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Bb 10/16

Organize & Build

Fix Missing Grade Center Scroll Bars (PDF)
Global Navigation and My Blackboard (Web Page with Video)
Manage and Modify your My Courses module (PDF)
Merged Courses (PDF)
Student Preview (Web Page with Video)
Turn Edit Mode ON  [if you can't see instructor tools(PDF)

Getting Started
Create a Course from a Pedagogical Template (Web Page)
Create Content in a Course Area (Web Page)
  Add Files, Images, Video, Audio (Web Page)
Create My First Assignment (PDF)
Instructor Features (Web Page with Video)
Modules (Web Page)
Navigate a Course (Web Page with Video)
Videos from Blackboard (Web Page with Links)


Add or Delete Names Manually - Roster (PDF)
Course Availability - Show/Hide course link to students (PDF)

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

Beyond Basics

Adding an Avatar - a profile image (2:38)
Blank Page on Course Menu - Create (1:10)
Content Collection (Web Page) - NEW
   Copy Courses and Content Collection Items (Web Page)
   Organize and Manage Content (Web Page)
Course Files - About (Web Page)
   Add Files to Course Files (Web Page)
   About Files Added Automatically to Course Files (Web Page)
   Link to Files and Folders in Course Files (Web Page with Video)
Course Home Page - Edit (2:17)
Course Style Options - Structure, Entry Point, Themes, Menu Style, View (Web Page with Video)
Date Management (Web Page with Video)
Formatting HTML Content (Web Page)
Glossary (Web Page)
Learning Module - How to Create (PDF)
Learning Module - Information (PDF)
Learning Module - Add Content (2:39)
Lesson Plan - Information (PDF)
Lesson Plan - Create (2:47)
Mashup - Create (2:12)
Tool Link - Create (3:05)
Tool Link Availability - Manage (Web Page with Video)
Working with File Attachments (Web Page)

Course Utilities

Copy Course (Web Page)
Course Copy to an Existing Course - with Content Collection (PDF)
Export Course (Web Page)
Import Course Package (1:33)
Import Course Package (Web Page)
Course Reports - Generate (Web Page)
Statistics Tracking Report - Create (2:33)


The California State University Affordable Learning Solutions (Web Page)
The California State University - Lower Cost Course Materials (Web Page)
StanState Bookstore (Web Page)
   - FacultyEnlight (Web Page) - Research, adopt, and share - also a connection in Bb (Build Content > FacultyEnlight)
YUZU - Formerly B&N Nook Study (Web Page)

Other Management

Add a Test Student (PDF)
Archive-Export-Import a Course (PDF)
Content Collection (Web Page)

Copy or Move Items Within or Between Courses (PDF)
Course Contact - Create, Faculty Information (Web Page)
Student Preview (Web Page)
Task - Create and Manage (Web Page)
YouTube Mashup - Text Box Editor (Web Page)

Blackboard Information

        Blackboard 9 Instructor Help Page (Web Page)
        Blackboard 9 Student Page (Web Page)

My CSUStan

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

Bb Best Practices

        Accessibility (Web Page)
        Assignments (Web Pages)
        Attaching Files (Web Page)
        Captioning Video Content (Web Page)
        CSU Chico Exemplary Online Instruction (Web Page)
        Copyright (Web Page)
        Effective Discussion Questions (Web Page)
        Exemplary Course Rubric (PDF)
        Formatting Accessible Documents (Web Page)
        Groups (Web Page)
        Interactive Tools in Action (Web Page)
        Intro Video - Add an engaging intro video for your students (Web Page)
        Journals - Benefits of Reflective Learning (Web Page)
        Plagiarism (Web Page)
        Presenting Content (Web Page)
        Reduce your Course Size (Web Page)
        Teaching Strategies for Bb (Web Page with Videos)

Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series Recordings (Web Page with links)

Communication & Collaboration


        Notifications (Web Page)
           Settings (Web Page)
           Types (Web Page)
           Dashboard (Web Page)


        Announcements (Web Page with Video)
        Calendar (Web Page with Video)
        E-Mail (Web Page with Video)
        Faculty Information - Contacts (Web Page with Video)


        Blogs (Web Page)
        Create (Web Page with Video)
        Edit and Manage (Web Page)
        Grade (Web Page)

Discussion Board

        Discussion Basics for Instructors (Web Page)
        About Forums and Threads (Web Page with Video)
        Set Up Discussions (Web Page)
        Create Forums (Web Page)
        Create Threads (Web Page)
           Best Practice: Effective Discussion Questions (Web Page)
        Manage Discussions (Web Page)
        Moderate Discussions (Web Page)
        Reply to Discussion Posts (Web Page)
        Search and Collect Discussions (Web Page)
        Grade Discussions (Web Page)
        View Discussion Statistics (Web Page)
        Group Discussions (Web Page)


        Journals - About (Web Page)
          Best Practice:  Benefits of Reflective Learning (Web Page)
       Create a Journal (Web Page)
       Edit and Manage Journals (Web Page)
       Grade Journals (Web Page)


       Wikis - About (Web Page)
         Best Practice: Wikis in Action (Web Page)
       Create Topics (Web Page with Video)
       Create Pages (Web Page with Video)
       Edit and Manage (Web Page)
       Grade Wikis (Web Page)


Getting Started (Web Page)
My Portfolios Page - Create, Share, Manage (Web Page)


       Groups (Web Page)
       Groups Page (Web Page)
       Course Group Tools (Web Page)
       Create Group and Add Students (Web Page)
       Create Group Links (Web Page)
       Remove Students from a Group (Web Page)
       Edit Groups (Web Page)
       Send Email to a Group (Web Page)
       Import and Export Groups (Web Page)
       Create Group Assignment (Web Page)
       Grade Group Assignment (Web Page)

       Best Practices: Groups - Collaboration, Presenting, Membership, Assessment (Web Pages)


Tasks (Web Page with Video)

Blackboard Collaborate
     Introduction to Collaborate Web Conferencing (Web Page)
     Blackboard Collaborate (Web Page)
     Blackboard Collaborate Sessions (Web Page)
     Blackboard Collaborate Handbook (PDF)
     Blackboard Collaborate Launcher (Web Pages - Windows, Mac, Troubleshoot)
     Using Jaws with Blackboard Collaborate (Web Page)
Keyboard Navigation in Blackboard Collaborate (Web Page)



    About the Screen Recording and Video Editing Software (Web Page)
    Tutorials - Mac and Windows (Web Pages)


     Content Streaming Service (Web Page)
     Add Mediasite Link to Bb Content Page (PDF)

NBC Learn  

     Embed NBC Learn CueCard Video into Blackboard (Web Page)
     Insert NBC Learn Videos in Presentations - PowerPoint, Keynote - requires NBC Player (PDF)


     Introduction to VoiceThread (Web Page)
     Blackboard Integration - Instructors (Web Page)
     Blackboard Integration - Students (Web Page)
     Create VoiceThread (Web Pages)


     Web Conferencing (Web Page)

Bb Mobile Apps

        Blackboard Mobile (Web Page)
        Bb Grader - Instructors (iPad) (Web Page)
        Bb Student (iOS, Android, Windows) (Web Page)
        Bb Mobile Learn (iOS, Android) (Web Page)



        Accessibility Information (Web Page)
        Accessible Course Content  Create (PDF)
        Adaptive Release Rules (Web Page)
        Adaptive Release Criteria (Web Page)
        Basic and Advanced Adaptive Release (Web Page)
        Content - Customize Release - Adaptive Release (Web Page)
        Test Availability Exceptions (PDF)

Bb Assignment Link

        ​Assignments (Web Page)
           Best Practices: Assignments (Web Pages)
           Assignments - Create (Web Page)
           Assignments - Create - Screen Shots (PDF)
           Assignment Grade Settings (Web Page)
           Assignment Multiple Attempts (Web Page)
        Edit and Manage Assignments (Web Page)
        ​Grade Assignments - (Web Page)
           ​Inline Assignment Grading - for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF files (PDF)
           Anonymous Grading (Web Page)
           Delegated Grading (Web Page)|
              Best Practices: Delegated Grading (Web Page)

        ​Download Assignments (Web Page)
        ​Self and Peer Assessment (Web Pages)

        SafeAssign - Integrated Plagiarism tool, an alternative to TurnItIn (Web Page)
        SafeAssign Originality Reports (Web Page)

Turn It In Assignment

        ​TII Bb Integration Instructor Manual (Web Pages)
        TII Educator Network - Best Practices, Blog, Tools (Web Page)
        ​TII File Type and Word Processor Compatibility (Web Page)
        ​TII Help Center (Web Page)
        ​TII System Requirements (Web Page)
        ​TII Teaching Tools - Rubrics, Lesson Plans  (Web Page)

        ​TII on iPad - User Manual (Web Pages)

        TII Error 423 - Contact TII Helpdesk (Web Page)
         - or Call (866) 816-5046,  ext. 214.
        ​CSU Stanislaus TII Information Page (Web Page)

Tests, Surveys, and Pools (Web Pages)

        ​Getting Started - Create Tests and Surveys 
        ​Create Tests and Surveys
        ​Set Test and Survey Options
           Test Feedback Options (Web Page with samples, College of DuPage)
        ​Edit Tests and Questions
        ​Test and Survey Canvas
        ​Deploy Tests and Surveys
        Delete Tests and Surveys
        ​Test and Survey Question Status
        ​Test and Survey Results
        Question Settings
        Question Metadata
        ​Reuse Questions
         ​Random Block
         Question Sets
         ​Upload Questions
         ​Question Pools
        ​Create and Edit Pools
        ​Import or Export Tests, Survey, and Pools
        ​Grade Tests
        ​Item Analysis
        ​Resolve Student Issues with Tests
Question Types (Web Pages)
        ​Calculated Formula
        ​Calculate Numeric
        ​File Response
        ​Fill in Multiple Blanks
        ​Fill in the Blank
        ​Hot Spot
        ​Jumbled Sentence
        ​Multiple Answer
        ​Multiple Choice
        ​Opinion Scale and Likert
        ​Quiz Bowl
        ​Short Answer
        ​True or False


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
        Grade Center (Web Page)
        Grade Center Interface
        Needs Grading Page
        Grade Center Interactions
        Customize Grade Center
          Grade Center Columns
          Grade Columns
          Total Columns
          Weighted Columns
          Average Columns
          Minimum/Maximum Columns
          Extra Credit Columns
        Grade Center Categories
        Smart Views
        Organize Grade Center Data
        Grading (Web Pages)
         Enter Grades
         Grade Details
         Override Grades
         Curve Grades
         Calculate and Exempt Grades
         Delete or Clear Grades
        Grade Center Reporting (Web Pages)
         Grade History
         Grade Center Statistics
        Upload or Download Grade Center Items for Working Offline (Web Page)
​​        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 (Web Page)
Set Grade Center Due Dates (PDF)
Set Safari Preferences to Keep a File Zipped (PDF)
Unzip Files from the Bb Grade Center (PDF)
Upload Test Questions (Web Page)

Student Performance and Retention (Web Pages)

Retention Center  
Course Reports
Performance Dashboard
Student Preview

Third Party Tools

Respondus - Test creation, management, and publishing software for Windows (Web Site)
Student Response System - Clicker Pedagogy & Resources (Web Site)
TurnItIn - Plagiarism Prevention - Resources for Educators (Web Site)
Four Test Generator Tools (Web Page, College of DuPage)
  - Some directions refer to older Bb versions.  Use the Test Canvas Upload Questions button to import the file.

Other Assessment Tools

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