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Blackboard Tutorials

Table of Contents

Click the items below to be taken to tutorials, handouts, and videos about that topic.

Early Course Logistics

Creating Course Content

Communication

Grading


Locating the Course Shell and Configuring Basic Course Settings

View Tutorial (6 minutes, interactive)

This is an activity that you must perform each time you prepare to teach an online course.

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Overview of the Course Management Menu

View Tutorial (9 minutes, interactive)

This is a brief overview of the course management menu. You need to be familiar with this menu to be able to perform various course tasks such as course copying, enabling tools, grading etc.

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Creating the Course Banner Using Microsoft PowerPoint

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A myriad of image-editing tools exists that you can use to create your course banner (IrfanViewCanva.com, etc.), so feel free to use anything with which you are most comfortable. However, as you create your banner, keep in mind the preferred Blackboard banner size specifications.

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Exporting courses (Export and Archive Course Package)

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As you prepare your course for a new term, you need to know how to export your old course site and import it to the new (empty) site in Blackboard. This tutorial shows you how to export your Blackboard course site.

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Importing Courses (Import Course Package)

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This tutorial shows you how to import your previously created course package (see the previous step) into your new (empty) Blackboard course site.

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Advancing Dates Using Date Management

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This video features the Date Management tool, which can be used to automatically advance due dates of assignments after a course is copied.

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Adding Course Menu Items and Content Areas

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This tutorial will demonstrate how to add menu items and content areas to your Blackboard course shell.

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Creating Folders and Items

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This tutorial will demonstrate how to create folders and items inside your Blackboard shell. 

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Working with the Visual Editor

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You will work with the Blackboard visual editor to add text, images, and other elements to your course site. This tutorial will demonstrate how to work with the visual text editor inside your Blackboard shell.

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Uploading Files

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Managing files in your Blackboard site is important, as you will likely upload numerous files and file types to your course site. This tutorial will demonstrate how to upload various types of files to your Blackboard course site. 

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Adding Contact Information

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This tutorial will demonstrate how to create and update your contact information inside your Blackboard shell.

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Setting Availability Dates

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This tutorial covers editing controlled student views of course materials. View tutorial materials by clicking the corresponding links above.

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Working with Rubrics

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Rubrics are one of the most important components of your online course. This tutorials briefly discusses why we use rubrics and demonstrates how to create them in an online course shell. 

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Creating Quizzes

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Quizzes are one of the most versatile assessment tools in Blackboard. This tutorial covers the basics of quizzes, creation of quizzes, and several popular types of quiz questions.

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Creating Assignments

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This tutorial demonstrates the process of creating assignments in an online course shell. Such assignment options as number of attempts, plagiarism check, rubrics, display of grades, and availability will be covered. 

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Creating Discussion Boards

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This tutorial demonstrates the process of creating discussion forums and linking them inside content areas.

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Creating Blogs

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This tutorial demonstrates the process of creating blogs in your online course shell. 

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Creating Wikis

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This tutorial demonstrates the process of creating wikis in your online course shell. 

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Creating Journals

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This tutorial demonstrates the process of creating journals in your online course shell. 

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Creating Announcements

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Course announcements are an essential communication tool in every online course; you should use them frequently. This tutorial demonstrates how to create an announcement within a Blackboard course site.

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Sending Email from Blackboard

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Students appreciate frequent check-ins from instructors (e.g., "I noticed that you scored significantly lower on this week's exam. Is everything OK? Can I help?"), and sending email messages via Blackboard is quick and effective. This tutorial demonstrates how to send quick email messages via the Blackboard course site.   

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Creating Groups and Groups Sets

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When a class is large (perhaps 20 or more students) and an instructor would like smaller segments for discussion or collaborative assignments, the Blackboard Groups tool allows him/her to split the class into distinct groups, each with its own collaborative tools, such as discussion board, blog, and file exchange. This tutorial demonstrates how to create Blackboard groups.

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Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

View Tutorial (8 minutes, interactive)

Collaborate Ultra is a powerful all-in-one platform that offers you the ability to communicate with your students through your computer, tablet, or mobile device anywhere, anytime. Collaborate is a fully interactive web conferencing environment and asynchronous voice authoring capabilities allow for greater engagement.

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Grade Center Overview

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The Blackboard Grade Center is complex, and you must experiment on your own to fully master it. This tutorial provides an overview of the Blackboard Grade Center.

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Grading Assignments with Built-in Rubrics

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Rubrics are an essential component of online courses, as they set expectations and help your students understand how work will be graded. This tutorial describes the easiest way to grade student assignments using Blackboard's built-in, interactive rubrics. 

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Grading Assignments without Built-In Rubrics

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This tutorial demonstrates how to grade assignments without the use of Blackboard's built-in, interactive rubrics.

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Grading Assignments using SafeAssign

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SafeAssign is a tool within Blackboard that helps to ensure originality of written work. SafeAssign can be useful when reviewing research papers, literature reviews, or any key assessment that requires extensive writing. This tutorial demonstrates grading using the SafeAssign tool.

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Grading Discussion Board Forums

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Discussion board forums are the lifeblood of many online courses. This tutorial demonstrates how to grade group discussion board forums both with and without the use of rubrics.  

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