Teaching with Blackboard
Blackboard allows you to post articles, assignments, and other course documents, and includes teaching tools such as discussion boards, blogs, journals, online tests, and surveys. In an emergency (pandemic flu, flood), instructors should plan to use Blackboard to continue teaching.
Blackboard Guides & Videos
- Ultra Base Navigation Quick Guide for Instructors (PDF)
- Faculty Guide (PDF)
- Adjunct Guide (PDF)
- Staff Guide (PDF)
- Beginner's Guide to Blackboard (PDF)
- Emergency Preparedness (PDF)
- PC/MAC Tips for Blackboard (PDF)
- Navigating Blackboard (help.blackboard.com)
- Making your Course Available to Students (PDF)
- My Students Can't See my Blackboard Course (PDF)
- Helping Students with Blackboard (PDF)
- Hardware and Software Specifications for Blackboard (PDF)
- Going Mobile with Blackboard (PDF)
- Ultra Base Navigation - Instructor Overview
- Forgot Your Password?
- Making your Course Available to Students
- The Blackboard Course Environment
- Posting an Announcement in Blackboard
- Global Navigation and My Blackboard Homepage
- Student Preview Mode in Blackboard
- How to Restore the Course Navigation Sidebar in a Course on Blackboard (PC)
- How to Restore the Course Navigation Sidebar in a Course on Blackboard (Mac)
- Enrolling Users in your Blackboard Course
As of November, 2020, the Content Editor toolbar in Blackboard has changed. Here are some helpful tips for you.
- Instructor's Guide to Blackboard Collaborate (PDF)
- Participant's Guide to Blackboard Collaborate (PDF)
- Download and Delete Blackboard Collaborate Recordings (PDF)
- Blackboard Collaborate for Android Users
- Blackboard Collaborate for iOS Users
- How do I find my Collaborate Recordings? - Image
- How do I share PowerPoint in Collaborate on Two Monitors?
- Share Audio in Collaborate (PC)
- Share Audio in Collaborate (MAC)
- Inviting Attendees with Guest Link
- Enable Automatic Captioning for Collaborate in Google Chrome
- Download and Delete Blackboard Collaborate Recordings
Blackboard Collaborate Best Practices (for Students and Instructors)
Below are some recommendations for making your experience with Blackboard Collaborate better.
- Google Chrome is the preferred browser for Blackboard Collaborate. Firefox can also be used. Never use Edge or Internet Explorer browsers.
- Be sure to disable any streaming, chat or social media applications (e.g. Skype, Netflix, YouTube, Facebook), etc.
- When entering the session for the first time, it will ask you to allow webcam and microphone. You need to permit both of these. A pop-up will appear for the first time. If you accidentally click no, you will need to click the lock icon at the top of the window in the address bar to change your settings. If you have further difficulty, contact ITS at email@example.com.
- If you have audio/connection problems, first try refreshing the browser window. If that doesn’t work, try closing the Collaborate tab and re-enter. If you continue having issues, click the three bar icon in the upper left to connect via phone.
- You will need to allow third- party cookies and allow popups.
- Your instructor may have disabled microphones and webcams at the onset. Be prepared not to hear anything until the time your class starts.
- To chat, click the purple << tab in the lower right and click the chat bubble. Make sure you type your question to everyone.
- Making Your Course Available and Visible to Students (PDF)
- Full Course Copy (PDF)
- Copying Individual Files From one Course to Another (PDF)
- Course Copy Tips (PDF)
- Customizing Courses (PDF)
- Import/Export Your Course (PDF)
- New Term Checklist (PDF)
- Course Files Overview (PDF)
- Cloud Storage Integration (PDF)
- Getting Started Adding Materials (help.blackboard.com)
- Quick Intro to Course Files (PDF)
- Getting Started with Blackboard Learning Modules (PDF)
- Cloud Storage Integration (PDF)
- Assignment Tool (PDF)
- All About the Assignment Tool (help.blackboard.com)
- SafeAssign: Blackboard's Plagiarism Checker (PDF)
- All About SafeAssign (help.blackboard.com)
- Creating Tests and Surveys (PDF)
- Converting Test Banks for Blackboard (This site has an excellent tool to convert your test questions into a format that can be imported as a pool in Blackboard)
- Pool Manager (PDF)
- All About Tests, Surveys, and Pools (help.blackboard.com)
- Self-Assessment and Peer Evaluations (PDF)
The University of Hartford is Piloting the Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor during the spring session of 2020. For more information on Respondus, visit the pages below:
- Instructor Quick Start Guide (PDF)
- Student Quick Start Guide (PDF) - share this link with your students
- Instructor Training: Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor
- University of Hartford Respondus Support & Group Page - you can click the button Become a Member of the Group to join this group to receive emails and current information on Respondus.
- Respondus with Laura Enzor (Video)
Faculty and students needing support on Respondus should reach out directly to the vendor or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Discussion Board (PDF)
- Discussion Rubrics (PDF)
- Discussion Tips (PDF)
- Different Uses for Blogs, Wikis, and Discussion Boards (PDF)
- Discussion Board Examples (PDF)
- Blogs (PDF)
- Wikis (PDF)
- Creating Wiki Sign-up Sheets in Blackboard (Video)
- Journals (PDF)
- Creating Groups (PDF)
- Getting Started with Grade Center (PDF)
- Weighting Grades in Blackboard with Categories (PDF)
- Troubleshooting Grade Center (PDF)
- In-Line Grading and Assignments with Annotations (PDF)
- All About Grade Center (help.blackboard.com)
- Grade Center GPA Scale (PDF)
- Grade Center - Do it Now (recorded Webinar 8/24/2020)
- Grade Center - Do it Now (recorded Webinar 8/17/2020)
- Bb Annotate! Blackboard's New Inline Grading Tool (recorded Webinar 8/19/2020)
- Blackboard Rubrics (recorded Webinar 8/19/2020)
- Anonymous and Delegated Grading
- What you Need to Know from the Grade Center
- How to Customize the Grade Center
- Download and Upload Grades from the Grade Center
- Use Grade Details to See Attempts and Assign Grades
- Getting Started with Kaltura (Webinar)
For more information, visit FCLD's Teaching with Technology page, which has even more Ensemble resources.