Blackboard Learn is a web application that allows the creation, administration, tracking, and delivery of digital content via course sites. This type of application is also referred to as a Learning Management System or LMS. At UIC, Blackboard Learn course sites are used in three main ways:
With Blackboard Learn, instructors can:
Learn more about Blackboard by watching Why Blackboard (video, 2:19).
Course site creation
The Instructional Technology Lab creates course sites for most CRN-related courses, as reflected in the course catalog 60 days prior to the start of every semester. Sites are made unavailable to students by default and instructors determine when to make their courses available. Course site shells are created without course menu items so that instructors can easily copy a course into the clean shell or add to it to suit their teaching preferences and needs.
Instructors can request content to be copied from a previous course site, or they can copy the content by themselves from any course site that is listed under their teaching assignments. If an instructor does not have a course to copy, they can build a custom site by adding their own course menu items. View the video (2.59) "Working with the Clean Blackboard Course Shell" for further instructions. In addition instructors can request an exemplary course shell template to be imported into their course site. This is a a pre-designed course site supplied by the ITL based on best practices for online, blended and enhanced courses.
Faculty assignments and student enrollments
Student enrollments and faculty assignments are handled automatically by the system. We encourage instructors to wait 48 hours for new student enrollments to be reflected in their course sites. Adding students manually in courses should be handled with caution as, after the drop period, all student enrollments added manually may only be removed manually from courses that they have dropped.
Whether you’re just beginning your first course with Blackboard Learn or have used it before and need a refresher, check out the Student Organization section located in the portal’s top menu after you have logged in. In the student organization, you will find valuable tips for working in your Blackboard course, checking your computer, frequently asked questions, and tutorials.
Note that even though any UIC instructor may use Blackboard Learn, not all instructors develop a course site to make available to students. Contact your instructor if you expect to see a course site for a course that is not listed in your My Courses or My Courses Plus in Blackboard Learn.
Visit the Staff Resources section located in the top menu after you have logged in for useful information about how to use Blackboard Learn. You will find semester checklists, tools tutorials, upcoming workshops, and important information about procedures regarding course copies, course availability, and managing your files.
To access Blackboard Learn, students, faculty and staff must use their UIC netID (do not append @uic.edu after the netID) and common password. Simply log in to uic.blackboard.com and access your course sites.
Blackboard Weekly Scheduled Maintenance Window
There is never a good time to have a major service like Blackboard taken down for necessary maintenance. However, regular maintenance procedures require that the system be taken offline. For this reason, Blackboard Learn has a scheduled weekly maintenance window on Friday mornings from 1:00 am (CST) to 5:00 am (CST). It is highly recommended that any online tests, quizzes, assignments, etc., take into consideration the weekly maintenance window.
There is no charge for this service.