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Instructors will often want to print the entire content of a thread or series of threads for reading offline. If a user attempts to print from the main course site view of the Discussion Forum this will create problems, due to the Blackboard frames layout. To format the content of a discussion forum for printing follow these steps:

Any file you wish to upload should have a three or four letter file extension (such as .txt or .html) which designates its type and is a commonly used extension name recognized by web browsers. Be sure to give your files sensible names - use only alphanumeric characters and don't use spaces. For example: If you wish to upload a Microsoft Word document, it must be named similarly to myfile.doc, .doc being the file extension for Word. (see the table below for commonly used file extensions.)

Students registered for classes at UIC are automatically enrolled into your site based upon the call numbers you specify in your site request. The batch enrollment process is run from two weeks before the semester begins until the Add/Drop deadline. The batch enrollment will add students into your course site, but you will have to un-enroll any students that drop themselves.

To manually enroll the students, follow the steps given below:

As of December 20, 2014, UIC's Blackboard login system was upgraded to a single sign-on with other UIC apps like Google Apps, Lynda, Box, and now Blackboard Learn.

As a result of this change, the .bb accounts that faculty and staff used to preview their course sites from a student’s view were deactivated. Instead of the .bb accounts, the new Student Preview feature will automatically generate a student user within Blackboard Learn courses, thus eliminating the need for two separate accounts.

Please contact accounts@uic.edu regarding access to Blackboard for guest affiliates who do not have UIC NetIDs. Once a NetID is generated they can then be added to your Blackboard Learn course.

File attachments may be added to different places in a Course. For example, to an Item, an Assignment, or a File in a Learning Module. There are two options for adding file attachments:

The SafeAssignment service is run and hosted by the Blackboard company, and not by the UIC Blackboard learning management system (LMS).  While the UIC Blackboard LMS provides a seamless interface to students and instructors for submitting documents for plagiarism analysis, the actual SafeAssign plagiarism analysis is run off-campus, by Blackboard Inc. servers. 

Any Content Item, including Course Links, External Links, Folders, Learning Units, Off line Content and Tools can be copied from one folder or Course to another folder or Course. Copying content does not delete the content from the original location unless Delete Item After Copy is selected. Content that is deleted after a copy is moved to the new location and does not exist in the original location any longer.

NOTE: Folders may not be copied from other parts of a Course into a Learning Module.

Using Discussion Board in Blackboard is one of the easiest ways to begin fostering on-line collaboration. This tool will help 'engage' students and foster a community within your individual class. Discussion Board can be a very valuable component to a face-to-face course, especially on a commuter campus like UIC. These Discussion Forums provide a venue for 'asynchronous communication'. They provide a public forum and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; they make 'anywhere/anytime' learning a possibility.

Log in to a Blackboard Learn site, select Tools (or Student Tools) from the Blackboard Learn course menu (on the left) and scroll down to select Blackboard IM.  This will prompt you to download the Blackboard instant messenger software -- a quick and simple installation.  Once Blackboard Instant Messenger is installed, simply login using your Blackboard IM username and password and you can be available anytime and anywhere!

Blackboard Instant Messenger works just like any instant messaging tool.  Individuals can only see the content that the two or more people are exchanging; no one else can see or hear Blackboard IM chat conversation.  That is, Blackboard Instant Messenger lets you easily set up a group chat by inviting others (select Invite Group Chat from the Actions pull-down menu) and you can save archives of the text-chat to review later or to share it with the rest of the class. 

To download a file using Mozilla Firefox, right click on the link, and select Save Link As. To download a file using Internet Explorer, right click on the link, and select Save Target As.

  1. Go to Control Panel. Select evaluation --> grade center
  2. In the tab "Create Calculated Column ", select weighted column
  3. Add each category that requies a selected weight (or individual column)
  4. Indicate the percentage for each of the categories
  5. Make sure all percentages add up to 100%
  6. Click submit

Contact the Client Services Office at (312) 413-0003.

Office Hours: M-F 9-5pm, W 9-4pm

Your account may be deleted or suspended if you receive this message. To check if this is the case, please contact the Client Services Office. Depending on your situation, they will give you instructions regarding what needs to be done to resolve your situation.

  1. Go to control panel.  Select evaluation --> grade center
  2. On the right hand corner, you should be see a tab  " Work Offline"
  3. Select the option upload or download depending on the requirement
  4. You can download either a specific column or the entire grade center
  5. Make sure to only update data cells and not any header information
  6. Click on submit.

PLEASE NOTE: Be careful when removing students from Blackboard course sites as all information associated with the student (inc. grades and homework assignment submissions) will be deleted. Before removing students, make sure you do not need to refer back to these students' grades, assignments, quizzes, etc. from the Blackboard course site.

The SafeAssignment plagiarism detection service (run and hosted by the Blackboard company) supports the following file formats:

  • Microsoft Word documents i.e. files with .doc and .docx file name extensions
  • Acrobat documents: .pdf
  • HTML files: .htm and .html
  • rich-text files: .rtf
  • plain-text files: .txt
  • open office documents: .odt
  • zip files: .zip

For the latest list of supported formats, faculty and teaching staff can initiate a SafeAssignment Direct Submit under the Blackboard Control Panel.

Before Recycling a file in the Content System, you should remove all the permissions you might have granted if you shared the file with someone.  To look at the file permissions follow these steps:

To change the duration of a Blackboard course site:

  1. Log in to Blackboard.
  2. In the course Control Panel section, click Customization, then Properties.
  3. In the Set Course Duration section, set the dates as desired and click Submit.

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