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Technical requirements

Find out what technical requirements you will need to access Blackboard.

Technical requirements

Blackboard is Curtin's University-wide learning management system. The system allows staff to post teaching content and materials, deliver eTests and hold online discussions. It combines the essential tools of electronic communication, content presentation and class management in a single web environment. The online resources below will enable you to familiarise yourself with Blackboard. Please take note of your copyright obligations when constructing your unit online.

Here are 10 practical steps that you as a lecturer can follow to provide blended online learning options for your students.


step 1 Get to know Curtin's Online Learning Platform. [PDF 211Kb]
step 2 Pedagogy: Determine the pedagogical approach you wish to use and determine which technologies best support this. Also refer to the Student Engagement Guidelines.
step 3 Create a Blackboard unit.
step 4 Professional development: Choose some aspects you'd like to know more about and undertake self driven PD or attend organised workshops.
step 5 Develop: Make the Unit Outline and lecture materials available for download and organise your learning materials into sequenced chunks.
step 6 Communicate and Collaborate: Post an announcement to your students via Blackboard. Include a discussion board activity and student discussion lounge to stimulate collaboration.
step 7

Student Management: Create collaborative group areas for your students, and monitor your students activities.

step 8 Lecture recordings: Record your lectures with iLectures or Echo360 Personal Capture.
step 9 Assessment: Use Blackboard's assignment tool and mark assignments electronically.
step 10 Try something new: Integrate a new learning technology into your unit to enhance your students' learning experience.

Work through the menu items on the left hand side for a more detailed approach to achieving your goals.