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


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.