Course design

The Digital Education Office can help you make the most of technology enhanced learning in your unit(s) or programme, including optimising the design of your Blackboard courses.

We can provide consultation, advice, support and training whether as part of a small targeted intervention, a Unit or Programme review, a School level initiative or within a Curriculum Review and Development process.

Blackboard course review

A Blackboard course review is on the one hand a sort of MOT, to make sure for example that your Blackboard courses meet basic standards, but it will also provide an opportunity to go beyond the basics, further improving the experience of both students and staff.


  1. Contact us to request a Blackboard course review, with details of the unit(s) / programme and any particular concerns you have
  2. We will get in touch with you to arrange an initial discussion to find out more
  3. We will agree a plan with you, to ensure that all relevant aspects are considered. Part of this will normally be a review of relevant Blackboard courses against our rubric for online course spaces
  4. Once we have carried out the review we will send you our recommendations, together with links to supporting resources or other suggestions for implementing the improvements eg staff training
  5. We will meet with you to discuss the recommendations and next steps

Useful links 

Course design guide (.pdf)

Rubric for online course spaces

Guidance on the provision of material in advance of teaching (.pdf)

Course design workshop  - If there is not a workshop scheduled or if you would like tailored training, for example for your programme or School, please contact us.