These pages will help you make the most of all the LMS has to offer your teaching whether you are getting started, setting up tools for assessment and feedback or providing methods of communication and collaboration.
Staff in teaching roles need to become familiar with the University's Learning Management System (LMS). Subject and community management in the LMS requires a University staff identity.
LMS at a glance
The LMS is the University’s online system for delivering subject content to students.
Tips for getting started in Semester 1, 2019
Be prepared for the start of semester with this quick reference list
Start of semester LMS checklist
When new versions of subjects are created in StudentOne they are automatically created in the LMS.
Community creation and management
Use an LMS community for sharing resources, projects, collaborative research, and online communication with colleagues, groupings of students, or a general community of interest.
Information about requesting an LMS presence, setting up your subject and LMS training.
The LMS framework provides a practical overview of elements to include in a subject presence on the LMS.
Content and copyright
Advice and guidelines about intellectual property of materials on the LMS.
A playpen subject provides an experimental online LMS space for staff members.
Staff can see a student preview of their subjects/communities without requiring a separate login to the LMS.
Information about managing staff, students, guests and external users in your subject.
The Completing the Loop Tool (or 'Loop Tool') is a learning analytics tool designed to provide LMS data to teaching staff at the University in meaningful ways. This data can be used in reflecting on learning design to improve the student experience and outcomes.
Assessment and Feedback
Online assessment is a powerful method to engage students, encourage learning and test student understanding of subject content. The LMS offers a wide variety of features to support assessment of students. Staff can offer both subjective and objective assessments using the following tools. There are numerous ways to track the participation, engagement and achievement of students in your subject.
Online text-matching software that compares electronically submitted papers to billions of pages of content.
Easily collect documents submitted electronically by students using the Assignment tool.
Use the Grade Centre to record and present grades to students.
Tests and surveys
Use online tests and surveys to assess the learning occurring in a subject.
Respondus is a Windows application that enhances the functionality and usability of Blackboard's quiz and survey tools.
Providing individual files to students
Use a single folder in the Content Collection to provide individual files to your students with this process.
Communication and Collaboration
The LMS offers a number of features to support communication and collaboration within subjects and communities. The various communication tools can help manage the sharing of information and promote interactions between members.
Each subject or community site has an Announcements page, which teaching staff can use to post information about subject activity.
Groups may be created within an LMS subject or community for the purposes of communication, collaborative work, or administration.
The Discussion Board is an asynchronous communication tool, allowing messages to be posted and read at any time.
Journals, blogs and wikis
Blogs, journals and wikis are tools for reflective writing, audio recordings, and collaborative workspaces that may be added to a subject or community.
Email can be sent to members of a subject or community via the Email tool.
The University's Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (Melbourne CSHE) provides research-based professional development programs and seminars to promote high quality teaching and learning at the University of Melbourne. One of the foundations of teaching at the University is the provision of an online subject presence through the LMS. The Melbourne CSHE publication on creating effective subject websites provides information about using online tools to meet appropriate educational purposes.