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Excellence in VLE Awards

The overall winners of the 2018 Blackboard and VLE Awards have now been chosen; a list of the winning courses and further details can be found here. Thank you to all who put forward courses and contributed comments.

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Awards

Award trophies
The VLE award trophies

Now into its sixth 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.

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