The following are available Useful Tools for online delivery.

  • Blackboard Assessment Tools
    • Turnitin – This is a text matching, electronic submission and feedback software. It is used in the University of Sheffield for Originality checking and as part of something called Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA). Turnitin allows you to submit your work electronically. You can submit from any desktop or laptop computer whether on or off campus. The software can then look to see if text in the submission has any matches to text, both online and in its extensive essay bank. For more information click here.
    • Blackboard Assignments – Use the Blackboard Assignment tool if you do not need to use the Turnitin originality checking service, you are setting a media-based assignment or a mixed media submission. For more information click here.
    • Blackboard Tests – This offers a flexible approach to creating online tests for students. These can be used for formative, summative and under exam conditions assessment.
      • Formative tests can be used to check students learning but also as a revision aid.
      • Summative tests can contribute to the overall mark of a module. These can also be taken under exam conditions in conjunction with our exams team.

      Surveys allow you to collect information from students such as module feedback. They work in the same way as tests but don’t include a marked element.

      Pools are a store of questions which can be reused in several tests. It also allows you to use the questions to populate tests that produce a random set of questions each time it is taken. For more information click here.

    • Kaltura – The University’s video hosting solution can be used for assessment and feedback in the following ways:
    • Pebblepad – This is a flexible system for creating e-portfolios and other documents for logging a student’s learning journey through evidence and/or reflection. This can be done in structured Workbooks or freeform Portfolios, and can be assessed by tutors via an area of PebblePad known at ATLAS.Examples of uses for PebblePad may be:
      • Gathering evidence for professional accreditation
      • Reflecting on experiences or achievements
      • Students authoring a creative portfolio to document a year abroad or other personal experience.

      For more information click here

  • Blackboard Discussion Tools
    • Blogs – Blogs in Blackboard act as an online journal for an individual or a group to create entries (posts) related to the course which are then available for other course members to see and post comment. They have the function to be marked and graded as an assignment. For more information click here
    • Wikis – This allows students to work in a group to produce a shared repository of knowledge (similar to a website) that can be ordered and structured in a way that suits the content. For more information click here
    • Journals – Can be used on an individual basis, the content of these blogs is only visible to the writer (the student) and the tutor. Journals can be marked as part of an assessment. For more information click here
    • Discussion Boards – This is an asynchronous communication tool that allows you to communicate with your students, and students with each other , without the constraints of being online at the same time. Conversations (or threads as they are called) are recorded and visible for all. Groups on your course can have their own Discussion Boards. Discussion Boards can be a marked element. For more information click here
  • Blackboard Adaptive release tools – Adaptive release allows you to set rules for material to be released to students, this couls be as simple as a specific date or time or it could be reliant on scoring above a specific mark in a specific assignment or test. For more information click here
  • Blackboard Collaborate –  This is a synchronous virtual classroom tool that enables live communication between staff and students. Sessions can be recorded to review later. Students can use Collaborate independently of staff if the tool is used within a group in Blackboard, or by using the Course Room featureFor more information click here
    • Features Break out rooms – Allows a session to be divided in to small group rooms for small group work. groups can be assigned by lecturer or allow students to move to their own. Lecurers can move between groups giving guidence before bringing them back to the main session.
    • New sharing options – In addition to screen, tab and presentation sharing a new additional camera sharing has been added allowing a second camera to be used as a shared screen.
  • Kaltura Capture – Capture is an app developed by Kaltura. It enables you to record audio, your webcam and/or your screen, and upload these directly to Kaltura – both the media hub and to Blackboard. For more information click here
  • Kaltura Video Quiz’sIt is possible to add a Video quiz to Blackboard. Any video uploaded to Kaltura can have quiz questions associated with it. You can add multiple choice questions to dedicated points on the video to test students understanding. The quiz once embedded in Blackboard will populate the grade centre with results. For more information click here
  • Jam boardGoogle Jamboard can be accessed both on and off campus by staff and students. It can be added to mobile devices to be accessed on the go. Jamboard is a virtual interactive whiteboard that can be used collaboratively to mind map and share ideas. For more information click here
  • Google forms – These can be accessed both on and off campus by staff and students. Google Forms allows you to create survey, questionnaires and opinion polls. The results of the surveys created on Forms can be stored into a Google Sheet for easy analysis of your data. Google Forms can be distributed to respondents in formats such as; web links, email, social media, and can also be embedded directly into web pages. For more information click here