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Blackboard, which can be accessed by MyHallam, is our online teaching platform and provides an electronic space for you to interact with your modules. Blackboard is used by your lecturers to share course materials and assessment information and is also where you will receive your grades and feedback. 
Blackboard can also be used for online discussions, sending you course related notifications and online group work. It will be one of the most important tools during your studies, and here you will learn the basics of Blackboard.

Blackboard support

For more information and support and blackboard, check out the Blackboard help page.

What to find on Module sites

Module Documents - general information about the module such as the handbook.

Staff Details - information and contact details of staff members teaching you on the module.

Learning Materials - the material relating to mandatory lectures/seminars on the module, for example lecture slides or handouts.

Assessment - information on assessments or tests, such as essay briefs or assessment criteria and assessment submission points will be available in this area.

Support Resources - additional resources to support your learning on the module, for example web links and a link to your Resource List Online (RLO).

My Grades - access to the feedback and grades from previous assignments on the module.

Blackboard Help - a gateway to the Knowledge Base, a directory of self-help resources about Blackboard.

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Blackboard Ally

Your course materials on Blackboard can consist of many different file types. Wherever you see the Alternative Format icon next to a file name, you can choose to download that file in a version that is best for your needs. You can choose from a variety of formats including HTML and e-book for reading on mobile devices and versions that improve the experience of using assistive technologies.

By using the Alternative Format function, you can download your files in the following formats: 

  • OCR’d (Optical Character Recognition data) version 
  • Tagged PDF (currently for Word, PowerPoint and OpenOffice/LibreOffice files) 
  • Mobile-friendly HTML 
  • ePub 
  • Electronic Braille 
  • MP3 Audio version for listening
  • BeeLine Reader 
  • Immersive Reader (to aid reading comprehension and grammar skills)