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Canterbury Christ Church University VLE

Virtual Learning Environment

What is Blackboard?


Blackboard is the University virtual learning environment (VLE). The University requires all programmes to provide core information on Blackboard. Beyond this, the system can support programmes by enabling them to provide information and communication, learning and teaching activities and resources.

Blackboard has a range of tools integrated within the system:

  • Turnitin (e-submission, originality checking and e-feedback),
  • Blackboard Collaborate desktop video conferencing,
  • Kaltura streaming media service
  • PebblePad e-portfolio tool.

What can Blackboard be used for?

Blackboard can be used to:

  • Post announcements
  • Send email to students and/or staff enrolled on a Blackboard site
  • Post files (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Post images
  • Stream audio and video
  • Enable collaboration through blogs, wikis and discussion boards and also through video conferencing

What do I need to access Blackboard?

Students and staff automatically have access to the Blackboard system. However, they need to be enrolled on their Blackboard courses – i.e. the courses they are studying or teaching on.

If a student is unable to see a Blackboard course they think they should be enrolled on, they should contact their programme administrator. If staff are unable to see a course on which they should be enrolled, they should ask the site owner, normally a colleague, to enrol them.

Further help and guidance

Further help and guidance for staff and students  can be found via the Blackboard HELP tab.

For any technical issues or further help please contact;