Blackboard Learn is Brunel’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which is managed by the Learning Technology Team (LTT).
Blackboard Learn a 24/7 portal available anywhere in the world to assist and enhance your studies. With Blackboard Learn you can carry on studying at home, at work or overseas - all you need is an internet connection.
It can help you to:
- study at your own pace;
- communicate with other students and with your lecturers;
- access extra information that may be available for your modules, including timetables, lecture notes, additional reading and much more;
- access key student services information and other central resources to help you improve your skills and knowledge.
Your personal Blackboard Learn account is customised for your programme of study with links to your academic modules, including lecture notes, course materials, online discussion boards, announcements and links to further reading material specific to your course.
'Help Me LTT'
For staff looking to get to grips with Blackboard Learn, there is a new 'Help Me LTT' tab inside Blackboard which contains a range of support resources. One page PDF guides, help videos, links to sign up for staff training and links for further Learning Technology Team support are now all available in one place.
From November 2012, the Blackboard Mobile app will be available for staff and students at Brunel. From that date, you can download it for free at the app store or equivalent for your device. The app is available for iOS, Android, and Blackberry devices.
For information on how to find and download the app, take a look at this guide.
Log in to the app using your usual Blackboard credentials, and the app will display your Courses, Organisations, and Announcements in a neat, mobile-friendly way.
If you are a member of staff teaching a module, you can add content to folders using the app, but not create new top-level folders. We advise, therefore, that you set up or edit the core structure of your modules using a PC. You can then add files, images, and text on the move.
As well as supporting most of the VLE’s current tools, the app does allow for innovation and some new techniques. One example is the creation of a mobile-compatible quiz – your students can answer questions, or submit files and images on the move. To learn more about these tools, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can book onto the following session via the Staff Development website (click the links to go straight there, network login required if off campus):
Blackboard Learn Basics
Everything you need to know about Blackboard Learn, and its key differences from u-Link. You'll come away able to build a course, upload content, and use the interface
How can I stay updated or ask a question?
Email email@example.com with any questions or check the 'Help Me LTT' tab inside Blackboard Learn for more support.