Introduction to Profiles and Social Learning Tools in Blackboard

Profile Card graphicBlackboard’s ‘Social Learning Tools’ form a small scale social networking style environment within Blackboard, which your students can use outside of their course areas. They include the Profile tool, People tool, Messages tool, and Spaces tool.

The Profile tool will be the one you are most likely to have noticed. The profile pictures feed into Blackboard’s discussion tool, making it easier to see who posted what. The pictures are also used throughout the Social Learning Tools, which you can access through the Global Navigation link at the top right of the Blackboard environment, which has your name on it.

We have written a staff focused overview guide about the Social Learning Tools and a more in depth one about the Spaces tool.

The Social Learning Tools were improved as part of the Blackboard Community upgrade to our system, and a recent update adds important features. The update ensures that students have agreed to Blackboard’s terms of service before they use the tools, and they will be reminded of the section of Edge Hill University’s IT Acceptable Use Policy that relates to social networking type activity. Also, they will have more control over your own information as they will be able to delete their profiles while they are a student with access to Blackboard. Inactive account holders will be notified after 12 months that their profile will be deleted, so even if they don’t get round to deleting their profile it won’t be there forever.

Abandon survey fatigue and tell us what you think!

Academic Staff Survey

Learning Services have run an annual student e-learning survey since 2008. This year we thought we’d do something different and focus on the academic staff experience instead.

You may have seen slides on the plasma screens or received a flyer exhorting staff to take part in the Learning Services survey … and to date 70 of you have very kindly done so. We want to hear about your experiences of Edge Hill’s virtual and physical teaching environments, Library and resources. We also want to get a better understanding of how you like to keep up-to-date with our new developments and how you engage with Learning Services learning technologists, librarians and classroom support staff.

We know it’s a big ask but can you take 5-10 minutes and fill the survey in? You can access it from

Your responses will be used to improve what we do, for example, we have used the feedback from the annual student e-learning survey to inform major Learning Edge developments including Mobile Learn, the recent addition of Community, 1-Click access from Go, and our Get Connected student Roadshows. We have also used your feedback from the 2012 Audio Visual Technology survey to identify and upgrade classrooms in need of new AV.

 Lindsey Martin Assitant Head of Learning Services

Lindsey Martin
Assistant Head of Learning Services (Learning, ICT & Media Technologies)