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Blackboard

Blackboard is the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and is used by staff and students to support learning. Amongst other things, students use Blackboard for collaboration, to access learning materials and for eAssessment.

Each academic module has a Blackboard course attached to it and students are automatically enrolled on Blackboard courses each semester.

Blackboard Maintenance Schedule

Find out about changes to Blackboard following the July 14 upgrade

 

 

 

What is Blackboard Mobile Learn App?

Blackboard Mobile Learn is a free App which gives staff and students a user-friendly way to access their modules on a smartphone or tablet.

How do I download the App 

  1. Choose the link below for your mobile device and install the App

    Android      Apple     Blackberry
     
  2. Once Blackboard Mobile Learn is installed, search for University of Salford using the search bar that automatically appears when you open the App
  3. Select University of Salford
  4. Log in using the same username and password you normally use to access Blackboard

What can I do with the App?

Do I have to redesign my modules for mobile?

No, The App simply gives you and your students an easier way to view Blackboard from a mobile device.
The features available in the App depend on the mobile device you are using.  In general most features will work from Apple or Android devices.  A summary of the features and applications is available but be please be aware there are many nuance with the App. We have started collecting these nuances in the Staff User Guides Android / Apple.

Additional Resources

A selection of Resources for Staff on how to make the best use of Mobile Learn,  including the Best practice for mobile (PDF) are available from this website as are a selection of Resources for Students.

Have you used the App already? If so we would love to have your feedback, click on the link to access our short survey.

University of Salford Module Standards

At Salford, there is a minimum level of provision required for each Blackboard module, providing our students with what they will need to support them in their studies. Each module should contain the following menu items for key information: 

  • Staff Information

  • Announcements

  • Module Information

  • Learning Materials

  • Reading Lists

  • Assessments

  • My Grades

A description of each, along with an explanation as to what you would provide under each menu item is detailed in the University of Salford Standards for Blackboard Modules.

As part of the introduction of Blackboard modules, Student Reps have been auditing Blackboard modules across the University to find out how well we are meeting the published standards. Click on the link to view the results.

Blackboard Training

We offer a mix of both online, self-paced and face-to-face training opportunities on Blackboard and e-Assessment.

In Blackboard, there is a module called 'Blackboard Training' and the section 'Learning Materials' provides a series of self-contained units of study and activities to provide an effective grounding in using Blackboard and highlighting the tools and features that can best support both you and your students.

We also run face-to-face workshops throughout the year (click on the link to access information). 

Moving Content Between Modules

You can export content as a package and import it into a different Blackboard module. See the user guide for step by step instructions.

Where to get help

The Digital Skills Team are here to help you. It is always best if you have any doubt, to make sure your Blackboard modules are setup correctly. If you have any questions about Blackboard, get in touch with us and a trainer will happily discuss it with you. Alternatively, we can work along with you at one of our Drop-in surgeries. 

Dropin surgeries (weekly, no need to book, just turn up):

  • Tuesdays 9-12, Mobile Surgery (click on the link for locations)
  • Wednesdays 1-4, Newton B04b
  • Fridays 9-12, Allerton A111

Directions to Allerton A111 - from the Library Concourse in the Allerton main building, head past the Library on your right, through two sets of double doors to the end of the corridor. Turn left at the T junction and room A111 is down the corridor on your right.

Directions to Newton BO4b - from the main entrance, head down the stairs to the basement and B04b is through the doors, the last room on your left.

Digital Skills Helpdesk

Contact the Digital Skills team by telephone 0161 295 2444 option 5 (workdays, 8am – 5pm).