TEL For Staff

General advice to staff in maintaining continuity of teaching and learning

The following guidance is provided to help minimise disruption to teaching and learning if working off-campus.

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Guidance for alternative assessment

The following guidance is provided to aid staff in developing alternative approaches to summative assessment to replace on campus examinations, presentations and practical assessments.

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The TEL Blog

For the latest news, thoughts and comment from the TEL Team, check out the TEL Team Blog.

A New Term

If you are trying to remember how to get going at the start of term, take a look at our New Term guide.

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Frequently asked…

Take a look at our New Staff page. It will highlight a number of ways in which the TEL team can help you.

Login to Blackboard at using your Aston username and password.

If you are having problems with your username and password please contact the IT Help Desk.

On the Welcome page, under the My Courses title you can see a list of modules available to you.

If you feel that you are missing modules from this list, please contact your program support team.

Take a look at a series of screencasts demonstrating how to log in and edit your reading lists.

The Library has provided an Academic Staff LibGuide explaining the services available to staff and includes a section on editing and using Module Reading Lists.

You can also contact your Subject Information Specialist for help by taking a look at the Information Specialist contact page for more information.

You can record lectures in all pool teaching rooms.

Please take a look at our Recording Guide.

Take a look at A New Term for guidance on what to do at the start of each term.

For guidance on using Blackboard tests for credit-bearing assessments please contact the Quality Officer for your school. Details can be found on the Quality team website. Expand the “Who we are” section.

Before you deploy a test you are encouraged to contact the Technology-Enhanced Learning Team by emailing

By default, your Blackboard module is unavailable so you will need to Make Your Module Available to your students.

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Requesting help & support

To request support, we ask that you contact the central TEL team. In most instances, the named learning technologist for your school will respond, however contacting the team instead of the individual means that we can provide you with a more reliable service.

Other Tools

Below are a number of tools not supported by The Technology-Enhanced Learning Team, that are provided by Aston that could support teaching and learning.