Blackboard will be unavailable from midnight on Friday, 16 June, 2017, until 6 a.m. on Sunday, 19 June, 2017, to allow for an upgrade.Read more
Digital stories are an excellent way to demonstrate the impact and importance of research and teaching initiatives in an accessible format that is clear, concise and easy to follow.Read more
This hands-on learning design workshop will help participants prepare an enhanced lecture for delivery using active learning apps.Read more
The current Digital Learning Update is now available to download, with timely information about digital learning for Ulster staff.Read more
Digital Learning Infrastructure
We maintain, develop and enhance the institutional VLE - Blackboard Learn - and associated learning technologies, infrastructure and business processes. In partnership with academic colleagues, we continually review the digital learning environment at Ulster and make recommendations for enhancements based on sound pedagogic evidence.
We inspire and support our academic colleagues to enhance the student experience through the use of appropriate tools and technologies. We recognise the unique challenges of providing flexible solutions and offer enhanced support and systems to colleagues delivering blended and fully online courses. We maintain communities of practice, such as the eLearning course directors's forum, for academic staff to share best-practice pedagogic approaches for online delivery.
Support and Training
In addition to providing telephone and online support, we maintain a digital learning knowledge base that both staff and students can access, and we deliver training and seminars to support academic staff to make the best use of technology in their teaching.
Creative Media and Web Development
The Office for Digital Learning collaborates with academic teams to develop award winning, rich-media, interactive learning content. Examples include The Virtual Academy and Physio Learn. We develop and maintain a number of web applications and systems to support teaching and learning, academic administration, community partnerships and schools engagement.