What is Blackboard

Blackboard is the primary virtual learning environment (VLE) used here at the University of South Wales.

Each of your modules and courses has a presence in Blackboard and by effectively using the online area for each of them you will ensure that your students will have access to relevant and timely information, resources and announcements via the web, anytime and anywhere.

Ensuring that your modules and courses comply with the Virtual Learning Environment Course and Module Baseline Expectations is one way you can actively support your students through the VLE.

Blackboard is changing

On the 21st June 2023 USW upgrades to Blackboard Learn with Ultra Base Navigation (UBN) as part of our commitment to modernising our learning and teaching environments. The UBN version of Blackboard has a different look and feel, one which is designed to be more accessible, user-friendly and intuitive. 

What does UBN mean for you? 

  • A new institution page for staff and students. 
  • A different way of seeing and accessing your modules and courses. 
  • Streamlined grading and feedback. 
  • Access to new learning analytics.  

What is staying the same? 

  • The way that modules and courses look internally. 
  • All Blackboard tools and their workflows. 

Find out more and watch the video in our new 'Getting around' section.

Blackboard Administration

Blackboard Tools


Blackboard App

The Blackboard App gives instructors a quick and easy way to manage courses, interact with students and view content.

It allows instructors to:

  • Manage courses anytime, anywhere, 
  • Preview content & assessments, 
  • Create & reply to discussions, 
  • Review, create & send out announcements. 

The Blackboard app is available for Android, iOS and Windows and can be downloaded from the links on the Blackboard app page.