New Blackboard Module Site Home Page Channels

This article is part of a series explaining changes introduced as part of this year’s Blackboard rollover. We are automatically adding a series of new channels to all 2019/20 Blackboard module site home pages. These channels provide both students and staff with a consistent set of important information about that module directly from data held…

Technology Jargon Buster Launched

As part of our Digital Essentials online course to support SHU staff in developing their digital capability, we’ve developed a ‘Jargon Buster’/glossary resource that helps explain some common, and not-so-common, technology terms that you might hear. The resource is designed to work on both mobile devices and desktop/laptop computers and you can browse through the list or search…

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#SpotlightOnDigital: Search the Web like a Pro

The web is a great source of information, but the problem is that there is often just too much of it. If you’re like most people, you won’t look much past the first couple of pages of search results so it’s important that you get the most relevant results on those early pages. The simplest…

#SpotlightOnDigital: Managing P4$$w0rd5

Trying to create strong and, more importantly, memorable passwords for all the different services that you use can be a real problem. Every site seems to require a different password length and combination of character types, which you often aren’t told about until after entering a non-compliant password. Combine this with being forced to change…

Flipped Classroom: An Approach to Teaching and Learning

‘Flipped Classroom‘ is a term that refers to the restructuring of teaching in order to maximise the benefit of contact time between students and tutors. In a ‘flipped classroom’ the’ homework’ and ‘lecture’ elements of a traditional teaching approach are reversed, with the students engaging with the required information as pre-work so that the contact time can focus on…

Archiving Blackboard Organisation Sites

Each year we archive Blackboard organisation sites from the previous academic year. This is to clean up the view for staff and students and ensure the correct Blackboard sites are used in the coming year. This year, Blackboard organisation sites from 2016/7 will be archived on Wednesday 11th October. This means that they will disappear…

What’s new in Blackboard? Summer 2016

Following the Blackboard upgrade (scheduled from 6pm on Friday 5th to midday on Sunday 7th August 2016), there will be some changes to functionality and in the way in which help and support is provided and presented in shuspace and Blackboard. Help and support The Bb support ‘tab’ has moved to the right-hand side of…