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Blackboard Learn

What is Blackboard Learn?

Blackboard Learn is a course management application designed to enhance teaching and learning. The Blackboard course management e-learning system enables instructors to build and customize course offerings. In addition, students enrolled with Blackboard become engaged in an interactive learning environment.

Accessing Blackboard Learn
Online Training
  • Blackboard Learn Boot Camp
  • All faculty have been enrolled in an online Boot Camp accessible in Blackboard Learn.
Inlab Training
  • ITTC Institute
    This course takes you through a detailed view of developing courses and engaging students through the effective use of technology.
  • Blackboard Learn Boot Camp
    Presented daily during the first two weeks of the Fall term; provides faculty who are new to Blackboard the basics of using the application.

Check the Scheduler often for new class offerings throughout the semester.

All new faculty are automatically set up with a Blackboard Learn account when they get an Astate email account. If you cannot access Blackboard Learn, contact the ITS Help Desk at (870) 972-3933.

Blackboard Learn Resources for Educators

Quick Links


The Course Environment

Your Course Environment
Adding a Banner to Your Course Entry Point
Adding an Avatar to Personalize Your Course Environment
Making Your Course Available to Students

Notifications and Announcements

Sending Notifications
Creating Announcements
Creating a Course Task
Creating a Course Contact
Sending Email
Sending Blackboard Messages

Build Content

Using the Text Editor
Editing the Course Home Page
Building a Learning Module
Creating a Lesson Plan
Creating a Blank Page
Adding a Blank Page to the Course Menu
Adding NBC Archives Video Content
Creating a Tool Link
Adding a URL
Creating a Mashup
Attaching Course Files to a Content Item
Create multiple rules for Adaptive Release (NEW)

The Discussion Board

Creating a Discussion Board Forum
Creating a Discussion Board Thread
Replying to a Discussion Board Thread
Moderating Discussion Board Forums
Managing Discussion Board Roles
Changing Discussion Board Forum Settings
Searching the Discussion Board and Collecting Posts (NEW)
Tagging Discussion Board Posts (NEW)
Rating Discussion Board Threads

Blogs, Journals, and Wikis

Creating a Journal
Creating and Editing Journal Entries
Commenting on a Journal Entry
Creating a Blog
Creating and Editing Blog Entries
Commenting on a Blog Entry
Creating a Wiki
Adding Rich Content to a Wiki
Editing a Wiki Page
Linking Wiki Pages
Viewing a Wiki Page History
Grading a Wiki

Group Activities

Creating a Group
Creating Group Sets


Using SafeAssign
Downloading Assignments
Clean Out Graded Assignment Files

Course Tools

Turning Tool Availability On and Off
Making Tools Available to Students
Adding a Glossary Term

Rubrics – NEW

Creating a Grading Rubric (NEW)
Associating a Rubric with a Gradable Item (NEW)
Grading with Rubrics (NEW)

Tests, Surveys, and Pools

Creating a Test
Setting Test Options (including setting the test timer) (NEW)
Export and Importing a Test or Survey
Uploading Test Questions from Excel
Tour the Question Finder Feature
Adding an Existing Question to a Test
Creating a Fill in the Blank Question
Creating a Fill in Multiple Blanks Question
Creating a Jumbled Question
Creating a Short Answer Question
Creating a Multiple Answer Question
Creating a Multiple Choice Question
Creating a Matching Question
Creating a True or False Question
Creating a Hot Spot Question
Creating a Likert Question
Creating a Calculated Numeric Question
Creating an Ordering Question
Creating a Quiz Bowl Question
Creating an Essay Question
Reading Survey Submissions
Reading Survey Results
Tagging Questions for Reuse
Building a Pool
Creating a Random Block and Adding it to a Test

Grade Center

Customizing the Grade Center View
Creating Smart Views
Creating a Grade Rule
Viewing Grade Details
Creating a Grade Center Report
Viewing and Downloading Grade History
Color Code the Grade Center
Working Offline with the Grade Center

Student Performance and Reports

Performance Dashboard
Turning on Statistics Tracking for a Content Item
Running a Report of All User Activity
Running a Report of User Activity by Forum
Running a Report of User Activity by Content Area
Running a Report of User Activity by Group
Saving a Course Report
Exporting a Course Package
Importing a Course Package