This post brings together some of the useful updates from the team which have been posted in the past few months.

NILE related

Guidance on setting up your new NILE course for the upcoming academic year?

NILE Quality Standards – What should be included in every NILE site

What is the new NILE homepage for staff

What is the new NILE homepage for students

Find out about the exciting move to Blackboard Ultra

Changes to the Blackboard Assignment Tool

Changes to NILE programme courses

NILE updates for anonymous marking

Virtual classrooms: A reminder not to use the Microsoft Edge browser

More improvements for the virtual classroom in March 2020

Creating Accessible content

See 3 steps towards making accessible content

How to meet the accessibility regulations in NILE

Checking how accessible your content is within NILE

University of Northampton finishes 28th in a World Wide Competition to improve accessibility

Improving your knowledge of creating accessible online content. During this one-hour essentials course, you will learn easy and practical steps to ensure your online content – documents, attachments, files, videos, animations and web copy – is accessible to anyone who needs it. 

  • To view dates and register for this training, please visit HR Self Service > navigate to the Course Catalogue > search for Creating Accessible Online Content.
  • If you need help using the Staff Development function in U4BW please see the short user guide.

Creating innovative content / academic updates

Want to show your commitment to technology? – become an Associate Member of the Association For Learning Technology (ALT)

Don’t Panic! Surviving and thriving in the world of online teaching

Using Xerte to make interactive e-tivities for the new IPE curriculum

Record and edit video using tools available

Dr Charlotte Dann reflects on winning STaR Award Tech Savvy Lecturer of the Year

Alison Power is a fan of Xerte Bootstrap template

Training and Support

The Learning Technology Support site

Find out who your Learning Technologists is

What training opportunities are currently being offered (including creating video, Xerte, Turnitin, Padlet and NILE tools)?

See the full range of courses available through C@N-DO (including Storyboarding your module, CAIeRO for Individuals, and Exploring Feedback). For more support on these areas and moving towards semesterisation then email

Are you making full use of the excellent resources on LinkedIN for Learning? This is available for all staff and registered students.

Information on all courses offered through the staff development NILE site

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