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Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard)

What is Blackboard?

Blackboard is UEA's adopted virtual learning environment. The web-based system allows for the easy creation and management of electronic teaching materials without the need for extensive technical knowledge. Blackboard can be used for a wide range of tasks from providing a simple set of lecture notes to hosting a complete online course for distance learners. Course sites can be highly customised and offer a range of tools to support teaching and learning, for example:

  • Announcements
  • Course handbooks and module outlines
  • Lecture notes and handouts
  • Discussion boards
  • Wikis
  • Blogs
  • Quizzes
  • Assignments
  • Web links

How to access the system:

Blackboard is accessible from the Academic tab on the Portal. The website address for the portal is

When using a PC on campus you will be automatically logged in, when connecting to the portal off campus you will be prompted for your UEA username and password.

To access one of you modules, click on the Academic tab on the portal, and click on the name of the course.

If you are a member of staff and want to use Blackboard in your teaching email to get access to the relevant Blackboard sites.

Blackboard upgrade

UEA will be upgrading to the latest version of Blackboard in August 2011 - Blackboard learn release 9.1.

Further information about the upgrade and the new version of Blackboard, including demonstrations and training sessions can be found on the Blackboard upgrade pages.
Who to contact for training:

Student training is provided by, and at the discretion, of the school or faculty normally in the form of a short induction session.

The Centre for Staff and Educational Development provides Blackboard training courses for UEA staff and research postgraduates who will be contributing to Blackboard sites.

We are keen to support Blackboard usage in a flexible way. As such, and where staff resource is available, our support staff are happy to work with staff on a small group or one-to-one basis. This can include:

  • tailored Blackboard training
  • discussing needs and requirements for setting up Blackboard sites
  • advice and support in designing online teaching materials
  • specific use of Blackboard tools such as discussion boards and assessments.

In the first instance please contact with your request.


Who to contact for support:


For information about material on Blackboard sites (eg. lecture notes, test, etc.) you should talk to your lecturer as schools are responsible for their own materials.

If you are experiencing problems logging on to Blackboard or have any other queries about using Blackboard contact the IT Helpdesk (


Queries should be directed to the Staff IT Helpdesk (

Further information can be found on the Blackboard FAQs pages.

(Blackboard and The Portal share the same database)

Number of active modules 1509

Number of active organisations 3678

Number of active users 14049

Number of instructor / leader users 2085

Page views on most active date 350816

Average page views per day 62769


 Information last reviewed 19/05/11





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