Getting Started with Blackboard


What is Blackboard?

Blackboard Learn is the University’s centrally supported Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a flexible web based system that enables tutors to deliver online learning to students that is accessible at any time and anywhere via an Internet connection.

When used effectively, Blackboard can support good practice in teaching and learning.

Supported Internet Browsers


How do I get access?

Access to Blackboard


Access to the modules you are teaching

  • You will need to be given access to the modules you are teaching on or involved with.
  • Check to see if this is done by local administrators in your Department or School. Or a member of staff who is already enrolled on a module you need can add you and assign you the role you require, (e.g. Instructor, Marker, Teaching Assistant).


Where can I get help?

  • We run a programme of short courses that will help you develop the right skills and understanding. This includes bookable one-to-one surgeries for individual support.
  • There are step-by-step guides and videos on all aspects of using Blackboard published on this blog and these can also be accessed from the ‘Support for Staff’ tab from within Blackboard.
  • The CQSD TEL team can support staff in using Blackboard for teaching and learning, from setting up your course, to advising on course design and how to use Blackboard effectively as part of your teaching.

If you have any problems or questions about using Blackboard, please report this via IT Helpdesk self service or by email:

New Staff

New to the University? Make sure you check out the TEL Checklist for new staff.

Need guidance on using the Audio/Visual facilities in teaching rooms? Please visit the Teaching and Learning Facilities blog



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