Blackboard at SHU

Key information about how Blackboard and other online Technology Enhanced Learning systems work at Sheffield Hallam.

There are two different types of Blackboard sites, module sites and organisations. This article explains the different features of the two types of sites.

The Site Menu appears on the left-hand side of a Blackboard site, and contains links to materials and tools within the site. The Instructor can customise the appearance of the Site Menu and the content and tools available to users.

If you have any empty/unused content areas, folders or items (e.g. irrelevant materials), then these should be hidden from students unil needed.

Blackboard module sites are available as long as there are students still on that course. Organisation sites are only available one year typically.

Each year in late May, Blackboard sites from the current academic year are copied to make versions for the next academic year in a process called the Annual Site Copy, sometimes called rollover. Before this point, we recommend you check your site's copy setting to ensure that your site will be processed in the correct way.

Module sites from past years are available in the All Sites tab. You control which sites appear in the Current Sites tab.

Changes in the way that Blackboard sites are administered means that course and module leaders are automatically enrolled on all Blackboard module sites that they are associated with. This article provides guidance on helping to manage this change.

At Sheffield Hallam University, online submission of student work and online feedback processes are managed using the Blackboard VLE. Work submitted online is stored in, and feedback and grades are uploaded to, the Grade Centre in Blackboard. Students access their feedback and marks using the My Grades tool. This is a private view of a student’s own feedback and marks. Students are informed that marks provided in this way are provisional. This article explains how to access student work and viewing the feedback and marks provided to them in the Blackboard Grade Centre.

At Sheffield Hallam University, online submission of student work and online feedback processes are managed using the Blackboard VLE. Work submitted online is stored in, and feedback and grades are uploaded to, the Grade Centre in Blackboard. Students access their feedback and marks using the My Grades tool. This is a private view of a student’s own feedback and marks. Students are informed that marks provided in this way are provisional. This article explains how to access a private content area in which a sample of marked scripts are provided.

After assignments have been submitted and marked inline using Crocodoc you may find that you need to copy these scripts to a different area or folder within Blackboard (e.g. for external examiner access). To do this you download the annotated scripts and upload them to a different area in Blackboard.

Completed Feedback Rubrics can be downloaded from the Grade Centre and moved to another area of the Blackboard site if needed for external moderation.

Module Leaders must collate all marks for their module and clearly indicate the marks for each task identifying the tasks and the weightings as per the module descriptor. Complete sets of internally moderated marks must be submitted on a spreadsheet to Student Administration by the marks submission deadline. The spreadsheet must be in Excel format and preferably downloaded from the Grade Centre in Blackboard. This comprehensive guide includes detailed step by step instructions for each stage of the process and the support available.

Module Leaders must collate all marks for their module and clearly indicate the marks for each task identifying the tasks and the weightings as per the module descriptor. Complete sets of internally moderated marks must be submitted on a spreadsheet to Student Administration by the marks submission deadline. The spreadsheet must be in Excel format, adhering to requirements set out below, and preferably downloaded from the Grade Centre in Blackboard. This guide provides a summary of the information that Student Administration require in the marks spreadsheet.

Module Leaders should provide external examiners with all relevant information to support their role.  Whilst there may be some variation, there are some essential pieces of information that must be provided in the External Examiner content area in Blackboard.

 

At the start of the academic year:

Module Leaders must collate all marks for their module and clearly indicate the marks for each task identifying the tasks and the weightings as per the module descriptor. Complete sets of internally moderated marks must be submitted on a spreadsheet to Student Administration by the marks submission deadline. The spreadsheet must be in Excel format and preferably downloaded from the Grade Centre in Blackboard.