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Faculty Tutorials


Faculty Tutorials
UST offers some self-paced Blackboard tutorials designed to help you learn how to accomplish common tasks. Check back frequently for additional tutorials. If you have any questions concerning Blackboard training, please contact us at

These tutorials are PDF files and will require Adobe PDF Viewer.


Getting Started with BB 9:

Adding a Test Student
Adding My Messages Module
Browser Tester
Bb Intro Home Page Interface
Control Panel
Course Contextual Menus
Course Home Page Interface
Course List Module - Show and Hide Course
Drag & Drop
Edit Mode
Linking to Other Places
Modifying and Deleting Announcements
Modules: Adding, Removing, Managing
Modules: Adding and Removing
Notifications Dashboard
Pasting from Word
Posting Announcements: Options
Setting Tool Availability
Theme Personalization


Enrolling Users
Listing Users
Managing Users
Viewing Student Enrollments
Making Users Unavailable

Course Content:

Adding Course Content
Adding Course Menu Items
Adding Content Folders
Adding Content Items
Adding Files
Adding Links to External Websites
Attaching a File to an Item
Deleting Content Items, Files, Links
Editing Content Items, Files, Links

Course Calendar:

Accessing, Adding Events
Adding Calendar Links to Course Menu
Calendar Overview
Deleting Events
Editing Events
Recurring Events

Discussion Board:

About Thread Detail Page
Accessing Discussion Board
Adding Discussion Links to Course Menu
Using List and Tree View
Video Everywhere
Viewing the Discussion Board Page
Viewing a Discussion Forum


Sending Email

Assignment Tool:

Creating an Assignment
Downloading Assignments for Manual Grading
Grading Group Assignments
Grading Individual Assignments
Manual Assignments
Needs Grading
Sending Graded Assignments Back to Students
Viewing Group Assignments
Viewing Individual Assignments

Course Tools:


Creating a Blog
Create a Blog Post
Commenting on a Blog Post
Editing a Blog


Change Availability of Journal
Comment on a Journal
Create Journal Entry
Create Journal
Delete a Journal
Edit a Journal


Create a Mashup Item


Creating a Wiki
Creating a Wiki Page

Assessment Tools:

Adding Questions to Pool
Adding Questions to Survey
Allowing Additional Attempts
Annotations Inline
Apply Rubric Grade Center
Copying Editing Rubric
Create Questions Test
Creating Rubrics
Creating a Test
Editing the Rubric Grid
Grade Submission Inline
Grading Anonymously
Grading Using Rubrics
Inline Assignment Grading Overview
Item Analysis
Making Survey Available
Making Test Available
Reusing Test Questions
Running a Rubric Evaluation Report
Test Options
Uploading Test Questions
Using Pool Manager
Using Survey Manager
Viewing a Rubric While Grading
Viewing Associated Content
Viewing Grading Assignment Attempts
Viewing Grading Tests
Viewing Survey Attempts

Grade Center:

Accessing Grade Center
Changing/Overriding Grades From View Grade Details
Creating Average Calculated Columns
Creating Grade Columns
Creating Min/Max Columns
Creating Reports
Creating Rubrics
Creating Total Columns
Creating Weighted Columns
Downloading a Grade Center Spreadsheet
Emailing Within Grade Center
Entering Grades
Entering Grades From VGDP
Grade History
Grade Center Overview
Grading Using Contextual Menus
Importing Rubrics
Manually Changing/Overriding Grades
Needs Grading
Organizing Grade Center
Uploading a Grade Center Spreadsheet

Group Management:

Group Assignments
Home Page Tools
Sets: Manual Enroll
Sets: Random Enroll
Sets: Self-Enroll
Settings and Creation
Single Groups: Manual Enroll
Single Groups: Self-Enroll

Visual Editor:



For additional previews and tutorials of some functions, visit the Blackboard corporate site.

NOTE: Some features discussed in the sites above will not be available for the initial UST release of Bb 9.
** The Blackboard On-Demand Learning Center contains materials and discussions for various versions and product lines of Blackboard. Not all content is applicable.  We recommend that you review the Course Environment and Course Content sections.

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