Blackboard Basics

Blackboard Basics - How do I put a PowerPoint presentation on my coursesite

How do I put a PowerPoint presentation on my coursesite?

You have several options for uploading PowerPoint files to Blackboard.  The simplest method is to simply upload the PowerPoint file as a file attachment.  However, many students may not have PowerPoint or an equivalent program, so some instructors find it easier to convert their PowerPoint slides to .pdf before uploading.

Option 1  - Uploading PowerPoint files

Blackboard Basics - How do I log in to Blackboard

How do I log in to Blackboard?

Visit http://blackboard.uoregon.edu. Enter your UO Duck ID, e.g. "jdoe" (don't include "@uoregon.edu") and the corresponding password (which is the same password as the one for your UO email address). For more help logging in to blackboard, see "Login Help." That help file also describes what to do if you get an error when you try to log in. 

Blackboard Basics - Blackboard down? What to do

Blackboard down?  What to do

Blackboard at the UO has scheduled maintenance, but is very seldom down except as scheduled. Our target is 99.9% scheduled uptime! Still, it's possible that when you try to connect to Blackboard you may be unsuccessful. Here's what to do next.

Is it actually a Blackboard problem?

Blackboard message when server is unavailableFirst, wait a few minutes and try again.

Personalization - I've lost my course menu All I can see is the course home page

I've lost my course menu. All I can see is the course home page.

If you visit a Blackboard site and discover that nothing looks right -- that all you see is the announcements or the "home page" for the site -- then probably what has happened is that your left column, with the main menu, has been minimized.

Blackboard Basics - What do the action bar menu items mean

What do the action bar menu items mean?

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Tools - How do I add a tool link

How do I add a tool link?

There are many advanced tools such as discussion forums, wikis, blogs and send email functions that you may wish to use in your course.  Students can find these tools by searching through the list of Blackboard tools.  However, you may wish to add a link directly to the tool that shows up on the navigation sidebar for your course in order to help students avoid having to navigate through the lengthy list of tools available under the "Tools" link.

Blackboard Basics - I don't see my course in 'My Courses'

I don't see my course in "My Courses"

There are several reasons why your course might not be listed in blackboard:

Blackboard Basics - What is Blackboard

What is Blackboard?

Blackboard is the online course management system at the University of Oregon. It is designed to provide a collection of tools to help instructors and students supplement, and sometimes replace, face to face learning.

Blackboard Basics - What is my Blackboard username and password

What is my Blackboard username and password?

All UO students have a “Duck ID,” which is also used as your Blackboard login username.

Blackboard Basics - What software do I need on my computer to use Blackboard

What software do I need on my computer to use Blackboard?

You need a network connection and a web browser, typically a recent version of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari (Mac only). Blackboard provisionally supports Chrome. For details, see Blackboard Browser Setup. You must have Javascript and Cookies enabled.

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