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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.

Tools - How can I post links in Blackboard to readings I find in library full text databases

How can I post links in Blackboard to readings I find in library full text databases?

Usually when you look at a full-text article in a subscription database or on a publisher's website, the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) associated with the article is dynamic, meaning that if you save it and try to use it to access that article later, it will no longer work. Fortunately, many subscription databases and websites now have permanent web addresses known as persistent, stable or durable links that allow easy incorporation into a web page, Blackboard site, or email.

Tools - How can I Embed a Google Calendar within Blackboard

How can I Embed a Google Calendar within Blackboard? iCalendar feed

The calendars built into Blackboard are quite limited compared to many calendars these days. Google has become the new standard for full viewing integration with their own version of calendar organization, and if you want to maintain a calendar using Google Calendar you can do so, yet still make it visible to your students in Blackboard.  The process takes several steps.

Assignments - How do I use SafeAssign

How do I use SafeAssign?

A SafeAssignment is used when instructors want all of their students to upload their papers and be checked for plagiarism across the Internet and University database. 

To set up a SafeAssignment:

Discussion Board - How andor where do you access the discussion board on blackboard

How and/or where do you access the discussion board on blackboard?

If your instructor is using the Blackboard Discussion Board, then there should be a link somewhere in your course, but the precise location is up to the instructor.  Some courses have a "Tools" or "Communications" link on the main course menu, going to a page containing a set of course tools including Discussion Board.

accessing the discussion board

Tools - How do I access WebAssign through Blackboard

How do I access WebAssign through Blackboard?

If your instructor is using WebAssign, then there should be a link somewhere in your course, but the precise location is up to the instructor.  Some courses have a "Tools" or "Communications" link on the main course menu, going to a page containing a set of course tools including WebAssign.  Others may place a link to WebAssign in a content area of the coursesite, or even as a link directly on the main menu.

If you can't find the link in your course, ask your instructor.

Tools - How do I change my Blackboard language?

How do I change my Blackboard language?

Tools - How do I use Voiceboards

How do I use Voiceboards?

Voice Boards are an aural alternative to text-based discussions. Voice Boards are used when pronunciation is critical, such as in a foreign language class or an AEI class. The following will show you how to set up and use a Voice Board in Blackboard.
 

Making a Voice Board Available

Tools - How do you upload assignments to Blackboard

How do you upload assignments to Blackboard?

Your professor may give you many different types of "assignment" in Blackboard.  Different types of assignment require different submission techniques.  Read the instructor's directions!

Sometimes an instructor will use Blackboard only to tell you about the assignment, but will expect you to turn it in on paper in class.  Other times the instructor may have a Blackboard assignment that requires you to

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