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Faculty Training for Blackboard 

Registration and Cancellation Overview
Registration is required for all training sessions. Seating is limited to 10-12 participants and is scheduled on a first-come basis. Use the Enroll Now link in the synopsis section to access the online registration form. All enrollment is tracked via the form.

If you register for a session and you cannot attend, please cancel your registration. If you have any questions, please contact the training coordinator at

All faculty should start with the Bb 9 Fundamentals session and then select from the additional sessions that meet the individual needs and functions used in your course(s).

Synopses and Registration

Check this page and the enrollment page for updates to training opportunities. If you have questions, please contact the Training coordinator at

 Duration: Classes are 2-hour sessions unless otherwise noted.
 Location:  O'Rourke 103 unless otherwise noted.  Seating is limited to 10-12 participants per session.
Session Outlines: View a general outline for all sessions.
Current Calendar: Download the current Training Calendar (PDF). This calendar is subject to change. Please check the online enrollment form for the most current schedule.
Manual: Download the Bb 9 UST Training Manual (9mb PDF)
Tutorials: Blackboard 9 Tutorials

Required—You must register for the classes below at least one business day in advance of attending. You must also have a valid UST Celt ID (This is your Blackboard Login).
Recommended—We suggest that you submit your request for your Blackboard course space through MyStThom's Faculty Center before attending training.


Bb 9 Fundamentals—[Enroll Now]
Target Audience: All

This session provides a general overview of the Bb system as implemented at UST. It is designed to provide new and existing faculty with a general understanding of the Bb 9 system basics and tools necessary to assist with teaching and course management. It is the prerequisite to all other sessions listed below.


NEW! Retention Center—[Enroll Now]
Target Audience: All
Prerequisite: Bb 9 Fundamentals

This session provides a general orientation to the retention center functions of Bb. This session will cover creating rules that will help gauge students’ engagement and participation, which can alert the instructor to potential risks. This session will also cover how to communicate with struggling students.


Discussion Board & Communication Tools—[Enroll Now]
Target Audience: All (highly recommended)
Prerequisite: Bb 9 Fundamentals

This session focuses on the discussion board and other communication tools that promote interactivity between instructors and students. Tools covered will include discussion board, journals and blogs.


Grade Center (2 hour + 1 hour optional)—[Enroll Now]
Target Audience: All
Prerequisite: Bb 9 Fundamentals

This session provides a general orientation to the grading functions of Bb.  It includes adding, deleting, moving, and freezing grade columns, exporting grades to Excel, Adding a Test Student and creating Rubrics.  Also you will learn how to create weighted columns and incorporate advanced grading schemes that are available for those who wish to take advantage of these functions.


Group Management—[Enroll Now]
Target Audience: All
Prerequisite: Bb 9 Fundamentals

This session provides an overview of the functions that facilitate interaction between students in group settings.   It covers creating groups manually, automatically, and how to use graded assignments within groups.


Assessment Tools (Testing)—[Enroll Now]
Target Audience: All
Prerequisite: Bb 9 Fundamentals

This session focuses on creating and deploying tests within the Bb environment.  Special attention is given to reviewing the distinctions between tests and surveys, using question pools (randomization), various testing options, and viewing/grading online tests and surveys.

Ask the Trainer—[Enroll Now] - Currently No Sessions Available
Target Audience: All
Prerequisite: Bb 9 Fundamentals

Do you have a specific question about your Blackboard course? This open-format session provides faculty with guidance and hands-on Blackboard training. Our trainers will work with faculty on a specific problem or to troubleshoot an issue.  Please bring any documents, such as the course syllabus, that may need to be uploaded or displayed. Seating is limited to six participants for this session. All registering participants should complete the Bb 9 Fundamentals training prior to registering for this session.

If you have questions, please contact the Training Coordinator at

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