Using Blackboard at Newcastle University

This session will provide a contextual overview of how Blackboard is used at Newcastle and by the end of the workshop participants will be familiar with the Blackboard interface, be able to add and structure module content effectively and communicate with students through the VLE. There will be practical opportunities throughout this workshop and participants will each have a Blackboard module created prior to the start of the training which can be used during and after the session.

There will be an optional 30 minutes at the end of the workshop which can be used for further practice and/or support.

Completion of this workshop will help you to evidence the following:

  • Area of Activity A1: Design and plan learning activities and/or programmes of study
  • Area of Activity A4: Develop effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance
  • Core Knowledge K4: The use and value of appropriate learning technologies

Who should attend?

This workshop would suit academic and administrative staff who have no, or limited, experience of using Blackboard, are new to using Blackboard at the University or would like a refresher session. The session is designed for staff who use Blackboard as part of their role and who are primarily involved with adding, editing and managing content within Blackboard modules or communities.

Areas covered

  • Blackboard setup
  • Accessing Blackboard
  • Blackboard Baseline
  • Module Structure
  • Managing your module menu
  • Adding and managing content items
  • Using announcements and email
  • Adding Users to a module

Please note this session does not cover the Grade Centre or Turnitin. Please go to the LTDS workshops page to find out when Assessment and Turnitin workshops and webinars are taking place.


90 minutes (plus an optional 30 minutes)


None. The workshop assumes that the participants are familiar with using the internet and able to find files and folders on a PC and networked drives.