For the most part teaching, learning and assessment takes place at module level, and Blackboard reflects that. However Blackboard also allows you to provide students with information at a Programme level. This could include
- general information relevant to all students on a Programme
- Programme Handbooks
- details of Module options for the coming year
- information on Placements, Week 6 activities, extra-curricular activities
- responses to Programme-level student feedback.
Providing information in this way can help to address the need identified in the Curriculum Framework to take a holistic programme level approach.
Channels for providing Programme-level information in Blackboard
Blackboard courses for Programmes
Every Programme has a new Blackboard course created each year.
The course code for these Blackboard courses ends in PR
e.g. UFENVSC-19-0PR BSc Environmental Science (2019/20)
These courses are currently little used, mostly at PG level where Programmes typically last for 1 year. However from 2020/21 we changed the way these courses are set up, and hope that this will better meet the needs of UG Programme teams.
A new course is set up in Blackboard every academic year for every Programme.
Only students in the 2020/21 intake will be enrolled on the 2020/21 course in Blackboard. These students will remain on the same Blackboard course for the duration of their Programme.
Then in 2021/22 the new student intake will be enrolled onto the 2021/22 course, and so on.
Prior to 2020/21
A new course was set up in Blackboard every academic year for every Programme.
All of the currently registered students on a Programme were enrolled on the Blackboard course for that Programme, regardless of level.
So for a 3 year BA, the 2019/20 course in Blackboard will have all currently registered students at Parts 2 and 3.
You can Request a Supplementary Course if you want to set up a Blackboard course which pulls together enrolments from several Blackboard courses.
This could be used where you want to be able to provide information for, and communicate with, a specific year group, but need to pull together enrolments from several different programmes – for instance students on both single and joint honours versions of a programme.
Unlike courses, Blackboard Organisations continue from one year to the next and are not part of the annual rollover process.
Many Schools use a Blackboard Organisation to provide School, Departmental and Programme-level information to students. Often referred to as a ‘student briefcase’, for example
- History UG Student Briefcase
- Politics PG Student Briefcase.
Typically these Organisations have enrolments from all Parts / year groups but, if required, they can be set up for a specific Part e.g.
- Pharmacy Department Student Briefcase – Part 1
- Pharmacy Department Student Briefcase – Part 2
Not sure which of these options is best for your Programme? Please get in touch with the TEL team via the IT Service Desk.