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16th Annual Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference

On 8th January Chris Boon presented at the 16th Annual Blackboard Users’ Conference at the University of Durham on the subject of Electronic Submission on […]

Blackboard interactive tools

Hopefully your Blackboard courses are now set up and being used well, but are you making the best use of the available tools?  Beyond the […]

Blackboard course design

Have you set up a new Blackboard course this year?  Or is your existing course ready for a tidy-up or overhaul? There are a number […]

Thing of the Week- IFTTT

    IFTTT (Rhymes with Rift- without the “R”) is a great way to automate your internetings and make unrelated web based things work together. It […]

Contacting students via email

Do you need to contact one of your students? Not sure of their address, and don’t know where to look it up? No problem! You can […]

Brighten up your Blackboard course!

Would you like to make your course look better and make your resources easier to find for your students?  Then look no further!  Here are […]


Looking for a creative background image?  Need something bright and cheerful to use as a backdrop to your Powerpoint, Blackboard banner or poster? Have a look […]

Wikipedia – ban it or embrace it?

Is Wikipedia the bane of the academic’s life? Do your students look everything up on Wikipedia, and never use any other resources? Do you cringe when […]

“Drop boxes” and other Blackboard ideas

Thank you to everyone for your continued use of Blackboard– we’ve had another year with some excellent use of our electronic submission system (“drop boxes”) […]

Alternatives to Powerpoint

Bored with making Powerpoints for all your lessons?  Fancy trying something new?  Why not try Prezi or Haikudeck? Prezi is an on-line presentation tool which […]

Office Mix for Powerpoint

  This weeks “Thing of the Week” is Office Mix. This free add-on enables you to add your voice, video and live drawings to your pre […]


Last week all of the “movers and shakers” from the world of Blackboard descended on Washington DC for the annual Bb World conference. This is […]

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