Subject design

Information about requesting an LMS presence, setting up your subject and LMS training.

LMS subjects and communities are provided with a basic default template which is fully customisable. As subject coordinator, you can customise the subject by adding or removing items from the subject menu, adding and removing items from content pages, changing the default entry point, and adding a subject banner.

Many subjects are taught from year to year so you may be starting with a copy of the previously taught materials inside your subject. It is important to check all material for compliance with the University's copyright obligations, as well as reviewing the relevance, availability and currency of the material, especially if adaptive release rules have been used.

Subjects on the LMS must show certain features (as defined in the LMS framework):

  • A staff information page including contact details and office hours
  • A link to the subject entry in the Handbook
  • A subject outline
  • Information about assessment of the subject.

To increase the online depth of the subject, staff can upload class files such as handouts and PowerPoint slides, as well as adding features such as a link to the subject's Readings Online, embedded videos and images, and links to external sites. For more assistance with developing the structure of your teaching in the subject, you can access resources and professional development at the University's Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education. You can also consult the University's expert eLearning teams.

By default, an LMS subject is not visible to enrolled students until a staff member of the subject makes it available for student access, or it is automatically made available on a specified date prior to the beginning of semester. A subject can be returned to 'unavailable' if necessary.

Mobile apps

Blackboard mobile apps provide fast, simplified access to the LMS, and enable users to check announcements, view content, and post to discussion boards, among other actions. The mobile apps have different functionality from the browser version. Advice is available about how to prepare your subject for mobile viewing, just submit a support request for assistance.

LMS subject banner creation tool

The LMS subject banner creation tool provides access to a bank of photos, styles, colours and fonts enabling you to construct a banner which you can upload into your LMS subject. Once uploaded, the banner will appear at the top of your subject's entry page (the default entry setting is the Announcements page). It is also possible to create your own banner using your own images; see the guide for setting up your subject for details of how to do this.


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