Blackboard help for Instructors
Here are some resources to help you use blackboard at UO more effectively:
See below for more online materials.
Assistance in person for instructors
CMET Consulting can answer blackboard questions and provide training for faculty and staff. Instructors can visit Room 19, Knight Library, use our online chat, or call 346-1942 for an appointment or the answer to a quick question.
If you need assistance with instructional design or would like to build a learning object for your course, CMET Interactive Media may also be able to assist. And you can get additional help from the Teaching Effectiveness Program in using blackboard to meet your teaching goals. Many apparent blackboard issues are actually problems with your account or your browser configuration: get account help from the IS Technology Service Desk; your department or college may also have tech support staff who can help with hardware and software problems.
We offer blackboard workshops for instructors by request. Schedule one for instructors in your department, customized to your specific needs.
Instructors can also report problems or get responses to specific questions by email to our trouble ticketing system (email to firstname.lastname@example.org). Be sure to include complete information including your DuckID, the course, what browser you are using, and the nature of the problem. The trouble ticketing system is monitored regularly during normal business hours.
Some of the online information that we've found most useful at UO includes:
- Blackboard 9.1 Instructor's Guide: HTML-format. Also available in HTML format on the "Help" menu of the control panel.
- Blackboard Inc. Faculty Documentation has an extensive collection of vendor-written manuals and tutorials. As of fall term 2013 see documentation for Blackboard Learn 9.1 or 9.1 SP 13.
- See in particular the Bb-provided flash based "quick tutorials" for Release 9.1.
- Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series
- Blackboard Buddy, a collection of YouTube videos, (St John Fisher College)
- Test Taking in Blackboard: suggestions for students
- Suggestions for Constructing Blackboard Tests: How instructors can build quizzes to avoid potential problems
- Blackboard and i>clicker at UO: How instructors can use blackboard with i>clicker personal response systems, including registering student clickers using a blackboard form and uploading grades from i>grader into the Blackboard grade center
Some additional materials
For example, see several "getting started" short guides:
- Making your coursesite available (flash video)
- Getting Started with the Course Environment
- Getting Started with Assignments
- Getting Started with Building a Test
- Getting Started with Course Content
- Getting Started with Groups
- Getting Started with Learning Modules
- Getting Started with the Grade Center
There's lots of other material available about blackboard, both from the UO and other sites. Try using google and search for "blackboard 9 quick tutorial". Although many universities have Blackboard Learn training materials, you need to beware that they may not be updated regularly, or may include information that is specific to the other school or to a different version of Blackboard than the one at the UO.