Blackboard update and student enrolments


Blackboard has now been updated and you will see a new sleek interface when you next log in. Only the login interface has changed, courses will remain the same and you can continue delivering your module resources, activities and assessments as before.

We are now also starting to enrol students onto modules. Enrolment on Blackboard is integrated with the student record system so students will only have access to modules once they have completed registration for the new academic year and have been registered on the modules they wish to take.

Student Access to 20-21 Modules

Well, it\’s that time of year again – IT will be adding all students to their 20-21 Blackboard modules on Friday 28th August, ready for the start of a new (although slightly different) academic year.

You don\’t need to do anything, this process will be automatic as long as your students have both registered for the new academic year AND selected their modules via their Sole page. If they need any assistance with this, both firstpoint and Solehelp will be able to advise.

It is a good idea to ensure you have a clear welcome message on your module homepage and any content in place that you would like your students to see when they first access the module.

If you are still working on your Blackboard modules, you may find this previous post on populating your pages useful.

Enjoy the last few weeks of the summer and we look forward to working with you in September!

Using Collaborate for Remote Working

You will be aware of the Covid-19 situation and as a result you may be considering moving some of your learning and teaching online. To support this, you may be looking at using Blackboard Collaborate. The TEL Unit have compiled this guide for your use and consideration.

What is Collaborate?

\"BlackboardEach Blackboard module is pre-populated with the Collaborate Virtual Classroom tool. This appears as a link in the standard menu which is hidden by default. To activate this just click on the dropdown link at the side of the name and select “Show link”. This is now visible to your students and ready to use.



Collaborate enables you to share your slides and/or screen and communicate with your students using audio, video or a chat panel. Students can ask questions using the “hand raise” button.


Requirements for using Collaborate

  • A good Internet Connection
  • Laptop with built in mic/webcam, or a USB headset (if using a desktop PC), such as the Microsoft LiveChat LX – 3000
  • A recent version of either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox Browser


The TEL Team are scheduling additional workshops in order to meet demand. These can be found on the Staff Development Workshops web page and a place can be reserved via the booking system.

Additional Support Resources:

Collaborate Help Pages in University Blackboard Manual:

Blackboard’s own “Getting Started with Collaborate” video:

In-Situ help via the burger menu on the top left hand side of your Collaborate Classroom Panel where you can report an issue directly with Blackboard.

We have attached a “Holding Slide” with some instructions for the benefit of your students. You may wish to display this at the start of your Collaborate Session.

Programme Update – \’TEL\’ Me More

On the 7th March 2019 the TEL Unit, along with colleagues from across the university will showcase a series of innovative uses of technology in Learning and Teaching.

The presentations are as follows:

CHAT: Congenital Heart Assessment Tool, delivered through ‘Articulate Rise’
Dr Kerry Gaskin, Head of Department for Post-Qualifying Courses
Gerry Beattie, Academic Learning Technologist 

This online learning resource aims to equip health care professionals with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to teach parents about going home from hospital with their infant following the first stage of surgery for complex congenital heart disease.

Using PebblePad to record student achievement for Sports Coaching
Glyn Harding, 
Principal Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science
Nathan Caesar, Single Honours Sports Development and Coaching Student

This presentation will discuss how PebblePad has been used to record evidence of student achievement in Sports Coaching. The students have been encouraged to use the PebblePad App to record video and audio evidence using mobile devices while coaching. This evidence is subsequently linked into a Portfolio which is then submitted as their final assessment.

Engaging masters students through Blackboard Collaborate
Dr John Francis, 
Course Leader for MSc Applied Sports Performance Analysis

This presentation will provide a case study in to how Blackboard Collaborate has been used throughout a Masters in Applied Sports Performance Analysis course to deliver learning content to a broad range of students across all of modules. The benefits and challenges that the lecturers have faced regarding delivery style, learning the platform and engaging students will be addressed along with the solutions that have been used to enhance student learning.

Lunch will be provided and there will be opportunity for questions and discussion.

Book your place via the Staff Development Workshops page.



\’TEL\’ Me More Seminar

The Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be hosting a \’TEL\’ Me More Seminar on the 7th March 2019, showcasing a series of innovative uses of technology in Learning and Teaching.

Colleagues from across the university will share their experience and expertise in a range of topics. This will include using media-rich portfolios for documenting video evidence and audio reflections. Creating interactive learning resources using Articulate 360 for midwives across the UK, and engaging masters students through online course delivery.

Lunch will be provided and there will be opportunity for questions and discussion.

Book your place via the Staff Development Workshops page.


Help with Turnitin

With the semester coming to a close and marking of assignments underway, we thought it would be a good time to remind you of the resources available to assist you when using Turnitin for assessment.


This handy guide:  includes all you need to know when marking and providing feedback online, through Turnitin. From viewing and understanding the originality report, right through to adding feedback and grading. We\’ve included step-by-step instructions with images to help you along the way.

\"tiibookmark\"Don\’t forget to bookmark these pages so you can refer back them at any point!

TEL Workshops

We have now released a range a Technology Enhanced Learning workshops for semester two:

Blackboard Made Simple

This workshop will cover the basics of using the Blackboard system from requesting access to modules to changing the basic template and uploading content in various forms. It will also provide participants with advice on effective design to support student learning. Aimed at users who are new to the system or who need a refresher.

30.01.2019 – 13:45 to 15:15

Beyond the Basics with Blackboard

This workshop offers participants the opportunity to consider the design aspects of the Blackboard course including aesthetics, structure and layout. A familiarity with the basic functionality is required to get the most out of this workshop which will help users move on to a more design focused use of the VLE.

07.02.2019 – 10:00 to 11:30

Using quizzes, tests and surveys in Blackboard

There are 17 different question types ranging from multiple choice to hot-spots to calculated questions in Blackboard. These can be included in formative, summative or anonymous tests and surveys to gain student feedback, guage understanding and ultimately, assess student performance. This workshop will cover the set-up of a test canvas and the various options that entails together with a closer look at all the question types and how these might be used. Participants will be engaged both as students to experience the student view, and also as tutors setting up and marking their own quizzes to gain an all-round appreciation of the online assessment function.

20.02.2019 – 13:45 to 15:15

Collaborate Virtual Classroom

Blackboard Collaborate is an online virtual classroom/meeting space which allows users to connect via audio, see each other via webcams, use a chat tool, collaborate on documents and view presentations as well as other features. This session will cover the basic functionality, options for setting up your own sessions and guidance on best practice.

27.02.2019 13:45 to 15:15

Setting up Turnitin for Assessment

This workshop will cover setting up Turnitin assignments for summative submission, marking and feedback.

06.03.2019 – 13:45 to 15:15

Supporting Student Retention in Blackboard

Student engagement and progression is key to their success and the retention centre and performance dashboard are tools in Blackboard which can help you monitor your students\’ activity within your Blackboard. In this workshop we will look at setting up rules for reporting lack of engagement and/or achievement and discuss strategies for re-engaging students and promoting active learning.

13.03.2019 – 13:45 to 15:15


Camtasia is a piece of software that can be used to produce videos, screencasts and interactive learning objects. This tool is easy to use and can produce really professional looking materials which you can make available to your students through the VLE and can support a flipped classroom type approach to teaching and learning. This workshop will cover the basics of using Camtasia and provide hands on practice in the use of the software.

20.03.2019 – 13:45 to 15:15

Running an Online Session in Collaborate

The best way to get to know a new tool is by using it, so this session will be delivered online using the Collaborate virtual classroom. Guidance on best practice will be discussed and participants will be able to experience the interactive features this tool has to offer. There will also be a chance for discussion and questions.

03.04.2019 – 13:45 to 15:00

Managing Online Group Work in Blackboard

The groups tool in Blackboard provides a powerful way of setting up and managing group work within the VLE. This workshop will work through the various options for creating online groups and their individual merits and look at the different tools and options that can be assigned to groups. Participants will be engaged both as group members to experience the student view and also as tutors setting up and organising their own groups to gain an all-round appreciation of the group function.

10.04.2019 – 13:45 to 15:15

Book your place on any of these workshops via the Staff Development Workshops page.

If you have any questions about these workshops, please contact us.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit

\"christmas-3841937_1280\"What a busy but productive year we have had; we’ve moved offices to Woodbury 73 and re-branded the team, including a change of name from LTTU to TELU. We also have a new email address – so be sure to contact us at as our old email address will be switched off in the new year. We have also put together a new website which we hope you will find useful. We continued to support academic colleagues in a range of technologies and appointed a new member to the team who will begin in January.

We hope you have all had a good year too! We look forward to working with you again in 2019. We have a range of projects and events lined up, including our \’TEL\’ Me More conference on the 7th March. We\’ll also have a new programme of workshops which we\’ll release in the new year.

Don\’t forget to follow our blog to keep up to date with all of our news, events and updates to learning technologies at the University of Worcester.

We\’ll be closed from 12pm on Monday 24th December, returning on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year,

TEL Unit


Save the Date!

\’TEL\’ Me More:

Thursday 7th March 2019

The Technology Enhanced Learning Unit are showcasing a series of innovative uses of technology in Learning and Teaching.


Topics will cover:

  • Multimedia portfolios
  • Interactive learning resources
  • Alternative modes of course delivery

A full programme and booking details to come in the New Year.


ALT West Midlands Regional Meeting

\"ALTWM\"The latest ALTWM meeting took place on 28th November, 2019 with over 20 attendees from across the region and beyond.

The theme of the meeting was “working together to design modules” and we heard from representatives from the University of Birmingham, the University of Northampton, Aston University and Warwick Business School about a range of innovative projects around learning and curriculum design.

There was plenty of networking and discussion between presentations and the afternoon was rounded off by an introduction and practical exercise based on the ABC Learning Design methodology, led by Adam Warren, Teaching Fellow in TEL from Aston University.

The next meeting will be taking place in the spring next year and we’re looking for suggestions for themes and volunteers to host.

\"signNew members to the group are always welcome so please sign up to the ALT West Midlands group here.