Using Blackboard Learn - Staff
Blackboard Learn (mymodule.tcd.ie) is College's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You can use Blackboard to host your teaching materials, create online assessments, use social learning tools such as blogs and journals, and incorporate other technologies such as videos and webinars. Click on the titles below to view further information.
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Designing Your Module & Adding Content
Access, Enrolment & Module Creation
Blackboard (mymodule.tcd.ie) requires an active TCD computer account for access. If you are not enrolled to a module check with your school office to ensure you are timetabled for it in CMIS (the College timetable system). Your students are automatically enrolled to your Blackboard modules as long as they are listed on my.tcd.ie (SITS). IT Services cannot manually enrol staff and students - the enrolments must come from CMIS or SITS.
Staff enrolment: Academics & teaching staff please check with your school office that you are timetabled to the modules in CMIS (the College timetable system) and you will be automatically enrolled in the corresponding Blackboard modules for 2020/21. Administrative staff who require access can complete the form on the IT Services website.
Module creation: Modules are created automatically in Blackboard based on the information in SITS (my.tcd.ie); please ensure the required modules are set up correctly in SITS for 2020/21 if they are not appearing in Blackboard. However if you don't see a module listed, it may just be that you are not enrolled to it - see enrolment details above.
Student enrolment: Student enrolments in Blackboard are automated and are based on their SITS (my.tcd.ie) student record. Do not manually enrol students who are taking your module for credit directly via Blackboard. Instead, if a student is not enrolled to your module check with your school administrator to ensure their student record is correct.
Changes to enrolments/module creation typically occur overnight. For more information on access and enrolment issues visit the IT Services VLE page.
Information on creating accessible content is available on the Trinity Inclusive Curriculum and the Disability Awareness Information for Teaching and Professional Staff pages.
Blackboard File Transformer
Due to COVID-19-driven campus closures, Blackboard have introduced, for a limited period, the File Transformer powered by Blackboard Ally. It is a free resource, enabling students to convert their digital course content into a range of alternative formats. Students can upload course files to generate alternative formats that work better with assistive technology, mobile devices, and study tools. More details are available on the Blackboard website and the Terms & Conditions when uploading a file - please check the terms before uploading any material to File Transformer.
Please note: modules are referred to as courses in the Blackboard Help documentation.
Managing and Quickly Navigating Your Module List
Over time your module list can become quite long; you can hide old modules and quickly search for your current modules by following the steps in our guide.
Visit the CAPSL website & the IT Services website homepages for details of upcoming professional development events & webinars. Resources are also available both on the CAPSL resources page and via the 'Staff Help' section once you log in to Blackboard.
Blackboard Instructor App
You can also access Blackboard on your mobile device using the Blackboard Instructor App.
Please note: the app is primarily designed for viewing content - it does not currently allow you to build your module via your mobile device. To access the majority of Blackboard features you will need to log in via a web browser.
Further Help & Support
For further support, resources and video tutorials please click on the Staff Help tab once you log in to Blackboard. Direct your students to the Student Help tab in Blackboard for student support.
Guides are also available on Blackboard's official help website. Please note: Modules are referred to as Courses on the website & Trinity uses the 'Original Experience' version of Blackboard.
Contact: You can contact the Teaching & Learning IT team via firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any further information.
For more information on access and enrolment issues visit the IT Services VLE page.
Linking to Library Reading Lists from Blackboard
MyReadingList lets you create dynamic and up-to-date reading lists for your students through the Library website. You can now add MyReadingList to your Blackboard module to provide students with easy access to your module’s reading list.
Benefits of using MyReadingList in your modules
Please see the Library website to hear from Trinity academics who are embedding MyReadingList and why students find it so useful. Step-by-step video guides show you how to get started with creating your reading list and how to link to your list from BlackBoard.
Linking to Electronic Resources from Blackboard
Please see the Library website for a guide on how to link to Electronic Resources from Blackboard.
Rollover (Module Copy) Guides for 2020/21 & Hiding Old Modules
Visit the Staff Help section within Blackboard for guides on how to copy content from your 2019/20 modules to the 2020/21 modules. You can click on the gear icon on the top right of your module list to hide old modules also once you are finished with them from previous academic years.
Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browsers are recommended for Blackboard. Other browsers such as Microsoft Edge or Apple Safari may work in the majority of scenarios but if you encounter issues please try with Chrome or Firefox.
Internet Explorer is no longer supported by Blackboard and you will encounter issues accessing content, uploading files or using the different tools available in Blackboard; please try Chrome or Firefox instead.
More details on browser support are available on the Blackboard website.
Enrolling Teaching Assistants & Colleagues
If you are an academic staff member who needs access to modules, the standard process is to check with your school office to ensure you are timetabled for them in CMIS (the College timetable system). The enrolment information will come across from CMIS into Blackboard overnight. If you are an administrative staff member and need access to modules please complete the form on the IT Services website.
In cases where these two options are not possible (for example adding Teaching Assistants), the steps below outline how existing module instructors can enrol colleagues.
Important: Do not use this option to enrol a student manually in your module; instead check with your school office if a student is not enrolled. Student enrolments must come from SITS (my.tcd.ie) in all cases to ensure students are properly registered for the modules via their student record on SITS. Enrolments from SITS to Blackboard update overnight.
I would like to enroll another staff member on my module as an Instructor or Teaching Assistant – how can I do this?
- You will need your colleague’s username (the short version of their email address without @tcd.ie).
- Log on to the relevant module.
- Go to the Module Management panel then click on Users and Groups, then click Users.
- On the next screen select Find Users to Enrol.
- On the next screen type in the username (the short version of their email address without the @tcd.ie).
- Do not click the browse button.
- Select the role, e.g. Instructor or Teaching Assistant.
- Click on the SUBMIT button and your colleague will be enrolled in the module.
Linking Modules Together for Erasmus Student Codes etc.
All module codes in Blackboard (mymodule.tcd.ie) are created automatically based on information from SITS (my.tcd.ie). In SITS some students (for example Erasmus students) are assigned to different codes than their classmates. This means that they cannot see the same content when logging in to Blackboard. In these scenarios it is necessary to link the modules together so that students can see the correct content.These linkings are not rolled over from year to year so need to be requested again each year.
At the bottom of this section is an example to clarify where this linking might be necessary. If you have any modules which need to be linked as ‘parent & child’ modules please check with your school office and ask them to email email@example.com with the following details clearly separating each set of modules to be linked (or via an Excel file if there are a large number); for example:
Parent module code & name: e.g. BUS1234-A-YEAR1-202021 (Introduction to Business)
Child module code & name: e.g. BUS1234C-A-YEAR1-202021 (Introduction to Business (Visiting))
(and so on)
Please include both the ID and name of each module being requested to ensure the correct modules are linked. Once the modules are linked the lecturer will only need to upload content to the ‘parent’ module and any students enrolled in the ‘child’ module will be able to view the materials, submit assignments, access activities etc. directly in the ‘parent’ module.
- Some codes may have changed due to the Trinity Education Project (TEP) so please ensure any lists of modules to be linked reflect this
- If a module is not appearing for 202021 please ensure it is set up fully in SITS in addition to CMIS (log in to my.tcd.ie and do a search for the code to make sure it is there for 2020/21)
- Linking should not be requested for modules that contain the same cohorts of students in each module as students can only be enrolled to any one module in a parent/child setup
In terms of module enrolment: Academic staff and students must first be enrolled to their 2020/21 modules in CMIS/SITS in the Schools to be enrolled to their modules in Blackboard. Please see the link below for further information:
Lecturers please double-check with your school office that modules are suitable to link and the school office can email the Blackboard team with the codes to be linked.
ARTS123 (Introduction to Art) is a 10 credit module taken by 50 students. 5 of the students are either Erasmus students or students taking the module as an elective; these students are only taking the ‘Introduction to Art’ module for 5 credits. In my.tcd.ie the school cannot assign these students to ARTS123 as it is a 10-credit code. To work around this the school then creates a new 5-credit module code in SITS called ARTS123b and assigns the 5 student to this.
However, when these 5 students log in to Blackboard they will only see an empty ARTS123b module as the lecturer uploads the content to ARTS123 which has the majority of students.
In this scenario it is necessary to link the modules together in Blackboard so that anyone enrolled to ARTS123b can view the content in ARTS123. Once ARTS123b is linked as a child of ARTS123 the 5 students will be able to participate in all exams/quizzes/discussion boards etc. in ARTS123.
Below are some sample videos which give an overview of how you can use Blackboard to support & enhance student learning. Visit our technologies for teaching & learning page to access our online guides to help you get started.