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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.

Tutorial Topics

Getting Started with BB 9:

Adding a Test Student
Adding the My Messages Module
Browser Tester
Bb Home Page Interface
Contextual Menus
Control Panel
Course Menu
Course Home Page Interface
Drag & Drop
Edit Mode
Linking to Other Places
Modifying and Deleting Announcements
Modules: Adding, Removing, Managing
Notifications Dashboard
Posting Announcements: Options
Sending Email
Setting Tool Availability
Theme Personalization
Visual Text Editor


Adding Test Student
Enrolling Users
Making Users Unavailable
Managing Users
Viewing Student Enrollments

Course Content:

Adding Assessments
Adding Course Content
Adding Course Menu Items
Adding Content Folders
Adding Content Items
Adding Files
Adding Items
Adding Links to External Websites
Adding Tools
Content Availability and Options Creating a Mashup Item
Deleting Content Items, Files, Links
Editing Content Items, Files, Links
File Size Guidelines
Hiding Item Details
The Text Editor Box

Course Calendar:

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

Assignment Tools:

Allowing Additional Attempts
Assignment Inline Grading
Creating a Manual Assignment
Creating an Assignment
Downloading Assignments for Manual Grading
Grading Anonymously
Grading Group Assignments
Grading Individual Assignments
How Students Submit
Needs Grading
Other Buttons on Grade Details
Sending Graded Assignments Back to Students
Viewing Graded Assignments
Viewing Group Assignments
Viewing Individual Assignments

Discussion Board

Accessing Discussion Board
Changing Thread Display
Changing Thread Status
Collecting Discussion Posts
Creating Forums
Creating Threads
Deleting Forums and Threads
Disabling Grading
Editing Forums
Editing Threads
Emailing Users from Discussion Board
Enabling Group Discussion Boards
Enabling Grading
Filtering Threads
Forum Settings
Grading Forum Participation
Grading Thread Participation
Group Discussion Board Settings
Linking to Discussion Board from Course Menu
Making Group Discussion Boards Unavailable
Moderating Forums
Reordering Forums
Replying to Threads
Sorting Threads
Thread Detail Page
Using List and Tree View
Video Everywhere
Viewing the Discussion Board Page
Viewing a Discussion Forum
Viewing Discussion Board Statistics


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


Changing Availability of a Journal
Commenting on a Journal
Creating a Journal
Creating a Journal Entry
Deleting a Journal
Editing a Journal


Creating a Wiki
Creating a Wiki Page
Deleting a Wiki
Editing a Wiki

Assessment Tools:

Adding Questions to Pool
Adding Questions to Survey
Creating a Test
Creating Random Blocks
Creating Rubrics
Creating Test Questions
Editing a Survey
Editing a Test
Exporting and Importing Tests
Item Analysis
Making a Survey Available
Making a Test Available
Reusing Test Questions
Test Options
Uploading Test Questions
Using Pool Manager
Using Survey Manager
Viewing and Grading Tests
Viewing Survey Statistics
Viewing Test Statistics

Grade Center:

Accessing Full Grade Center
Changing/Overriding Grades From the Grade Details Page
Creating Average Calculated Columns
Creating Grade Columns
Creating Min/Max Columns
Creating Reports
Creating SmartViews
Creating Total Columns
Creating Weighted Columns
Downloading a Grade Center Spreadsheet
Editing/Copying/Deleting SmartViews
Emailing Within Grade Center
Entering Grades
Entering Grades From Grade Details Page
Grade History
Grade Center Overview
Manually Changing/Overriding Grades
Needs Grading
Organizing Grade Center
Screen Reader Mode
SmartViews: Overview
Uploading a Grade Center Spreadsheet

Group Management:

Overview: Groups
Editing Groups
Exporting Groups
Group Assignments
Group Settings
Group Views
Home Page Tools
Importing Groups
My Groups View
Navigating Group Page
Sets: Manual Enroll
Sets: Random Enroll
Sets: Self-Enroll
Single Groups: Manual Enroll
Single Groups: Self-Enroll


Applying Rubrics in Grade Center
Copying and Editing Rubrics
Creating Rubrics
Editing the Rubric Grid
Exporting and Importing Rubrics
Exporting Rubrics
Grading Using Rubrics
Importing Rubrics
Printing Rubrics
Running a Rubric Evaluation Report
Viewing a Rubric While Grading
Viewing Associated Content

Retention Center:

Retention Center: Overview
Creating Rules
Customizing Retention Center
Deleting Rules
Modifying Rules
Retention Center Page


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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