*This post was sent to all teaching staff as a Bb-Users’ email in August 2021*
To help you prepare for teaching in the new academic year and to set up your Blackboard module(s) ready for your new students, please see the following essential guides:
Prepare your Blackboard module(s) for the new year
The Prepare your Blackboard module for the new year CHECKLIST details everything you need to do, including important tasks like:
- Making your course available to your students
- Enrolling other staff delivering the module
- Creating a course banner
- Adding module roadmaps / weekly plans
- Using Blackboard as part of your start-of-term communications
- Repurposing screencasts & ensuring new students can view them on MS Stream
- Making rolled-over Blackboard Tests available
Staff development & resources to help you prepare your Blackboard module(s) & online teaching
The TEL Online Toolkit: Designing your Blackboard module provides guidance on planning your module including the Threshold Standards – a clear set of practical guidelines that describe how to structure online learning materials and activities in Blackboard modules.
Resources to help students get started with Blackboard
Also detailed on the Prepare your Blackboard module for the new year CHECKLIST are resources you can use with your students to prepare them to use Blackboard and orientate themselves with the teaching tools and technologies they’ll be using this term.
Share the new 5 minute Introduction to Blackboard video with your students.
As part of their Welcome programme, a short online session is available for students to attend, during which they can find out about Blackboard and key digital tools.
What’s new on Blackboard for 2021/22
A reminder that Blackboard looks a little different when you log in and you’ll need to navigate it in a slightly different way before getting to your modules. If you haven’t already, check out this introductory guide and 2 minute video.
Wishing you a great start to the new term and a successful year ahead – we look forward to working with you.
Very best wishes,