Questions and Answers about changes to Module Run Blackboard Courses

What differences will I see in Blackboard?

From the start of the 17/18 Academic year:

  • A ‘Resit Materials’ content area was added to all 17/18 first module run courses to facilitate the resit.

From 9th January 2018:

  • For the majority of modules that are starting after September 2017, the resit will be combined with the first run Blackboard course - there will be no separate resit course created. The only exceptions are where the resit is scheduled before January.
  • Any ISIS fed assignments for the resit will be fed into the ‘Resit Materials’ content area.
  • When a module run reaches its field board date, the corresponding Blackboard course will no longer be prefixed with the word ‘feedback’. If academic staff wish to provide generic feedback to students, they can either utilise an existing content area or create a new one.
  • When a module run reaches its field board date, it will no longer become unavailable to students automatically.
  • When a module run reaches the resit field board date, the corresponding Blackboard course will now be prefixed with the word ‘Archived’.
  • During the resit period, students who passed the module, will only have guest access to course content.
  • During the resit period, only the resitting students will be enrolled on the course.
  • After the resit period ends, all students will have access to the course again.
  • Ability for Academic staff to access archived courses, change the availability of courses directly from the course list and send announcements and emails to multiple courses from a single interface via the course list.

    example screenshot of the new courses listing for staff

When will students get access to their previous courses?

Students will have access to their previous module run courses from 9th January 2018.

Will academics be able to access previous courses too?

Staff will lose access to a course 180 days after the resit run field board date.

From January 2018, a facility will be available for staff to temporarily re-enable their access to a historic course until the following morning.

How will academics know which students are resitting?

During the resit period, only the resitting students will be enrolled on the course. These students will be listed in the course ‘Grade Centre’ and in the ‘Users’ function.

How will academics and students differentiate the first run ISIS fed assignments from the resit ISIS fed assignments?

First run ISIS fed assignments will continue to feed into the content area called ‘Assignments’. If an ‘Assignments’ area doesn't already exist, it will be created when the assignment is fed. There is no change to this process.

Resit run ISIS fed assignments will feed into the main run course in the content area called ’Resit Materials’. The assignment name will be prefixed with the word 'RESIT' e.g. RESIT:COURSEWORK:3000 word assignment.

Do I need to do anything?

Familiarise yourself with the changes.

Add any material specific to the resitting students to the ‘Resit Materials’ content area.

Be aware of the changes to enrolment during the resit period.

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