Ultra Nav menuVLE Update - Summer 2019

Some exciting changes are happening to MOLE, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), this summer.

After hearing opinions from staff and students across the University, we are pleased to announce MOLE - which will now be known as Blackboard - will be getting a facelift, from Friday 28th June. A fresh, modern interface will allow for easier navigation of courses for students, and supports a programme-level view of learning activities.

Students and colleagues logging into MOLE will be greeted by a new interface, which is more modern, intuitive and works across different devices. Notifications and due dates can be surfaced on arrival to Blackboard, with easier navigation between courses.

Courses themselves will remain the same, so no extra training is required for staff involved developing, building or administering courses, and existing courses will not be affected by the changes.

Retiring the name MOLE removes confusion between other systems students use, such as the Blackboard mobile app and Blackboard Collaborate, and emphasises the connection between these different products, but we know that a name change can be confusing to begin with. To help this we are going to begin by calling it Blackboard (MOLE), then by June 2020 it will become simply Blackboard. This will give everyone time to update information and supporting materials that reference MOLE as well as orientating existing users to the change.

The changes will take place on the morning of Friday 28th June 2019, and there will be a range of support available to help everyone with the changes, including a session at TELFest. To sign up for TELFest, see www.sheffield.ac.uk/telfest for details. Information regarding all the support is available on this page.

We are confident these changes will improve the student experience of using Blackboard, and allow for easier overview of courses in a programme-level approach.

If you have any questions or need advice on the forthcoming changes, please email the Digital Learning Helpdesk on digital.learning@sheffield.ac.uk.