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Step by step guides

What is MyBeckett?

It's our University Portal and Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It allows staff and students to access a range of systems, services, module teaching materials and online assessments / feedback. It's heavily customised by the Learning Systems Team, based on student and staff feedback. 

It was recently voted the best VLE in the world in the International Student Survey, and our University was voted 2nd best in the world for virtual learning in the Independent Student Barometer. 

Students and staff see relevant, personalised content when they log in. Distance Learning students have their own Portal view, as do some Franchise Partner students.

Our staff guides show you easy, recommended ways to harness MyBeckett functionality for the benefit of your students. Student guides are available on the Library website.

Need more help? Our contact details are available at the bottom of each guide, and on the About Learning Systems page.


Step by step guides

Basics, navigation and content creation

Online training is available for MyBeckett - Basics, navigation and content creation.

A. Before you start
1. Get training
2. Essential browsers, software and plug-ins
3. Web browser compatibility
4. Accessibility
5. What's new in MyBeckett?
6. MyBeckett troubleshooting

B. Plan and prepare
1. Planning next year's module
2. Student Administrator guide
3. Franchise modules start-up guide
4. Pre-induction advice
5. MyBeckett induction information
6. Student Preview

C. Staff enrolment
1. Self enrol on a module
2. Self enrol on a course / level based group
3. Enrol more instructors on a module

D. Navigation and organisation
1. Customise your Modules list
2. Module navigation menu
3. Organise module content
4. Learning Modules - structured learning

E. Create basic content
1. Design accessible content
2. Add a Resource List
3. Create a content area
4. Create a content folder
5. Upload a file
6. Create an item
7. Edit content
8. Content Editor
9. Create a web link
10. Create a tool link

F. Copy content
1. Copy from one module to another
2. Copy from one course group to another
3. Copy individual content items

G. Add video / slides / other content
1. Add YouTube videos
2. Add video from Leeds Beckett Media Player
3. Embed slides
4. Embed forms
5. Add Panopto Replay lecture recordings
6. Add a SCORM content package

Communication and collaboration

Online training is available for MyBeckett - Communication and collaboration.

A. Communication

1. Send an Announcement / Email
2. Add module Contacts
3. Course Groups
4. Mobile Apps

B. Collaboration
1. Create a Blog
2. Create a Discussion Board
3. Create a Journal
4. Create Sub-groups
5. Create a Wiki

Module management and student engagement

Online training is available for MyBeckett - Module management and student engagement.

A. Module management

1. Adaptive Release (allow specific students to view content)
2. Back-up module content
3. Content Collection (manage module files)
4. Manage HTML content permissions
5. Date Management
6. Request a crosslisted Module / Course Group
7. Request a Non-Credit Module (NCM)
8. Bulk download module content

B. Blackboard Drive
1. Install Blackboard Drive
2. Upload, edit and update multiple files

C. Student engagement
1. Retention Centre (check students' engagement)
2. Review the status of content items
3. Module Reports
4. Performance Dashboard

D. Module appearance
1. Add a banner (header) image
2. Customise style and theme
3. Change the module entry point

Online assessment and feedback

Online assessment and feedback mapping diagram

A. Set up a Blackboard assignment
1. Create an assignment
2. Create an anonymous assignment 
3. Create and attach a rubric
4. Set up delegated marking
5. Hide marks from students (settings checklist)
6. Manage video submissions
7. Divide submissions into sub-groups
8. Self and peer assessment

B. Marks and feedback
1. Open an assignment submission
2. Get started with New Box View
3. Mark assignments in New Box View
4. Leave assignment feedback for students
5. Release feedback to students
6. Bulk download assignment submissions
7. iPad app: Mark and leave feedback on the go

C. Grade Centre
1. Find your way around Grade Centre
2. Grade Centre smart views
3. Mark and leave feedback in Grade Centre
4. Show / hide Grade Centre columns
5. Upload marks from a spreadsheet
6. Download student marks in bulk
7. Create a weighted total column in Grade Centre
8. Create and manage achievements
9. Clear a Blackboard assignment attempt

D. Tests and surveys
1. Online exam / test guidance
2. Create a test
3. Create a mobile compatible test
4. Create a test pool (bank of questions)
5. Create a test based on a question set
6. Create a survey
7. Test / survey question types
8. Calculated formula questions
9. Test access log
10. Run question analysis on a test
11. Edit and reuse a test
12. Edit test / survey questions offline (and upload them to modules)

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