Blackboard 9.1 (SP 11)
Tutorials for Faculty

Below you'll find resources to support the use of Blackboard. Blackboard has many flexible features that enhance teaching and learning online, face to face or using a hybrid model. If you would like additional information about a specific topic listed below please contact Reza Boroon, 310-243-2524 or email, We provide individualized consultations and departmental workshops upon request. We look forward to helping you succeed with technology.

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Personalize My Blackboard

  1. Course-to-Course Navigation [PDF]
  2. Course-to-Course Navigation [Video]
  3. Creating a Tool Link [Video]
  4. Copy Course [PDF]
  5. Make Your Course Available/Unavailable [PDF]
  6. Your Course Environment [Video]
  7. Adding a Banner to your Course Entry point [Video]
  8. Adding an Avatar to personalize Your Course Environment [Video]
  9. Turning Tool Availability On and Off [Video]
  10. Making Tools Available to Students [Video]
  11. Permitting and Restricting Guest and Observer Access [Video]

Content: Assignments, Files, Learning Units and more

  1. Uploading multiple files [PDF]
  2. Creating Learning Modules [PDF]
  3. Building a Learning Module [Video]
  4. Adding Folders [PDF]
  5. Creating a Blank Page [VIdeo]
  6. Adding a URL (external link) [Video]
  7. Getting Started with Assignments [PDF]
  8. Getting Started with Course Content [PDF]
  9. Using the Text Editor [Video]
  10. Creating a Lesson Plan [Video]
  11. Adding Textbook Information to Your Course [Video]
  12. Creating a Mashup [Video]
  13. Attaching Course Files to a Content Item [Video]
  14. Tour the Course Files Feature [Video]
  15. Adding Your Own Web Content Through Course Files [Video]
  16. Creating multiple Rules to Release a Content Item [Video]

Tools: Announcements, Email, Wikis, Discussion and more

  1. Creating Announcements [PDF]
  2. Course Reports [Video]
  3. Performance Dashboard [Video]
  4. Sending Notifications [Video]
  5. Viewing your course roster [PDF]
  6. Sending Email [Video]
  7. Using the Discussion Board [PDF]
  8. Grading a Discussion Board Forum [Video]
  9. Grading a Discussion Board Thread [Video]
  10. Creating a Private Journal [MS Power Point]
  11. Using Wikis [PDF]
  12. Using Wikis in Bb 9.1 *tutorial created by Xavier University* [PDF]
  13. Getting Started With Groups [PDF]
  14. Creating a Group [Video]
  15. Creating Group Sets [Video]

Assessments and GradeCenter: Creating Exams, Using GradeCenter and more

  1. Exploring the Grade Center [PDF]
  2. Customizing the Grade Center View [Video]
  3. Adding Grade Columns [PDF]
  4. Changing Grades [PDF]
  5. Awarding Negative Points for Incorrect Answers to Test Questions [Video]
  6. Getting Started with Automatic Regrading [PDF]
  7. Automatic Regrading [Video]
  8. Getting Started with the Needs Grading Page [PDF]
  9. Viewing Grade Details [Video]
  10. Creating a Grade Center Report [Video]
  11. Creating a Grading Rubric [Video]
  12. Viewing and Downloading Grade History [Video]
  13. Uploading/Downloading the Grade Center [PDF]
  14. Working Offline with the Grade Center [Video]
  15. Color Code the Grade Center [Video]
  16. Working with Weighted Grades [PDF]
  17. Reading Survey Submissions [Video]
  18. Sharing Grade Center with Students [PDF]
  19. Creating Assessments [PDF]
  20. Uploading Respondus Tests to MyGateway [PDF]
  21. Dropping the Lowest Grade *tutorial created by Towson University* [PDF]

Featured Content

My Blackboard Profile [Video]

Learning goals:

  1. Edit your profile
  2. Share your profile
  3. View other profiles

Video Everywhere [PDF]

Learning goals:

  1. Record video everywhere from the content editor
  2. Setting up your account to record video

Global Navigation and My Blackboard [Video]

Learning goals:

  1. Access global navigation
  2. Navigate the user menu
  3. Navigate My Blackboard

Working in the Course Environment

The New Theme [Video]

Learning goals:

  1. View streamlined interface
  2. See new tool available in theme
  3. Recognize familiar functions

Course to Course Navigation [Video]

Learning goals:

  1. Navigate between courses
  2. Understand task-based navigation

Your Course Environment [Video]

Learning goals:

  1. Edit mode
  2. Course menu
  3. Home page

Building Course Content

Getting Started with Creating Accessible Course Content [PDF]

Learning goals:

  1. Learning and cognition
  2. Culture and customs
  3. Sensory and Physical
  4. Neurological and Psychological
  5. Language and Technology

Getting Started with Course Content [PDF]

Learning goals:

  1. Build content
  2. Create assessment
  3. Add interactive tools

Using the Content Editor [Video]

Learning goals:

  1. Paste in text and tables
  2. Insert an image
  3. Insert a link
  4. Format text

Comparing the New Content Editor with the Legacy Text Editor [PDF]

Learning goals:

  1. Legacy text editor
  2. New content editor

Attaching Course Files to a Content Item [Video]

Learning goals:

  1. Create a new content item
  2. Attach files from Course Files using two different methods
  3. Compare how the attachments look to students

Integrate Web 2.0 Tools into Blackboard [Video]

Learning goals:

  1. Web 2.0 tools
  2. Benefits
  3. How to embed

Reporting and Course Utilities

Running and Saving a Course Report [Video]

Learning goals:

  1. Describe course report types
  2. Run report
  3. View report
  4. Save report

Blogs and Journals

Getting Started with Journal Prompts to Improve Student Writing [PDF]

Learning goals:

  1. Writing prompts for students
  2. Reading, research, challenges, interview and more

Grade Center

Getting Started with the Grade Center [PDF]

Learning goals:

  1. Accessing the grade center
  2. Action bar

Getting Started with Needs Grading [PDF]

Learning goals:

  1. Grade tests and assignments
  2. Grade blogs, journals, wikis and discussions

Test, Surveys and Pools

Automatic Regrading [Video]

Learning goals:

  1. List triggers for automatic re-grading
  2. Edit test question

Getting Started with Automatic Regrading [PDF]

Learning goals:

  1. Access tests
  2. Delete questions
  3. Edit Questions
  4. Deploy a test

Awarding Negative Points for Incorrect Answers to Test Questions [Video]

Learning goals:

  1. Enable negative points in test canvas
  2. Use negative points in test question

Creating a Fill in the Blank Question [Video]

Learning goals:

  1. Create a fill in the blank question
  2. List acceptable answers and select evaluation method
  3. Provide feedback

Creating a Fill in Multiple Blanks Question [Video]

Learning goals:

  1. Create a fill in multiple blanks question
  2. List acceptable answers and select evaluation method
  3. Provide feedback


Getting Started with the Assignments Learning goals:

  1. Creating assignments [PDF]
  2. Reviewing and grading assignments and more [Video] - Watch it

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