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Getting Started with Blackboard Peggy Lawson Instructional Technology Consultant SECSD Convention 2010

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South East Cornerstone Teachers' Convention 2010. Some basics of using Blackboard, a workshop.

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Getting Started with Blackboard

Peggy LawsonInstructional Technology Consultant

SECSD Convention 2010

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Content Management System (CMS) Learning Management System (LMS)

Classroom for online students

Content / Information distribution

A closed system (but can be opened up too)

What is Blackboard?

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How Can I Use Blackboard?

• As your school web presence

• Announcements

• Deliver Course Content• Documents• Videos, Audio, PowerPoint• Web links

• Distribute & receive assignments

• Tests & self-check assessments

• Surveys

• Discussions

• Journals

• Blogs

• Facilitate group work

• SelfAssign plagarism checker

• Grade Center

• Portfolios

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Logging Into Blackboard & change password

Entering edit mode

Creating Announcements

Adding content & tools

Linking to other web sites

Enrolling students into your class

Customizing your course

Student & parent access

Today’s Topics

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Direct link –

From division website – link under staff & students

Usernames – typically firstname.lastname

Initial passwords – 123

Sample accounts for today:

◦teacher.1, teacher.2, teacher.3, etc.

Accessing Blackboard

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Changing Passwords

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My Classes

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If a Security Warning box appears, select RUN

Security Warnings

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Turn edit mode ON to make any changes to your course (exception – using Control Panel)

Useful to turn edit mode OFF periodically to see more accurately what students will see.

Edit Mode

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Edit mode – ON & click Create Announcement




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As with other things you will add a variety of other options are available – date restrictions, etc. Not covered today.

Most areas have a “More Help” option which explains the options available.


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Content Areas

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Content areas are where you will store most items for your class

◦Documents, links to video or audio recordings,

PowerPoint slideshows, assignments, tests, etc.

◦Each individual piece of content is called an “item”

◦Often organized into folders & sub-folders

Content Areas

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Content Areas

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A. Use descriptive (but short) titles for each content area

B. Organize content logically within the actual content area. Have

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To Create a Content Area

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1. Edit Mode ON

2. Click the + sign

3. Select Create Content

4. Type a Name

5. Check Available to Users

6. Submit

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Organize the MenuA. Use the drag-and-drop

function to reorder items

on the Class Menu.

B. Alternatively, use the Keyboard

Accessible Reordering Tool to

reorder the links.

C. Click a link’s Action Link

to Rename, hide, or

delete, or to permit

unenrolled guests.

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Click on your new Content area in the navigation menu to go to that area

Edit mode ON

You’ll be selecting items from the action bar – we will cover only a few of the options available today

Creating Content

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Adding Items to a Content Area

The following can be added to Content Areas:

• Items, which can contain

text, files, and images

• Folders

• Surveys and Tests

• Assignments

• External Links

• Organization Links

• Module Pages

• SafeAssignments – plagarism


• Self & Peer Assessments

• and more!!

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Adding Items to a Content Area

1. In Edit Mode, access the

Content Area.

2. On the Action Bar, click

Create Item.

3. Enter the item’s Name and


4. Optionally - add a file(s).

5. Select viewing and tracking


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The first row contains functions for formatting text, similar to functions in a word processor.

The second row contains functions for working with text already entered in the text box, such as spell checking, cutting and pasting, undoing the last action, and markup validation.

The third row contains functions for attaching documents, images, and media files. This row only appears in selected areas within Blackboard Learn. For example, it is available when adding items to Content Areas, but not when creating questions in Test Manager.

NOTE: Collapse any row using the carat to the left of the row.


Using the Text Editor

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Use drag and drop to re-order items in a content area

Changing the Content Order

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Editing the Items in a Content Area

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Add a folder from the Build menu

A folder must have a name.

Other information optional.


Create new items inside the folder; existing items can be moved into a new folder

Content Area - Folders

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1. In Edit Mode, access the Content Area from the

Organization Menu.

2. On the Action Bar, click Create Item.

3. On the Add Item page, enter the item’s Name and Text.

4. To add a file, click Browse to locate the file. Add multiple

files using the Text Editor’s Attach File function.

5. Under Options, select Yes for Permit Users to View the

Content Item to make the item available to Participants,

6. Click Submit.


Your Turn: Add Items to a Content Area

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Course calendar



Discussion Board

My Grades




Send Email

Tasks (“To Do” lists)

Tests, Surveys, & Pools

Course Tools

• Best practice – hide any tool you don’t plan on using!

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Add Tool links much as you do for creating a Class Link, but select Tool Area, then Tool Type

Best practice – have a separate navigation menu item for a commonly used tool – e.g. Announcements, My Grades, Discussion Board


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Add a Tool Link1. In Edit Mode, above the

Organization Menu, click

the Create Item icon,

shown as a plus sign.

2. Select the Tool Link.

3. Enter a Name for the link.

4. From the Type drop-down

list, select the tool to add.

5. Select whether the tool

will be Available to


6. Click Submit.

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Two ways to hide tools you don’t want to use:

1. Hide or delete the tools link from the course menu Use the Action Link and select Hide or Delete

2. Select the Tools link in the navigation menu Click Hide Link for any tool you don’t plan on using. You can later unhide any tools you want to use

Hiding Unused Class Tools

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Linking to Other Web Sites

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As a Main Menu Item

1. Click the + sign to add a menu item

2. Select Create External Link

3. Type in a name for the link

4. Type in the full URL including http://

5. Make Available6. Submit

Link to Other Web Sites

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As Content Area Item - 2 Options (text area)

1. Typing in a full web address should make an active link (works in IE but not Firefox)

Links to Other Web Sites

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2. Method 2 – other text acts as the hyperlink1. Type the text to serve as a hyperlink and highlight2. Click the globe icon in the tool bar area3. Type in the full URL. You may want to also check

the Open link in a new window option. Submit

Link to Other Web Sites

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Customizing Your Course Look

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Control Panel > Customization > Style

◦ Main items you may want to change:

1. Menu style Text or buttons Colour, pattern, & button shape

2. Select Banner Create a banner to upload Appears only on your home page

Customizing Your Course

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Student & Parent Access

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Control Panel > Users & Groups > Users◦ Students do not see the Control Panel

Click the Enroll User button to add an existing Blackboard user to your class

Most users have a standard username of firstname.lastname or Browse to find

Add several at once – separate usernames with commas

Practice: student.1 student.2 . . . student.5

Give students the Role of Student and set Availability to Yes. Submit. (but you could probably have guessed that!!)

Enrolling Students

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One way to see who is already enrolled in your class:

◦ Control Panel > Users & Groups > Users

◦ Type a % in the Search field & click Go

Enrolling Students

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How will students access the class?

◦ They must be enrolled in the class, OR◦ Make the class & content areas available to guests &

provide a link to the class (e.g. from school website)

Can parents access my class?

◦ They may log in using their child’s account, OR◦ Make all or part of the class open to guests & provide

the link to the class from the school website

Student & Parent Access

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Questions?Contact your area Instructional Technology Consultant for assistance