Instructors and Course Builders

New Blackboard Apps!

The Blackboard Instructor app is now available for iOS and Android. Sign up for Blackboard Instructor updates.

Manage Photo Avatar Display Options

Photo Avatar in your Blackboard courses. Your OneCard photo is automatically transferred to the campus Blackboard system. It is up to you to manage your Display Options.

  • Log in to Blackboard
  • Look to the left side of your entry page and select Personal Information from the Tools section.
  • Select Personalize My Settings. If your photo is available, you will see it on this page.
  • You have two display options:
    1. To hide your photo, select the option Do not display avatar image.
    2. To allow others to see your photo, select the option Display the system-generated avatar image.
  • To finalize your selection, click the Submit button.

Introduction to Blackboard

Updating Content Area

Getting Started with Course Content

  • What is Edit Mode?

    One of the new features of Blackboard 9.1 is Edit Mode. When Edit Mode is on, instructors and course builders can build and modify the course or the content on the screen. If you want to view the course as a student would see it, turn Edit Mode off.

    The Edit Mode button is located in the upper-right corner of the screen. 

  • Video Tour of Your Course Environment
  • How to add a Content Area
    • Some Content Areas are available in a course by default. You can add new Content Areas to your course. Here are instructions on how to add a Content Area:

      1. Log into Blackboard with your UMID username and password. 
      2. In the “My Courses Plus” module, click on the link for your course.
      3. Set Edit Mode to ON.
      4. Hover over the Add button on the Course Menu.
      5. Select Create Content Area.
      6. Enter a Name for the new Content Area.
         
        NOTE: If this area should be available to the users (students) in the course, click the Available to Users check box. An icon of a square with a line through it will appear next to this Content Area if it is not available to users. 
         
      7. Click Submit.
  • Renaming or Deleting Content Area
    • Log into Blackboard with your UMID username and password.
    • In the “My Courses Plus ” module, click on the link for your course.
    • Set Edit Mode to ON.
    • Click on the "double chevron" button to the right of the Content Area you want to modify.
    • Select the desired option from the menu that appears.
  • Adding items, files or learning modules to Content Area
    • Log into Blackboard with your UMB ID and UMB password. 
    • In the “My Courses” area, click on the link for your course.
    • Set Edit Mode to ON.
    • Click on the name of the Content Area in the Course Menu on the left.
    • Use the menus in the middle of the page to add items to the Content Area.

Course and Tool Availability

  • How do I make a course available to students?
    • An instructor can make a course unavailable or available to students at any time. If a course is set as “Unavailable," only users with the following course roles can see and access the course:

      • Instructors
      • Course builders
      • Teaching assistant
      • Graders 

      Here are instructions on how to make a course available to students. 

      1. Log into Blackboard with your UM username and password. 
      2. In the “My Courses Plus” module, click on the link for your course.
      3. Turn Edit Mode ON.
      4. Scroll down to the “Course Management” area on the left side of the screen.
      5. Open the "Control Panel" menu.
      6. Open the "Customization" menu.
      7. Select Properties.
      8. Scroll down to Section 3 "Set Availability" and select the option "Yes."
      9. In Section 4 "Set Course Duration," select the option "Continuous" or ensure that the "Start Date" and "End Date" are valid. 
      10. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Submit” button. 
  • Turning tools on and off — Flash format
  • Turning tools on and off — MP4 format on YouTube
  • Making tools available to students — Flash format
  • Making tools available to students — MP4 format on YouTube

Student Preview

As an instructor, you want to be confident that your course is well-designed and functions as intended — before your students see it. Use student preview to review the course content and validate the course behaviors, such as those that control the availability of course content or require a particular interaction from the student to be triggered.

Student Preview

Users and Groups

  • Search Course Users
  • How do I see a list of users in my course?
    • Log into Blackboard with your UMID username and password.
    • In the "My Courses Plus" module, click on the link for your course.
    • Scroll down to the "Course Management" area on the left side of the screen.
    • Open the "Control Panel" menu.
    • Click on the "Users and Groups" option.
    • Click on the "Users" option.
    • A list of the users in your course should be displayed.  

      If no users appear, check the "Search" area and ensure that the search query is set to "Username" and "Not blank." Leave the query field blank and click on the "Go" button to perform the search.

  • How do I find and add a user to my course?
    • In ‘for credit’ courses, most student should be added automatically to your Blackboard Course after they have registered for the course. 
    • If your course is not set up for automatic enrollment or you need to manually add a user to your course, here are instructions on how to add a user to your course.

      1. Log into Blackboard with your UMID username and password. 
      2. In the “My Courses Plus” module click on the link for your course.
      3. Scroll down to the “Course Management” area on the left side of the screen.
      4. Open the “Control Panel” menu.
      5. Click on the “Users and Groups” option.
      6. Click on the “Users” option.
      7. Click on the “Find Users to Enroll” button.
      8. Enter the user’s Blackboard ID or use the following instructions to find a user’s Blackboard account.
        1. Under the “Enroll Users” area, click on the ‘Browse” button to open a search screen to find Blackboard accounts. 
          NOTE: In the search screen, leave the ‘Options’ selection as “User Information”.
           
        2. Click on the check box next to the account you want to enroll in your course
          If you find more than 1 account for a user, click here for more information on which account to enroll.  
           
        3. Click on the “Submit” button to add that user to the list of users to enroll. 
           
          Repeat steps a-c to find and select the users you want to enroll.
           
      9. Once you have entered all the users you want to enroll, use the drop-down menu to select the user’s role in the course.
      10. Leave the Enrollment Availability as “yes”. 
      11. Click on the “Submit” button to enroll the users.

      NOTE: If you cannot enroll a user, or you cannot find a user’s account, that user may already be enrolled in your course.  

      Also, if your course is set up for automatic enrollment and you enroll a student who is not enrolled for the course, the Blackboard system may

  • You find multiple accounts, which should you select?
    • When you search for users to add to your course, you may see multiple Blackboard accounts for the same individual. Do not select an account that is composed of all numbers. The Blackboard Username (account) should generally start with the first character of the first name plus at least four characters of the last name.

      If you need to verify a user’s Blackboard account, email the Help Desk

  • Getting Started with Groups
  • Creating a User Group

Grade Center

In the Grade Center, you can provide and manage your students' grades for assignments, tests, discussion posts, journals, blogs, and wikis, and for ungraded items, such as surveys or self tests. You also can create grade columns for any activities or requirements you want to grade, such as special projects, participation, or attendance.

  • Creating a grade item or column
    • Log into Blackboard with your UMID username and password. 
    • In the “My Courses Plus” module on the right, click on the link for your course.
    • Open the Control Panel and click on the “Grade Center” option.
    • Select the “Full Grade Center” option.
    • Click on the “Create Column” button.
    • The following fields are required. 

      Column Name This field is required. It is the name for the column.
      Points Possible Total points possible for the grade item.
       
      Other options are available. For more information, click on the "More Help" link on the top-right side of the page. 
    • Click Submit.
  • How do I enter a grade manually?
    • There are multiple ways to enter a grade manually in Blackboard 9.1. Here are instructions on how to manually enter a grade from the Grade Center Page. 
      1. Log into Blackboard with your UMID username and password.
      2. In the “My Courses Plus” module on the right, click on the link for your course.
      3. Open the Control Panel and click on the “Grade Center” option.
      4. Select the “Full Grade Center” option.
      5. Ensure that the “Screen Reader” mode is off by using the option menu (down-pointing arrow) for the ‘Full Grade Center’ title.
      6. Click on the cell where you want to enter a grade.
      7. Enter the grade value.
      8. Press Enter.
        • NOTE: Once you start entering grades, you can use the arrow keys on the keyboard to navigate through the grade book.
        • Be sure to press "Enter" before moving to another cell. If Enter is not pressed, and you try to exit the entry cell or Grade Center, a dialog box will appear to ask if you want to save the grade entry. Select OK to save the grade.

Not all schools/programs at UMB are utilizing these features of Blackboard at this time. Please contact your local school/program Instructional Technology or Help Desk staff for usage-specific guidance.