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. The Technology Enhanced Learning Unit, along with other colleagues from across the University have gathered together advice, guidance and resources for you to utilise over the coming weeks, when working remotely.


Please see this document for advice on moving your learning and teaching online in an emergency.

The document includes:
– Communication tools which can be utilised within Blackboard
– Delivering a ‘virtual class’ using Blackboard Collaborate
– Delivering asynchronous learning and teaching activities
– How to keep your students engaged online
– Handling online assessment and feedback.

The document has been provided as a downloadable PDF for your own reference.

Blackboard Collaborate Virtual Classroom


Each 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 drop-down 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 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 webpage and a place can be reserved via the booking system.If you are unable to attend a Collaborate workshop, you can watch a recording of a previous workshop here: ‘Running an Online Session in Collaborate’ recording.

Additional Support Resources:

We have produced this PowerPoint “holding slide” with some instructions for the benefit of your students. You may wish to display this at the start of your Collaborate Session.

Student Support Resources:

If students are unable to tune in to Collaborate remotely, they have the option to dial in instead – see the following section of the general help: Alternatively, if you record the session then they will have the option to watch the recording at a later date. Instructions for accessing Collaborate recordings. 

Advice from other Academics

Debra Price from the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science has put together this handy Sway. It provides ideas and suggestions from an academics perspective for developing effective remote learning and teaching practices. 

Go to this Sway 

Additional Support

Moving to Online Checklist 

Here is a handy downloadable checklist to help get you through the first stages of moving learning and teaching to online.

Move to Online Checklist

IT Guidance on Working Remotely

Here you can access the the IT services web pages which includes helpful guides and resources relating to working remotely.

Tips for using Collaborate