Online Learning Platforms

Your tutors will be using a range of different online tools and platforms to provide you with a stimulating and interactive learning experience. To support you to access the key platforms we have developed some useful guidance.

Learning Edge (including Blackboard)

Learning Edge is the name we use to refer to Edge Hill’s online environment for learning and teaching. It consists of the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), and a range of other tools such as Turnitin. You will find Course and Module areas related to your course in Blackboard, along with links to a range of other useful resources.  This short video will show you how to log in to Learning Edge.

Learning Edge Guides

Learning Edge
What is Learning Edge? This quick guide describes the suite of Edge Hill University teaching and learning tools.

Learning Edge (Blackboard): Getting Started
An absolute beginner’s introduction to accessing and finding your way around Blackboard.

What is Blackboard Ultra Base Navigation?
For new and returning students, this introduces new look Blackboard.

Turnitin: Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question about Turnitin, it might be answered here.

Video Guides

If you are a returning student, the following videos introduce you to the new navigation and home page for Blackboard, introduced this Summer. Click to launch.

Link to Blackboard Video - Control your Course List View Link to Blackboard Video - The Institution PageLink to Blackboard Video - Personalise your Profile and Notifications Link to Blackboard Video - Activity StreamLink to Blackboard Video - Quick Access Grades, and Communications

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time virtual classroom tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact with your tutors and your fellow students. Each Learning Edge Course is supported by a dedicated virtual classroom via Blackboard Collaborate.  Your tutors will let you know if/when you will need to access Collaborate as part of your course.

If you need help getting started or using Collaborate you may find the following video useful:
Collaborate for Students (Video)

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If you would prefer a written guide, use the following link:
Collaborate: Getting Started

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We have created an interactive online package (a ‘toolkit’) to help users work through the requirements for learning online.  Use the following link to access it:
Online Learning Toolkit


Having trouble with your camera (or microphone) when using Collaborate? Watch the following video for the solution:

Unblock camera in Chrome using Collaborate

The following video takes you through how to unblock your video when using Collaborate with Chrome