Blackboard Catalyst Award for My Learning Essentials


The University of Manchester Library has won the Innovative Blended Learning category of the 2014 Blackboard Catalyst Awards for its new My Learning Essentials skills programme.

The Innovative Blended Learning Award recognises innovative practices in education that are at the forefront of blended and online learning, and which enhance the student experience and improve academic achievement.

My Learning Essentials, launched in September 2013, has been designed to empower students to become proactive, independent learners. It offers a blend of support opportunities via face-to-face workshops, skills clinics and interactive online learning resources. The programme is openly available to all students on a self-selecting basis via the My Learning Essentials webpages; the online resources are also available for schools to embed in their Blackboard learning environment as part of a curriculum-linked offer.

The award was presented at the Blackboard Teaching & Learning conference in Dublin on 30 April.

“This award serves as a wonderful endorsement of the success of My Learning Essentials. The programme supports a key strategic goal of the University of Manchester to ensure our students develop the academic skills to support their progression and success.” Jan Wilkinson, University Librarian & Director of The John Rylands Library.

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Laura Jewkes
Marketing and Communications Officer
University of Manchester Library