Blackboard Help

Self-Paced Blackboard Basics Course

Watch this short video on how to enroll:

How To...

Make My Course Available

Course Management > Customization > Properties> Set Availability

making the course avaiable

Customize Blackboard Menus

How to customize Blackboard menus

Add Content (e.g. Syllabus, Readings)

This video covers the basics of adding content to Blackboard. It demonstrates first how to upload a file and an item, and how to edit them once they've been shared to Blackboard. Next, it shows how to share a file from CUNY Dropbox, and share a web link. It then demonstrates how to embed a YouTube video into a Blackboard page. Finally, it covers how to double-check your content using Student Preview Mode.

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Create Announcements

Blackboard Announcements

Create an Assignment

Creating Blackboard Assignments

Create and Edit a Quiz

Creating a quiz

Control Panel > CourseTools > Test, Surveys and Pools > Tests

(you will be prompted to create questions, assign points to each question, etc.)

*the quiz will not be visible to your students at this stage 

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Deploying a quiz

a) Content > Assessments > Test (under Add an Existing Test, select the quiz you created in the previous step) > Submit. 

b) Test Options (on this page, you will be prompted to set availability, timer, password, etc.)

*the quiz will be visible to your students at this stage unless you intentionally restricted access in Test Options. 

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Editing a deployed quiz

Content > hover over the name of the quiz you created and deployed in previous steps until an arrow pointing down appears next to the name. 

Click on the arrow and select: 

  • Edit Test (if you want to edit or add a question or points)
  • Edit Test Options (if you want to edit availability, timer, password, etc.)

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Create a Discussion Board Forum

Creating Discussion Boards in Blackboard

Use the Grade Center

Create Bb Rubrics

Blackboard Rubrics

Take Attendance on Bb

Initiating the tool

Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability > check the radio button next to Attendance > Submit

(this step should be done only once) 

steps to initiate the attendance tool on bb


Using the tool

After the tool has been initiated, go to Control Panel >Tools> Attendance


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Add a New User to my Bb Course

Add a New User to your Blackboard Course

Merge Course Sections

Merging Course Sections in Blackboard

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