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The first tutorials listed on this page were created using Emporia State University's Blackboard interface. Each provides a brief overview of a commonly-used Blackboard feature.

Faculty Video Resources

Blackboard and Campus Pack: The student homepage option is no longer available with Blackboard version 9.1. However, Campus Pack personal learning spaces can do much more for students. You will need to copy the following address into your clipboard and paste it into the URL line for your sidebar menu link:

Watch the Personal Learning Space video to learn more.

View Logging on with a Student Alias to see how faculty users may access Blackboard and view a course as a student will.

It's easy to modify and manage the Course Menu in Blackboard 9.1.

Organizing your content into Folders can help provide clear organization for your students.

The Course Home Page in Blackboad 9.1 is the new landing page for your course. This video shows you how it works.

Ready to Add an Assignment to your course? Find out how.

Blackboard 9.1 makes it very easy to Add You Tube Video to your courses.

This Tools Availability video shows you how to make course tool items available and unavailable.

Learn how to Create a Discussion Forum to get students started with interaction in your course.

You'll also want to Post and Reply to Discussions threads to interact as your students do.

You'll need to Make Your Course Available to students at the beginning of each semester. This tutorial shows you how.

You may not always want to see all your Grade Center columns, or wish your students to see them. The Show & Hide Columns video shows you how to manage Grade Center views.

Faculty Print Resources

This print document, Basic Navigation, shows you how to get around in the new interface.

Curious about the new features in Blackboard 9.1? The What's New document explains some of these changes.

Resources for Students

Blackboard offers several student tutorials to help with the transition to the new learning environment.

The Taking A Test Online video demonstrates how to successfully take a Blackboard test online.

See the Checking Your Grades video to know where you stand with your coursework.

This Create a Discussion Board Post video will show you how to start interacting with your peers.

You'll want to see How to Submit an Assignment for your courses.

Blackboard On Demand Resources for Faculty

Working in the Course Environment

These video tutorials and other documents created by Blackboard and its community members can help familiarize you with the Blackboard 9.1 environment. Because they were created by Blackboard, they use a slightly different interface than you'll see on our campus.

This tour of the New Course Files Feature shows you how to manage content more effectively than ever before.

View this tutorial to see how to Add a Banner to your Course Entry Point.

The new Add a Textbook to your course feature lets you give students book information within your course shell.

What's up with all the mashups? YouTube, Scholar streams and bookmarking, and SlideShare shows can bring more life and interest to your course. Watch the Creating a Mashup video to learn more.

Read how to get started with Your Course Environment.

A Blackboard course is only an empty shell until you add relevant content. This document gets you started with adding Course Content.

Questions about how to Balance Asynchronous and Syncronous Learning in a Blackboard environment? Read about it here.

Conduct regular "housekeeping" at the beginning and end of each semester. Two pages, a Beginning of Semester Checklist and End of Semester Checklist provide how-to information to get your semester started and wrap it up.

Interested in how you can implement Problem Based Learning in your Blackboard course? This best practice document explains how.

Communicating & Collaborating

The discussions area in Blackboard provides an easy-to-use, asynchronous place for students and faculty to exchange ideas. Two videos are available to help you assess student learning in the discussions area. The first, Grading a Discussion Board Forum, shows how to grade based on forum content. Also available is Grading a Discussion Board Thread, which demonstrates how to grade at the thread level.

Using groups in your course helps students learn to work collaboratively in a distance environment. Reading Getting Started with Groups will get you off on the right foot.

New to Blackboard 9.1 is a much-improved groups manager. You may Create A Group or Create Group Sets. These videos show you how.

Assessing Learners

The Getting Started with the Grade Center document gives an overview of the resources available in the Grade Center.

The Customizing the Grade Center View shows you how to change your Grade Center views.

Watch the Creating Smart Views video to see how to view your students' progress based on assessment scores or other criteria.

The Viewing Grade Details, explains the process of drilling down to view and assess student assignment submissions.

Want to grade your students' responses to your tests and quizzes on a question by question basis? See this video, Grading Assessments Question by Question for more information.

This video shows you how you can Color Code the Grade Center to help you visually manage the page.

Test, Surveys, and Pools

Ready to build online assessments into your course? Read Getting Started with Building a Test to learn how.

Did you know you can import your tests into Blackboard and export them, as well? This video, Exporting and Importing a Test or Suvey, explains the process.

Another feature of Blackboard 9.1 is your ability to Upload Test Questions from Microsoft Excel.

Different types of test or quiz questions serve different purposes. Blackboard has provided several videos to show you how. See how to create a Fill in the Blank, Short Answer, Matching, True/False, Essay, Hot Spot, Multiple Choice, or Ordering question.

Using the Test Manager, you can also Tag Questions for Reuse, Build Test Pools, and create Random Test Blocks and add them to tests.

Using a sample quiz, or syllabus quiz, can help prepare your students for the online test-taking environment. The Sample Quiz page tells you how you can give students a head start in troubleshooting their technical problems.

To view the complete library of just-in-time video, text, and web-based help, visit the On Demand Learning Center.