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Blackboard 9.1(SP 8) Basics Faculty Guide - Frostburg State University

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Blackboard 9.1(SP 8)

Basics Faculty Guide


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Contents

Logging In 4

Getting Started 4

1. Course Creation 4

2. Course Enrollment 4

3. Accessing Courses 4

4. Modifying the My Courses Module 4

Course Shell 5

Manage Course Menu 5

1. Add New Menu Item 5

2. Remove Menu Item 6

3. Reorder Course Menu 6

Control Panel 6

Announcements 6

1. Add a New Announcement 7

Instructor Information/Office Hours 7

Adding Course Content 7

Assignments & Assessments 8

1. Assignments 8

i. Download Student Assignment Submissions 9

ii. Clear Student Assignment Attempt 9

2. Assessments 10

Discussion Board

i. Create a Test 10

ii. Add a Test to Content Area 10

iii. Edit Test Options 10

iv. Grading Student Test Submission 11

v. Clear Student Test Attempt 11

1. Create a Forum 11

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The Grade Center 12

1. Create a Grade Center Column 12

2. Manually Enter a Grade 13

3. Grade Center Icons 13

Send Email 13

1. Send Email from Control Panel 13

2. Send Email from Grade Center 13

Course Availability 14

1. Make Your Course Available 14

Course Style Settings 14

1. Customize the Color and Style of Course Menu 14

2. Add a Course Banner 14

Course Copy/Export & Import 14

1. Course Copy 15

1. Exporting Your Course 15

2. Import Course Package to a New Course 16

Blackboard Assistance Contact Information

Functional Assistance -

The Office of Academic Computing & Instructional Technologies

ACIT@frostburg.edu

Anita McGregor - Administrative Assistant at: 301.687.7090

Rita Thomas - Instructional Technologist at: 301.687.3172

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Technical Assistance -

FSU Help Desk

helpdesk@frostburg.edu

301.687.7777

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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This guide will give you instruction on the basic features of Blackboard 9.1. For more information on

advanced features, please visit FSU’s Blackboard support site at http://www.frostburg.edu/blackboard/

Logging In

To login to Blackboard go to http://blackboard.frostburg.edu

Your login credentials are the same as your FSU email/PAWS

information. If you do not know this information, please

contact the University's Help Desk at 301.687.7777 or

helpdesk@frostburg.edu

Getting Started

Course Creation -

All courses that are officially created in PAWS will automatically have a Blackboard course

component created to correspond with them (please note - each section of each course will have its own

Blackboard course component).

Course Enrollment -

When an instructor is assigned to a specific course or a student enrolls for that course, those enrollments

are automatically reflected in Blackboard. You do not need to request student enrollments. The only exception

would be if you would like to request a teaching assistant or an additional instructor to be

given access to your course. In this circumstance, email the office of Academic Computing & Instructional

Technologies (ACIT) at ACIT@frostburg.edu and the request will be processed for you.

Accessing Courses -

Once you are logged into Blackboard, under the tab

Blackboard@FSU you will see the module, My Courses.

Courses that you are either teaching or enrolled

in will be listed in this module. Click on the course

name to enter the course.

Modifying the My Courses Module -

Courses are available in the Blackboard system for

approximately three semesters. After some time has passed, the courses listed in your My Courses module

may be overwhelming. You can edit which courses are listed in the module

by following these steps:

1. From the My Courses module, hover over My Courses and the rosette icon located in the upper right

corner appears. Click on the rosette icon.

2. Uncheck the courses you do not wish to be displayed and click Submit.


Course Shell

Each Blackboard course shell is the same by default. The Blackboard environment includes:

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A. Task-Based Navigation - allows you to jump

from one course to another so you can per-

form the same task across multiple courses.

B. Control Frame - navigation elements to ac-

cess the home page, My Places, Help, and

Logout

C. Menu Area (Tabs)

D. Add Content or Tool Button

E. Course Menu - modify as you like

F. Control Panel

G. Course Theme - Select from drop-down menu

H. Edit Mode Button - Leaving Edit Mode ‘On’

allows you to edit content within the window.

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Manage Course Menu - New Items can be created and current items deleted/modified. Select Add Menu Item

button (the plus sign) and add one of the following:

1. Content Area - Place where course content will exist

(e.g., Assignments, Exams, Lessons, Course Material, etc.)

2. Module Page -

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Remove Menu Item -

Reorder Course Menu -

To remove an existing course menu item, click the

action menu button to the right of the menu item name and select

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Delete. You will then be prompted to confirm your request by clicking

OK. You also have the option to Rename Link or Hide Link. Doing this

will hide the link from users instead of removing it completely.

To reorder the course menu items, hover over the item; then click and hold

the up/down arrow to the left of the menu item name and drag/drop the

item to its new position.

Control Panel

Announcements

The Announcements

page is the Front

(Home) page.

3. Blank Page - Direct link to a content item (e.g. PowerPoint, Journal Article, etc.).

4. Tool Link - Link to any tool within the Blackboard course (e.g. Discussion Board,

Announcements, Calendar, My Grades, Roster, Wikis, etc.)

5. Web - Link to any website outside of Blackboard.

6. Course Link - Direct link to content previously existing in the course (e.g. an exam

that is currently available under the Exam button).

7. External Link - Link to any website outside of Blackboard.

8. Subheader - An inactive link that will allow you to divide your content areas into sec-

tions.

9. Divider - A line that divides menu buttons into groups.

In Blackboard 9.1 (SP 8)the Control Panel tools and functions are located within a subpanel

that can be accessed by clicking the corresponding action menu button.


Add a New Announcement -

From the Control Panel click the action menu button for Course Tools, then

select Announcements. From the Announcements page you will then click

Create Announcement and complete the following:

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2. Web Announcement Options - Choose the announcement to be Not Date

Restricted or Date Restricted (choosing this option will allow you to enter

Display After and Display Until options).

3. Course Link - Provide a direct link to an item currently existing in the

course.

4. Click Submit.

Instructor Information/Office Hours

Instructor information can be posted in the appropriate course menu item.

1. From the Course Menu, click Instructor Info (if you do not have an Instructor Info menu button, add a

new Tool Link menu item, and label it Instructor Info. From the dropdown menu, select Contacts -

be sure to select Available to Users).

Adding Course Content

Adding content to your Blackboard course can be accomplished in any Content Area (e.g. Assignments,

Course Materials, Lessons, etc.).

From any Content Area in the Course Menu, select the action menu in the Build Content button. Select

from one of the following options:

Create:

Item

File

McGraw-Hill Content

Pearson’s MyLab / Mastering

Audio

Image

Video

Web Link

1. Announcement Information - Give the announcement a subject, then

type the message of the announcement in the appropriate field.

2. Click the Create Contact button in the upper right corner of the Contacts

window, fill out the form, and click Submit.

Learning Module

Lesson Plan

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Adding Course Content cont’d -

Syllabus

Course Link

New Page:

Content Folder

Module Page

Blank Page

Mashups:

Flickr Photo

SlideShare Presentation

YouTube Video

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*Note on Mashups: This feature allows instructors to add multimedia content to a course from an external

website. This content is used in a variety of ways within a course: a standalone piece of course

content, part of a test question, a topic on a discussion board, or part of an assignment. If you are using

Mashups, please be sure that the Mashup is public and not private. When using third party Mashups, be

sure to verify that the Mashup is allowed under copyright.

Assignments & Assessments

Test, Survey, Assignment, Self and Peer Assessments, McGraw - Hill Assignment, Mobile Compatible Test,

and Turnitin Direct Assignment can be added to your course through

the Create

Assessment button under any Content Area. If for some reason you do

not see these options, re-enable them through the following steps:

Assignments -

When an Assignment is created, a Grade Center item corresponding to that

Assignment will automatically be created. Instructors now have the ability to allow either a limited or

unlimited number of submission attempts. To create an Assignment:

1. From a Content Area from within a course select Create Assessment, then select Assignment.

2. Give the Assignment a name and type any instructions or description in the Instructions field.

3. Attach a file (optional).

1. From the Control Panel click Customization,

then Tool Availability.

2. Put a check beside all the tools you

wish to be made available in that specific

course and click Submit.


4. Enter number of points possible.

5. Select Availability, Number of Attempts, Date Restrictions, and Track Number of Views option.

6. Enter Due Date.

7. Select Recipients. (If you select Groups of Students, you must have groups created already.)

8. Click Submit.

Download Student Assignment Submissions -

When a student has submitted a file for an Assignment,

a green box with an exclamation mark will appear in the associated

Grade Center column indicating the item is ready

for grading. Please note that files uploaded to an Assignment

or submitted as an Assignment should have short file names with no spaces or special characters in the

name (numbers and letters only).

Submission attempts can be viewed one at a time or all submissions can be downloaded into a .zip file.

To view submission attempts one at a time:

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1. From the Control Panel click Grade Center, then either Full Grade Center or Assignments (both will

let you view the Assignment).

2. Hover the cursor over the area with the green box with the exclamation point, click the action menu

button, and select View Grade Details.

3. From this window you will select View Attempt, then click the file name to download.

To download multiple submission attempts at once:

Clear Student Assignment Attempt -

1. From the Control Panel click Grade Center, then either Full Grade

Center or Assignments (both will let you view the Assignment).

2. Click the action menu button in the Assignment column and select

Assignment File Download.

3. Select all users you wish to download and click Submit. You will then be

prompted to download the .zip file containing all Assignment submissions.

1. From the Control Panel click Grade Center, then either Full Grade Center or Assignments (both will

let you view the Assignment).

2. Hover the cursor over the area with the exclamation point in a green box, click the action menu button

and select View Grade Details.

3. From this window select Clear Attempt, then OK to confirm your request.

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Assessments -

Tests, Surveys, and Self and Peer Assessments are all created in the same manner within Blackboard.

Create a Test -

1. From a Content Area within a course click

Assessment, followed by Test, then Create.

2. Give the test a Name, Description and Instructions (optional), then

click Submit.

3. Add questions to the test by using the Create Question, Reuse

Question, and/or Upload Questions options on the Test Canvas

page.

Add a Test to a Content Area -

Once the test has successfully been created, you must manually add

the test to any Content Area within the specific Blackboard course.

1. From a Content Area within a course click Create Assessment,

then Test.

2. Tests that have been created and are not

currently deployed in another Content Area

will appear within the heading Add Test. Select the test you

wish to deploy and click Submit.

Edit Test Options -

For more information on specific test question types,

please visit the Blackboard Support Site at

http://www.frostburg.edu/blackboard/

Once you click Submit, the Test Options page will

appear. Or, next to the test name, click on the action menu button (Drop down

arrow) and select Edit Test Options. From this page you have the ability to edit

the following:

1. Test Information

2. Test Availability

3. Due Date

4. Self Assessment Options

5. Test Feedback

6. Test Presentation

After you have edited the Test Options, click Submit.

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Grading Student Test Submission -

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Blackboard has the ability to automatically grade tests that contain certain types of test questions (e.g.

multiple choice, true/false, etc.). When these types of questions are used, you do not need to manually

enter a grade. However, if you choose to utilize question types such as short answer, essay, or file

response, you will need to manually enter a grade.

1. From the Control Panel click Grade Center, then either Full Grade

Center or Tests (both will let you view the Test).

2. Hover the cursor over the area with the

exclamation point in the green box, click the action menu button,

and select View Grade Details.

3. From this window click View Attempts. The

student’s test submission will appear and show

each test answer. You can then assign the allotted points and click Save and Exit.

Clear Student Test Attempt -

At some point in time, you may need to clear a student’s test attempt so they may resubmit the test.

IMPORTANT: Please note that when any attempt is cleared, it is removed from the entire system.

We cannot retrieve that attempt.

Discussion Board

The Discussion Board is an interactive tool made up of forums that can be organized around a particular

subject.

Create a Forum -

1. From the Control Panel click Grade Center, then either Full

Grade Center or Tests (both will let you view the Test).

2. Hover the cursor over the area with the exclamation point in

the green box, click the action menu button, and select View

Grade Details.

3. From this window select Clear Attempt, then OK to confirm

your request.

1. From the Course Menu, click Discussions (if you do not have a

Discussions menu item, add a new Tool Link menu item and label

it Discussions, from the dropdown menu select Discussion

Board - be sure to select Available to Users). Once in the Discussions

area, click the Create Forum button.

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Create a Forum cont’d -

2. Complete the following information:

A. Name & Description

B. Set Forum Availability Options

C. Establish Forum Settings and Grading Options

3. Click Submit.

The Grade Center

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The Grade Center is an effective record-keeping tool to support student learning. The Grade Center

opens into a spreadsheet view listing student users in rows and graded items in columns. All features

of the Grade Center can be accessed through the spreadsheet and grades are recorded automatically for

assignments, assessments, and surveys. Course work managed outside of the Blackboard system will

need to be managed manually.

Create a Grade Center Column -

1. From the Control Panel click Grade Center, then

Full Grade Center.

2. From the toolbar above the students name, click

Create Column.

3. Complete the following fields:

A. Column Name

B. Grade Center Display Name (optional)

C. Descriptions (optional)

D. Choose a Primary Display Option

E. Secondary Display Option (optional)

4. Choose a due date or leave none selected.

5. Select from the following options:

6. Click Submit.

F. Select a Category (optional - however,

if you choose to weight your grades by

category you will need to select the

appropriate choice.)

G. Points Possible

A. Include Column in Grade Center Calculations - the column is included in the possible

selections of items when creating Calculated Columns such as Weighted Grade Columns

or Total Point Columns.

B. Show this Column to Students - Grades will appear in My Grades (the student view),

View Grades, and the Report Card module (when available).

C. Show Statistics (average and mean) for this column to Students in My Grades - Includes

statistical information with the grade value when shown to students.


Manually Enter a Grade -

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To manually enter a grade into the Grade Center, click into the cell associated with the student and

grade center column. The text field to enter the grade will turn blue. Enter the grade and hit return on

your keyboard.

Grade Center Icons -

For more information on specific Grade Center functionalities, please visit the Blackboard Support Site

at http://www.frostburg.edu/blackboard/

Send Email

There are numerous ways to send emails to users enrolled in your Blackboard course.

All user emails are associated with FSU email accounts. When an email is initiated

from within Blackboard, it is automatically sent to the recipient's FSU email. This

process cannot be changed.

Send Email from Control Panel -

To send an email from the Control Panel click Course Tools, then Send Email.

You will be prompted to choose a group of users or select individual users. Fill in

the associated fields and click Submit.

Send Email from Grade Center -

User Unavailable - User no longer has access to the course.

Column Not Visible to Users - Column is not visible to students.

Completed - Item has been completed by student. This icon will be seen on grading columns

that are Surveys or if the grading column has had the Complete/Incomplete associated with it.

Needs Grading - Student has submitted an assignment that needs to be graded. This icon will

appear on Assignment columns and Test columns containing essay or short answer questions.

Override - The instructor has manually changed a student’s grade on an Assessment or

Assignment.

Attempt in Progress - A student is currently using this Assessment or Assignment.

External Grade - Should be set to the grade the instructor wants to be known as the final

grade for the course.

Grade Exempted for this User - The student has been allowed to skip this grading column

without penalty by the instructor.

Error - Grade Center Error.

1. From the Control Panel click Grade Center, then Full Grade Center.

2. Put a check in the box beside all email recipients’ names. Click Email

below the user names, then Email Selected Users.

3. Fill in applicable fields and click Submit.

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Course Availability

When a course is created in Blackboard it is automatically set to unavailable. Upon

login, all unavailable courses are denoted with an ‘unavailable’ statement to

the right of the course name in the My Courses Module under the Blackboard@FSU

tab. You must manually make your courses available for students to have access.

Make Your Course Available -

Course Style Settings

1. From the Control Panel click Customizations, then Properties.

2. Under number 3, Set Availability, select Yes.

3. Click Submit.

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The Course Style settings control how the course appears to users. By selecting colors, buttons, and text,

you can individualize the appearance of the menu. In addition, a course banner may be added to the top

of the course entry page. There are two ways to customize style settings.

Change Course Themes Icon

1. Click on the Change Course Theme Icon and select a color theme. Scroll

down the list for different color options.

Customize the Color and Style of Course Menu -

From the Control Panel click Customization, then Teaching Style.

1. Select Course Structure, a preview of the course menu is

displays. Select a Focus on the left side panel, then click

on the Use This Structure button.

2. Select Course Entry Point. Announcements is set as the default setting.

3. Select Course Theme (Over 50 professionally designed themes available.)

4. Select Menu Style - by selecting Text or Buttons, then choosing a color or button style, the preview

image will reflect those changes.

5. Course Menu Display - Permit Both Views is the default setting.

6. Default Content View - Icon and Text is the default setting.

7. Select Banner - Click on Browse My Computer button to navigate to the picture of your choice. Ban-

ners should be saved as .jpg or .gif files. The suggested size of a course banner is 600 pixels (wide) X 100 pixels (long).

8. Submit - Click on Submit button. A pop-up window displays stating that you chose to change the

structure, Click OK. The Course Style will be updated.


Instructors who teach the same course from semester to semester may wish to reuse the content posted

in their original Blackboard course. This can be accomplished by using Course Copy or Exporting the

course material then Importing that material into the new course.

Course Copy

From the Control Panel click Packages and Utilities, then Course Copy.

Course Type - it is set to a default setting. Under number 2 - Copy Option,

click on the Browse button to choose the Course Destination.

Under File Attachments - You may press the Calculate Size button to make sure package size does not

exceed the limit. Click Submit. A green banner will appear at the top of the page explaining that you

will receive an email to your FSU account when the copy has completed.

Export and Import

Exporting Your Course -

1. From the Control Panel click Packages and Utilities, then Export/

Archive Course.

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2. Click the Export Package button in the upper left corner of the Export Course page (clicking Archive

will make an exact copy of your course including enrollments and user information. You do not want

this option if you are going to use the course content in a different semester).

3. Under number 3, Select Course Materials, select all the materials to include in the Export Package,

then click Submit.

4. A green banner will appear at the top of the page. An email will be sent to your FSU account when

the Export Package is ready for download (packages are downloaded into a .zip file).

5. Once you have received the confirmation email, return to the Export/Archive Course page of the

course you exported from.

6. Click on the underlined file name that ends with ‘.zip’. You will then be prompted to save the .zip

file to your local computer. It is important to remember where you save this .zip file. You will need

the file to import to the new course (DO NOT open the .zip file once downloaded. If opened, the

package cannot be Imported).

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Import Course Package to a New Course -

1. From the Control Panel click Packages and Utilities, then

Import Package/View Logs.

2. Click the Import Package button in the upper left corner of the

Import Package/View Logs page.

3. Under number 2, Select a Package, click Browse to select the .zip file on your local computer that

was downloaded from the previous Export.

4. Under number 3, Select Course Materials, choose the course materials from the package you wish to

import to the new course, then click Submit.

5. A green banner will appear at the top of the page. An email will be sent to your FSU account when

the Import Package process is complete.

To learn about other Blackboard features and explore more information on those provided in this

document, please visit FSU’s Blackboard Support site at http://www.frostburg.edu/blackboard/

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Office of Academic Computing and Instructional Technologies

ACIT@frostburg.edu

301.687.7090

All Blackboard guides can be found at http://www.frostburg.edu/blackboard/

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