Blackboard (Virtual Learning Environment)

Blackboard (Virtual Learning Environment)

Summary: This service provides UCCs online and blended learning environment in support of Academic Teaching and Learning.

Primary users of this service: Staff, Researchers, Student

Who to contact to use this service: E: | IT Services |

Contact to discuss this service: Grace O'Leary | E: |

Strategic Focus: Teaching & Learning

Service Webpage or Online Login

Blackboard is a course website creation and management package, or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

It allows staff to add an online component to traditional classes. Facilities for creating web-based learning support services are available (student email contact, discussion groups, file uploads, electronic file submission, and web pages for reading lists, course material, announcements, and many other features).

  • The Blackboard service in UCC is at
  • Blackboard is available to all staff and students in UCC. You need a UserID (login name) and password to use it.  
    • Staff requiring access should contact the Learning Technologies Unit. Your UserID is typically the same as the local-part of your UCC email address (the bit before the @-sign). 
    • Student usernames are set to their UCC Student Number and their password is the same as the Portal@UCC password.  Only fully registered students have access to Blackboard. 

  • Training courses in the use of Blackboard run throughout the year. Further details are available from

The Learning Technologies Unit runs two courses in the use of Blackboard: Getting Started with Blackboard and Enrolment & Assessment. If you wish to attend one of the sessions, please email Advance booking is essential.

Areas covered
  • Introduction
  • Course Settings (Enable/disable various features)
  • Customising Course Appearance
  • Announcements
  • Adding Staff Profiles
  • Adding Course Content (various file types incl. Multimedia)
  • Adding External Links
  • Building Course Documents
  • Modifying & Removing Content
  • Enrolment Options
  • Communication Areas
  • Areas covered
  • Setting Self-enrolment
  • Self-enrolling (for students)
  • Enrolling a Student Manually
  • Modifying the Role of a Users in a Course
  • Removing a User from a Course
  • Working with Groups
  • Assessment Manager
  • Assessment Question Types
  • Creating a Self-assessment Test
  • Setting Assessment Availability
  • Creating Questions
  • Categorising Questions
  • Using the Pool Manager
  • The Online Gradebook
  • Creating Test Reports
  • Course Statistics
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