PebblePad v5 is now available. It delivers a new front end to our existing system, doing away with the previous use of pop-up windows. Now you edit directly on the page, rather like Edit Mode in Blackboard (BREO). It’s a big improvement and we’d like to switch to it across the board, but we need to know if you foresee problems with that. More here.
Following consultation via QEC and TQSC, from September 2016 we’re moving from Turnitin submissions online to using Blackboard (BREO) assignments online. We will still be keeping Turnitin for similarity checking. More here.
The BREO Gateway is the page you land on once you’ve logged in to BREO. There’s one specifically for staff, one for students. They act as routes to both teaching and learning online in units, but also, in themselves, are hubs for access to key support and sources of information. Staff should spend a little time in class highlighting contents of the student gateway, especially all the Quicklinks in the grey box on the left. More here.
The structure of unit shells in BREO is designed to promote consistent and clear navigation to better support students, following their feedback. This structure, when fully populated with the correct content, meets the minimum requirements (and therefore takes the place) of a book-based unit handbook. It is a requirement that you maintain this structure, to help students by keeping BREO navigation consistent across all their units. Click for more.
Students often ask us to help them be better informed: you can help them plan ahead by alerting them to events and activities that are not in the timetable, some unique, some repeating. More here.
Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. See more.