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'Minerva' Version 9 Learning Environment or VLE       #bsuct

Minerva: Introduction

Minerva is the name for the University's VLE. It runs on 'Blackboard' software.
These pages have resources to help you be effective with using Minerva to support your teaching. For 2015, the University has issued a page of guidance for academic staff in our use of Minerva

Get going with Minerva Minerva's 2015 Welcome page - thumbnail

For 2015-16, you'll find Minerva's 'Welcome page' has changed appearance - it's now more 'staff and student' focussed.

If you're a previous user of Minerva, you might be a bit thrown by the changes, but once you've found the 'Tabs at the top' (they've switched to the top right) you'll find the new appearance is more familiar to you. You may notice that there's more tabs too - for example a 'Library' tab.

Compared to the changed 'Welcome' page, your modules themselves have a more similar appearance to those from 2014-15 and the same principles still apply - when you need to change something, 'Edit mode on' and hover the mouse cursor over what you need to change.

It's useful to know more on two particular changes to the way Minerva works
Course leaders now enrol tutors onto modules.
Here's more info on enrolments (including how to enrol tutors)
On your 'Welcome' page, control your list of modules.
If you have a module that runs several times in a year, on your list of modules, you'll see it listed several times. This can be confusing, so, know that you can hide any modules with which you're not currently working. For this, on your welcome page, look at the panel containing your list of modules and then use the 'Cog' at top right to display a full list, and hide the modules that you do not need to see on your welcome page. At a later stage you can revisit the 'Cog' and show any you've hidden.

What Minerva offers ...

Minerva allows you to provide something for your students that's missing from much of the rest of the web - a curated space for each individual student. Minerva includes easy tools you can use to provide interactive tests, surveys, a reflective journal. Minerva works in conjunction with another service, Turnitin, which allows students to submit academic work for marking - and then provides staff with an online marking tool. You can then use Minerva to provide timely feedback - including audio feedback - both formative and summative.

Two principles when working with Minerva:Minerva's edit mode button

Minerva: help for students

Here's help for students who submit work via Turnitin.

Minerva on your mobile

Use Minerva from your smartphone. There's useful things for academic staff to know about this. Also, academic staff can grademark work using an iPad.

Getting Started

Minerva and Accessibility

The use of Minerva improves the accessiblity of your teaching: here's more.

Skills sets for Tutors and for Module Coordinators

Here's lists of Emphasiscore skillsEmphasis you'll need to use Minerva. Don't be intimidated by those.

Minerva: snags and problems

If something's not working in Minerva it's most likely not your fault. You won't have broken anything. Here's a page with some of the common snags:

Minerva and Turnitin

Swiss army knifeThink of Turnitin as a 'Swiss army knife for dealing with student work' - it offers you three tools:


Moving on from Minerva's basics

Once you know what's where with Minerva, there's more to discover ...

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Words found on a door lintel in the garden of a house in the Cretan village of Argiroupolis.
The lintel is a fragment from the city state Lappa, which occupied the same site.