Quick Start for Blackboard
Quick Start for Blackboard
Build your course in Blackboard using a diverse set of tools that will help you deliver robust digital courses.
1. New to Blackboard
If you want to start off your fall course with a clean slate or if this is your first Blackboard course:
- Watch the Getting Start with Blackboard webinar recording
- Download the Quick Start Guide for Blackboard to jumpstart your course building in Blackboard.
2. Copy and Import Your Course
If you would like to copy a course from a previous semester to your summer course:
- Watch how to copy your existing course to a new course shell.
- Watch how to import a template or course into a new course shell.
- The Course Template is standard for all course modalities.
- Find more information about copying and importing your course to Blackboard.
3. Make Your Course Available to Students
- Courses are automatically set to be hidden from students.
- How to make your course available to students.
- We recommend that the syllabus and textbook information in your course is available to students two weeks prior to the term.
4. Add Content
- Blackboard can work with many file types including DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, PDF, ZIP and more.
- Download Adding Content for step-by-step instructions.
- Visit Blackboard's Help page for Edit and Manage Content for more information.
- Uploading files to Blackboard will also allow students to download them in different formats through Ally's alternative format (.mp3, .epub, or Braille).
- Librarians are also available to help develop content to share online.
5. Record Your Lectures
- Watch the Recording a Lecture webinar recording
- Download MediaLecture to get started.
- Read more about recording with MediaLecture.
- Creating a MediaLecture Link in Blackboard can be tricky. Use the step-by-step instructions to get it right the first time.
- You can also record your lecture using Collaborate.
6. Discussions and Blogs
Discussions and Blogs allow students to engage in the course and with each other and you.
- Watch the Discussions and Blogs webinar recording.
- Learn more about discussions.
- Watch a video about the discussion board interface.
- Watch a video about creating a discussion forum.
- For information on grading discussions, see Grading Online with Blackboard.
7. Communicate with students
- Students have access to IT, student services (advising, tutoring, etc.), and the library through Starfish. There is a link to Starfish in all Blackboard courses.
- Download Communicate with Students for step-by-step instructions.
- Watch a video on how to create an announcement.
- Watch a Youtube play list about working with Blackboard Communication Tools.
- For information on Collaborate, see Using Collaborate Successfully.
Important: Emailing student grades is a violation of FERPA.
8. Create an Assignment Dropbox
Assignments allow students to submit documents to you, including documents, spreadsheets, specialty files, and videos.
- Learn how to create an assignment drop box in Blackboard.
- Watch a video which outlines how to create an assignment. The video walks you through assignment options and how to set the due date.
- Learn about SafeAssign, Blackboard's citation checking AI.
- Watch the Introduction to Assignments webinar recording.
- For information about grading assignments see Grading Online with Blackboard.
9. How to Create a Test
Tests can be complicated to build without some guidance. Use the links below to help you start building.
- Looking for an alternative to high-stakes testing, check out Alternatives to Closed-Booked, Timed Exams.
- Visit How to Create a Test in Blackboard Help.
- Watch the Introduction to Tests webinar recording.
- Watch a video on how to create a test.
- How to add a test to a content area.
- Setting Test Options for a test.
- For students with accommodations, test availability and exceptions can be adjusted for individual students and groups. Learn more about how to set a test exception in Blackboard.
- For information on on grading tests, see Grading Online with Blackboard.
For more how-to and step-by-step instructions, visit the CIT Blackboard Instructor Help page and/or the Blackboard Learn Instructor Help Guide. If you would like to ask a question, talk to someone or guided in-person coaching, request help