If you are a student, click here for the X-stream student support site.
Technical support, general information and specific guides are included for staff engaged in developing online materials.
If you are interested in any training to help you set up sessions for yourself and others please e-mail X-stream Support and we will get in touch with you to discuss your requirements and arrange dates and times.
In April 2013 the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) was upgraded from Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 9 to Service Pack 11. This upgrade brings a whole host of rich content to our VLE to enhance both pedagogy and the student experience. Click on the links below to find out more.
X-stream run a variety of training sessions each focusing on achieving specific tasks using X-stream. Below is a summary of the sessions and a summary of the content. To book, login to X-stream, navigate to the Modules tab and use the X-stream Training Booking channel.
An introduction session to X-stream which will cover orientation and how staff can upload documents onto their modules along with good practice advice.
• For more information and to book on upcoming sessions, please check the X-stream booking service in the 'Modules' tab of X-stream.
Assessments and Assignments
The session will cover how staff can create online assignments submissions and assessments using X-stream. Staff will also be shown how they can grade student submissions using the Grade Centre how they can make the grades available to the students. It will give an overview of how to use Turnitin.
• 6th March, Headingley Campus, JG229
Communication and Collaboration
This session will cover how to create, release and manage announcements. How to send emails, including targeting audiences. It will also cover creating and managing Groups and the use of Discussion Boards, Blogs, Journals and Wikis.
• 13th March, City Campus, LSBG28
Module Management and Grading
This session will cover advanced module management using the tools, such as statistics, content collection and user management in the control panel. It will also look at the Grade Centre in depth.
• 27th March, Headingley Campus, JG221
The Blackboard Mobile Learn app, available on the most popular mobile platforms, extends and enriches the student experience of Blackboard. Blackboard Mobile Learn allows students and tutors to access their modules wherever and whenever they want through a interface designed specifically for mobile devices.
Pebble+ is a personal learning space (more than an e-portfolio) that incorporates a range of tools to plan, record and reflect on, and evidence personal development. It can be used for both formal and informal activities; both educational, work-based, self-directed, personal or professional. It can be used for private and personal reflections or collaborative working between either faculty staff or staff and students or between course participants.
Respondus is a powerful tool for creating exams offline. Questions can then conveniently be printed to paper or published directly to X-stream.
Find out more from the Respondus Website.
Using Wimba Create you can quickly convert Word documents to a set of linked, interactive webpages.
These online learning resources can then be used in your Blackboard module.