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Getting Started

 

 

Blackboard Learn. Getting Started.

Welcome to Blackboard at Manhattanville College. Click on the links below to learn more about the features Blackboard has to offer. Currently this page offers tutorials on Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 13. During the winter 2013-2014 break, this page will be updated with additional instructional manuals and videos.

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Blackboard Vocabulary

Adaptive Release: A tool that allows you to set rules for controlling when materials, tests and assignments are made available and which students can access it.

Available: Applies to a course or to a tool, test, discussion, etc. that is available for enrolled students and users to access.

Bulk Delete: Allows you to delete all materials in your course with one-click.

Content Collection: The area where all course material for a specific course is stored.

Content Folder: A folder where course materials can be added and organized.

Course Link: A link from within a course that navigates to somewhere else in the course.

Control Panel: The area that an instructor accesses to manage their course.

Create Column: Adds a new gradable column to the grade center.

Delete: Permanently remove an item and cannot be recovered. Deleting a folder will delete and remove all files, links, and any sub-folders, as well as, the contents.

Early Warning System: A tool that allows you to set rules to monitor student usage of and participation in a course.

External Link: A link to a website outside of a Blackboard course.

Grade Center: The grade book for your course where you enter all of your students grades.

Hide Link: Allows you to hide a menu item from students so they can no longer access it.

My Grades: Icon that navigates students to see their individual grades in a course.

Not Available: Applies to a course that is hidden from students but available to an instructor for editing.

Performance Dashboard: A report on student activity in the course that is frequently updated.

Permit Guests: Allows non-enrolled users access to an area of a course.

Show Link: Allows you to make a menu item visible to students so they can access it.

Tool Availability: Allows you to turn on/off course tools for students.

Tool Link: A link to a course tool

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Uploading a Syllabus

Upload a syllabus for each of your courses from your computer onto Blackboard.

Click here for guided screenshot instructions.

Watch this video to become familiar and learn how to upload your syllabus using:

http://ondemand.blackboard.com/r91/movies/bb91_course_files_adding_files.htm

To upload a syllabus to your course, sign into Blackboard and select the course. Then follow the steps below to proceed.

  1. Switch to Edit Mode and select an existing content area on the course menu.
  2. Click on Build Content in the action bar
  3. Click File
  4. On the Create File page, click Browse to select a file and repeat to upload additional files.
  5. Enter a name (students will see this as the title for the file you uploaded).
  6. Go to Options and select yes to "Permit users to view the content" or select no to hide the file from students.
  7. Click Submit to save the changes you made to your course.

 

Uploading Files (Course Readings, PowerPoints, Examples, etc.)

It's easy to organize your course content and materials in Blackboard.

Click here for guided screenshot instructions.

Watch this video to become familiar and learn how to upload files and course reading from your computer:

http://ondemand.blackboard.com/r91/movies/bb91_course_files_adding_files.htm

  1. Switch to Edit Mode and select an existing content area on the course menu.
  2. Click on Build Content in the action bar
  3. Click Item
  4. On the Create Item page, enter the item name and any accompanying text.
  5. Upload files by clicking Browse and searching for the file on your computer. Repeat this step to upload additional files.
  6. Go to Options and select yes to "Permit users to view the content" or select no to hide the file from students.
  7. Click Submit to save all changes made to your course.

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Using New Content Editor

The new content editor allows you to add text, insert images, tables, create links, etc. with ease.

Click here for guided screenshot instructions.

Watch this video to become familiar and learn how to upload your syllabus using Bb 9.1 Service Pack 13:

http://ondemand.blackboard.com/r91/movies/bb91_tools_using_text_editor.htm

As a Blackboard user, you will encounter the content editor while in edit mode. The content editor is user friendly for both faculty and students to access course materials, assignments, documents, PowerPoints, and much more to support teaching and learning.

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Course Copy

Copy your course materials from previous academic terms. Faculty can copy all course materials or select the content needed for an existing course.

Click here for guided screenshot instructions.

 


Sending E-mails

Easily communicate with your students via email through Blackboard.

Click here for guided screenshot instructions.

Watch this video to become familiar and learn how to send emails:

http://ondemand.blackboard.com/r91/movies/bb91_course_tools_sending_email.htm

  1. Under the Tools page, click Send Email
  2. On the send email page, choose the recipient group you want and a new page opens.
  3. To select specific users or groups, click the recipients to highlight the ones you want in the "available to select" box and click the right pointing arrow to move them to the select box. (To select multiple users in a row, hold down the Shift key and click the recipients. To select users out of sequence, hold down the Control Key and click individual users.)
  4. Enter a subject and message for your email
  5. Attach a file if you want to include it in your email.
  6. Click Submit to send the email to the selected users/groups.

Important tips

  • Blackboard does not keep a record of the emails you send out. When you send out emails, you will receive a copy of it in your external email's inbox. Keep a copy of personal/important emails for your own record.
  • Blackboard does not recognize files, or email addresses with special characters or spaces.
  • If you send out an email with no subject heading, it may prevent your message from being delivered.

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Viewing Course Rosters/Users

Learn how to list your current course rosters.

Watch this video to become familiar and learn how to view course rosters:

http://ondemand.blackboard.com/r91/movies/bb91_tools_using_text_editor.htm

  1.  On the Control Panel, click Users and Groups and click Users.
  2. In the second drop down menu, choose Not Blank.
  3.  Click Go

- Initially, the entire roster may not appear. Click on Show All in the bottom right hand corner to see the full roster.

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Grade Center columns

Create new grade columns in Blackboard's grade center where you can record your students grades.

Click here for guided screenshot instructions.

  1.  Under the control panel, click on Grade Center and choose "Full Grade"
  2. In the Grade Center action bar, click "Create Column"
  3. Once on the Create Grade Column page, enter the column name and description.
  4. In the drop down list, select Primary Display.
  5. If you choose, you can select a Category in which to include the column. (
  6. Enter the total points in the Points Possible text box.
  7. You also have the option to select the radio node next to Due Date and enter a date.
  8. Next to the desired Options, select the radio nodes.
  9. Click Submit.

Below is a description of the options found when creating Grade Center Columns

Options Description

Primary Display: Score As a default, display the achieved score.

Primary Display: Letter Based on a percentage range defined in the "Grade Center" it will display a letter grade.

Primary Display: Text Display a text comment you enter manually.

Primary Display: Percentage Display a percentage that is calculated from the achieved score.

Primary Display: Complete/Incomplete Regardless of the score achieved, display a check mark when the item is submitted.

Include this Column in Grade Center Calculations To make the column available for potential inclusion when creating calculated columns, select the "Yes" radio node.

Show this Column to Students To display the column to students in "My Grades" select the "Yes" radio node. Select the "No" radio node to hide the column from students.

Show Statistics (average and median) for this Column to Students in My Grades Select the Yes radio node to show statistics for this column in "My Grades."

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Entering Grades

Enter your student's grades into the course grade book

There are a variety of ways to enter grades into the Grade Center. The scores from items added to the content of a course, including online tests, exams, and surveys are automatically entered into the Grade Center.

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Making Courses Available

Make your courses available to students by allowing them to access the blackboard course

1. Choose the course you want to make available on your "My Courses" list and click on the course link

2. Scroll down to the course management area, click on customization, click properties, scroll down, select yes/no to make course available to students, and click submit

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Selecting an enter page for your course 

You can select a page that students enter when they navigate to your course page

Watch this video to become familiar and learn how to select an enter page for your course:

http://ondemand.blackboard.com/r91/movies/bb91_course_customization_entry_point.htm

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