Faculty Blackboard Tutorials

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Organize & Build

Fix Missing Grade Center Scroll Bars (PDF)
Manage and Modify your My Courses module (PDF)
Copy (Migrate) Content from Bb2012 to Bb2013 - (PDF)
   • Bb2012 Entry Page (Web Page)
Merged Courses (PDF)
Global Navigation and My Blackboard (3:40)

Announcements, Create (2:39 - YouTube)
   • More about Announcements (PDF)
Contact (Faculty Info), Create (1:50)
Content in your Course, Create (Web Page)
Content Editor - Using (3:59)
Content Editor - Compare with Text Editor (PDF)
Course Content - Getting Started (PDF)
Course Entry Page Selection (1:49)
Course Environment - Getting Started (PDF)
   • Your Course Environment (3:01)
Course Home Page, Edit (2:22)
Course Menu, Modify (PDF)
   • Hide and Show the Course Menu (PDF)
Course-to-Course Navigation (1:32)
The Blackboard Theme (2:50)
Web Link (URL), Add (1:35)

Add or Delete Names Manually - Roster (PDF)
Course Availability for Term (PDF)

Beyond Basics

Adding an Avatar - image for My Places/Blogs/Journals (1:58)
Blank Page on Course Menu, Create (1:06)
Course Files Feature, Tour (6:40)
   • Add Files to Course Files (3:00)
   • Add Web Content (2:25)
   • Attach Course Files to an Item (2:48)
Glossary Terms, Add (1:06)
Course Home Page, Edit (2:22)
Learning Module - Information (PDF)
Learning Module, Create (2:45)
Lesson Plan - Information (PDF)
Lesson Plan, Create (4:36)
Mashup, Create (3:00)
Task, Create (1:55)
Tool Link, Create (2:39)
   • Tool Availability for Students (1:54)
   • Turn Tool Availability ON and OFF (2:00)
YouTube Video in Text Editor, Create (Web Page)
Video Everywhere in Text Editor, Create (PDF)

Course Utilities

Export Course Package (1:42)
Import Course Package (1:46)
Course Report - Run and Save (3:51)
Statistics Tracking for Content Item, Turn On (1:28)


The California State University Affordable Learning Solutions (Web Page)
The California State University - Lower Cost Course Materials (Web Page)
Barnes & Noble Nook study - Replaced by YUZU (Web Page)
YUZU (Web Page)

Other Management

Add a Test Student (PDF)
Archive-Export-Import a Course (PDF)
   • Export Course Package (1:42)
   • Import Course Package (1:45)

Course Copy to an Existing Course (PDF)
Copy or Move Items, within or between Courses (PDF)
Course Contact, Create (1:50) for Faculty information
Import a Course Package (1:45)
Task, Create (1:55)
YouTube Mashup - Text Box Editor (Web Page)

Blackboard Information

Blackboard OnDemand Learning Center (Web Page)
Blackboard 9 Instructor Guide (Web Page)
Blackboard 9 Instructor Help (Web Page)
Blackboard 9 Student Guide (Web Page)

My CSUStan

Documentation for Faculty (Web Page)
MyCSUStan Entry Page (Web Page)

Best Practices

Bb Exemplary Course Rubric (PDF)
Bb Benefits of Reflective Learning (PDF)
Bb Effective Questions (PDF)
Bb Formatting Accessible Documents (PDF)

Communication & Collaborate

Getting Started with Bb Interactive Tools (PDF)
   • Ways to use Blogs, Journals, Wikis, and Discussion Boards effectively.
Integrate Web 2.0 Tools (PDF)
   • Let your students communicate and collaborate with these built-in tools.


Create Announcements (2:00)


Using the Calendar (3:12)


Create and Edit a Blog (2:04 - YouTube)
Create and Edit Blog Entries (2:07)
Comment on a Blog Entry (1:27)

Discussion Board

Create a Forum (4:21)
Create a Thread (2:04)
Change Discussion Board Forum Settings (1:51)
Grade a Discussion Board Forum (2:39)
Grade a Discussion Board Thread (2:36)
Interacting with the Discussion Board (4:05)
Manage Discussion Board Roles (3:10)
Moderate a Discussion Board Forum (2:25)
Rate Discussion Board Posts (2:15)
Search a Discussion Board and Collect Posts (2:15)
Tag Discussion Board Posts (2:42)


Create a Journal (3:10)
Create and Edit Journal Entries (2:24)
Comment on a Journal Entry (1:27)
Use Journal Prompts to Improve Student Writing (PDF)


Create and Manage Wikis (4:15 - YouTube)
Add Rich Content to a Wiki(4:10)
Edit a Wiki Page (1:36)
Grade a Wiki (1:43)
Link Wiki Pages (1:43)
View Wiki Page History (2:37)


Getting Started with Groups (PDF)
Create a Group (3:39)
Create Group Sets (2:28)
Send Email (2:08)
Task, Create (1:55)
Blackboard Collaborate (PDF)

Bb Mobile

Feature Guide by Device (PDF)
Handout for Faculty (PDF)
Mobile-Friendly Courses, Best Practices (PDF)
Mobile-Friendly Courses, Getting Started (PDF)
Mobile Learn Device Demos (Web Page)



Accessible Course Content, Create (PDF)
Adaptive Release - Multiple Rules for Content Item (5:05)

Bb Assignment Link

Assignments, Getting Started (PDF)
Inline Assignment Grading - for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF files (PDF)
Inline Assignment Grading - view, annotate, download (2:47)
Assignment, Create (PDF)
Clean Graded Assignment Files (1:47)
Download Assignments (1:35)

Turn It In Assignment

TII Bb9 Instructor Manual (PDF)
TII File Type and Word Processor Compatibility (Web Page)
TII Help Center (Web Page)
TII Resources for Educators (Web Page)
TII System Requirements (Web Page)

CSU Stanislaus TII Information Page (Web Page)

Tests, Surveys, and Pools

Building a Test, Getting Started (PDF)
   Create a Test (4:47 YouTube)
   Set Test Options (2:35)
Add an Existing Question to an Assessment (2:27)
Award Negative Points for Incorrect Answers (4:13)
Export-Import Test/Survey between Courses (2:12)
   Set Safari Prefs to keep file zipped (PDF)
Grade Question-by-Question (1:58)
Pool, Build (2:39)
Question Finder Feature Tour (4:36)
Regrading, Information (PDF)
   Automatic Regrading (2:58)
Random Block, Create & Add to Test (2:39)
Show Test Results and Feedback to Students (PDF)

Survey Submissions, Reading (1:33)
Tag Questions for Reuse (3:08)
Upload Questions from MS Excel (3:35)
   Upload Test Questions (Web Page)

Create Questions

Calculated Formula (3:19)
Calculated Number (2:30)
Essay (2:00)
Fill-In the Blank (3:16)
Fill In Multiple Blanks (3:43)
Hot Spot (3:29)
Jumbled Sentence (3:52)
Likert (3:18)
Matching (3:27)
Multiple Answer (3:35)
Multiple Choice (2:54)
Ordering (3:12)
Quiz Bowl (3:30)
Short Answer (2:57)
True/False (2:25)


Respondus - Test creation, management, and publishing software for Windows (Web Page)
Student Response System - i>Clicker (Web Page)

Grade Center

Getting Started (PDF)
Anonymous Grading (2:07)
Automatic Regrading (PDF)
Color Code the Grade Center (2:34)
Customize the Grade Center View (1:39)
Download and Print the Bb Grade Center as a Spreadsheet (Web Page)
Grade Question by Question (1:58)
Grade History, View & Download (1:17)
Needs Grading
   - Getting Started (PDF)
   - Video (2:06)
Print Grade Center data - (Web Page)
Report, Create (2:43)
Set Grade Center Due Dates (PDF)
Unzip Files from the Bb Grade Center    (PDF)
View Grade Details (2:09)
Work Offline - Grade Center (3:30)

Analytics for Learn

Blackboard Analytics for Learn (A4L) (PDF)

Faculty Analytics for Learn Help Files

Activity and Grade Scatter Plot (PDF)
Activity Matrix (PDF)
Course at at Glance (PDF)
Course Submission Summary (PDF)

Student Help File

Student at a Glance (PDF)

Other Assessment Tools

Tracking Content Items (1:28)
Grades & Feedback Menu Item, Modify (PDF)
Performance Dashboard (1:40)
Retention Center (4:30)