Learning and Teaching Technology Unit (LTTU) update

Blackboard Rollover

It’s that time of year again and in response to feedback, this year we will be providing you with access to all your modules for the academic year 18/19 from 14th June 2018. Students will not be enrolled until the end of August so you have time to prepare your modules for the new semester.

Content from previous years will not be rolled over automatically, however if you would like to copy materials from previous iterations you can request this by emailing eos@worc.ac.uk or find instructions on how to do this yourself here: https://lttu.uk/support/Blackboard/Manual/migrating-content.html

Please note, if you have used Blackboard/Turnitin for assignment submission DO NOT use select all for the copy process as this will duplicate your grade centre columns and settings.


Important Changes to Organisations

Blackboard Organizations behave like courses and contain tools that enable members to communicate efficiently. You can post information, have discussions, and share documents. Organizations are an ideal place to connect with other users with whom you share interests or extra-curricularactivities.

Following the changes in data protection law, the LTTU are revising the way in which Organisations are set up and administrated in Blackboard and as part of this we are conducting some housekeeping to remove old, unused organisation sites.

Modules for course delivery are automatically created through the integration with the Student Records System, however Organisations need to be set up manually and participants enrolled as a separate process. As Blackboard is primarily a system for learning and teaching, from now onwards we will only be setting up organisation areas for the following purposes:

  • Course/programme wide sites
  • Research projects
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Community engagement

Blackboard should not be used purely for document sharing as the University system for this purpose is Microsoft One-Drive which is supported by ICT. If you have a Blackboard site currently used for this purpose please ensure you back up any documents you wish to keep before Monday July 9th 2018.

If you currently have an organisation site that you are still using, please let us know by Monday 9th July if this is still required otherwise this will be removed after that date.



If you would like to use PebblePad with your students for e-portfolio or competency based workbooks we have now set up a form which will help you plan and prepare for using this tool in your courses.

The link to the form can be found here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=QYA4YykDPEOksRmij84xxiTOkQ6nq71DpGcjODEfLMJUM05XWkZYT0JEUUpSMzM3M1JPVFVKNFRVVi4u so please complete this in the first instance to request a workspace. We will then be in touch to help set this up and arrange support and training for your students.


Summer Workshops

With much of this years teaching now over, you may be thinking ahead and planning for the next academic year. With that in mind we have arranged a series of workshops throughout the summer to help you develop your use of technology for learning and teaching.

You can sign up for these on the staff development booking system, here.

Workshops available:

Setting up Turnitin for Assessment – 25/06/18 – 10.00 – 11.30 – EEG031

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

Blackboard Made Simple – 4/7/18 – 9.45 – 11.15 – EE1022

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.

Turnitin Briefing – 4/7/18 – 11.30 – 12.30 – BYG197

This session will provide an overview of the University project to implement end-to-end electronic management of assessment through the Blackboard VLE. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and raise any issues they may have.

Collaborate Virtual Classroom – 5/7/18 – 10.15 – 11.45 – EE1022

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.

Using quizzes, tests and surveys in Blackboard – 10/7/18 – 9.45 – 11.15 – EE1022

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.

Camtasia – 17/7/18 – 9.45 – 11.15 – EE1022

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.

If you would like to arrange some bespoke training for your course team we’d be happy to work with you to provide TEL training to suit your needs. Please contact Libby Symonds at e.symonds@worc.ac.uk

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