Blackboard

Blackboard is a program that gives professors the ability to create virtual classrooms, allowing for blended learning and personalization of courses. Students can interact with one another in online discussion forums, receive announcements from their professors about the class or assignments, and turn in assignments to their professors. Blackboard is very versatile, with many plug-in applications available for utilization in a course (such as Panopto, VoiceThread, and YouTube, to name a few). It is also a mobile application, with many of its abilities available for students and professors.

Top Asked Questions

  • How do I merge a course? ⮚

    To consolidate or merge a course means that multiple courses will be taught through a single Blackboard course; this is typically used when teaching multiple sections of the same course. To do this, on the "Administrator Panel" in the "Courses" section, select Courses. Scroll over "Create Course" and select "Merge Enrollments." Edit the course properties as if you are creating a new course, then select "Browse" next to "Add Child Courses" and select which courses should be merged. Click "Submit" in the lower right-hand corner of the page to confirm.

    For more information, please see here.


  • How do I send an email through Blackboard? ⮚

    To send an email through Blackboard, open the Tools section from the Course Menu and navigate to "Send Email." Click this and select to whom you wish to send the email. If you choose "Select Users," it will ask you to choose which users from the course you wish to send the email to. If you choose "All Users" or "All Student Users," it will send the email as named. You will then be prompted to input an email subject line, a message, and then an attachment, if desired. To send the email, click "Submit" in the lower right-hand corner. You will then be brought back to the "Send Email" page, with either a green "Email was sent" notification at the top, or a red "Email was not sent" notification.


  • How do I make my course available? ⮚

    Below the course menu, go to the Control Panel to Customization to Properties. When you open properties, go to the "Set Availability" section and there will be a question asking if you want to make the course available to users. Select Yes or No. When you make your course available, you can also "Set Course Duration" directly below. You can select Continuous, which is the default (leave the course available without a specified start or end date), Select Dates (choose a start/end date for the course) or Days from the Date of Enrollment (specify a specific length of time users will have access to the course after they enroll in your course; best for independent-study or self-paced courses). Be sure to select "SUBMIT."

    For more information, please see here.


  • How do I copy my course? ⮚

    Go into the course that you wish to copy. On the "Control Panel," open the "Packages and Utilities" drop down menu and select "Course Copy." You then have the option to copy course materials into a new course, into an existing course, or make an exactly copy of the course with the same users. Select which you desire to do, then in the "Destination Course ID" box, type the course ID for the new course (you can copy and paste from UIS or MySJU). The Course ID cannot include spaces or characters other than numbers, letters, a dash (-), an underscore (_), or a period (.). It also has to be unique, and you cannot change the course ID once you have created it.

    If you choses Copy Course Materials, select the course materials you want to copy over.

    In the "File Attachments" section, select the option to copy links to: Copy Links to Course Files, Copy Links and Copies of the content, or Copy Links and Copies of the Content (for descriptions of these options, see step 6 at here). Select the Folder for Content Collection Files, then select Enrollments to copy the list of users from the old course to the new course. User records (discussion board, grades, etc.) will not be copied unless you select the "Exact Copy" option at the beginning.

    Be sure to select Submit!!!!

    For more information, please see here.


  • How do I make an announcement? ⮚

    To make an announcement, open your course and go to "Tools," then "Announcements." Select "Create Announcement." You must input a subject line, and then you can add a body message to the announcement. Then you can select the other properties, such as Date Restriction ("Display After" means that the announcement will not appear on the course page until the selected date and time; "Display Until" means that the announcement will only appear on the course page up to the selected date and time) and Email Announcement. If you want your students to receive a notification of the announcement, YOU MUST MAKE SURE THAT "Send a copy of this announcement immediately" IS SELECTED! If this checkbox is not selected, students will not see the announcement until they log into Blackboard. Once your announcement is complete, click the blue "Submit" button in the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

    NOTE: If you have an announcement set to not appear until a certain time, you cannot send the announcement via email. You will not receive an email notification of the course announcement.

Video Recording


  • Can I record directly through Blackboard? ⮚

    No, you cannot record directly through Blackboard. To record and put a video on Blackboard, you can use Panopto, VoiceThread, One Button Studio, or any of our other video recording options.


  • How do I connect Panopto? ⮚

    First, open your course. Under the Control Panel, click the Customization tool and then select "Tool Availability." From the Tool Availability page, scroll down and check "Available" for Panopto Course Tool Application and for Panopto Video Button, and then check "Available in Content Area" for Panopto Video Link. Be sure to scroll down and click Submit at the bottom of the page. Then under "Tools" in your Content tab, click "Panopto Course Tool Application" under More Tools. Fill out the content information and then click Submit. Then click the Panopto Link that appears and select "Configure." Click "Add Course to Panopto," then "OK" on the following page. You will be presented with a list of available Panopto folders in your account. If you want to be able to view other videos from other courses, add the folder here by selecting the folder and clicking "Add," followed by submit. Otherwise, just click Submit.


  • How do I connect VoiceThread? ⮚

    Go to your course. Go to "Content" and click on "Build Content" or "Tools" and select "VoiceThread." Give the link a title and, if you want, a description. If you want to grade the assignment, enable grading by selecting "Enable Evaluation" and enter the total number of points possible. Then select submit.

    For more assistance: here

Email


  • How do I send an email through Blackboard? ⮚

    To send an email through Blackboard, open the Tools section from the Course Menu and navigate to "Send Email." Click this and select to whom you wish to send the email. If you choose "Select Users," it will ask you to choose which users from the course you wish to send the email to. If you choose "All Users" or "All Student Users," it will send the email as named. You will then be prompted to input an email subject line, a message, and then an attachment, if desired. To send the email, click "Submit" in the lower right-hand corner. You will then be brought back to the "Send Email" page, with either a green "Email was sent" notification at the top, or a red "Email was not sent" notification.


  • Can I send an email to specific people? ⮚

    Yes. When you click "Send Email," it will ask to whom you wish to send the email. If you select "Select Users," you will have the option to choose which users will receive the email.


  • Does it use my SJU email? ⮚

    Yes. When you send an email through Blackboard, it is connected to your St. John's email, so if someone responds to your email, it will appear in your St. John's email inbox.

Class Discussion

  • How do I create a discussion thread? ⮚

    To create a discussion thread, open the Discussions section on the Course Menu and select "Create Forum." Type a name, add a description if desired, and then go through availability and date/time restrictions, as well as grading and viewing settings. Be sure to click the "Submit" button in the lower right-hand corner of the page.

    To create a thread within a discussion, open the Discussion and click "Create Thread." Type a subject and add a message, or attach a file. Be sure to click "Submit" when finished.


  • How do I respond to a discussion post? ⮚

    Open the Discussion, select the post you wish to respond to, and then click the blue "Reply" button underneath the post. Click the "Submit" button in the lower right-hand corner when finished.

Grading

  • How do I assign grades in Blackboard? ⮚

    To assign grades in the Grade Center, open the Grade Center in the Control Panel in your course, and you can upload grades from an external source, such as an Excel spreadsheet, or manually assign grades by clicking and selecting the student and the assignment. Be sure to "Submit" the grades before leaving the Grade Center.


  • How do students access their Blackboard grades? ⮚

    Students can access their grades in two ways. The first is if you have the Grades option allowed for viewing in the Course Menu, they can select that. Otherwise, they should go into "Tools" and select "My Grades." This will bring them to a list of all assignments for the course with their grade on each assignment, along with their total grade.


  • How do I weigh assignments in the Blackboard Grade Center? ⮚

    For information on how to weigh assignments, please see here