Accessing your Coursework

Find lecture material, online lectures and tutorials, activities, and assessments on Blackboard.

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Blackboard ( is Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You will use Blackboard to access learning material and activities for your course, such as: 

  • Module content, lecture notes, and announcements
  • Online lectures, tutorials, and recordings
  • Online assessments

Once registered as a student, you can access Blackboard at To log in, you will need your Trinity email address and password.

Introduction to Blackboard for students 2023/24

This video will cover how to access and navigate Blackboard, view module content, submit assessments, use the text editor, and how to access further guides and support.



Blackboard Ally

Blackboard Ally is an accessibility feature that is available within your modules in Blackboard. Blackboard Ally automatically provides a range of alternative file formats that you can download, such as readable text for screen readers, pictures with captions, and content that is easy to navigate.



Online lectures and tutorials

Some of your modules will have live-streamed or recorded online lectures, as well as large and small-group webinars, accessible via Blackboard within the relevant module.

When participating in live lectures and tutorials, you will typically be using Collaborate. Pre-recorded lecture material will typically be viewable as Panopto videos although this may vary by module.

Live lectures

Collaborate allows you to join and participate in live lectures and tutorials. Participants can use a mix of webcams, microphones, text chat, slides, whiteboards, and polls to interact. 

You can join a live online lecture or tutorial via your web browser by clicking on the Collaborate link in the relevant module (if available). When using Collaborate for the first time, you will be prompted to set up your microphone and webcam before starting.

Recorded lectures

Your instructor may either pre-record a lecture or record a live lecture or tutorial. You will be able to view the recordings that have been uploaded via your modules on Blackboard.

To access Collaborate (webinar) recordings, click on the link in your module’s menu (if available). You will see the list of scheduled sessions. Click on the three horizontal lines in the top left of Collaborate to access the recordings section.

To access Panopto recordings, click on the link in your module’s menu (if available). You will see the Panopto folder with any available recordings in it. Some modules may embed recordings in particular folders instead – for example, alongside other content for a given week.



More information and getting help

For guides and video overviews on Blackboard and online lectures, tutorials, and assessments, visit the Student Help section in Blackboard. Here you will learn how to perform key tasks, such as using Turnitin to submit assignments.

If the correct modules are not listed for you in Blackboard, please check with your school office as module enrolments are automated based on your student record on

If you encounter issues submitting or accessing an assignment, please contact your module instructors in the first instance as the module instructors manage the assessment settings.

If you have a technical issue with Blackboard, please contact the IT Service Desk.

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