Instructors can change email notification settings by:

Step 1: Go to the Global Navigation Menu by clicking on the down arrow next to your name in the top right hand corner of the screen

Open Global Nav Menu

Step 2: Select “Settings”

Go to settings in the open global nav menu

Step 3: Click on “Edit Notifications Settings”

select edit notification settings in the open global nav menu

Step 4: Click on “Courses I am teaching” link under Bulk Edit Notification Settings

select course I am teaching

Step 5: Choose either radio button for either “All Courses” or “Selected”

Step 6: If “Selected” is chosen, highlight the necessary courses and click on the right carrot button to move the course to the “Selected Items” box

Move individual courses over or select all

Step 7: Uncheck or check the top box next to “Email” to deselect or select the notifications for all items, or individually deselect/select each box

settings to uncheck box in email

Step 8: Click on the “Submit” button


Part I

Step 1: Open in an internet browser (IE, Firefox, Safari, etc)

Step 2: Open the Microsoft file (.DOC, .XLS, .PPT, etc) with text that needs to be copied into an HTML file in Blackboard

Step 3: Hold Crtl-A (PC) or Command-A (Mac) to select all text

Step 4: Hold Crtl-C (PC) or Command-C (Mac) to copy all text

Step 5: Hold Crtl-V (PC) or Command-V (Mac) to paste all text into

Step 6: Click on the “Convert to clean HTML” button

Convert to Clean HTML button

Step 7: Select the “Copy HTML to clipboard” option

Copy HTML to Clipboard Option



Part II

Step 1: Locate the HTML file in Blackboard

Step 2: Hover over the title of the file and click on the action link item (circle) that appears to the right

Step 3: Select “Edit in Blackboard”

Step 4: In the Visual Text Box Editor (VTBE), click on the “HTML” button

Visual text box editor showing where the HTML button is located

Step 5: Highlight and delete all the text between the “<body>” and “</body>” tags

Code view of HTML highlighting the text between the <body></body> tags

Step 6: Paste the new text from between the <body></body> tags by holding Crtl-V (PC) or Command-V (Mac)

Step 7: Click on the “Update” button

Step 8: Click on the “Submit” button

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

Blackboard Training Courses

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”


Step 4: Apply filter for “Item Types” filter_by_item_type


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.