Blackboard tools

Blackboard, the university's virtual learning environment, has many built-in tools to support assessment and feedback practice.  To help you make the most of these tools Blackboard provides a comprehensive range of short video tutorials which provide visual step-by-step guides.

A complete list of video tutorials is available from Blackboard Learn: For Instructors. They are organised by topic and cover course design, communication, collaboration and assessment. You may be particularly interested in Assessing Learners in Blackboard Learn

It is worth noting that there are also playlists for students which include how to take a test online and how to submit an assignment to Blackboard. 

Murdo Macmillan from the LIS team has collated training resources for the most commonly requested support.  You can find these on his UHI Blackboard Mahara page (You will be prompted for your usual log in details).

Here is one of those resources, created by Murdo, which is a step by step guide to marking and attaching feedback using the Blackboard Grade Centre.

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  • A PDF version of this resource is available
  • A PDF version of the whole Assessment feedback feedforward resource is also available.

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Assessment feedback feedforward policy and guidance

This Policy is to be read in conjunction with the guidance document. The policy and guidance applies to all HE provision.


A number of staff contributed and provided content, case studies, advice and guidance and peer review including HISA representatives. Particular thanks are due to these names listed.



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For more information on assessment and feedback guidance and policy contact Andy Brown

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  • A PDF version of this resource is available.
  • A PDF version of the whole Assessment feedback feedforward resource is also available.


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