BLACKBOARD USABILITY


 

THE IDEA

Students wanted to see Blackboard streamlined and easier to use.

 

ACTION

  • This was researched as a Student Voice Representative project (Ayesha Robinson, SVR for Applied Sciences 18/19), and the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science will be working with a number of departments to streamline Blackboard, with the hopes of rolling this out more widely soon.
  • The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science may also put forward a continuation SVR project to further this.

 

UPDATE

SEPTEMBER 6TH

  • The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science will be putting forward a continuation project to monitor the effectiveness of Faculty improvements.

 

OCTOBER 31ST

  • A Student Voice Representative (Sophie Hester, SVR for Computing and Maths 19/20), has picked up the Blackboard research project for this year.

 

NOVEMBER 5TH

  • The SU President has confirmed that the University is running a pilot scheme called Blackboard Ally. This will help all resources to be accessible for all students.

 

DECEMBER 6TH

  • Blackboard usability and online resources were raised again during Change Week 2019/20. This was chosen as a problem for a team of student volunteers to work on during the lockdown. 

 

DECEMBER 9TH

  • The SVR for Computing and Maths submitted her ethics application to the SU Research Ethics Committee, who discussed her project on December 6th. They are awaiting the outcome from the committee. 

 

This theme has been brought up in Change Week 2019/20, therefore further updates will be given on Overhaul Blackboard and Online Resources.

 

WHAT YOU SAID

"Better Blackboard user face."

"Blackboard needs to be more straight forward."

"More Blackboard easier to use."

"Blackboard system complete overhaul. The archaic system makes organisation difficult."

 

 

 

HOW IT WORKS

1. Students submit ideas during Change Week.

2. Teams of students gather to hack solutions to the biggest problems.

3. Teams pitch their ideas to a panel of University big wigs.

4. SU Officers and teams work with staff to make the ideas a reality.