Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Drop In Sessions

Do you have a question about how to use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to deliver your online events?

Feel free to ‘drop-in’ any time on any of the dates below where facilitators from Learning Technologies and OD&PL will be online to answer any questions you have on the use of Collaborate Ultra.

The sessions are more suitable for colleagues who have already attended the online workshop “Stepping into Collaborate Ultra: Facilitating Online Learning”, or for colleagues who have some experience of delivering online events and may be migrating from another platform (such as Adobe Connect).


  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 15:00 to 16:00
  • Tuesday, November 07, 2017, 12:00 to 13:00
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017, 12:00 to 13:00

The session link is available here.

Joining the Session:

Using Chrome or Firefox as your browser, launch the session from the session link above.

Take a look at the guide on getting started with Collaborate Ultra and access the test room to configure your audio before the session.

Please ensure you have an appropriate headset available as you will be expected to ask your question using audio.

It might take a few minutes to join the room so please be patient. For technical issues please email or phone 0113 343 3333. We look forward to meeting you online.

Minerva Login: Single Sign On

The SSO (Single Sign On) component of Minerva has been restored.

Links to services such as email and OneDrive, and the University’s My Media system will now sign in automatically.

Click the Login with button.

Remember you should use in the username field.

Users with multiple accounts are reminded to use the alternative login provided.


Learning Technologies Team.

Minerva on Desktop Anywhere

You do not have to use Desktop Anywhere to access Minerva off campus – you can use any supported browser on your computer. However, if you need to be on Desktop Anywhere for other reasons, we recommend you use the Chrome browser to access Minerva.

The version of Internet Explorer (IE) on Desktop Anywhere is not supported by Minerva and if you try to upload content using this version of IE you will get an error message like this:


IT are working on updating IE on Desktop Anywhere.

Warning: Beware of spam emails

We have had reports of spam emails being received at the University.

An example email has the subject RE: You have a new Blackboard message(s) and is from


You will never be asked to log in to Minerva to access a message.

Staff may send emails via Minerva but these emails will  come from the member of staff’s email address and contain the text of the message.

Occasionally staff may link to documents within Minerva. If this happens, check that the URL of the link begins When you click it you will see a screen as below asking you to log in.


Staff who copy/export/import Minerva modules may receive a message from “Blackboard Administrator –” but these will only contain information and will not advise you to log on/click a link for any reason.

If you are concerned about whether a message is genuine, do not click any links and contact the IT Service Desk.

Minerva Issues

We are currently experiencing an issue with logging into Minerva. Users who are already logged in may find Minerva is slow. This is being investigated. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Learning Technologies Team


17/18 Academic Integrity now available

The 2017/18 Academic Integrity Organisation has now been made available to 1st year students in Minerva.

All 1st year undergraduate and taught postgraduate students must complete the tutorial and test.

The Academic Integrity area will be available in the list of Organisations on the ‘Learn’ tab.

Full guidance on taking Academic Integrity is available on our support site:

Learning Technologies Team