Assignment briefs
  • Lecture and seminar materials

Structure your course and title your materials to ensure students can easily navigate and find them.


How and when are students enrolled on courses?
Enrol other staff delivering the course
Make your courses available to students
Review your Blackboard course menus
Update any Reading Lists
Create a link to your latest Reading List for the new academic year
Create accessible learning materials for Blackboard
Make the ‘My Marks and Feedback’ link available to students
Module Evaluation: Delete responses from the previous year
Adjust the date for time-released content
What to do with your courses from previous years

Online Assessment

Summative Assessment

Summative Assessment submission points (e.g. Turnitin or Blackboard assignments) and the corresponding Grade Centre columns will be set up by your Programme Administrator.

Please liaise with them to ensure that they have the correct information to set up each assessment – including the submission deadline and assessment tool to be used.

Blackboard Tests

Academic staff are responsible for creating Blackboard Tests i.e. creating questions and answers. Please liaise with your Programme Administrator to ensure that they are made available with the desired settings. How to make tests available to students.

Formative Assessment

Academics are responsible for setting up and managing formative assessment points.

Helping Your Students

Introduce students to Blackboard and provide an overview of how and what you use Blackboard for. Remind students where and hen they can submit work for online assessments and access their marks and feedback. Remind students which type of assignment they can expect to be using in your course.

Here are 3 simple resources to help your students make the best use of Blackboard


What if you need further help?

If you have a Blackboard or Turnitin query, or need to contact the TEL team, please log a ticket on the IT Self Service Portal or email with full details. This will ensure your query is addressed by an appropriate person as promptly as possible.