Access Digital and Distributed Learning

Blackboard workshops

Posted on: 14 Aug 2017

The Office for Digital Learning is running a number of Blackboard workshops, on all campuses, to help you prepare for academic year 2017/18.:

  • Blackboard basics - this workshop is designed to provide you with the basic skills to use Blackboard Learn. It will show the range of tools and technologies that are available and how they could be applied to improve learning and teaching practice.
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (online workshop) - this online workshop will showcase the basic features of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and provide hands-on experience of Ulster’s new audio / visual virtual classroom.
    This online live classroom tool enhances the Ulster suite of technology and opens up a number of opportunities for fully online and blended courses. It is integrated with Blackboard and allows lecturers and students to communicate in realtime using audio, video, interactive whiteboard, screen and application sharing and interactive polling.
  • TurningPoint and ResponseWare:TurningPoint is an Audience Response System and has been in use by staff for almost 10 years. The ResponseWare App for tablets and mobile telephones enables participants to respond to questions with a wider range of answers including short answers and short essay answers. TurningPoint also includes messaging to enable participants to ask questions during their lectures and these can be viewed during the lecture or stored for review. This workshop will appeal to both beginners and experienced users of TurningPoint. Participants will build a presentation and run a ResponseWare session before storing and reviewing feedback from their cohort. The ResponseWare App can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Participants without a mobile telephone or tablet can use the ResponseWare webpage to participate. This link will be made available to staff before the workshop. Places will be limited on this workshop to 20
  • Capture and Streaming workshops: Techsmith Relay is a lecture capture system available on all teaching room computers in Ulster University. Relay can be used to capture audio/video and computer applications and publish the recording to Blackboard. Relay can be downloaded for office computers and laptops. The Relay App – Techsmith Fuse - can record from a tablet or mobile telephone and publish this content to Blackboard and is available for iOS and Android devices. Relay has been used by staff and students to record lectures and tutorials as well as course assignments and revision resources. This workshop will present staff with instructions on recording and uploading media and linking it to module content. The workshop will also explain how students can upload their recordings for assessment and feedback. Places will be limited.

Further information, and online booking, is available at