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Blackboard User Guide

Blackboard User Guide

The Blackboard enhanced version (currently installed) now includes the following new and updated features:

Easily accessible navigation
Improved content editor
New assessment functions
Inline assignment grading
Redesigned discussion board
New Calendar Tool


What is Blackboard? 

Blackboard is a Web-based learning management system (LMS) designed to support fully online or hybrid courses.  Blackboard provides many types of tools and features for enriching the learning experience.

What can you do with Blackboard?

An instructor can post assignments, syllabus, lesson plans, and documents for the class. Students can directly submit their completed assignments to Blackboard to be graded; feedback and grades can be posted for the students to access; instructors can communicate with the entire class via email or the Message Box tool without having to know their email addresses. The grade center tool can be used to post grades and keep students informed of their progress.  These are just a few things that can be done with Blackboard which is available 24/7.  Best of all, the course design and all the work that was put into it can be copied and reused for another semester.

What courses are accessible on Blackboard?

All courses in which you are teaching or enrolled are accessible on Blackboard. If you do not see your course listed, please contact the IT Help Desk.

How do I access my Blackboard course?

Sign into Blackboard (see instructions below) and a list of your current and past semesters’ courses will be listed. Click on the course to access it.

Blackboard Log-in Instructions 

Click on the above link for instructions on how to:

Login into Blackboard
Create a Blackboard user id / reset your password / retrieve a forgotten login id

Frequently asked questions

Click on the above link to view:
What you need to access Blackboard
How to access Blackboard
How to reset my CUNY Portal/ Blackboard Password
How to update my Blackboard email
How to access and work with the discussion Board
Accessing and submitting assignments
Accessing and submitting Safe Assignments

How to change your email address in Blackboard

Blackboard help for students
Student user guides:

On Demand Learning Videos for Students

Click on the above link to see videos on:
Working in your course.
Taking a test online
Checking your grades
Working in groups
Creating a Blog entry
Using the Discussion Board
Creating and editing a Wiki
Viewing my contribution to a wiki
Linking wiki pages
Using the course map
Submitting an assignment

Faculty user guides:

On Demand Learning Videos for faculty

Click on the above link to see videos on:
Building your course

Creating course content

Comparing the new editor with the legacy text editor

Using the text editor

Editing the course Home page

Building a learning module

Creating a lesson plan

Adding a glossary term and textbook information

Creating a blank page

Creating a tool link and a URL

Creating a Mashup

Attaching a course file to an item

Taking a tour of the course files

Creating rules to release a content
Working in the course environment

The new 2012 Blackboard theme

Getting started with your course

Your course environment

Select the page where users enter your course

Adding a banner to your course

Creating a blank page

Upload files to your course

Adding an Avatar to personalize your course    

Making the course available/unavailable to students

Setting permissions

Using the Report and Course utilities


Working with the Grade Center

Using the Grade Center - YouTube Video

Getting started with the grade center

Downloading the grade center to a spreadsheet

Customizing the grade center

Setting up the grade center


Blackboard Help

Blackboard help for instructors
The discussion board
Tests, Surveys and Pools
Blackboard YouTube Quick Videos
Online Teaching Strategies
Blackboard Mobile FAQs
Browser Support for Blackboard
After Hours BlackBoard Support