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Blackboard for Instructors

Step-by-Step Instructions for Basic Content Building

To help instructors get started, below are steps for basic content building. For additional instructions, check out additional step-by-step guides and videos.

Note: If you do not yet have a Blackboard account, please follow the directions to request a Blackboard site and therefore access to Blackboard. (The information and forms provided are for Chabot College faculty use only).

Course Menu

Modify the Course Design, buttons, and background color

  1. Once in your course, in the Control Panel area (bottom, left), click on Customization
  2. Click on Style
  3. Here you can select the menu style & color (text or buttons), select folder view or list view, select the course entry point, as well as import a course banner.
  4. Click Submit to save your selections

Rename a Course Menu Item

  1. Mouse over the button or link (such as Course Information)
  2. Click on the double-arrow to reveal the menu where you can select to Rename Link, Hide Link, or Delete
  3. Click Rename
  4. Enter the new name of the content area
  5. Click on the green checkmark to save the new name

Add a Content Area (such as an "Assignments" button)

  1. Click the "+" sign at the top of the Course Menu
  2. Choose "Create Content Area" 
  3. Enter a name for the content area/button 
  4. Check "Available to Users"
  5. Click Submit.

Create a Tool Link (such as to Email or My Grades)

  1. Click the "+" sign at the top of the Course Menu
  2. Select "Create Tool Link"
  3. Name it "Announcements" (or the name of the tool you are linking)
  4. Select "Announcements" (to add a link to Announcements; select the name of the tool) from the drop-down
  5. Check "Available to Users"
  6. Click Submit

Delete a menu button

  1. Mouse over the button or link (such as Home Page)
  2. Click on the double-arrow to reveal the menu
  3. Select to Rename Link, Hide Link, or Delete.

Building Course Content

Announcements - Add an Announcement

  1. Click on the Announcements link in the Course Menu (left side of the screen)
  2. On the next screen, click the Create Announcement button.
  3. Give your announcement a Subject and type the information you wish to communicate in the text box.
  4. Under the Options section click the Yes radio button if you want your announcement to stay on the page permanently, or, leave it unchecked to appear for the default number of days (to set dates).
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click Submit.

Add an Item (such as a document or Syllabus):

  1. Go to the content area (i.e. Course Materials) in which you wish to add your material.
  2. From the Action Bar, click Build Content (to reveal the options).
  3. Select Item.
  4. Type in your text in section 1 or Browse to the document in section 2.
  5. Set options as needed and click Submit.

*Folders and external links can be added through the Build button menu.

Create a Folder

  1. Go to the content area (i.e. Course Materials) in which you wish to add your folder.
  2. From the Action Bar, mouse over the Build Content (to reveal the options).
  3. Select Create Folder
  4. On the next page, give your folder a name.
  5. Type in your text in section 1 if desired .
  6. Set date restrictions in section 2.
  7. Click Submit.

Add an External Link:

  1. Go to the content area in which you wish to add your link.
  2. From the Action Bar, mouse over Build Content (to reveal options).
  3. Select Create External Link.
  4. Type a Name. This becomes the link users click to access the content.
  5. Type the full URL including http://
  6. Use the Text box to add a description (optional)
  7. Attach any content for the URL (optional)
  8. Fill in the Options:
  9. Click Yes/No Permit Users to View this Content
  10. Click Yes/No: Open in New Window (recommended)
  11. Click Yes/No: to Track Number of Views
  12. Select the Date and Time Restrictions
  13. Click Submit.

Add a Quiz:

  1. Go to the content area in which you wish to add your quiz
  2. From the Action Bar, mouse over Create Assesment (to reveal options).
  3. Select Test
  4. Type a name, description, instructions and click Submit
  5. Select a question type from the Create Question drop-down button on the Test Canvas.
  6. Create a question.
  7. Type the Point Value for the question.
  8. Type answers to choose from and select the correct answer.
  9. Type feedback that Students will see based on their answer.
  10. Repeat Step 3 through Step 8 until finished adding questions.
  11. Click Submit.

Create an Assignment

  1. Open a Content Area (such as Course Materials)
  2. From the Action Bar, mouse Over "Create Assessment" (to reveal options)
  3. Select Assignment.
  4. Enter the Assignment Name, Name, Instructions, and Points Possible.
  5. Select the Availability options and other options.
  6. You can also attach a file for the assignment
  7. Click Submit.
  8. Retrieve Assignment submissions
  9. Go to the Control Panel area (Under Evaluation)
  10. Click Grade Center
  11. In the Grade Center, you will see columns for each of your assignments. If a student has submitted the assignment, you will see a green icon with a "!" (exclamation point) indicating that the item needs grading.
  12. To grade it, click on the double-arrow/chevron in the cell next to the "!" icon
  13. Click View Grade Details. This will open up a page containing the students submission information.
  14. Click Open Attempt to open the page containing the submitted file.
  15. You can open or download the file by clicking on the file name.
  16. On that same page, you can enter comments and a score
  17. Click Submit.

Create a SafeAssignment

  1. Open a Content Area (such as Course Materials)
  2. From the Action Bar, mouse over Add Interactive Tool (to display options).
  3. Select SafeAssignment.
  4. Complete the Assignment Name, Points Possible, Instructions, Availability, Availability Dates.
  5. Draft - Provides a Plagiarism Report, without submitting the file to the institutional database.
  6. Urgent Checking - Sets papers to a high priority in the queue.
  7. Student Viewable - Determines whether or not Students can see the report generated when their papers are submitted.
  8. Optional Announcement - complete the information if you want to include an Announcement on your Announcements page at the point of creating the SafeAssignment. Leave as default settings if you do not need an Announcement automatically created about this SafeAssignment.
  9. Click Submit.

Retrieve SafeAssignment submissions

  1. Go to the Control Panel area (Under Evaluation)
  2. Click Grade Center
  3. In the Grade Center, you will see columns for each of your assignments. If a student has submitted the assignment, you will see a green icon with a "!" (exclamation point) indicating that the item needs grading.
  4. To grade it, click on the double-arrow/chevron in the cell next to the "!" icon
  5. Click View Grade Details. This will open up a page containing the students submission information.
  6. Click Open Attempt to open the page containing the submitted file.
  7. You can open or download the file by clicking on the file name.
  8. On that same page, you can enter comments and a score
  9. Click Submit.

Discussion Board

Read and Reply to a Discussion Board thread

  1. Click on the Discussion Board menu button or access the Discussion Board through Tools
  2. Click the on name/ Subject of the thread that you would like to read.
  3. Once this thread is open, to Reply, click on the Reply button under the post.
  4. On the next page, you can type your response and click Submit.

Create a Discussion Board thread (and attach a file)

  1. Click on the Discussion Board menu button or access the Discussion Board through Tools
  2. Click the on name of the forum that you would like to post to.
  3. Once the forum is open, click on the Create Thread button to add a new post.
  4. On the next page, you can type your post in the text box.
  5. You can attach a file by clicking on the "Browse My Computer" button (see image below). Attachment
  6. Double-click on the name of the file that you would like to attach.
  7.  Scroll down and click Submit.

Create a Discussion Board Forum

  1. Click on the Discussion Board menu button
  2. Click the on the Create Forum button in the upper, left corner
  3. Create a name for the discussion board forum and add a brief description/instructions in the text box
  4. You may use the default settings or select other options you wish to use for the Discussion Board, including the option to make it a graded forum. You can make an ungraded forum a graded forum by clicking on the double-arrows, click edit, and then select the grading options.
  5. Click Submit to save your changes and create the forum.

How To Enable Grading in the Discussion Board

Enable Grading During Forum Creation
  1. Click on / enter the Discussion Board
  2. Click Create Forum.
  3. Enter the forum name, description, and select from available options.
  4. In the Forum Settings section, select Grade Forum or Grade Threads.
  5. If you have chosen to grade the forum, type the Points possible.
  6. Click Submit.
Enable Grading by Editing a Forum
  1. Enter the Discussion Board and locate the specific forum that you want to mark for grading.
  2. Click on the double arrow (to the right of the forum name) and select Edit.
  3. On the Edit Forum page, scroll down to the Forum Settings section, and select Grade Forum or Grade Threads.
  4. Enter the Points possible.
  5. Click Submit.   

To Grade Discussion Forums:

  1. Locate the forum that you created as marked for grading, or if you want to mark a forum for grading, click on the double-arrow, select edit, and then select one of the Grade options.
  2. Enter into the selected Discussion Forum.
  3. Once inside the forum, click "Grade Forum."
  4. This will take you to the next page where you can click on the "Grade" button in the row of each student
  5. You can view the student's posts
  6. Click the "Edit Grade" button in the right tool box to enter a Grade (score)
  7. You can also enter feedback (only to the student) or grading notes (only viewable to you)
  8. Click Save Grade to save the entered grade/ comments.

Create a profile in Staff Information (or Faculty Information, if you've changed the name)

  1. Go to Control Panel
  2. Under Course Tools, Click on Staff Information
  3. Click on the +Profile icon
  4. On this page, you can enter your title, name, contact information, office hours, link, and image
  5. Click Submit when complete

Copy Item

  1. Click on the Content Area of the item you wish to copy (i.e. Course Materials).
  2. Locate the Item you want to copy.
  3. Once you have located the item to copy, click the double arrow/chevron to the item name
  4. Click Copy
  5. Choose the course you want to copy or move the item from the Destination Course choice list drop-down menu.
  6. Click the Browse button
  7. A map of the content area for the Destination Course appears. Select the folder where the Item should be copied.
  8. You have the option of copying the item or moving the item. To COPY an item, click No next to Delete the Item After Copy. To MOVE an item, click Yes next to Delete Item After Copy.
  9. Click the Submit button.

 

 

 

 

 

The Grade Center

Create a Column/Item in the Grade Center:

  1. From with the Grade Center, on the Action Bar, click Create Column.
  2. Provide a Column Name.
  3. Provide a Grade Center Display Name. This appears as the column header in the Grade Center.
  4. Select the other settings as appropriate- including Primary Display (what you want students to see) and Secondary display (a second display that only you will see).
  5. Click Submit.

To enter or change a grade from the Grade Center:

  1. While in the Grade Center, point to and click the desired cell.
  2. Type the value.
  3. Press Enter.

To Edit a Column:

  1. Click the double-arrow to the right of any column name to see options for that grade center item.
  2. Click Edit Column Information.
  3. This will open a page where you can edit the name of the column.
  4. Click Submit when finished.

To Delete a Column:

  1. Click the double-arrow to the right of the column name to see options for the grade center item.
  2. Click Delete Column.*

*Note that if the column is linked to an assessment or graded assignment, you will not be given the option to delete the column. Instead, you will first have to delete the linked content (assessment, assignment) then it will allow you to delete the corresponding Grade Center column.

Grade Center - hide columns (column organization)

  1. In the Action Bar, click Manage
  2. Select Column Organization
  3. Select the Grade Center items that you want to hide.
  4. Once they are selected (or "checked"), mouse over Show/Hide
  5. Select Hide
  6. Once the change is made, click Submit.

Change the category of a column:

  1. In the Action Bar, click Manage
  2. Select Column Organization
  3. Select the Grade Center items that you want to change to another category.
  4. Once they are selected (or "checked"), mouse over Change Category to...
  5. Select the name of the category you want the items changed to.
  6. Once the change is made, click Submit.

Reports (to show the Grades of One Student):

  1. From the Action Bar in the Grade Center, click Reports.
  2. Select Create Reports .
  3. Enter a Report Name (or "uncheck" the box for Report Name).
  4. Under "2. Users" select - "Selected Users."
  5. Click the specific student's name.
  6. Click Submit at the bottom of the page.

Edit Rows Displayed (to change the number of rows to see at one time in the Grade Center):

  1. Click the Edit Rows Displayed button (at the bottom of the Grade Center page),
  2. Enter the number of rows to see (for example, 50)
  3. Click GO.

Weight Grades:

  1. From the Action Bar in the Grade Center, Create Calculated Column and select Weighted Column.
  2. Type a Column Name.
  3. Type a Grade Center Display Name.
  4. This appears as the column header in the Grade Center.
  5. Type a Description to help Instructors and other graders identify the column.
  6. Select the Columns and Categories to include.
  7. Set the percentage of the total for each Column or Category.
  8. Select the other settings as appropriate.
  9. Click Submit.

Course Management

Make the course available to users

 

screenshot of propertiesWhen a new course site is created, the site is unavailable to students. This is so that you, the instructor, have complete control as to when students can access your course. Your course will remain unavailable (students cannot view your course) until you make your course available.  To make your course site available or unavailable:

  1. From within each course, locate the Control Panel (directly below the main course menu).

  2. Select Customization (if you do not see "Customization," click on the chevron (double arrow to the right of the Control Panel).
  3. Select Properties
  4. Within the main frame (to the right), look under #2 Set Availability.

  5. To make available, select Yes
  6. To make unavailable, select No.
  7. Click Submit

To verify that the course site has been made available to students, click on the My Institution tab and make sure that (unavailable) does not display.

Change the Course Entry Point

  1. You can set the Course Entry Point by going to the Control Panel area
  2. Click Customization
  3. Click Style
  4. Select Course Entry Point
  5. Click the Drop Down menu to select Announcements or a different preferred entry point
  6. Click Submit.

Course Copy: 

  1. Go into the course site that you want to copy content from (the "source" course).

  2. Click on the Control Panel > Packages and Utilities > Course Copy

  3. Click the Browse button, select the course that you want to copy to (the "destination" course), and click Submit.

  4. Under "Select Course Materials," check the appropriate boxes. If you are unsure what to check, it is best to check all of the content type boxes. IMPORTANT: If you have any content/tools that are linked to the Grade Center (Assignments, Discussion Board, Tests, Surveys, and Pools), be sure to check those areas AND the Grade Center Items and Settings. If you don't, connections may be lost and you will have to wait for Blackboard to fix the problem.
  5. Click Submit. While the copy process usually only takes a few minutes for most courses, you may want to wait until you receive an email confirming that the copy process has completed.

Blackboard Account Management

Change Password

  1. Login to Blackboard.

  2. Immediately after you login, you are on the My Institution page. Look at the upper-left corner for a text box titled "Tools," and click on the last item, Personal Information. (If you don't see a box titled "Tools" you are on a different page. To get to the My Institution page, click the My Institution tab in the upper, left corner).

  3. On the next page, click Change Password.

  4. Type in a password of your choice in both fields.

  5. Click Submit.

  6. To access your list of courses, click the My Institution tab in the upper, left corner. 

Logout

 

To prevent others from being able to access your account, please be sure to Logout of Blackboard after each use. To Logout, click the Logout icon at the top of the Blackboard page.

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