What has changed in Blackboard Summer 2017

We have updated our Blackboard installation over the summer to address a few minor bugs plus the following changes:

Module Run Blackboard Courses

UWE is simplifying how Blackboard courses are presented to students and staff for the 2017/18 academic year. This includes:

  • Combining the module run course and the corresponding module resit into one Blackboard course - removing the need to course copy.
  • Allowing students to retain access to completed module run courses until they have finished their programme of study.

Please take a look at the questions and answers to get an understanding of the changes.

Brand refresh

From September, Blackboard will have the latest UWE Bristol brand applied to it using the approved brand colours.

example screenshot of the latest brand refresh

Collaborate Ultra

All Blackboard courses at UWE Bristol will now use the latest version of Collaborate Ultra which includes break-out rooms and capturing chat in recordings. For the best experience please use Google Chrome or Firefox (versions 49+).

For a quick introduction to Collaborate Ultra, please watch the following YouTube video.

We also have guidance for staff and guidance for students. Should you need any support in using Collaborate Ultra for the first time, please get in touch with your faculty Learning Technologists.

Blackboard Instructor App

Blackboard Instructor is a new mobile app only for instructors which is now available from your app store (suitable for devices running iOS 9.0+ or Android 4.2+). For further information please take a look at the Feature Guide provided by Blackboard.


We have upgraded to the latest version of Kaltura to ensure that it remains compatible with Blackboard. The new release of Kaltura mainly includes bug fixes.

Simple Marking

The new Simple Marking process will be available during to 2017/18 academic year. Further information will follow in due course.


The platform skills4studycampus has now been integrated into Blackboard allowing tutors to target specific learning modules to help students develop approaches to reading and note taking, critical thinking, group work, writing and referencing. The integration with Blackboard means that students won't need to enter new login details and will be taken straight to specific resources chosen by their tutors. From there they will be able to engage with multimedia resources, take assessments, monitor their own progress and complete self-diagnostic tests. The skills4studycampus tool can be accessed from the Assessment tool menu in Blackboard.

Further information is available on the UWE staff intranet and also on the skills4studycampus website.

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