'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.

Get going with Minerva

If you're just starting with Minerva, use the set of introductory pages to help you get going. Try hovering over items, and controls will appear for you. Also, below the tabs, look for the red 'i' - like this: Minerva's contextual help icon When it's available, select it and you'll see a pop-up window with contextual help for the page you're on.

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 and also submission of academic work. 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 what students need to know about Minerva).

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.

Introduction: six linked pages: what's where with Minerva

Four of these are visual exercises and might not fit on a widescreen laptop's screen.
Suggestion: press the function key 'F11' which gives you a full screen.

  1. Basic Info on Minerva.
  2. Get going with using Minerva
  3. EmphasisVisual survival guide: Minerva's 'Welcome' pageEmphasis
  4. EmphasisVisual survival guide: Inside a moduleEmphasis
  5. EmphasisVisual survival guide: Edit modeEmphasis
  6. EmphasisVisual survival guide: What you'll see that's newEmphasis

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 ...

All before you, in this world, is smoke and shadows.All before you, in this world, is smoke and shadows.
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.