Blackboard For Faculty

Adding Assignments to Your Online Gradebook
  1. Click on the "Assignments” button located at the left hand margin of your screen.
  2. Click on an assignment, then under the "Assessment" heading, choose the appropriate category. (test, survey, etc)
  3. Choose the test/survey/assignment to add and click Submit. OR to Create a new test, survey, assignment, etc, click the "Create" button.
  4. Enter a brief name and description.
  5. Click "Submit".
  6. Create questions.
Creating a Discussion Board Forum for Online Discussion
  1. Click on the "Discussion" button located at the left hand margin of your screen.
  2. Click "Create Forum", located at the top of the page.
  3. Enter a brief subject for your forum.
  4. Enter a brief description of your forum.
  5. Customize your forum settings.
  6. Click "Submit".
Creating a Backup of the Gradebook

IT does a system-wide backup on a daily basis. However, these backups are for catastrophic system failure and do not apply at the singular course level. It is the instructor's responsibility to backup their grade book.

  • Export your Grade Center for every course both once a week and after making significant changes. Save the file on your computer.
  • Export your Grade Center anytime you drop a student so that you have a record of their grades.
Deploying a Test/Quiz
  1. Click the Content Area where you want the link to the quiz to appear.
  2. Click on the "Assessments" icon located at the top of your screen and choose “test”
  3. Enter the name, description, and instructions.
  4. Click "Submit".
  5. Select the type of question you would like to add.
  6. Enter a Question Title.
  7. Type in your question and answers, modifying the format to fit your quiz.
  8. When you have all your questions, click "Submit" at the bottom of the screen.
  9. On the Test Canvas page, edit your questions, add, or reorder the questions, then click “OK”
  10. Highlight/choose the test from the Add Test list and click Submit
  11. On the Test Options" make the test/quiz visible to students, set time limits, set availability dates, set feedback options, or set a password.
  12. Choose whether to deploy the quiz one question at a time or all at once.
  13. Click "Submit".
  14. Notify your students either through an e-mail or an announcement that the quiz is available, and in which content area of your course they can find the test/quiz.
E-mail Your Students
  1. Click on the "Email" button located at the left hand margin of your screen.
  2. Select whether you want to send the e-mail to all users, all groups, all teaching assistant users, all instructor users, or whether you wish to individually select users or groups.
  3. Enter a brief subject for your message.
  4. Type the body of your message.
  5. If you want to send an attached file with your message, click the “Add” button, and then click “Browse” to find your file and “Submit”.
  6. Click “Submit” to send your message. You will automatically receive a copy of the message you sent in your TigerMail.
Enroll Users

You may add any current ETBU Student or Faculty member into any course you currently teach in order to assist you in the course.

  1. Open your Course
  2. In the Control Panel, click Users and Groups > Users
  3. Choose Enroll Users and choose the drop down “Find Users to Enroll”
  4. Enter their User Name FirstInitialLastname for a faculty member, Firstname_Lastname for a student.
  5. Choose the drop down to assign them the appropriate rights “Instructor, Grader, Course Builder, Teaching Assistant”
  6. Choose Submit
Making a Course Available

You can make your course or organization available or unavailable. Changing the availability will prevent users from entering the site.

  1. In the Control Panel, click Customization > Properties.
  2. Set the availability to "Yes" and then choose "Submit."

Note: When a course is set to unavailable, it is invisible to students, but the instructor can still access it.

Manage My Courses

Courses are not removed from Blackboard unless requested by the instructor. This way you can access old courses at any time even if they are listed as unavailable. You may arrange the window to only display the current semester courses.

  1. Click on My Classes tab
  2. Click on the gear icon in the top right corner
  3. On the list of courses, you can uncheck the Display Course Name column to remove them from the display.
  4. Click Submit to save your changes.
Print a Course Roster

Instructors may wish to print a course roster for use in a face-to-face class or for recording attendance. 

  1. Log into Blackboard
  2. Click the course where you wish to print the class roster.
  3. Under the Control Panel (located on the bottom left), click "Users & Groups."
  4. Click "Users"
  5. In the search area use the two drop down menus to create the following.
    Search: last name NOT BLANK > click on GO
Saving/Exporting the Blackboard Data
  1. Starting on the opening page of the course, in the Control Panel, expand the Evaluation option
  2. Select Grade Center
  3. From the drop-down menu labeled Work Offline, select Download
  1. Integration User Manual

Blackboard assignments can easily be reviewed for originality at, but you have to set up the assignments correctly. Just follow this trail: Assignments > Tools > Turnitin Assignment or Course Materials > Tools > Turnitin Assignment or Exams > Tools > Turnitin Assignment. This will take you directly to Turnitin where you can set up your assignment. You can get to completed assignments through the Blackboard Gradebook, and a click on the completed assignment icon will take you to Turnitin, where you can check it or grade it. It's really easy, but contact I.T. or Sarah Watson if you have issues with Turnitin.

Uploading Your Course Syllabus, Handouts and Other Course Material
  1. Click on the "Syllabus", “Course Outline”, “Course Materials” or appropriate button located at the left hand margin of your screen.
  2. Click the Content Area where you want to add the material.
  3. Click on "Build Content" located at the top of the page.
  4. Enter a brief name for your file.
  5. Click the "Browse" button to search for a file on your computer.
  6. Customize your options.
  7. Click "Submit".
  8. A note will appear saying that the action was successful. Click "OK".
Using the Retention Center

The Retention Center provides an easy way for you to discover which students in your course are at risk. Based on preconfigured rules and rules you create, students’ engagement and participation are visually displayed, quickly alerting you to potential risk. From the Retention Center, you can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement. You can begin using the Retention Center features immediately—no setup required. The Retention Center replaces the Early Warning System feature with easy workflows, while retaining all existing Early Warning System data and rules. Click Here for more information.

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