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Latest news – Updates to Programme courses

Staff news: 29/08/22 See this guide on how to prepare Blackboard Programme courses for 22/23

Blackboard Programme courses, with automatic student enrolment via programme codes, were new for 21/22. These courses are now included as part of the CHEP Academic Transitions Support Toolkit and help to support Programme Leaders to open a communication channel, develop an online community with students, and share programme-level content.

If you don’t already have a Programme course, see the full guide to Request Programme Courses for more information

Existing Programme courses will be made unavailable on Monday 1st August, ahead of programme enrolment rollover, so you have an opportunity to prepare the course for the next cohort.

Please send us your feedback

Let us know how you are using the courses and any suggestions for improvements. Follow this link to the Feedback Form.

Enrolments and course setup

When will new students be enrolled on a Programme course?

Existing students will move to their next year’s programme code in Banner on Monday 1st August. If you have programme courses for each year group, students will move on to the next year’s Blackboard course by 2nd August.

New students will arrive in courses 48 hours after they Subscribe.

Enrolments onto one-year PGT Programme courses

Existing students, who are writing up and completing a one-year PGT programme in September, will move onto a part 2 programme code on the 1st of August (part 3 if they are on a part-time programme). The year 2 students will be removed from your Programme course by 2nd August, so you can focus on the 22/23 intake.

To continue to communicate with the 21/22 completing students, you can:

  • Request a separate Programme course and include the year 2 programme codes in the enrolment (see request link below), OR
  • Use the existing 21/22 dissertation module OR
  • Raise a ServiceLine ticket and request that the year 2 students are included in the main PGT programme course (together with the year 1 students).

View the programme codes that are linked to a Programme Course

  • Follow this link to the Blackboard Course Builder app
  • Find a course
    • Select View my programme courses – to see the courses you have requested.
    • Select View all programme courses to find a course from the list.
  • Select View to see the list of programme codes associated with this course.

Issues with course enrolments

Please contact ServiceLine if you see any issues with the enrolments on your course. This is a new service and there are some teething issues as courses roll over, but we are fixing any unforeseen issues that arise.

You should not need to manually enrol any students. Contact ServiceLine if you are doing this and we will fix the enrolment feed.

Request a change to the setup of an existing Programme course

Please contact ServiceLine if you want to make changes to the course name or programme enrolment codes of an existing course.

Request a new Programme course using the new Blackboard Course Builder app.

To request a new programme course, follow the link to the Blackboard Course Builder app:

  • Use the app to specify the Blackboard Programme Course title and ID.
  • Select your faculty and school to display a list or programme codes associated with your school.
  • Select the programme codes you would like to be included in the Blackboard course enrolments. Use the filter to sort by level and year group (part).
  • Use the > arrow to move the selected codes to the Included column.
  • Select Submit – this will send a ServiceLine ticket. We will be in touch with you via the ticket to let you know when your course has been created.

Prepare course content for 22/23

Edit and update course content

Programme courses stay “static” they don’t include a year in the course ID so you will use the same course year after year. The students will “roll through” by their programme code. You can edit, delete and hide content in your course before you make it available to new students. You do not need to copy it into a new course.

Review the purpose & content of your course.

See the case study video from Dr Malcolm Cook (Programme Leader, BA Film Studies) which shows how they have used a Blackboard programme course.

Check your Blackboard Faculty Hub, The Student Hub and The Academic Skills Hub and link out to these resources, rather than duplicate information that might become out of date.

See the resources to support Programme Leads in the CHEP Academic Transitions Support Toolkit.

Hide or delete announcements

Delete old announcements or hide them by editing the announcement and adding a Date Restriction to Display Until 1st August. You will then be able to re-use these announcements by removing the date restriction or adding a Display After date.

You can create a Team linked to Programme enrolments

You can use the Blackboard/Teams integration tool to set up a Microsoft Team. Student enrolments will stay in sync with the Blackboard course.

Make course available to students when ready

See the guide on how to make your course available when the content is ready.

Education Application Support are developing the courses.soton app – this will give students a personalised view of their Programme and module information – taken from CRUMS/Worktribe data. You will already see a link Module Profile in Banner module courses.

The My Programme & Modules menu link has been added to the Programme Course menu. A student will see the programme overview, and module options, that correspond to the programme code the student is enrolled in. For staff, if you go to Search and look for a programme, you will see what a student will see when they follow the link. You can share this link with students, outside of the Programme Course, as it will always reflect the individual’s programme when they follow the link.

Please note this view is still under construction. Please open a ServiceLine ticket (description Module Information) if you have any feedback. If any of the information about the programme is incorrect, contact your CQA office and update Worktribe data.

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