Supporting your new students to use Blackboard – help is available!

Welcome Week 2016 is now less than a week away! It’s an ideal opportunity to introduce your new students to Blackboard and show them how to submit assignments online and where to find self-help materials. You’ll be pleased to hear that the TEL team have produced some customisable PowerPoint resources to help you to do this. Visit Blackboard’s Support for Staff tab where you’ll find a section called ‘Resources to use with your students’, as shown.

Support for Staff tab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you’ll find PowerPoint resources ready for you to amend to suit and help you support your students in their use of Blackboard:

Resources to use with students

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please also remember to signpost your students to Blackboard’s Support for Students tab for links to guides and help materials on all aspects of using Blackboard and Turnitin in their studies.

If students are unable to self-help using these resources and you find yourself unable to advise, they can contact staff in the relevant Student Support Centre or can get in touch directly with the IT Helpdesk by emailing it@reading.ac.uk.

We hope you find these resources and reminders helpful and wish you every success in the new term!

TEL CQSD

Which browser works ‘best’ with Blackboard?

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The TEL team are often asked which browser to use with Blackboard. We thought it was worth sharing a few tips and recommendations to help you – whichever browser you chose to use. Blackboard is compatible with the main browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Edge. It’s worth checking this list of support browsers to make sure the version of your browser is supported.

Our preferred browsers for working with Blackboard are currently Chrome or Firefox. In our training sessions, we advise staff to use one of these two browsers.

Chrome and MS Edge

If you are using Chrome, please be aware of he issue of Plug-ins not working in Google Chrome.

You might also be aware that the latest versions of Google Chrome and Microsoft’s new Edge browser (for Windows 10) do not support a type of plug-in that is used in some live chat tools and some media players. Any tools that use this plug-in aren’t supported by Blackboard in these browsers. This issue also prevents you from using the multiple file upload feature in FileShare.

Internet Explorer

If you like to use Internet Explorer (IE), to make Blackboard work correctly you will need to turn off ‘compatibility view’.

Further details on how to tackle common issues using IE with Blackboard can be found on the on the Blackboard help site.

Test your Browser

Our best advice is to check out Blackboard’s Support for Staff tab where you’ll find the Browser Test feature. This allows you to check the compatibility of your browser with Blackboard and other features.

Beneath that, Technical Support has links to other information to help you identify how well various browsers work with Blackboard. The same browser test and information is also available for students on the Support for Students tab.

We hope you find this helpful!

SeLC Meeting on Monday 8 June

TEL CQSD are as excited as the people in the photo below at the prospect of seeing the university’s School eLearning Co-ordinators (SeLCs) on Monday 8 June 2015 to share with them exciting TEL updates and developments, ranging from our planned Blackboard upgrade to the latest on eAssessment at the university. Lunch is from 12.15pm – we’ll see you there!

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Group of five happy children jumping on meadow.