How can I activate my Blackboard courses so students can see them if I haven't been
Activating your Blackboard courses is simple, but you must do it for each course you
plan to use, and you must do it each semester.
Activating your Blackboard Course
How can I post course materials on Blackboard so my students can view them?
Posting course materials, Powerpoints, links, and other materials on Blackboard is
a simple and easy way to make sure your students have access to them no matter where
Creating Organizational Folders on Blackboard
Posting Files on Blackboard
Linking to Other Websites on Blackboard
How can I facilitate course discussions with my students digitally?
The Discussion Forum object provides an easy way to add discussions to your Blackboard
course when you can’t meet face to face with your students. For whole class discussions
on open ended topics, we recommend using Standard View. If you want students to provide
their answer to a question first before seeing what other students have said, then
you will want to choose "participants must create a thread in order to view other
threads in this forum."
Creating a Discussion Forum
For Students: Working with Discussion Forums (Recorded by Terri Burke)
Grading a Discussion Forum
How can I collect student assignments digitally?
The Blackboard Assignment feature allows faculty to collect assignments digitally,
provide students feedback, and share student grades. Faculty can grade PDF and Word
documents directly within the Blackboard interface, complete with annotations. Safeassign
is also available for plagiarism checking.
Creating an Assignment
For Students: Working with Assignments (Recorded by Terri Burke)
Grading an Assignment
How can I share student grades confidentially and digitally?
Blackboard allows you to communicate individual grades and total grades with students.
This is facilitated by the Blackboard Gradebook. Students will only ever see their
own grades and not the grades of anyone else in the course.
Quick and Simple Gradebook Setup
How can I communicate updates, changes, and other relevant information to my students?
The TLC recommends that instructors use the Course Announcements tool in your Blackboard
course to quickly and easily send information to your entire course. Course Announcements
allows you to both post an announcement that students will see in the Blackboard mobile
app and on the course home page, and to email the same announcement to students if
Sending a Course Announcement
How can I facilitate exams/quizzes digitally with my students?
Blackboard offers a Test tool that allows you to create tests of varying question
types from scratch or import questions from a test bank such as Examview.
Creating a Test from Scratch
Deploying a Test for Students
For Students: Working with Tests in Blackboard (Recorded by Terri Burke)