Digital Learning Environment (DLE)
Blackboard is a digital learning environment (DLE) within the Education Center of the UMC where digital education material is provided for each course. All students and teachers involved in the Medicine, SUMMA, Biomedical Sciences or Clinical Health Sciences (bachelor's and master's) programs can access the DLE by means of their Solis ID.
How can I use Blackboard?
How can I get access to Blackboard courses?
Students who enroll in a course in Osiris are automatically given access to the corresponding Blackboard course.
Where can I find Blackboard manuals or instructions ?
Go to http://blackboard-support.uu.nl for manuals and instruction clips.
What should I do if I do not have access to a Blackboard course?
First ask Educational Affairs whether you are registered correctly in Osiris for the relevant course.
If you are registered correctly but do not have access, please contact the course or block coordinator and the Blackboard support team (see contact details).
If you have any questions about the use of or problems with Blackboard, e-mail:
NOTE: Always clearly state:
- The name of your study program
- The title of the course to which your question pertains
What are the benefits of an digital learning environment (DLE)?
- Increases interactivity
- Provides continuous and efficient online information
- Supports e-learning content and digital formative tests.
What is Blackboard and what is it used for?
Blackboard is a digital learning environment (DLE) where digital education material is provided for each course. All students and teachers involved in the Medicine, SUMMA, Biomedical Sciences or Clinical Health Sciences programs can access the DLE by means of their Solis ID. Teachers can:
- make course material available (including course books, presentations in PDF format, e-modules, e-lectures, etc.);
- post notices about education;
- conduct online discussions;
- have students submit assignments and projects digitally;
- have students update and share digital portfolios;
- offer self-tests or quizzes;
- have students write wikis, journals, blogs;
- create groups.
How to use Blackboard
Anyone can learn how to use Blackboard. The content of the DLE can be reused every year by means of a course copy. Minor adjustments are relatively easy to make.
How to get a Blackboard course for a course
A Blackboard course is created automatically for all courses in Osiris.
The BB course is automatically created after the course is made final in Osiris, which is on average four months before the start date of the initial block of the course (the date stated in Osiris).
How to get access to a Blackboard course (Solis ID)
All teachers who are listed for a course in Osiris with their Solis ID automatically receive instructor rights in Blackboard. Request a Solis ID for teachers
Course or block coordinators can change instructor rights into view-only rights. If you have no rights in a Blackboard course please notify the block or course coordinator who, in consultation with the policy staff member or program coordinator, can see to it that you are added to Osiris or to the BB course.
How can students get access?
All students who enroll in a course in Osiris automatically gain access to the corresponding Blackboard course.
How to set up a course
To set up your Blackboard course you can use a:
UU manuals and instruction clips are available on http://blackboard-support.uu.nl
How to copy last year’s course to this year
Use the UMCU instruction card to make a copy of
a course that was already set up last year. If you have any questions please e-mail:
What is the relationship (or link) between Osiris and Blackboard?
Osiris and Blackboard are linked to each other. Consequently, the students only have access to the study components in Blackboard for which they are registered in Osiris. Course coordinators must also be registered in Osiris with a Solis ID for the study components that they wish to view in Blackboard. Teachers can be registered as a user in a Blackboard course via Osiris or via the course coordinator. The linking process ensures annually that tens of thousands of applications for Blackboard courses do not need to be entered manually. This constitutes a huge saving as regards administration activities; it can motivate all concerned to do their utmost to support the correct procedure.
More background information on the importance of proper coordination with the study programs and Educational Affairs can be found on the intranet (for staff members only)
If you have any questions about Blackboard, email:
NOTE: Always clearly state:
- the name of the study program
- the title of the course
- the category your material should be placed in
- name or title it should be placed by
- when it should be visible for students
If you send a message, we respond within 24h on work days.
For general questions (like: instructions, use of 'courses' versus 'communities', etc.) please contact:
Sape van der Werf, Blackboard coördinator