Collaborate: Staff online drop-in sessions

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

Feel free to ‘drop-in’ any time on any of the dates below where facilitators from the VLE Service and SDDU will be online to answer any questions you have on the use of Collaborate.

The sessions are more suitable for colleagues who have already attended the First Steps with Blackboard Collaborate Training or for colleagues who have some experience of delivering online events and may be migrating from another platform (such as Adobe Connect).


Thursday 20th October, Monday 21st November or  Tuesday 6th December

Session time: 12:00 – 13:00

Session link: here

Joining the Session 

  • All staff managed Windows desktops already have the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher already installed.
  • If you are using your own PC or Mac see this guide.
  • 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.
  • Type in your name when requested. It might take a few minutes to join the room so please be patient.
  • For technical issues please email or phone 0113-3433333.

We look forward to meeting you online.

How can PhD students get staff access to modules?

PhD students often need staff access to modules to teach or grade and must get a staff IT username to use specialised tools such as Turnitin.

If the student is paid their IT username will be associated to their payroll number and they can be enrolled via Banner.

If the student isn’t paid, they still need a staff username, but will need to be manually enrolled. Please contact your Faculty VLE contact or the IT Service Desk . We will need:

  • Their staff IT username
  • The module code they need access to
  • Confirmation that they are a PhD student
  • Confirmation that they should have a staff role on the module

We recommend the Teaching Assistant module role for PhD Students. This allows them to edit the module/access the Grade Centre. Other roles are described in our roles guide. Please tell us if you want a different role.

An authorised user or member of staff who teaches on the module will need to approve these enrolments.

Remember that if the student just needs to see a module but not edit or grade, staff on the module can enrol them as a student.

Comments are welcome, however if you need help or advice please contact the IT Service Desk on tel (0113) 343 3333, or