Virtual Learning Environment
What is it?
Blackboard is the University's chosen Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). A VLE is an online electronic course management system which supports and extends communication between students and staff. It also creates new opportunities for innovative and interactive methods of learning and teaching.
Introduced to the University by the IT Research and Development Unit (ITRDU) in 2001, Blackboard currently hosts more than 340 sites across the London Institute and is in use for course administration and communication purposes.
Why use it?
Blackboard provides permanent access to course information and learning recourses, improves communication and supports student centred learning.
What can Blackboard do?
A Blackboard site provides students with a virtual place to find announcements, timetables, assignments, internet links, course documents and more. Tutors are able to contact colleagues and students by means of a range of Blackboard communication tools such as discussion boards and chat facilities.
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