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The Learning Management System (LMS)

Unit of study websites

Many of your units of study will have a website created in the LMS. You will only have access to websites for the units you are enrolled in and most become available the week before session starts.

This website is where you can access information and resources for your unit, including a link to your unit of study outline and the coordinators’ contact details. Many sites also include:

  • learning resources such as lecture notes or recordings, links to library readings or online resources
  • communication tools such as discussion boards, chat rooms, blogs, wikis and journals
  • online activities including tests and surveys
  • online assignment submissions

Unit of study coordinators are responsible for managing the content on the site, so you should speak with them if you have any questions about this material.

Missing unit of study sites

Your unit of study websites will be available one week before session starts. They will be listed when you log in to the LMS.

There are a few reasons your unit of study website may not appear.

  • Your unit of study does not have a website. You can ask your lecturer/tutor if this is the case.
  • Your unit of study coordinator may request the site be available earlier or later. You can check this with your lecturer/tutor.
  • If you change your enrolment, it can take up to three days for this to be updated in the LMS. Your unit of study will automatically appear in your list of units after this is updated.

Extra sites

Your faculty or department may create specialised websites available to students enrolled in the faculty or a particular degree. They are part of your enrolment and may be designed to help you with specific skills such as laboratory workplace health and safety.

If you think you have been added to a site that isn’t related to your enrolment, contact us using the online form.

Assignments

You will be told in your unit of study outline if you need to submit an assignment online. Information about submitting your assignment through the LMS can be found on the submitting an assignment page.

Tests

Before you take an online test, you should make sure you are using an up-to-date version of a supported browser. You will also need to allow pop-ups.

Use a reliable and fast internet connection to prevent losing connection. If you are on campus, we recommend using a computer in a lab or library rather than a wireless connection.

If you have a technical issue with your online test, contact the contact us using the online form.

Grades and feedback

You may be able to access grades and feedback on assessment items through the LMS. Not all unit of study coordinators will use the LMS for grades, but you can check this with your lecturer or tutor.

If your lecturer or tutor has made it available, you can access your grades by selecting ‘My grades’ in the left menu.

If you have questions about your grading, you will need to speak to your lecturer or tutor. You can view a tutorial if you need help checking your grades.

Communication

You may be expected to communicate using the tools available in Blackboard.

These tools will have different levels of privacy. Some may be seen by the whole class, a select group or just by you and your tutor or lecturer.

Blogs

Blogs are visible to everyone enrolled in your unit of study with posts displayed chronologically. As part of your assessment, you may be required to participate in or maintain an individual or group blog.

You can only post to a blog where you are a member; however, you can comment on any blog post within your unit of study site.

An inbuilt text editor will allow you to add media to your blog entry. You can view a tutorial on creating and editing a blog entry.

Discussions

Discussion boards allow you to communicate with either your whole class or smaller groups.

Whole class discussions can be found under the discussions link and can be accessed by everyone in your unit of study. Group discussions can be found through the group tool and can only be accessed by members and your tutor or lecturer.

You can view a tutorial on using discussion boards.

Journals

A journal is usually used as a private space for reflection or observation about your study topic. In most cases it will be viewed by only you and your lecturer or tutor, providing them the opportunity to review and comment on your entries.

In some cases your lecturer/tutor may make a public journal, meaning that other students in your unit can view and comment on the journal.

You can view a tutorial on how to create and comment on journal entries.

Wikis

A wiki is a collaborative tool that lets you contribute and modify web pages shared amongst your group or entire class. You can edit any wiki where you are a member and see who else has created and edited pages.

A wiki can be set up to be accessible by all students in your unit of study, or just a specific group.

Information on how to create and edit wikis is available in a tutorial.

Notifications

Most unit of study sites have a notification system which will provide you with announcements such as recent discussion posts, when assignments are due and when new content is available.

You can access all your notifications in one place by selecting the global navigation tab on the top right of the screen.

On your unit of study page, you may find notifications relating to that particular unit of study.

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