Don’t miss this year’s Tech Zone!

It has been a busy week for the LTT… we are gearing up for the Tech Zone at this year’s Learning & Teaching Symposium which takes place next Wednesday (1st May 2013) in the Mead Room (Hamilton Building).

This year’s theme will be “How many Learning Technology Tools do you use?”

Did you know that the LTT currently supports a total of 138 tools??!! How many do you use? If your curiosity gets the better of you, come and find out more!

Plus if you want to get more involved, find out about how you can become a Blackboard Champion at the event.

And a final word for those of you with a sweet tooth… last year it was Haribo… come along to unveil this year’s mystery sugar fix!


Spot us at the Tech Zone… we’ll be the ones wearing these badges!


Group Blogs in Bb Learn- an update

Some great news to mark the end of the week… the Computer Centre (in collaboration with the LTT) managed to successfully install a patch to resolve the group blogs issue yesterday.

Hopefully that means we will get lots more people blogging now (just as I am currently doing!)

Have a great weekend all… and let’s hope the weather continues to improve :)

Group Blogs in Blackboard Learn

Thanks to a few eagle-eyed students who noticed an issue with the Group Blogs tool in Blackboard Learn, we now have a patch available to fix the issue!

The good news is we can (with the help of the Computer Centre) get this installed tomorrow.
This means that Blackboard Learn will be down between 7-9am tomorrow (11th April). Hopefully you won’t miss it too much ;)

We will update you after it’s back.


Happy Valentine’s Day: our irresistable new interface

You may have noticed a difference in Blackboard Learn this Valentines day as we have launched a new theme!

To find out more about the exciting new changes that this offers, take a look at our guide

You’ll be using a more modern interface, with controls appearing when you need them rather than taking up valuable screen space. The new design is also more in keeping with other Brunel sites and resources…



Launch of the ‘Help Me LTT’ Tab

Today, we launched a new tool for staff to help themselves develop their own skills using Blackboard Learn. Members of staff at Brunel logging in to the VLE will see a new tab at the top of the screen – the ‘Help Me LTT’ tab.

Here you can find training session times, one page guides and other resources, and learn more about how the LTT can help you develop your skills in enhancing your teaching with technology. Take a look!


Blackboard Learn – give us your thoughts!

I hope that 2013 is already living up to even your wildest expectations.

I wanted to share some survey results with you, and then give you a couple of links you can use to help some of our own research students here at Brunel, as well as have your voice and thoughts on technology at Brunel, and Blackboard in particular, heard.

We recently asked what our users  – staff and students – thought of the Blackboard Mobile app. Up to now, we’ve had 1832 responses, which is a decent sample! 1448 of those users have downloaded the Mobile app.

Of those 1448, 76% think the app is either very useful or useful.


Only 9% deem the app ‘disappointing’. I think this says a lot about the choice we made to invest in the Mobile app to enhance the VLE we had just put in place.

Two research students here at Brunel, who have worked closely with us to understand how the project has progressed, are offering staff and students the opportunity to provide their views and inform the research.

If you are a member of staff, click here to take a staff survey, set up by Latefa Bin Fryan.

The student equivalent is here.

Alison Bulbeck is running some focus groups and would love to get students involved: if you’re interested in finding out more, email

We are currently planning how best to take forward the new features available to us in Service Pack 10 so watch this space for some exciting developments!


Service Pack 10: What’s it all about?

Yet another guest post from me (Anu, Learning Technology Team)… (I could get used to this!!)

So, now that we have Service Pack 10 in place, here is a reminder about some of the new features and tools that are available…

- better access to notifications, updates and tasks across your set of modules; you’ll find all of these in one place, rather than having to go to each module individually

- better reporting on how a cohort has performed in tests and quizzes over time

- more opportunities to run University-wide surveys and evaluation; we can also set up surveys and share them

- an updated text and equation editor

- some improvements to test questions and other minor changes

There are some additional social networking options available in Service Pack 10 which should be released soon. Watch this space for further information!