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Subscribing to discussion forums in Blackboard

In Blackboard, if you turn on the setting to allow subscription to discussion forums, students and staff will have the option of receiving emails when new posts are made. In the forum options, select “Allow members to subscribe to forum” and “Include body of post in the email” (see screenshot below). Once this is enabled students and tutors have the ability to opt in or out of the email subscription service.

Blackboard discussion forum settings

This video shows how easy it is for students and staff to subscribe to a discussion forum.

Student Blackboard Modules

Your students should now be busy accessing their resources and activities on Blackboard. If you have any students that do not have access to their modules on Blackboard, please ask them to check that they have registered and selected modules for this academic year on their SOLE page. This will control their student access to Blackboard.

If they are unsure or are having difficulties with their registration, ask them to email

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Exciting new changes to PebblePad

For all the PebblePad users at the University there will be some exciting new developments appearing over the summer. This upgrade will make a significant improvement to the user experience on ATLAS, particularly regarding marking and feedback.

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We will soon be enabling Submission Viewer 2 which will provide increased functionality for feedback, comments, and assessor fields and much more, making the marking process easier and more seamless.

Please take a look at the Submission Viewer 2 resources provided by PebblePad for more information.

Blackboard Student Preview

As a Blackboard instructor you need to be certain that your course is accessible, well designed and that all of the links work as intended. The “Student Preview” option (outlined in the image below in red) gives you the functionality to be able to view your course in the same manner that a student would see it. The Preview function can be particularly useful for ensuring that hidden files or folders have been deployed appropriately, submitting assignments, or for instructors taking multiple choice tests in order to make sure they work as intended.


Remember that if you cannot see course content in student preview, then your students won’t be able to see it either.

Please watch the short video below showing the Student Preview feature.

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