Keeping Hawks Healthy

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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

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate Best Practices (for Students and Instructors)

Below are some recommendations for making your experience with Blackboard Collaborate better.

  1. Google Chrome is the preferred browser for Blackboard Collaborate. Firefox can also be used.  Never use Edge or Internet Explorer browsers.
  2. Be sure to disable any streaming, chat or social media applications (e.g. Skype, Netflix, YouTube, Facebook), etc.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. You will need to allow third- party cookies and allow popups.
  6. Your instructor may have disabled microphones and webcams at the onset. Be prepared not to hear anything until the time your class starts.
  7. To chat, click the purple << tab in the lower right and click the chat bubble. Make sure you type your question to everyone.

Respondus Lockdown Browser & Monitor

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:

Faculty and students needing support on Respondus should reach out directly to the vendor or by emailing

Creating and Managing Groups in Blackboard

Multimedia in Blackboard

Tracking Student Performance

Written Instructions

Advanced Blackboard Tools

Written Instructions