The 2019 Blackboard modules are now available and ready for you to add your content.

Reusing content from the previous year

If you wish to re-use content from last year’s courses, you can use the Blackboard course copy feature.

How to use the Blackboard course copy feature

It is not advisable to use the ‘Select all’ option. Instead, be selective in what you choose to copy over.

    • Do not tick ‘Grade Centre Columns and Settings’. In LSS, submission links are created by the Assessments team. Ticking ‘Grade Centre and Settings’ alone will copy all the Turnitin submission links, but they will not work and will need to be deleted.
    • Ensure you do not tick enrollments. Students and staff members are automatically enrolled via SITs and should not be copied from the previous year’s module.

EU Web Accessibility Directive

The EU Web Accessibility Directive that comes into law from September that will require consideration by all Aston staff to be more actively focused on developing and supporting accessibility via Blackboard.

Blackboard Ally

To support students and staff Aston University is preparing the implementation of Blackboard Ally. This will analyse uploaded content for accessibility and provide immediate feedback to staff where accessibility can be improved. In addition, Ally enables students to download module content in a format that suits their needs.

Create accessible content for your module 
As you create your 2019 modules it is an opportunity to ensure the content you are uploading meets these requirements.

Your new module

Module Specification

The Module Specification document will appear here automatically from the University Module Directory and you do not need to make any amendments.

If your Module Specification has changed or changes over the year, ensure you remind your students to check the updated version.

If you are using the parent/child set up, remember that students of the child module will not be able to see their Module specification.


Within Contacts there are folders for the contact details of Academic staff, the School Office and Blackboard and IT support.

In the Academic staff folder create a new contact for yourself and one for each member of staff involved in teaching on the module. Include your office hours and a link to your WASS calendar.

Contacts are hidden by default so ensure to make yours available.


The Announcements page is the home page for all LSS Blackboard courses.

This helps to make communications more visible as they will be the first thing students will see as they enter your module.


Add your teaching materials and resources in this section.

It can be subdivided and organised by topic, theme or week, whatever you think is best for your students.

Alternatively, you can delete this section and create your resources structure in the left hand course menu using additional content areas.

If you wish to develop self-study resources or adopt new approaches to teaching such as blended learning, formative quizzes or in-class polling, contact the TEL team for help.


This links directly to your online Talis Reading List, items on your list will link to the full text, if available, or to the library holdings.

If you have new reading material, add these items to your Talis list to alert the library staff to check the availability. Do not include the full text of an item, such as a book chapter or journal article, without checking with the library that this is permissible.

You can create a shorter reading list corresponding with topics or weeks in your module and link this to other areas of Blackboard.

Aston Replay

Panopto can record your lectures in an Aston teaching room, create teaching materials on your own computer, record student presentations and live stream to the public.

Ensure you provision (link) your Blackboard module to Panopto in advance of your first lecture.

Before you start recording, always check the lights are flickering.


In this section include a detailed assessment brief for each assignment. Other content for this page could be a link to past exam papers, assessment criteria and rubrics.


Electronic submission links for Turnitin and Blackboard Assignments are created by the Exams Team.

IMPORTANT You should check the details of all the submission links once they are created and let the Assessments Team know if any changes are required.


This section aims to help students connect their studies to the skills needed for placements and the workplace. It includes space for you to highlight how your module will contribute to your student’s employability.

PIR will be piloting this section this academic year.

This section is hidden by default and will need to be made live if you wish to use it.


This is a link to the student help pages on TLC.

Remember to make your module live once it is readyClick the padlock on the top right of the screen to make the module live

How to make your module live


Getting some help

If you would like some help or support in setting up your Blackboard course for 2019, contact the TEL team.

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