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  • Ally, what’s in it for your students?

    Since 2018, Blackboard Ally has provided clear feedback and guidance about improving the content you create. At Edge Hill University, we all know the benefits for staff, but what’s in it for students? Here are three students who have taken time to tell us, in these short videos, what Ally means to them and their […]

  • Blackboard Ally Course Accessibility Report

    One of the beneficial features of Blackboard Ally is the Course Accessibly Report.  For each module it shows: Overall course accessibly score. List of issues that have been identified in the course. Distribution of course content by type. The accessibility report organises content into options such as “Content that’s easiest to fix” and “Content with most severe issues”. […]

  • Ally for Students

    “Ally for Students” is a marketing campaign aimed at reminding students what Blackboard Ally means for them. The campaign runs alongside support for staff, helping them fine-tune skills to improve their content so that all students can use that content in a way that meets their needs and in ways they prefer to access it. Ally’s […]

  • Blackboard Ally is being rolled out January 2019

    To support our commitment to a more inclusive campus, we’re introducing a new tool called Ally! What is Blackboard Ally Ally helps your students get the most from their course resources, and help you make your Blackboard space inclusive for all. Blackboard Ally automatically converts course resources into a variety of formats, from HTML and […]

  • Isn’t it about time you found out what all the Collaborate fuss was, used the right tool to mark your assignments and learnt what your students really think about in class?

    This post is all about Staff Development in May During May, through the Digital Practitioner strand of the Developing Digital Excellence staff development programme, Learning Technology Development (LTD) are offing a range of sessions which can show you how to achieve all this, and more! For full session descriptions and to book on a session, click on the appropriate title:   […]

  • Blackboard Exemplary Course Program 2013 Update: No sour grapes…really!

    Blackboard Exemplary Course Program 2013 Update: This year I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating closely with my colleagues to support and oversee our institutions’ debut submission of courses to the 2013 Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP). As mentioned in my first ECP post back in January, the aim of the program is to support the use of […]

  • A Process for Assignments that Require Submission of a Recorded Presentation

    Some assignments require students to submit a recording of a presentation, either as a video file or a PowerPoint file that contains audio. The 100MB file size limit in Turnitin occasionally causes problems for students during submission of this type of assignment. Therefore we have documented a process that uses Blackboard’s Assignment tool for submission. […]


    Last year we employed 19 Student Interns to support the transition from Blackboard Original to Ultra with some great results.   One area where this worked particularly well was The Language Centre. Lucy McNally (Foreign Language Programme Coordinator and Language Tutor) did an excellent job of hosting one of our Interns Michelle Hopwood. Lucy completed a […]

  • Top 5 Tips for Online Assessments – Turnitin

    Turnitin is an online tool which your department might ask you to use, to submit your assignments. Turnitin has features for online submission, online marking and feedback, and for helping lecturers check that the assignment is original. Your lecturers should teach you about proper referencing and avoiding plagiarism. #1. How to login to Turnitin You […]