Introduction to Blackboard Learn

Workshop details

Dates for 2022-23

  • Tuesday 20 September 14.00-16.00 (online)
  • Monday 10 October 14.00-16.00 (online)
  • Friday 9 December 14.00-16.00 (online)
  • Thursday 26 January 10.00-12.00 (in person)
  • Monday 27 February 14.00-16.00 (online)
  • Wednesday 29 March 10.00-12.00 (in person)
  • Thursday 11 May 14.00-16.00 (online)
  • Tuesday 20 June 10.00-12.00 (in person)

Attending the session

ICT Teaching & Learning training sessions will be delivered on campus teaching spaces and online via Microsoft Teams. After signing up for a session, joining instructions will be sent out by the Digital Education team shortly before the event takes place.

Alternative sessions

If you are unable to participate in the advertised sessions, staff can book 1-to-1 Teaching and Learning sessions. Please see the ICT Teaching & Learning website for more details.



  • ICT Digital Education Support Team
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Who should attend?

This is an introduction to Blackboard Learn, the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), and is for users who are new to the system. This course is aimed at academics and support staff who are responsible for creating and managing content using Blackboard Learn.

From this practical, hands-on familiarisation session, participants can expect a concise overview of the tools and features available in Blackboard, knowledge of how to integrate and modify content and activities, and methods for locating further information, help, and training. In addition to increasing their technical know-how of Blackboard, participants will be encouraged to discuss pedagogical and practical issues associated with using these tools to support learning and teaching.

Please note that this session will not be focusing on Turnitin or any advance reporting tools. ICT offer separate Turnitin training.

Key areas

  • Adding and managing content, including adaptive release and the content collection
  • Gaining experience navigating the learner and editor interfaces
  • Considering the affordances of Blackboard’s tools for communication and collaboration
  • Exploring options available with assignments and tests


Attendees should be familiar with basic navigation in Blackboard. Please refer to the Navigating Blackboard and Your Course Site on before you attend the course.

Imperial STAR Framework

This workshop is particularly suitable for those seeking recognition at D1 level of the Imperial STAR Framework. It addresses the following dimensions of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) (at Higher Education Academy): A1, A2, A4, K4, V1.