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

The Blackboard Service in UCC

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

Blackboard Training Courses

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.

Getting Started with Blackboard

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
  • Enrolment and Assessment

    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
  • IT Services Department

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