Blackboard Learn Quick Tips

 Welcome to the Blackboard Learn Quick Tips page!

Refer to this page anytime for updates throughout the semester.

Blackboard Support for Students & Faculty

For faculty teaching in Learn, we have a Blackboard support page just for you! On the OLT website, refer to the Blackboard Support menu and click on the Blackboard Support for Faculty link. This website provides instructional guides and videos on specific tasks in Learn, such as making a course available, using the enrollment manager, copying courses and content, adding content to your course, organizing your course, adding lecture videos and YouTube media, utilizing the discussion board, creating and grading assignments and tests, and so much more!

For students using Blackboard Learn, a student support page is available with resources on common tasks in Blackboard Learn, how to be a successful student, and getting support for your technology. The Blackboard tutorials and videos that are available include tasks such as submitting an assignment, taking an assessment, creating a discussion board thread, reviewing assignment or exam submissions, sending an email, and using Respondus LockDown Browser.

Tip One:

Enrollment Manager

Instructors can easily enroll other users into their course with an Instructor-based role. These roles include Course Builders, Graders, Teaching Assistant, and Instructor.

Refer to the Enrollment Manager section on the Blackboard Learn Support Page for more information.

Tip Two:

Creating a Question/Answer Discussion Forum

Instructors can create discussion forums in Blackboard Learn for the purpose of communicating with their students on a graded or non-graded basis. A recommended discussion forum would be a “Q&A” Discussion forum to allow class members to openly communicate with each other about class information or concerns rather than using your staff email for all communication. Refer to the Discussion Board section of the Blackboard Learn Support Page to learn how to use discussion forums and creating a discussion posts (threads).

Tip Three:

Statistics Tracking

Statistics Tracking tracks the student “hits” or clicks on a particular content item. This feature is recommended for assignment and test links so the instructor can track student usage of the link in the event documentation is needed. Statistics Tracking available in Blackboard Learn; however, it must be enabled in order to begin tracking student progress. To learn how to enable statistics tracking, visit the Evaluation Reporting, Performance Dashboard, and Retention Center section of the Blackboard Learn Support Page for more information.

Tip Four:

Email

Sending an email in Blackboard Learn is easy! On the Blackboard Learn Support Tools Page, we have an instructional guide and video on how to send an email in the Announcements, Scheduling, and Email section. Remember that email will go to students’ PNC email accounts, and that replies will come in through your own Groupwise PNC email account.

Tip Five:

Adding a Mashup to your course

The Blackboard Learn Mashup tool allows you to add media, such as a youtube video or your own lecture video using Kaltura Media to your course with ease. Visit the Blackboard Learn Support Page and view the Media section for information on Kaltura and Youtube Media.

Note: Mashups can also be added in Discussion Board Threads, assignment entries, and test questions, by using the HTML text editor. In the text box, there is a Mashup option.

Tip Six:

Adding an Assignment Dropbox to your course
Instructors can add assignment dropboxes to their course for their students to submit their work electronically versus in-person. Blackboard Learn will provide a time-stamp on the submission so instructors can determine when the student submitted their work for due date purposes. When grading, feedback can be provided in an attached document or right in the text editor. For more information on creating an assignment, refer to the Assignments section on the Blackboard Learn Support page.

Tip Seven:

SafeAssign

Instructors may create a SafeAssign Assignment Dropbox for students to submit their work to check for instances plagiarism or unoriginal content. View the Assignments section on the Blackboard Learn Support Page for more information on how to (set up, view, and manage a safe assign assignment) create a SafeAssignment, set options, review students’ submissions, and review a SafeAssign report. Direct Submit is also available for instructors to privately submit student’s work without the need to create an assignment dropbox.

Tip Eight:

Groups

Instructors are able to create groups in Blackboard Learn in order to allow group collaboration on a variety of learning activities such as discussions, assignments, blogs, journals, and Wikis. Visit the Blackboard Learn Support Page and scroll down to the Managing Group Work section to get started!

Tip Nine

Wiki

Have a group project or essay and want your students to work on it collaboratively in Blackboard? Create a Wiki! A wiki allows all users to edit a single space (document) and save it right in Blackboard versus having to send a document back and forth. You are also able to track the progress of the wiki as an instructor. See the Wiki’s Section on the Blackboard Learn Support Page to get started!

Tip Ten

Color coding the grade center

Instructors are able to further manage/organize their grade center with color schemes. Navigate to the Blackboard Learn Support Page and look for Grade Center tutorials section.

Smart View

With Smart View, instructors can create a special grade center section to view specific columns or users. A great idea to for Smart View could be for the use of sorting a column by CRN in a merged (XLST) section; or sorting by a specific assignment. Refer to the Grade Center tutorials section on the Blackboard Learn Support Page to get started.

Tip Eleven

Allowing additional assignment or exam submissions

Instructors can clear submissions for student attempts on assignments and exams.  Refer to the Hot Topics in Course Management section on the Blackboard Learn Support Page to find instructional guides and a video on clearing attempts.

Tip Twelve

Creating a weighted column

Instructors are able to create weighted columns in the grade center. Weighted columns can be weighted by individual grade columns or columns in categories. Refer to the Grade Center section on the Blackboard Learn Support Page for more information.

Tip Thirteen

Blackboard Mobile

The Blackboard Mobile™ Learn application gives students and faculty access to their courses, content, and organizations on a variety of mobile devices including Android™, BlackBerry® and iPhone OS.
Students and instructors can access documents in multiple formats, read announcements, create discussion threads, upload media, create content items within the course map, comment on blogs and more…
Search your mobile device store for the “Blackboard Learn” application to get started.

The Blackboard Learn Mobile Application does require a subscription ($1.99/year or $5.99/lifetime) in order to access the mobile application. Instructions will be given on the application for payment submission.

Tip Fourteen

Grading Rubrics

Instructors are able to use Grading Rubrics, formerly “Grading Forms,” in Learn in order to assess student’s assignments, etc. See the “Creating a Rubric” under the Grade Center section on the Blackboard Learn Support Page for more information.

Tip Fifteen

Anonymous Grading

Instructors have the ability to grade anonymously without having to see the students name in an assignment or assessment. See the “Anonymous Grading” video under the Grade Center tutorial section on the Blackboard Learn Support Page for more information.

Tip Sixteen

Course Reports

Course reports allow instructors to view specific user activity.

Reminder: Course reports will be more detailed if “Statistics Tracking” is enabled. Visit the Evaluation Reporting, Performance Dashboard, and Retention Center section of the Blackboard Learn Support Page for more information on how to run and save course reports.

Tip Seventeen

Offline Grade Center Usage and Grade Center Backup

Instructors are able to manage their Full Grade Center offline, by downloading their grade center in a specific file format. In addition, instructors may upload the same edited file to allow the changes to be made to their grade center. This tutorial can also be used to allow instructors to download their completed full grade center as a “Backup” for semester grades. See the “downloading the grade center for records and offline viewing” tutorial under the Grade Center” tutorial section on the Blackboard Learn Support Page for more information.