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Psychology has been an early adopter in the provision of a Virtual Learning Environment (or similar functionality) using dept supported and in-house systems long before the University provided Backboard. Since the provision of Blackboard we have aimed to provide a complete coverage of all our teaching activities and encourage the use of all the facilities and tools available.


On the undergraduate programme (BSc and MSci) each of our 5 core strands and each Advanced Module has a VLE 'site'.  We have templates which outline the provision and approximate structure, but encourage the providers to customise their module to suit their delivery whilst not affecting clarity, expectations and consistency.

In addition to the core and advanced modules we provide a number of extra VLE 'sites', some for housekeeping (such as submission points for essays) some for materials that are general and used in many courses (Academic Skills, IT Extras, Dept Seminars, Programming and others).

Module Provision

Each module's 'site' will provide

  • an overview
  • staff information
  • detailed session (lectures, workshops, practicals, seminars, tutorials) information (see below)
  • Assessment and feedback information
  • Replay (lecture recording) links
  • Discussion forum

Each teaching session will have a 'page' which will include a

  • description of the content
  • powerpoint slides or equivalent from the session
  • extra resources, papers, pdf etc
  • links to extra materials where appropriate, pdfs, external links, screencasts etc

Optional tools

Staff are encouraged to use the range of tool availble from the VLE such as formative quizes in support of their taching.  The E-learning team are always willing and available to discuss potential uses and benefits and offer guidance on best pratcice when engaging with these facialities.

Access and Enrolment 

Students are automatically enrolled on their modules via the central systems (SITS) and managed by the VLE support team. They should all be available in the first week of term and often beforehand. Staff are added to modules that they teach on and can be added to any other module by a request to the module leader.  Guest students (from other depts or not doing an elective module) can contact the module organiser to seek enrolment.

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