Bronze, Silver or Gold – how’s your Blackboard site looking?


Baseline standards for VLE use were introduced in September 2015 and an audit of modules from the 2016/17 academic year has found that 94% of modules now have a tutor enrolled indicating a minimum level of engagement with the VLE. An increase of 2% from last year.

A further spot check of 50 random courses found that the vast majority were complying with baseline standard requirements with many exceeding the minimum and providing online learning resources and activities which were engaging and attractive and clearly enhanced the students’ learning experience.

With this high level of engagement, we wanted to encourage teaching staff to think about their Blackboard sites and  consider ways that they might provide a better learning experience for their students.

With this in mind we have designed a self-audit tool which staff can use to appraise their own use of Blackboard in line with the baseline standards, and we have used the bronze, silver and gold categories to mirror the TEF.

You can access the Blackboard Module Self Audit but if you would like us to come and talk to your course team and provide some examples of “gold” standard sites we would be happy to attend a team meeting or provide a bespoke workshop. Please contact to arrange.

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