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Blackboard 9.1 Resources for Faculty

FAQs

Service Packs 10-13

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New Date Management Feature This document provides step by step instructions on how to use the new Date Managment Feature in SP 13 to easily revise the due dates on all of your content at once or on individual assignments or tests after you have done a course copy. UNO
Expanded In-Line Grading Feature This document provides step by step instructions on how to use the new and expanded In-Line Grading Feature in SP 13. UNO
New Features for Service Pack 12/13 This document provides an overview of the enhancements and new features in service packs 12 and 13. UNO
Supported Browsers for SP13 This document provides a list of Blackboard tested and supported browsers (with specific versions) for SP 13. UNO
Interacting in Discussions This tutorial demonstrates how to access, reply and manage posts in the Discussion Board for service packs 10-13. Blackboard
Service Pack 10/11 Notes This document provides an overview of bug fixes, new features, and enhancements for service packs 10 and 11. UNO
Service Pack 10/11 Upgrade Presentation This narrated PowerPoint describes the major changes in Service Packs 10 and 11. UNO
Comparing the New Content Editor with the Legacy Text Editor This document gives comparisons of features in the legacy editor and the new content editor. Blackboard

Recommended

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videoYour Course Environment Short four minute interactive video that overviews the look of the new homepage, course menu and how to use the edit button. Great for a first-timer! Blackboard
documentGetting Started with the Course Environment Provides a quick key to the new Blackboard interface, including six quick "how to's" and a glossary of terms used. Blackboard
New Date Management Feature This document provides step by step instructions on how to use the new Date Managment Feature in SP 13 to easily revise the due dates on all of your content at once or on individual assignments or tests after you have done a course copy. UNO

Assignments

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documentGetting Started with Assignments Provides you with a look at the student view of Assignments as well as step by step instructions on getting started with Assignments and a glossary of terms used. Updated for service pack 8. Blackboard
videoDownloading Assignments Very short interactive video overviews accessing, selecting and downloading assignment files submitted by students. Blackboard
videoClean out Graded Assignment Files Two minute video shows where and how to select and delete the assignment files once they have been downloaded and graded. Blackboard

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Assessments (Tests, Quizzes, Surveys, Pools of Questions)

Creating Questions
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Using the CSI Quiz Generator This document provides instructions on using the quiz generator from the College of Southern Idaho. UNO
Creating a Fill in the Blank Question This short video walks through the process of creating a Fill in the Blank Question using the new question options. Blackboard
Creating a Fill in Multiple Blanks Question This short video walks through the process of creating a Fill in Multiple Blanks Question using the new question options. Blackboard
videoCreating a Short Answer Question Instructions for creating a short answer question and setting options. Blackboard
videoCreating a Matching Question Instructions for creating a matching question and setting options such as random order and partial credit. Matching questions pair one column up with the second column. Blackboard
videoCreating a True or False Question Instructions for creating a true/false question and setting options. Blackboard
videoCreating a Calculated Formula Question Instructions for creating a calculated formula question, enter the answer formula, define values for the variables, and setting options. Blackboard
videoCreating a Calculated Numeric Question Instructions for creating a calculated numeric question. Question does not need to be a mathematical formula, it can be a text question that requires a numeric answer. Answer can be a specific number or a range of numbers. Blackboard
videoCreating an Essay Question Instructions for creating an essay question and setting options. Essay questions require instructor to type in a question or statement. Blackboard
videoCreating a Fill in Multiple Blanks Question Instructions for creating a multiple blanks question that includes setting options such as defining number of answers for each blank, entering the correct answers and partial credit options. Blackboard
videoCreating a Hot Spot Question Hot spot questions include an image that students point to identify correct answers. Instructions on uploading an images and selecting the area for the correct answer. Image formats can be .jpg, .gif, or .png. Blackboard
videoCreating a Jumbled Question Students complete a sentence by selecting answers from a list. Learn how to set options for questions, create a list of possible answers, and select correct answers. Blackboard
videoCreating a Likert Scale Question Used in surveys to get opinions from students. Measures students attitudes or reactions. Instructions for creaking a Likert scale question and setting options. Blackboard
videoCreating a Multiple Answer Question Multiple answer is used when more than one answer is correct. Instructions on creating a multiple answer question and setting options. Blackboard
videoCreating a Multiple Choice Question Multiple choice is used when only one answer is correct. Instructions on creating a multiple choice question and setting options. Blackboard
videoCreating an Ordering Question Ordering allows students to arrange series of items in a correct sequence. Instructions on creating ordering questions and setting options. Blackboard
videoCreating a Quiz Bowl Question Like Jeopardy, quiz bowl questions provide the answer and the student must provide the question with interrogative options of who, what, when, where, how, etc. Instructions on creating quiz bowl questions and setting options. Blackboard
videoCreating a Random Block and Adding it to a Test Random blocks are used to set up tests so each student sees different questions or if the student takes the test multiple times different questions appear. Instructions on selecting questions for the random block, selecting the number of questions to display in the random block, and setting the point value. Blackboard
All Other Assessment Topics
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How to Create and Deploy a Test This short video walks through the process of creating and deploying a test. Blackboard
Assessment Item Analysis This short video walks through the process of running item analysis on a test. Also shows how to regrade questions automatically. Blackboard
documentBlackboard Test Feedback Options This website discusses the options available for delivering feedback tied to tests. NOTE: UNO is on SP13 so the "After Attempts are Graded" option is available on our server. College of DuPage
documentGetting Started with Building a Test This four page handout explains how to build a new test, edit an existing test, import a test, use a random block in a test, change test settings delete a question, and provides a brief description of question types available in Blackboard. Blackboard
Getting Started with Automatic Regrading This document discusses how to regrade test questions after a test has been administered to students. Blackboard
videoTagging Questions for Reuse Tagging questions with meta data will assist when searching for questions. No default meta data is available in Blackboard. The more tags entered the easier it is to find questions. Learn how to enable meta data for questions, define meta data values, and use meta data tags. Blackboard
videoBuilding a Pool Pools are used to create a collection of questions used in multiple tests. Pools can be imported and exported to create random blocks. Learn how to build a pools from the Reuse Questions drop down menu, set pool details, and add questions to a pool. Blackboard
videoAdding an Existing Question to a Test Learn how to find a question using search criteria and add questions for an existing test. Find out when to use copy or link a question to the test. Blackboard
videoExporting and Importing a Test or Survey Learn how to move a test or survey to another course in Blackboard. Downloading and uploading files is explained to complete this task. Blackboard
videoQuestion Finder Learn how to find questions using the question finder from the Reuse Questions drop down menu. Learn how to create meta data, find out when to use copy or link a question to the test, and how to use search criteria. Blackboard
Awarding Negative Points for Incorrect Answers to Test Questions Short video tutorial that discusses how to enable negative points in the test canvase and use negative points in test questions. Blackboard

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Blackboard Utilities

Resource Details and Comments Source
documentVisitor Accounts - in Courses Instructions for using the Blackboard Utilities tool to request a visitor account and enroll that visitor in a class. This is often used to allow access for a guest lecturer in your class. UNO
documentVisitor Accounts - in Organizations Directions for requesting a visitor account and enrolling that visitor in an organization. This is often used to allow access for a guest or community liaison in your organization. UNO
documentMerge Courses This document provides instructions on using the Blackboard Utilities tool to create a new course in Blackboard by merging student enrollment from multiple courses.(such as cross-listed courses) UNO
documentRequest a Development Course/ Organization Step by step directions for requesting an empty course shell to use for development of future classes. (Also used for requesting an organization or non-course based shell.) UNO

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Blogs and Journals

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videoCreating and Editing Blog Entries Short video that explains how to provide a link to the blogs tool, access the blogs tool, and create a new blog for students. Blackboard
videoCreating a Journal Short interactive video that explains how to create a journal, set the journal availability, define the settings, and create a journal link in a content area. Blackboard
videoCommenting on a Journal Entry Short interactive video that shows how to select a journal entry, comment on it, and view the comment. Blackboard
Getting Started with Journal Prompts This document discusses ways to use journal prompts to improve student writing. Blackboard

Discussion Board

Resource Details and Comments Source
Interacting in Discussions This tutorial demonstrates how to access, reply and manage posts in the Discussion Board. Blackboard
documentDiscussion Boards in Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 11 Document that highlights the new features available in the Discussion Board with Service Pack 11. UNO
documentWhen to use a Discussion Board vs. Blogs or Wikis Matrix that compares blogs, wikis, and discussion boards. Bowling Green State University
documentDiscussion Board Tour Short video introduction to navigating the Discussion Board and setting options. Blackboard
documentCreating a Discussion Board Forum Short video that explains how to create a discussion board forum. Blackboard
documentGrading a Discussion Board Forum Short video that explains how to grade a discussion board forum. Blackboard
documentChanging Discussion Board Forum Settings Short video that explains how to change the settings in a discussion board forum. Blackboard

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Getting Started - Building a Course

Resource Details and Comments Source
documentGetting Started with the Course Environment Three-page document that orients you to the course environment. Includes a glossary of terms. Blackboard
Getting Started with Creating Accessible Course Content Creating content using universal design principles helps ensure all students regardless of ability or situation can achieve success in your course. This document helps you create accessible content using specific Blackboard features and tools. Blackboard
New Date Management Feature This document provides step by step instructions on how to use the new Date Managment Feature in SP 13 to easily revise the due dates on all of your content at once or on individual assignments or tests after you have done a course copy. UNO
documentInstructor Guide Full instructor guide from Blackboard; 421 pages. Blackboard
documentChanging Your Course Entry Point Instructions on how to change the Course Entry Point. UNO
Global Navigation/My Blackboard This short video highlights the new Global Navigation and My Blackboard features. Blackboard
Attaching Course Files to a Content Item This short video walks through the process of attaching course files to content items. Blackboard
Communicating
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videoSending Email Short interactive video that shows how to send email and set email details. Blackboard
videoCreating Announcements Short interactive video that explains how to create an announcement, set the announcement options, and reorder announcements. Blackboard
Course Environment
Resource Details and Comments Source
documentAdaptive Release Document outlining the components of Adaptive Release and how to set up criteria. UNO
videoCalendar Short video tour that shows the enhancements to the new calendar. Blackboard
videoThe Course Environment Short video tour that shows the edit mode, course menu, and the home page. Blackboard
videoAdd Item to a Content Area Short interactive video that shows how to create a content area, create an item within the content area, and select options for the item. Blackboard
videoUsing the Text Editor Short interactive video that explains how to insert an image, format text, and insert a hyperlink. Blackboard
videoAttaching Course Files to a Content Item Short interactive video that explains how to create a new content item and attach a file from Course Files to it. Blackboard
videoTour the Course Files Feature Short video tour that showcases the Course Files Feature. Blackboard
videoAdding Your Own Web Content Through Course Files Short interactive video that explains how to create a file in a content area and deploy an HTML package. Blackboard
videoCreate Multiple Rules to Release a Content Item (Adaptive Release) Short interactive video that explains how to create multiple Adaptive Release rules and set criteria for the rules. Blackboard
videoCreating a Blank Page (for displaying content) on the Course Menu Short interactive video that explains how to create a blank page and set the page availability. Blackboard
Course to Course Navigation Short video tutorial that demonstrates how to navigate between courses and understand task based navigation. Blackboard
Course Settings
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videoMaking a Course Available Short interactive video that shows how to access the customization settings and make the course available. Blackboard
videoChanging the Course Language Pack Short interactive video that shows how to change and enforce the course language pack. Blackboard
videoChanging the User Language Pack Short interactive video that explains how to access personal information and change your user language pack. Blackboard
videoPermitting and Restricting Guest and Observer Access Short interactive video that shows how to permit guest access to a course and restrict observer access. Blackboard
Notifications How to use the Notifications settings. UNO
Personalizing the Course
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videoAdding a Banner Short interactive video that shows how to attach a banner image and add the banner to the course. Blackboard
videoAdding an Avatar to Personalize Your Course Environment Short interactive video that shows how to add an avatar image and where the avatar will display in the system. Blackboard
Tools
Resource Details and Comments Source
Getting Started with Interactive Tools This document gives information on the interactive tools built into Blackboard and how to use them. Blackboard
videoMake Tools Available on Course Menu Short interactive video that shows how to add a tool to the course menu, make the tool available to students, and reorder course menu items. Blackboard
videoCreating Content Using a Blank Page Short interactive video that shows how to create a blank page and set the page options. Blackboard
videoCreating a Tool Link Short interactive video that shows how to create a tool like on the course menu and create a tool link in a content area. Blackboard
videoTurning Tool Availability On and Off Short interactive video that shows how to access tool availability and turn tools on and off. Blackboard
videoMaking Tools Available to Students Short interactive video that explains how to create a tool link on the course menu and make the tool available. Blackboard
Running and Saving Course Reports Short video tutorial that explains different course report types and shows how to run, view, and save reports. Blackboard
Miscellaneous
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Retention Center This short video walks through the process of setting up tracking criteria in the Retention Center. Blackboard
videoBuilding a Learning Module Short interactive video that explains how to open a learning module, add a file, set the options, and organize the table of contents. Blackboard
videoAdding Textbook Information to Your Course Short interactive video that explains how to search textbook information, add textbook information to a course, and set the options. Blackboard
videoCreating a Course Task Short interactive video that shows how to create a course task, enter the task description, and set the task options. Blackboard
videoCreating a Course Contact Short interactive video that shows how to create a course contact, enter the profile information, and make the profile available. Blackboard

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Grade Center

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documentGetting Started with the Grade Center Step-by-step instructions for working with the Grade Center. 6 pages. Updated for Service Pack 8. Blackboard
Expanded In-Line Grading Feature This document provides step by step instructions on how to use the new and expanded In-Line Grading Feature in SP 13. UNO
Getting Started with Needs Grading This document discusses ways to use the Needs Grading feature to organize grading tasks. Blackboard
videoCreate Grade Center Column Short interactive video on creating columns in the Grade Center and enterring grades. Blackboard
videoCustomizing the Grade Center View Short interactive video on hiding columns, working with the Column Organization page, and showing a hidden column. Blackboard
videoCreating Smart Views Short interactive video that shows how to create a smart view, set smart view criteria, and add a favorite smart view to the control panel. Blackboard
videoCreating a Grade Rule Short interactive video that shows how to create a grade rule and set the rule criteria. Blackboard
videoViewing Grade Details Short interactive video that shows how to select a grade and view the grade details. Blackboard
videoAnonymous Grading Short interactive video that shows how to grade anonymously and set test points. Blackboard
videoCreating Grading Notes Short interactive video that shows how to enter grading notes and save grading notes. Blackboard
videoCreating a Grade Center Report Short interactive video that shows how to create a grade report and set report options. Blackboard
videoGrading Assessments Question by Question Short interactive video that shows how to select a test, select a question, and then grade all student responses to that question. Blackboard
videoViewing and Downloading Grade History Short interactive video that shows how to view the grade history, set download options, and download the grade history. Blackboard
videoColor Code the Grade Center Short interactive video that shows how to enable color coding in the Grade Center, set color coding options, and set grade ranges. Blackboard
videoWorking Offline with the Grade Center Short interactive video that shows how to set the download options, download the grades file, upload the new grades file, and select grades to change. Blackboard
videoSending Notifications Short interactive video that shows how to create a Grade Rule, run status checks, and send notifications to students. Blackboard

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Groups

Resource Details and Comments Source
documentGetting Started with Groups Step-by-step instructions for setting up and managing groups. 4 pages. Blackboard
videoCreate Single Groups and Add Users Short interactive video that shows how to create a single group, select options, and add students to the group. Blackboard
videoCreating a Group Short interactive video that shows how to create a group and add students to it. Blackboard
videoCreating Group Sets Short interactive video that shows how to create a group set, set the options, and add students to groups randomly. Blackboard

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Lesson Plans

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videoCreating a Lesson Plan Short interactive video that shows a completed lesson plan, how to create a lesson plan, how to add a new section and curriculum resources, and how to share the lesson plan with students. Blackboard

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Mobile

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Best Practices for Building Mobile Friendly Courses This document gives information on ways to ensure your class is mobile friendly. Blackboard
Creating a Mobile Compatible Test This document walks you through the process of creating a mobile compatible test. Blackboard

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Rubrics

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videoCreating a Grading Rubric Short interactive video that explains how to create a rubric. Blackboard
videoAssociating a Rubric with a Gradable Item Short interactive video that explains how to associate a rubric you've created in the system with a gradable item. Blackboard
videoGrading with Rubrics Short interactive video that explains how to grade an item you've associated a rubric with. Blackboard
documentRubrics Two-page document that walks through the process of creating a Rubric. UNO

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Safe Assign

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documentSafe Assign Short video tutorial that walks through the process of creating a SafeAssignment, viewing submissions, and viewing the SafeAssign report. Blackboard
documentSafe Assign Tutorial Handout detailing the process of turning on the SafeAssign tool, creating a SafeAssignment, and grading submissions. UNO

Video

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videoCreating a Mashup Short interactive video that shows how to add a mashup to an existing content area, search for outside content, and add outside content to a content area. Blackboard
Getting Started with Video Everywhere This document describes the new Video Everywhere features which allows anyone to record video from a web cam through the text editor. Blackboard

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Web 2.0 Tools

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Integrate Web 2.0 Tools into Blackboard Learn This document gives a list of tools, description, ease of use level, if it can be used to communicate or collaborate, and if there is a free version available. Blackboard
Integrate Web 2.0 Tools into Blackboard Learn This short video demonstrates how to add content from external web 2.0 tools. Blackboard
Getting Started with Twitter Discover the many ways you can engage students using Twitter in your course. Learn how to add a live Twitter feed to your course menu and how use hash tags to help locate tweets. Blackboard

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Wikis

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videoCreating a Wiki Short interactive video that shows how to create a wiki and set the options for it. Blackboard
videoEditing a Wiki Short interactive video that shows how to access a wiki and edit a wiki page. Blackboard
videoGrading a Wiki Short interactive video that shows how to view student participation in a wiki and how to grade it. Blackboard

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