A rich and well developed Blackboard site adds considerable value to the student and learning experience. There are a multitude of approaches to enhancing a Blackboard site, and the LTE team is keen to support teaching staff in making their module sites meet the needs of their students.

Most Universities identify a set of minimum standards against which they expect VLE sites to comply. The purpose of minimum VLE standards is to ensure consistency in the student experience. At Teesside University, these minimum standards are codified in the Threshold Quality Standard (TQS): Use of Electronic Module Sites.

Our Learning Technologists have developed a user guide to support teaching staff in meeting the TQS. The purpose of this guide is to provide a series of quick and easy steps which can be used to review and improve an existing Blackboard site. Detailed instructions are provided to meet each of the criteria.

Alongside the new guide, our Learning Technologists are offering a series of interactive workshops to guide staff through the process of improving the performance of module sites against the TQS. These ‘hands on’ sessions will provide an overview of the TQS criteria, and encourage staff to review their existing sites with the support of Learning Technologists. Details of forthcoming sessions are available here.

In addition, Learning Technologists are available to provide individual support sessions at a time and place of the staff member’s choice. Planned on a bespoke basis according to the preferred timescale and specific needs of the individual, these sessions offer tailored support for new and existing staff. Please contact the LTE team to arrange an individual support session.

A wide range of online resources and support guides relating to Blackboard are available through the Staff Knowledge Base. Please contact us if you can’t find the resource you require.

Enhancing Your Blackboard Site

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