Category:Blackboard - Faculty

From William Paterson University - Information Technology's Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search


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: 201740-hist1010-80 Semester designations: Spring: 10 - Summer: 25 - Fall: 40 - Winter: 50
  5. The version of Blackboard we use is called Learn and you can ignore references to Ultra except in relation to Blackboard Collaborate.

Transfer course content

Recently the online form has been disabled and all transfers should go through the Help Desk. The form was a legacy tool we'd used prior to the advent of the Help Desk but after four years on the Help Desk is an established feature of the technology environment at William Paterson and the form has been terminated.

To request a transfer please access the Help Desk and select the request types Blackboard and Course Transfer Request.

Enter the department, semester, the four-digit course number and two digit course section for both the origin and destination courses. Enter special directions in the Request Detail interface.

Do it Yourself Option Use the Control Panel Packages and Utilities tab to save a copy of an existing course and upload it into a new shell: Export, Archive, and Restore Courses

Merge cross-listed or multi-section course shells

Please use the Help Desk to request course merges. The merge form has been deprecated (see above).

Note: Until very recently solution available to us was the Merge (Combine). The availability of the Master option gives faculty more choices, so please consult this link to decide which solution is best for you. Differences between merge and master

Activate course shell

There are two ways to one might activate a course shell. Remember that students will not see course content, or even a link to the course, until it has been activated.

    On the My Blackboard page select Faculty: Set Course Availability in the Tools menu (upper left):
  • New-qwickly1-0813-325.png
  • Click ON to activate a course and OFF to deactivate (at the end of the semester, for example):

  • Q course activate 2 230.jpg

Communicate with students before they've been added to course shells

Follow these directions: Email students using WPConnect '

View Student Roster

After students have been added to course shells (see the first unit of the Standard Practices module) start by selecting Users in the Control Panel:

Control Panel => Users and Groups => Users

  • Roster-1-0813-225.png


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 your course page Use student preview Change page language
Set notification options Access Course Roster Hide old course shells

Do you have questions or need support? Please file a ticket with the IT Help Desk:


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 an avatar Add partner content
Upload course file Create a lesson plan Bulk delete course materials
Using the content editor Instructor Mobile App  



Please contact the help desk with all technology-related questions, problems or reports:


Announcements Email Contacts
Blogs Journals Wikis
Email Course groups Virtual classroom & chat tools


Discussions Create forums Create threads
Discussions: Managing Discussions: Moderating Discussions: Replying
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 Inline grading for written work Assignment grade settings
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 Download Assignments Portfolios
Turn-It-In Instructor User Manual


Grade Center

Navigate grading Customize the grading interface Use the Needs Grading page
Grade Colunms 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


Course Reports & Retention Center

Do you have questions or need support? Please file a ticket with the IT Help Desk:

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


End of the Semester

Export and Archive Courses Restore archived courses Import publisher packages


Pages in category "Blackboard - Faculty"

This category contains only the following page.