Required Minimum Presence

Guide Files

Below are links for printable copies of the Blackboard RMP Guidance for staff:

Blackboard RMP Word Document

Blackboard RMP PDF

RMP Guide

Blackboard is the Aberystwyth University (AU) online learning environment. Each AU module has its own area in Blackboard.  The RMP provides consistency and increase usability so that students can find the content that they need. All content uploaded and generated in Blackboard should be as accessible as possible. See AU Guidance on Creating Accessible Learning Materials for more information.

All AU Blackboard modules have the course menu listed below. Each menu area should contain the following core information:

Module Information

  • Module outline, aims and learning outcomes, including a link to module database. A separate downloadable module handbook may be provided that contains this information.
  • Recorded introduction to the module including how to navigate content in Blackboard.
  • Induction materials to help students familiarise themselves with module requirements, organised into a single folder. This should include activities for students to familiarise themselves with the tools and approaches used in the module. Provide clear instructions for students on how to engage with the module and learning activities.
  • Information on when content will be made available to students.
  • Any risk assessments produced for the module.
  • Link to any relevant health and safety information for studying on the module.

Learning Materials

  • All learning materials are as accessible as possible. If some items cannot be made fully accessible, explain why and what students can do to request more accessible options. See AU Guidance on Creating Accessible Learning Materials for more information.
  • Content organised clearly in a folder structure by weeks or topics.
  • Content named clearly and consistently.
  • Panopto recordings. For guidance on recording live lectures, see the AU Lecture Capture Policy. For guidance on pre-recorded lectures, see How to make asynchronous recordings engaging and interactive
  • PowerPoint slides, handouts, notes or other supporting materials.
  • Learning activities organised alongside the relevant supporting materials (learning resources).
  • Instructions for students on what to do with each resource.
  • Where appropriate, use Adaptive Release to release content at specific times, to specific users, or based on user activities.

Assessment and Feedback

  • Assessment information including marking criteria.
  • How to access feedback.
  • Assignment submission points with full information including the date and time of the assignment deadline.
  • Statistics tracking on assignment briefs is recommended, as it enables teaching staff to know whether students have consulted the assignment briefs or not.
  • Who to contact if students have difficulties submitting assignments. Direct students to the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit for technical assistance (


  • Staff profiles including role in module, contact information and availability.
  • How to arrange a meeting (in person or online).
  • When students can expect a response to a query.
  • How students can provide feedback on the module.

Reading List

  • Up-to-date published Aspire reading list.
  • Links to tools such as My Grades and Panopto.


  • Links to tools such as My Grades and Panopto.



“Mae'r Polisi hwn yn cael ei gynnal gan Gwasanaethau Gwybodaeth. Fe’i adolygwyd ddiwethaf ym mis Ionawr 2022 gan Bwyllgor Gwella Academaidd a bydd yn cael ei adolygu eto ym mis Ionawr 2023. / This Policy is maintained by Information Services, was last reviewed by Academic Enhancement Committee in January 2022 and is due for review in January 2023.”


Additional Information

Additional Information

More information and support is available: