Blackboard is Aberystwyth University’s online learning environment. Blackboard has a range of tools for communication, collaboration, assessment, feedback, reflection and content management, and provides an online space for activities to support learning and teaching. You can access Blackboard via with your Aberystwyth username and password.

We provide a number of training courses, FAQs and Guides to help you get the most out of your modules in Blackboard. 

Required Minimum Presence (RMP)

All taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules must adhere to our Required Minimum Presence (RMP). The RMP is informed by recognised good practice in the sector as well as by feedback from AU students.


The E-learning Group oversee the annual AU Blackboard Exemplary Course Award (ECA). The aim is to support staff to enhance their modules on Blackboard and to share good practice across the university. We have seen the impact of this programme, as other staff often pick up on exemplary practices demonstrated by winning modules, and are delighted to showcase the winners at our annual Learning and Teaching Conference.  

2017-18 AU ECA Winners

The panel found that this was a particularly close competition, with most of the applications clustering in the Accomplished category, the second level in the rubric just below Exemplary. While none of the modules was deemed to be exemplary in all areas, they contained many exemplary practices. For this reason, the panel has decided to issue only Highly Commended awards.

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2017-18 ECA competition: 

Highly Commended - Dr Adam Vellender, Department of Mathematics, MA26620, Applied Statistics (2017-18) 

Highly Commended - Dr Catherine O'Hanlon, Department of Psychology, PS21310, Quantitative Research Methods (2017-18) 

Highly Commended - Dr Daniel Low, IBERS, BR14810, Sport and Exercise Kinesiology (2017-18) 

Highly Commended Dr Stephen Chapman, IBERS, BDM8620, Waste Stream Valorisation (2017-18)