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Blackboard 9.1 Help for Instructors

Blackboard ( has been upgraded to Blackboard Learn 9.1 October 2014 on 12/26/15. We've updated the 'What Is New' page with information about the latest release.

Start of Term Tips - Start of Term Tips for Instructors

New Support Options - JHU Blackboard Self Service Support

Please note: Blackboard was recently upgraded and we are in the process of updating the documentation. Some of the tutorials may reflect the previous version - please bear with us as we do our best to update the materials as quickly as possible.

The following tutorials contain detailed step-by-step instructions with screenshots. Most links are PDF documents .





Getting Started:

Tips for Getting Started
Logging in to Blackboard
My Institution Dashboard
Accessing your Courses
Navigating the Course Environment
Notifications Dashboard 
Making a Course Available
  (Video Demo)
Adding JHU Users to a Course Site - including TAs (Video Demo)
Merging Sections in Blackboard

Edit Notification Settings (Video Demo)

Adding Content:

Adding Items to the Course Menu
Adding a Syllabus to a Course Site (Video Demo)
Adding Content to a Course Site
Learning Module
Uploading .zip files to Blackboard (Video Demo)
Dragging & dropping multiple files into Blackboard
Content Collection Basics
Adaptive Release
Adding a Banner Image to the Home Page (Video Demo)


Course and Organization Roles
Creating A Guest Login Account
Changing The Home Page (Point Of Entry)
Blackboard Mobile Learn
Toolpad Shortcuts
Creating a Blackboard Organization
Uploading an Avatar
Adding a VoiceThread Presentation to Blackboard (Video Demo)
Adding a VoiceThread Assignment to Blackboard (Video Demo)


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

What's New in Blackboard 9.1
Course Migration FAQ
Blackboard FAQ
Blackboard Known Issues
Blackboard Regular Maintenance Hours
Blackboard - ISIS Grade Import FAQ
Blackboard Mobile Learn
Best Practices for Mobile Friendly Courses
Faculty Guide to Mobile Tests (PDF)

Student Help:

Handout for Students

Communication and Collaboration Tools:

Announcements (Video Demo)
(info)Blogs - Helpful Hints
Discussion Board
(info)Discussion Board - Helpful Hints
(info)Wikis - Helpful Hints


Gradebook (Grade Center)
Creating Smart Views in the Grade Center
(info) Extra Credit Options in Blackboard 
My Grades
Blackboard - ISIS Grade Import


Turnitin Assignments

Tests and Surveys
(info)Best Practices for Blackboard Assessment Creating - Instructors
(info)Best Practices for Blackboard Assessment Taking - Students
Creating and Importing a Test in Microsoft Word
Copying a Blackboard Test/Survey from One Course to Another
(info)Rubrics - Helpful Hints


Course Copy:

Course Copy Tutorial

Other Tools:

Blackboard Drive


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