Hub provides a set of educational tools to facilitate learning, communication, collaboration and assessment. It is commonly called a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). These tools include online discussions, chat, announcements quizzes, an assignment drop box, and integration with QMU email.

How to access

Hub is accessible from

Information for Students
Student user guides, password rest and contact information about the Hub is available for students here.

Information for Tutors
Information and resources for tutors are available below.

If you have a problem with your password you can reset it using the self-service password reset service

Creating your module

Modules information and Module Coordinator enrolment are imported daily from the School Office & Registry database SITS.

If you are unable to access your module and you are the Module Coordinator, please contact the

Student Inductions

A guide for tutors when introducing students to the Hub

Types of Submissions

From September 2018...

Individual submissions such as essays, reports and presentations will only require a digital submission to a Turnitin dropbox within the Hub module area, feedback and provisional marks are provided through Turnitin.

Using Turnitin


Group submissions where students are co-submitting a single piece of work will be required to submit to a Blackboard dropbox specifically configured for group submissions.

Getting Started with Assignments 


Student portfolios can be submitted and marked within ePortfolio system Pebble Pad

Help with ePortfolio


Peer Assessments are facilitated through WebPA where peers can assess each members of the group’s contribution to their work and then each student receives an adjusted mark. 

Student guide to online web peer assessment


Digital Examinations

At Queen Margaret University, we are using the Hub to host both formative and summative Examinations. 


How to get started

See our guide to running an online summative assessment: this takes tutors through issues that they need to consider when running an online examination.

Guide to Online Assessment


Have you registered your exam?

See our checklist which will help you check the settings of the exam and help us allocate appropriate technical support for the start of the exam.

Digital Examination registration and checklist


Help is at hand

We are always happy to help provide guidance for tutors when developing Digital Examination in the Hub. Below you will find helpful links:




Contact us at:


Staff Development Workshops

Tutor workshops
Workshops focusing on specific aspects of using the Hub to support learning and teaching will be provided during the summer months. To book a place at the workshops see our programme of events.

Helpful Contacts

If you have any technical issues regarding Hub, please contact


Ally integrates with Hub and checks uploaded resources against international accessibility standards. It gauges and gives feedback on the accessibility of the content tutors upload to Hub. The video below provides a brief overview for tutors.


Ally is currently disabled in Hub areas by default. Tutors can enable Ally in their Hub areas by going to:
Course Management-> Tool availability,  then select the checkbox beside Ally.

The video below provides a guide through the process:



Tutors who are thinking about using ALLY may wish to discuss this tool further with our Web Development Team via

More help is available on the Blackboard Ally Help for Instructors homepage.