Blackboard is the University’s Virtual Learning Environment providing you with access to your learning materials, resources and services to support your studies.
Every course provides core learning information through dedicated blackboard sites for each module.
On the left-hand side of the Blackboard Home page, you will find the list of courses on which you are enrolled. Click on the name to open and view the site.
Updated regularly with clickable images, this space will highlight helpful hints and guidance on Blackboard, Turnitin, and the other learning technologies, as well as useful University campaigns.
At the top of Blackboard there are tabs. These link to Helpful resources and guidance for the learning technologies and to wider Student Support to support your learning.
Global Navigation Menu
This drop-down menu available to the right-hand side of your name shows courses you recently visited, any updates or announcements made to any boards you are enrolled on together with posts and grades.
Blackboard Collaborate is the virtual classroom platform through which students will attend live, interactive tutorials and seminars. It also provides students the opportunity to meet in real-time for group discussion and collaboration.
Blackboard Collaborate is available through your Blackboard module space, with a unique virtual classroom available for each session that is taught digitally. As with all University web services, we recommend students use Google Chrome as their standard web browser on PC, Mac or Android to get the best experience in Blackboard Collaborate. For iOS/iPadOS users we would recommend using Safari.
Information on how to use Blackboard Collaborate can be found in the Blackboard Help Tab, with guides available on how to get started and how to use the platform.
How do I set up my own Collaborate classroom space?
Dedicated Collaborate rooms for group work can be requested from academic staff on your module.
The University uses Turnitin for electronic submission (e-submission) of work.
This online service also allows you to upload draft versions of your assessments prior to final submission, and is designed to help you and your tutors check your work for originality and help guard against plagiarism.
Turnitin is accessed through your Blackboard.
Where possible the consistent University-wide Turnitin setup requires that:
6. Once the correct file has been selected, click on Upload.
Note: Although you cannot upload directly from OneDrive for Business, you can download to your desktop and then upload to Turnitin.
7. Wait for the preview thumbnail image and details of your upload to be displayed. Check that it is the correct paper that you wish to upload, all pages have uploaded and that any formatting looks correct.
8. Select Confirm to finalise your submission.
9. Wait for the green Congratulations banner to appear at the top of your screen and then select Go to assignment inbox at the bottom of the screen.
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PebblePad is the University’s e-Portfolio tool. It is a personal and private tool that can be used to support learning and professional development.
You can keep a blog or diary within PebblePad; store resources and files and you can create and publish a website showing people examples of your work and development.
Some academic courses may require you to use PebblePad in a specific way, but all students can use it individually to support their learning and development.
To access PebblePad, click on the PebblePad link on the link to the right side of your Blackboard Home page.
On first opening, you will be presented with some introductory videos. Please watch these before closing the window.
From the PebblePad Home page select the Learning Centre for guidance on how to use PebblePad or select Get creative to start building your e-portfolio.
It is also possible to convert your PebblePad account to a personal account so that your resources are still available to you even after you have left University. Personal accounts created in this way are free of charge.
At Christ Church we provide a range of online tools to support and enhance your group work.
To assist your learning and support your studies we provide a range of free tools, apps and software
As a student, you can access all the software you might need for your course through our App Store or Virtual Desktop tool