Blackboard overview

Blackboard is the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports learning and teaching. It is accessed via the web and, as such, is available to all UoB staff and students worldwide.

Blackboard can support learning and teaching by:

  • delivering online learning materials;
  • providing opportunities for peer and staff support;
  • facilitating collaborative exercises using discussion boards, blogs and wikis;
  • assessing student performance using formative quizzes.

and can also be used administratively to:

  • make announcements;
  • email;
  • survey users;
  • monitor performance.

Staff and students can also connect to Blackboard via their mobile device.

All Blackboard enrolments are controlled via SAINT (Student Administration Information Navigation & Tracking), the University's student record system, so if you or your students are having difficulties accessing Blackboard, speak to your SAINT administrator (e:Vision is the web interface to SAINT, for which there is a Quick guide for academics).