Blackboard provides a communication area and a collection of relevant online external links or resources. It allows tracking mechanisms to monitor student use and monitor progress and provides assessment tools – multiple choice, quizzes surveys etc. This system is integrated with the registration system so that when a student registers for a course or module with the student record system Banner, they are automatically enrolled in the corresponding course on Blackboard.
The degree to which Blackboard is used in a course varies. For example, instructors may supplement an on-campus class by putting their syllabus and handouts on their course sites. In contrast, other courses may be conducted entirely through Blackboard, without fewy on-campus sessions. If you’re enrolled in a course that uses Blackboard, be sure to find out how Blackboard will be used in that course. The lecturer will inform you if Blackboard is used and how it will be used.
The purchase of new software and hardware has been made possible partly through funding from the CIT-led Strategic Innovation Fund project Education in Employment.