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Blackboard Quick Start Orientation for Faculty

This orientation briefly covers logging in, course to course navigation, navigation within your course, some tool overviews, and a couple how to’s within Blackboard Learn. This is an overview that will get you started in Blackboard, but not necessarily build expertise yet. We encourage you to view other tutorials on this site, as well as make use of the following resources available:

The 7 Training Courses you have already been enrolled in within Blackboard Learn

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Blackboard Embanet Support (24 hours/day, 7 days/week): 1-888-915-9535 or visit the online support site.

MSUD Educational Technology Center

 

Step 1: Go to the content area in which the assignment resides, NOT the link to the assignment

Step 2: Hover over the title of the assignment

Step 3: Click on the action link item next to the title Graphic of action link item

Step 4: Select “Edit”

Step 5: Make appropriate changes

Step 6: Click on the “Submit” button

 

Adding extra credit to an overall weighted grade is a multi-step process. Blackboard  assists in number tracking, but additional math outside the system will also need to be performed. The following steps guide you through the set up process in the grade center. This is a multistep process that begins with weighted columns plus extra credit for a final grade. Next, you need to create the final grade for a student.

Create a Weighted Total Column

Step 1: Click on “Grade Center” under the “Course Management” tools. Graphic of grade center button

Step 2: Click on “Full Grade Center”.

Step 3: Click on the “Create Calculated Column” button.

Step 4: Select “Weighted Column”.
Graphic of weighted column

Step 5: Name the column.

Step 6: Click on the drop down menu for “Primary Display”.  Select “Score”.
Grpahic of primary display score

Step 7: Click on the title for a column or category that needs to be included in the weighted total in “Section 3. Select Columns”.
Graphic of column to select

Step 8: Click on the right arrow next to the “Selected Columns” box. The column title or category should then move from the “Columns to Select”/”Categories to Select” box to the “Selected Columns” box. Graphic of right arrow button
Step 9: Insert the correct percentage in the % box. Graphic of selected columns

Step 10: Repeat until all the necessary columns or categories have moved.

Step 11: Click on the “Submit” button.

 

Create a Manual Extra Credit Column

Step 1: Click on the “Create Column” button.  Graphic of create column button

Step 2: Name the column.

Step 3: Click on the drop down menu for “Primary Display”. Select “Score”.

Step 4: Put “0” in the “Points Possible” box. Graphic of points possible at 0

Step 5: Click on the “Submit” button.

 

Find the Total Weighted Points

Step 1: Hover over the title for the “Weighted Total” column.
Step 2: Look at the Grade Information Bar, and find the total possible points. Remember this number.  Graphic of grade information bar

 

Create a Manual Final Column

Step 1: Click on the “Create Column” button.  Graphic of create column button

Step 2: Name the column.

Step 3: Click on the drop down menu for “Primary Display”. Select “Score”.

Step 4: Click on the drop down menu for “Secondary Display”. Select “Letter”.  Graphic of secondary display

Step 5: Fill in the “Points Possible” box with the number found from the steps in “Find the Total Weighted Points”. Graphic of points possible at 147.5

Step 6: Click on the “Submit” button.

 

Create Final Grade for Student

Step 1: After everything else has been graded, add the points from the “Weighted Total” and “Extra Credit” columns for a student.

Step 2: Manually edit the “Final” column and add the number to this column.

Step 3: The final letter grade will be displayed in parenthesis next to the number. Graphic of final a+ grade
If there is a number showing between the parenthesis, the final points was larger than 100% and the student should receive an A+.  Graphic of final no leter showing

 

Step 1: Select course

Step 2: Expand “Course Tools”  Graphic of expanding course tools image

Step 3: Select “Date Management” tool Graphic of selecting date management

 

Option 1: Use Course Start Date

Step 1: Click “Use Course Start Date” radio button  Graphic of select date adjustment option

Note: The current start state should be populated if the course was migrated over.

Step 2: Enter the “Curent Start Date” of when the course began on if it is not automatically populated

Step 3: Enter “New” start date

Step 4: Click “Start” Graphic of start button

 

Option 2: Adjust by Number of Days

Step 1: Click “Adjust by Number of Days” radio button Graphic of selecting adjust by number of days

Step 2: Enter number to “Shift all dates by”  Graphic of shift all date by

Step 3: Click “Start” Graphic of start button

 

Option 3: List All Dates for Review

Step 1: Click “List All Dates For Review” radio button Graphic of selecting list all dates for review

Step 2: Click “Start”  Graphic of start button

Step 3: Click “Next”

click_next

Step 4: Apply filter for “Item Types” filter_by_item_type

OR

Step 5: Select “item” that needs new due date

Step 6: Click on “Due Date” Graphic of edit date

Step 7: Select new due date
Graphic of selecting new date

Step 8: Adjust hours and minutes

Step 9: Click “Done” Graphic of done button

Step 10: Click the “green check mark” Graphic of green check

Note: A due date cannot be added if it was not originally set; set the due date in the object’s properties first.

 

Step 1: Click on “Course Tools” underneath the Course Management tools

Step 2: Click on “SafeAssign”

Step 3: Click on “DirectSubmit” directSubmit

Step 4: Click on “Submit A Paper” submitPaper

Step 5: Check “Submission Options” submissionOptions

Step 6: Click on the “Choose File” button to upload a file or paste Paper Title and Text in the corresponding area fileUpload

Step 7: Click on the “Submit” directSubmit_SubmitBtn button.

Step 8: Click on the check-mark logo under “SA Report” to review the originality report after it has processed saReport

Step 9: Click on the down arrow logo under “File” to download the original file saDownload

 

Step 1: Click on a content item to add a group assignment.

Step 2: Click on “Assessment”. Graphic of assessment button

Step 3: Click on “Assignment”. assignments_groups

Step 4: Name the assignment.

Step 5: Add Instructions, Files, Points, Availability, and Due Dates.

Step 6: Select “Groups of Students”. groupsofstudents

Step 7: Select “Group” to be given the assignment. selectgroup

Step 8: Click the arrow_groupassignment arrow to move the group to “Selected Items”.

Step 9: Click “Submit”.  Graphic of submit button

 

Grading a Group Assignment

Step 1: Click on “Grade Center” and then “Full Grade Center”.

Step 2: Locate the group assignment column within the Grade Center.

Step 3: Click on the “Action Link Item”. Graphic of action link item

Step 4: Click on “Group Attempt”.

Step 5: Grade the assignment.

Step 6: Provide feedback if necessary.

Step 7: Click “Submit”. Graphic of submit button

Note: To grade an individual student go back to the grade column and manually override the grade.

 

 

Step 1: Go to the “Course Navigation Menu”

Step 2: Click on the “+” icon to “Add Menu Item”  Graphic of the plus button

Step 3: Click on “Content Area”  Graphic of content area

Step 4: Name the Content Area  Graphic of naming content area

Step 5: Check the box to make this area “Available to Users” Graphic of check for available to users

Step 6: Click “Submit” Graphic of submit button

Step 7: Hover to the left of the content area link, click on the four arrows that will appear, and drag this new content area to where it should go on the “Course Navigation Menu”.

 

Step 1: Go to the content area in which the learning module should be created in

Step 2: Click the “Build Content” button Graphic of Build content button

Step 3: Select “Learning Module” Graphic of learning module

Step 4: Type a name for the learning module Graphic of inserting name

Step 5: Give a short description of the learning module, if necessary

Step 6: Select “Learning Module Options” as necessary

Step 7: Select “Standard Options” as necessary

Step 8: Select “Table of Contents” options as necessary

Step 9: Click the “Submit” button Graphic of submit button

Note: To add content to the learning module, view the “Adding Content” tutorial.

 

Move a Learning Module

Step 1: Hover to the left of the learning module so the four arrow icon appears  Graphic of 4 way arrow to move items

Step 2: Click, hold, and drag to sequence in which the learning module should show

Step 3: Drop the learning module by releasing the click

 

Make Learning Modules Available/Visible

Step 1: Click on “Content” from the Course Navigation Menu

Step 2: Hover over a learning module and click on the action item link Graphic of action link item

Step 3: Select “Edit”

Step 4: Select the ‘Yes’ radio button to permit users to view this content in “Section 4: Standard Options”

Graphic of permit users to view this content