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.

New standard templates for modules in Blackboard are being introduced for the start of the 2015-16 academic year. These were developed as part of a student-led initiative to standardise the student experience in accessing the VLE. The templates have been designed to support the implementation of the new curriculum framework by giving tutors a starting point on how their module should look and it gives students the opportunity to get the most out of their VLE. There are two templates: one for the Faculty of Management and Law modules and one for the other Faculties.

User guides to support use of the new templates can be downloaded here:

Faculty of Management and Law (FoM&L) template user guides:

University Template user guides.

We are offering a series of sessions to give support for using the new template - dates and booking.

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).