To access another instructor’s Blackboard course contents, please contact that course’s instructor and request that he or she you manually enroll you as an instructor in that Blackboard course. To enroll you as an instructor, the other instructor will need to:

LTS has designed Blackboard course templates to help you organize your class based on recommended best practices for online learning and communication:

1. Log into your old Blackboard course with the media assets you’d like to copy.

2. Click on Customization under the Course Management tab.

3. Select Properties.

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:

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.

With assignments, you can create coursework and manage the grades and feedback for each student separately. You can include an assignment description, point value, and file attachments. You can create assignments in several courses areas, such as in a content area or folder.

UIC provides all faculty and instructors with a free and easy-to-use lecture capture tool called Echo360. Along with features provided by the tool, UIC faculty have access to support, learning workshops, and personal consultations.

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!

To create a new test:

  1. Navigate to the Content folder (or wherever you have tests available)

  2. Click Assessments -> Test

  3. Click Create to create a new test

  4. Enter a name, description, instructions and click Submit

When a student starts working in another window on a test with Force Completion set, the test is automatically saved as complete. While the student can go back to working in the original window, anything saved is simply discarded.

  1. Go to the Course Management panel and select Grade center

  2. Select Manage -> Column Organization

  3. Select the columns to be displayed in graded center

In the latest version of BbL, Blackboard has designed Surveys to be Assessments that gather information from students anonymously without giving them a grade—even though a column appears is the Grade Center for each survey created.

You can enter grades in the Grade Center in the following ways:

When you customize the release of content, you are creating a course that is more interactive and tailored to the needs of individual students. With adaptive release, you can show the appropriate content, to select individuals, at the appropriate time.

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.

  • Course Builders have access to a course site to view, add, and edit the content, the assessments, and the collaboration tools available in a course site. They cannot participate in any collaborative activities with students in the course site.

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.

ExamSoft enables faculty or staff to easily create assessment questions, and categorize those questions in limitless ways, including subject, competency, cognitive process, or learning objective.


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