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Excellence in VLE Awards

Nominations for the 2019 Blackboard and VLE Awards are now open!

Nominations by students

If you would like to highlight an exemplary Blackboard course, or other VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) that provides excellent support for your course, then submit your nomination by clicking here or on the image below.

Click here to nominate

You may nominate up to 3 modules, and the link will remain open until March 1st.  For every module you nominate you will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

An additional option has been added this year, allowing you to nominate your Programme of Study if module sites have been of a consistently high standard throughout.

Courses will be shortlisted based on the number of nominations they receive and student comments, and a team of judges will view the shortlisted courses.  Winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation on May 2nd.

Further details of the Awards are available below.

Nominations by staff

Staff have the opportunity to nominate one of their own courses in this category, using the rubric here. Further information is included in the staff self-nomination form.

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Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Awards

Award trophies
The VLE award trophies

Now into its seventh year, our Excellence in VLE Awards gives students the opportunity to nominate exemplary Blackboard modules, or those using other VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) platforms, and highlight what it is that makes these courses stand out.

Award-winning courses have been chosen for their innovative features and for the high standard of support they offer students. The judging panel includes student representation, Associate Deans (Education) and online learning specialists.  Our course rubric explains some of the key aspects considered.

Central to the VLE Awards is the chance to share good practice. Our Award winners are encouraged to contribute case studies of their practice. Short presentations summarising features praised by students, using examples from shortlisted courses, can be viewed for 20142015, 2016 and 2018. Explore examples from 2017 at

This is further explored through a series of workshops for staff, which showcase faculty-specific examples of excellent materials, offer practical tips and discuss good design for online learning.

Details of the 2018 award winners are available here.

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