Faculty Blackboard Tutorials

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Accessibility Information 
Accessibility Features 
Accessibility Best Practices - Stan State Bb
Accessible Course Content - Design
Adaptive Release 
Creating Accessible Materials
Stan State Accessible Technology Initiative
Test Availability Exceptions 


Fix Missing Grade Center Scroll Bars 
My Blackboard
Manage and Modify your My Courses module PDF icon
Merged Courses PDF icon  
Navigate Inside a Course  
Navigate Outside a Course
Student Preview
Turn Edit Mode ON  - To see instructor links and tools PDF icon


Getting Started

About Blackboard
Blackboard Learn: For Instructors - YouTube Playlist
Blackboard Terms
Create a Course from Available Structures
Create Content 
  Add Files, Images, Video, Audio
Videos from Blackboard
Add or Delete Names Manually - Roster PDF icon
Course Availability - Show/Hide course link to students, with Term Settings PDF icon


Announcements - Create and Reorder
Assignments - Create and Edit
Faculty Info (Contacts)
Course Content - Create
Course Content - Edit and Manage
Course Design - Structure, Entry Point,Themes, Banner (1:56)
Course Environment - Orientation PDF icon
Course Menu - Modify PDF icon
     Course Menu - Hide and Show PDF icon
Course-to-Course Navigation - Jump from One Course to Another Quickly  (1:17)

Blackboard Instructor FAQs

Where Do I Start?
Working with Text

Beyond Basics

Add an Avatar - a profile image (2:38)
Add Content from External Sources (e.g., Cengage, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Wiley)
Add an Image to the Bb Course Home Page 
Blank Page on Course Menu - Create (1:10)
Content Collection
   Copy and Move Content
   Organize and Manage Content
Course Files - About
   Add Files to Course Files
   Files Added Automatically to Course Files
   Link to Files and Folders in Course Files
Course Home Page - Edit (2:17)
Course Style Options - Structure, Entry Point, Themes, Menu Style, View
Date Management
File Attachments - FAQ
Formatting HTML Content
Learning Module - Create 
Learning Module - Add Content (2:39)
Lesson Plan - Create - with video (2:47)
Mashup - Create (2:12)
Tool Link - Create (3:05)
Tool Link Availability - Manage
Work with Text

Course Utilities

Copy Course
Copy Course to an Existing Course (with Attendance Tool notes)
Copy Course with Video Packages and Camtasia Files
Export Course
Import Course Package (1:33)
Import Course Package
Course Reports
Statistics Tracking Report - Create (2:33)


CSU - Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$)
- Faculty Page 
- Student Page 
StanState Bookstore
   - FacultyEnlight - Research, adopt, and share
   - Connection in Bb (Build Content > FacultyEnlight)
   - ​YUZU - Barnes & Noble

Other Management 

Add a Test Student 
Archive-Export-Import a Course PDF icon
Content Collection - Overview 
Copy or Move Items Within or Between Courses PDF icon
Course Contact - Create, Faculty Information
Student Preview
Task - Create and Manage 
Social Media Mashups:  Flickr®, SlideShare, YouTube

Blackboard Information

Blackboard 9 Instructor Help Page
Blackboard 9 Student Page

My CSUStan

MyCSUStan Entry Page
Campus Training & Personal Development 
- Staff

Bb Best Practices

        Analyze Course Effectiveness
        Attaching Files
        Captioning Video Content
        Commenting on Reflective Writing
        Course Content
        CSU Chico Exemplary Online Instruction
        Effective Discussion Questions
        Exemplary Course Rubric (Blackboard)
        Formatting Accessible Documents
        Help Students Succeed
        Increase Student Retention
        Intro Video - Add an engaging intro video for your students
        Online Teaching Strategies 
        Plagiarism: Safe Assign - TurnItIn
        Reuse and Save Content
        Teaching Strategies for Bb

Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series Recordings 

Communication & Collaboration 


-  Dashboard


Faculty Information - Contacts


Blogs, Create, Edit & Manage

Discussion Board

- About Discussions, Forums, and Threads
- Create Discussions
- Create Forums
- Create Threads
- Manage Discussions
- Moderate Discussions
- Reply to Discussion Posts
- Search and Collect Discussions
- Grade Discussions
- View Discussion Statistics
- Group Discussions
Delete Posts after Course Copy


Journals - Use, Create, View, Edit/Manage
Grade Journals
Best Practice: Grading Reflective Writing


Wikis - Benefits, Create, Comment, Edit/Manage
Grade Wikis
Best Practice: Interactive Tools in Action


Portfolios  ​
 See also:  
Stan State Portfolium
Stan Sync


Create and Manage Groups 
Create Self-Enroll Sign-Up Sheet 
Groups Page 
Group Tools 
Create Group Links 
Send Email to a Group 
Import and Export Groups 

Create Group Assignment 
Grade Group Assignment 

Best Practices: Groups - Collaboration, Presenting, Membership, Assessment 


- Create, Edit, Delete
- View
​- Add to Course Menu

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate  
Blackboard Collaborate Sessions 
Blackboard Collaborate Handbook PDF icon
Blackboard Collaborate Launcher - Windows, Mac, Troubleshoot
Using Jaws with Blackboard Collaborate 
Keyboard Navigation in Blackboard Collaborate 



About the Screen Recording and Video Editing Software 
Tutorials - Mac and Windows - TechSmith.com


Content Streaming 
Add Mediasite Link to Bb Content Page PDF icon 
Mediasite Viewing Requirements 
View Mediasite
 - Computer 
 - Mobile Device 



Introduction to VoiceThread
Blackboard Integration - Instructors 
Blackboard Integration - Students 
Create VoiceThread 


Web Conferencing 
Download and Setup
Stan State Pro Account
   Unlimited meeting duration 
   50 participants per meeting

Bb Mobile Apps

Blackboard Mobile Apps 
Bb Grader - Instructors - iPad 
Blackboard App for Students - iOS, Android, Windows 
NOTE:  Advise students not to take tests on Mobile Devices or using WiFi on computers.
- see Test Taking Tips 


Bb Assignment Link

- Create and Edit
- Grade Settings
- Multiple Attempts
- Grade
- Download
- SafeAssign
- Self and Peer Assessment
- Portfolio
Assignment Inline Grading 
- Workflow
- Supported Files   
- Video about Inline Grading

SafeAssign - Integrated Plagiarism tool, an alternative to TurnItIn 
SafeAssign Originality Reports 

TurnItIn Feedback Studio Assignment

Feedback Studio Guide for Instructors 
File Types and Size  
Help Center 
System Requirements 
Teaching Tools - Rubrics, Lesson Plans  

Feedback Studio for iPad Guide  

Error 423 - Contact TII Helpdesk 
- or Call (866) 816-5046,  ext. 214.

Stan State Feedback Studio Information Page

Tests, Surveys, and Pools 

Tests, Pools, and Surveys 
- Create
- Question Settings
- Question Types
- Edit Tests and Questions
- Question Metadata
- Reuse Questions
- Grade Tests
- Test and Survey Results
- Resolve Issues
- Item Analysis
Test and Survey Options
- Multiple Attempts
- Force Completion, Timer, Password
- Test Availability Exceptions
- Due Date
- Self-Assessment Options
- Results and Feedback Options
- One-time View for Results and Feedback
- Test/Survey Presentation
Test Creation Tips
Test Availability Exceptions 
Create Test with Special Scoring

Test Questions Videos

Create a Test Question (2:36)
Build a Pool of Test Questions (1:41)
Create a Random Block of Test Questions (3:08)
Upload Test Questions from Microsoft Excel (2:24)


Grade Center

- Navigate
- Grade Columns
- Customizing the Interface
- Grading Tests
- Rubrics
- Grade History
- Grade Reports and Statistics
- Share and Reuse Grade Data
Working Offline with Grade Data - Download/Upload
Date Management

Bb YouTube Videos
Grade Discussions, Blogs, Journals, Wikis (2:32)
Use Grade Details to see Attempts and Assign Grades (1:28)
Download and Upload Grades (2:39)
Create a Smart View (2:06)
Color Code (1:44)
Anonymous Grading (2:35)

Additional Information

Download and Print the Bb Grade Center as a Spreadsheet 
Set Safari Preferences to Keep a File Zipped PDF icon
Unzip Files from the Bb Grade Center 
Upload Test Questions 

Student Performance and Retention 

Track Performance 
Course Reports
Performance Dashboard
Retention Center  
Student Preview

Third Party Tools

Respondus - Test creation, management, and publishing software for Windows 
Student Response System - Clicker Pedagogy & Resources 
TurnItIn - Plagiarism Prevention - Resources for Educators 
Test Question Generators 

Other Assessment Tool Videos

Automatically Adjust Dates in a Copied Course (3:12)
Create Item Statistics Report (2:33)
Item Analysis (5:00)