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Law School project team awarded prestigious Blackboard Catalyst Award

Thu 16 May 2019

Students studying in the library

Edinburgh Law School’s Online Learning VLE Migration Project Team, led by Head of Postgraduate Programmes Lucy Gaunt, has been awarded the 2019 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Teaching and Learning in recognition of their work transitioning the entire Law School portfolio of online postgraduate taught courses to Blackboard Learn.

The project saw thousands of pages of content and over 30 courses migrated to the new platform, an achievement that has allowed for the successful delivery of six LLM degrees, one Postgraduate Certificate, and two Continuing Professional Development modules since September 2018.

Blackboard Inc. is the leading provider of learner success-focused technology solutions and services. Founded in 2005, the annual Catalyst Awards recognise and honour innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice, where millions of educators and learners work every day to redefine what is possible when leveraging technology. Winners are selected by a cross-functional team of Blackboard experts.

The project formed part of a three-year-long programme to migrate all content and users using legacy systems (distance and on-campus, undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD) to a centrally supported VLE: Learn. Digital Learning Applications & Media (DLAM) worked alongside the Law School project team, providing subject expertise and migration assistants which made the manual transfer of the content away from the Law School’s bespoke VLE possible.

Moving to Blackboard Learn brings the Law School online programme in line with the rest of the university, providing a consistent user experience and facilitating cross-programme teaching. It allows the School to take advantage of centrally provided IS support, training, documentation and consultancy as well as improved service continuity and disaster recovery provision.

Lucy Gaunt was presented with the award at the Teaching & Learning Conference in Newcastle on 16th May 2019.