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Blackboard & VLE Awards 2017

Now into its fifth year, the 2017 Blackboard & VLE Awards competition has seen an increasing number of courses supported by exemplary use and design of their virtual learning environment.  This year’s awards event featured a mix of familiar and new faces: some staff recognised for the consistently high quality of support they provide for students online each year, and others representing modules where new developments in the VLE have helped transform their course delivery. Continue reading →

Blackboard & Virtual Learning Environment Awards 2017

Students have contributed a record number of nominations for this year’s Blackboard & VLE Awards, sharing valuable feedback about what is most useful in a course site.  It is evident that many courses offer students a fantastic online learning experience alongside the face-to-face teaching, and the challenge of narrowing these down to a final shortlist is an encouraging one to have! After much deliberation, a shortlist has been chosen and can be viewed here. Continue reading →

Blackboard & VLE Awards 2016

The fourth annual ILIaD Blackboard & VLE Awards event brought together colleagues from across the university who have inspired their students by the quality of their VLE provision. With a record number of courses nominated, the judging panel had the opportunity to explore a wide selection of shortlisted courses, showcasing some exciting features and an outstanding level of support for students. Continue reading →

Blackboard & VLE Awards 2016

Thank you to all who nominated in this year’s Blackboard & VLE Awards.  We were excited to receive a record-breaking number of nominations from students, highlighting courses from every faculty that provide excellent online materials and activities to support learning and teaching. The feedback and comments provided by students were carefully considered and, after much deliberation, a number of courses have been shortlisted. Continue reading →

Blackboard & VLE Awards 2016

Now in its fourth year, ILIaD’s Blackboard and VLE Awards competition seeks to recognise some of the great work staff do in providing online support for students. It gives students the opportunity to highlight what they have found helpful, informing guidance developed for staff and showcasing particular examples of excellent practice. The awards have benefitted from the wealth of insight contributed by students. Continue reading →

New blended learning module ‘Academic and Professional Skills for Business’ launched.

Southampton Business School (SBS) has over 1100 postgraduate taught students, and developing their academic and professional skills is essential to help them prepare for success in both their studies and future employment. The large size of the cohort meant that a new approach was required so SBS commissioned the Centre for Language Studies (based in the Faculty of Humanities) to help create a new blended learning module. Continue reading →

Review – Getting Started in Pedagogic Research

The Getting Started in Pedagogic Research guide was produced a result of activity carried out under the auspices of the National HE STEM Programme in 2011-12. It was developed for individuals who were new to undertaking pedagogic research, and although its focus is on STEM disciplines, the content is transferable across other fields of study. Its purpose is "to provide an accessible introduction to pedagogic research along with a practical guide containing hints and tips on how to get started. Continue reading →

Better Blackboard – enhance your modules for 2015

Do you want to improve your Blackboard modules, but aren't sure where to start?   To complement the specific training sessions and top tips offered by iSolutions, ILIaD is pleased to host monthly practice-sharing sessions where you can learn from your colleagues what really works for them. The peer-learning series is divided into stand-alone topics which include: organisation and appearance; quizzes and formative assessment; videos and lecture capture; and communication/interaction. Continue reading →