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Excellence in VLE Awards

Nominations for the 2019 Blackboard and VLE Awards are now closed.  Thank you to all who nominated courses and contributed comments.

Nominations by students

Student feedback has highlighted many examples of course sites that inspire learning and offer great support, with the following modules making this year’s shortlist:

ARCH6126 Bioarchaeology of Human Remains HIST3204 The American Empire Part 2 MEDI6077 Allergic Airways Diseases
ARTD2085 Games Development 1 HIST3225 The Great Exhibition of 1851: Part 1 PHYS6005 Cosmology and the Early Universe
COMP2215 Computer Systems 2 HLTH6158 Palliative and End of Life Care (adult) PORT3006 Encounters with Bodies in Lusophone Cultural Narrative
ECON3008 Macroeconomic Policy 3 MANG3015 Auditing PSYC2019 Research Methods and Data Analysis III
EDUC1059 Digital Society: Education and Learning MATH1060 Multivariable Calculus PSYC2021 Language And Memory
EDUC6450 Leading and Managing in Education MATH2010 Statistical Modelling I SESA2023 Propulsion
ENGL3083 Inventing America MATH3033 Graph Theory SESM2017 Thermodynamics
FEEG1002 Mechanics, Structures & Materials MEDI2046 Nervous and Locomotor 2 SOES1009 The Living Earth
FEEG1003 ThermoFluids MEDI3044 Child Health SOES2017 Marine Benthic Ecology
HIST2097 Napoleon and his Legend MEDI3048 BM Research Project UOSM2037 Women and Gender in the Arab and Muslim World

The winning courses will be announced at the Awards Event on May 2nd, along with this year's new award for best VLE provision across a programme.

Nominations by staff

Staff are also encouraged to nominate modules they have worked on, allowing them to share good practice with others.  Thank you to all staff who put forward their courses their year.  This will also be reviewed by the judges and an award for this category will be presented on May 2nd.

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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