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Standard Practices

The Basics!

Standard practices are the conventions followed by faculty and the Blackboard support staff in order to guarantee that the semester gets off to a smooth start. Adhering standard practices guarantee a common experience: students are added to the courses on the same day. It also helps guarantee clear, commonly understood communication between instructors and Teaching with Technology staff.

  1. Students are added to course shells two days prior to the start of the semester.
  2. Instructors can communicate with students before they are added to shells
  3. Instructors are responsible for activating their course shells; students will not be able to participate in, or even see, course shells until they're activated. The exception are courses taught completely online.
  4. Course shells are identified by the year/semester - department and course number - course section Example:
    201840-hist1010-80 Semester designations: Spring: 10 - Summer: 25 - Fall: 40 - Winter: 50
  5. The version of Blackboard we use is called Learn In Blackboard Corp. documentation look for Learn and ignore references to Ultra except in relation to Blackboard Collaborate.

Copy course content -- Transfer course content within and between semesters

PDF document -- Youtube video


  1. Starting July 1, 2018 faculty are responsible for managing all their intellectual property between and within semesters.
  2. To copy a course the instructor must be the instructor of record on both the origin and destination course. Professor Green cannot copy course material into a course in which Professor Blue is listed as the instructor.
  3. If two faculty agree to share content within or between semesters we need to see consent from both parties.

Create Merged or Master course shells

for cross-listed or multi-section courses

Activate course shells for student use

Email students before the start of the semester

View Student Roster


Beginning of the semester

Tour Bb environment Global navigation Jump from course to course
Make course available (2nd way) Designate course entry point Easily adjust dates in a copied course
Customize course design Use student preview Change system language
Set notification options Access Course Roster Hide old course shells
Instructor Mobile App Instructor Profile  


Course Building

Bb Learn instructor guide Getting started Instructor FAQs
Blackboard action link Edit Mode Adding a course banner
Course content Course files Best practices: course content
Edit course menu Create/change an avatar Add partner content
Upload course file Create a lesson plan Bulk delete course materials
Using the content editor Copy course content between shells Course/Organization Roles
Keyboard accessible reordering Copy tool item to course menu  
Cengage Get started Get support
Pearson Get started Get support


Bb Accessibility: Ally

Quick Start Accessibility Scores View File Accessibility
Instructor FAQs Video Demonstration  

Improve File Accessibility:

Accessibility Checklist Instructor Feedback Panel Add a Library Reference
Add Headings to a Document Scanned PDFs Tag a PDF
Add Headers to Document Data Tables Add Alt Descriptions To Image Files Add Alt Descriptions to Presentation Images




Announcements Email Contacts
Blogs Journals Wikis
Create and Manage Groups Virtual classroom & chat tools  


Discussions Create forums Create threads
Discussions: Replying Discussions: Managing Discussions: Moderating
Search & collect Grading Statistics

Collaborate Web Conferencing

Getting Started Navigation Schedule Sessions
Configure your session Join a session Conduct a session
Publish Accessibility Collaborate IT Wiki page



Create/edit assignments Assignment grade settings Download Assignments
Create tests and surveys Setting test options Edit tests and questions
Question types Build question pool Reuse questions
Upload questions from MS Excel Import/export test or survey Multiple attempts
Test and survey results Box View in-line grader Portfolios
Clear assessment/assignment attempt Respondus exam editor Test Availability Exceptions
SafeAssign anti-plagiarism tool: Local Documentation Bb Corp. Documentation


Grade Center

Navigate grading Customize the grading interface Use the Needs Grading page
Grade Columns Assign Grades Curved Grades
Inline grading for written work Use rubrics Grade reports & statistics
Weight Grades Extra Credit Columns Override grades
Work offline with grade data Create a Smart View Color-code the Grade Center
Missing Scrollbars on a Mac


Course Reports & Retention Center

Track Performance Introduction to the retention center Performance Dashboard
Course Reports Item statistics tracking Create an Item Statistics Report
Use item analysis Detailed course reports Evaluation module


Blackboard Instructor mobile app for Faculty

Instructor mobile tour Toolkit - a one-stop shop for Instructor Support


End of the Semester

Export and Archive Courses Restore archived courses  
















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