Getting Started

Blackboard is a course management tool for instructors who want to deliver part or all of their course materials and instruction online.  Accessible via any Web browser, Blackboard course sites provide many useful administrative and interactive communication features which allow for file-sharing, online assessments, discussion boards and collaborative group work.  Instructors have the ability to customize their course sites as their individual needs dictate. Many forms of assistance are available to you when you have questions about using or maintaining your Blackboard site.   
  • If you have comments or questions, please send an e-mail to the Blackboard Administrator at blackboard@saintmarys.edu
  • You may also use the Blackboard online manual in the Support section of the Control  Panel.

How do I?

Obtaining an Account

Note: If you have students (or others involved in your course) who do not have a Saint Mary's College computer account, they should visit the Information technology Help Desk in Haggar Hall between 8-5 weekdays to obtain their computer accounts. For more information about the process send email to helpdesk@saintmarys.edu.  (A photo ID is required for identification purposes)


Logging Into Blackboard

To access any Blackboard course site, you must log in with a Saint Mary's username and password.

To log into the campus Blackboard system.

  1. In a browser, go to https://bb.saintmarys.edu  
  2. Click the Login button. (The Blackboard Login screen will appear.)
  3. Enter your username and password in the spaces provided.
  4. Click Login.

    Passwords: Student and instructor computer passwords can be changed at http://apps.saintmarys.edu/account/

 

Find and Accessing My Blackboard Courses

Instructors can always click on the Courses tab to find any course you have taught - past or present, that is still on the system (we keep courses for 3 years). The "My Courses" window on the "My Blackboard" page is intended to display courses you are currently teaching or taking.   Click on the course name for easy access to a course site. Instructors can customize the visibility of courses in the "My Courses" panel.


Important Course Settings

NOTE: Make sure your Edit Mode button is in the ON position.


To Modify a Course's Name:

  1. Select Customization in the Control Panel area, and click Properties.
  2. In the Name and Description area, change the Course Name to reflect the current semester  (e.g. by adding Fall, 2011) and click Submit.


How Do I Make My Course Available to Students:


All courses are set to unavailable by default. As soon as the course is ready it is the instructor’s responsibility to make the course available.

  1. Select Customization in the Control Panel area > click Properties.
  2. In the Set Availability, Make Course Available area select "Yes"
  3. Click Submit.

Faculty Blackboard 9.1 How-To Documents & Videos

Adding Items and Content

Description PDF Video
Getting Started PDF
Your Course Environment

Video
Making Your Course Available

Video
Creating a Course Entry Point PDF Video
Adding a Banner to the Entry Point
PDF Video
Uploading One or More Files to Courses

Video
 Distributing Documents (Best Practices)
PDF  
Adding a Content Folder PDF
Adding a Course Link PDF Video
Adding a Flickr Photo PDF
Adding a SlideShare PDF
Adding a URL PDF Video
Adding a Tool Link
Video
Adding a Video PDF
Adding a YouTube Video PDF
Adding an Image PDF
Adding an Item PDF Video
Editing Content PDF
Adding Audio PDF
Blackboard Email and Messages
PDF
Common Features of Blackboard PDF Video
Collecting Student Work Electronically
PDF
Creating a Learning Module PDF Video
Creating Announcements PDF Video
Display Views - Edit Mode PDF
Using the Text Editor
Video
Organizing and Using Folders PDF Video
Tool Content Type Availability PDF Video
Beginning of Semester Checklist PDF

Course Menu & Banner

Description PDF Video
Customizing the Course Menu PDF Video
Using the Control Panel PDF Video

Managing Users


Description PDF Video
Adding Another Instructor, TA, or Grader PDF Video
Obtaining a Classlist PDF Video

Discussion Board

Description PDF Video
Creating a Discussion Board Forum PDF Video
Modifying a Discussion Board Forum PDF
Grading a Discussion Board Forum PDF Video

Campus Pak Wikis, Journals, & Blogs


 Advantages of Using Campus Pak

Campus Pak Wikis
  • Create and share collaborative websites and documents. Research papers, presentations, meeting agendas, pretty much anything that can be created as a document can be created as a wiki.
  • Embed content from any application with an embed code (audio, video, Web 2.0 sites.)
  • Widgets for sharing with social networking sites, commenting and feedback, rating and voting, Google Analytics.
  • Assessment tools provide insight into activity levels and access to aggregated statistics and individual statistics

Campus Pack Blogs and Journals

  • Individual Blogs or Course-level blogs.
  • Flexible Sharing within and outside the institution.
  • Widgets for sharing with social networking sites, commenting and feedback, rating and voting, Google Analytics.
  • Journals for private reflections and individual feedback from the instructor
 Disadvantages of Using Campus Pak


  • Campus Pak's editor is less intuitive and less easy to use with images than more intuitive wikis, e.g. Google Sites.
  • Unless students move a wiki to their personal learning space before a course ends, student access to the wiki content ends when the course is over and the course becomes unavailable.
  • Campus Pak Wiki's may be shared with individuals outside the class, but not visible to the larger internet.




  • The Campus Pak Blog is not as aesthetically interesting as other systems.
  • The Campus Pak editor is less intuitive and more difficult to work with images than other intuitive wikis, e.g. Google Sites.
  • Unless students move their Blog to their personal learning space before a course ends, student access to the wiki content ends when the course is over and the course becomes unavailable.
  • Campus Pak Blogs may be shared with individuals outside the class, but not visible to the larger internet.


Getting Started with Campus Pak Blogs, Wikis, Journals HTML
What's the Difference: Blogs, Wikis, and Journals PDF
Creating a Campus Pak Course Blog HTML
Creating Campus Pak Wikis and Assigning Permissions HTML
Assessing Wiki Assignments HTML
Creating a Blog PDF Video
 Adding a Google Document in a Campus Pak Site
HTML  
Grading a Blog PDF Video
Creating a Wiki PDF Video
Grading a Wiki PDF Video
Creating a Journal PDF Video
Grading a Journal

The above video resources were developed by  G. Alex AmbroseIt is copyrighted and licensed under  a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License 


More Campus Pak Training:

  • Blackboard Group Tool Support
  • Creating Assignments for individual students or groups
  • Site Options for Instructors
  • Widgets
  • Podcasting Made Easy
  • Getting Started with Your Personal Learning Space
  • Creating a User-Centric Learning Environment
  • Embed Google Content in Campus Pack Sites
  • User Guide
  • What's New in Campus Pack--New Version 4.4
  • Video Quick Start Guides
  • Video Tutorials
  • Webinar Training Schedule


  • Best Practices   View Recording

    What's New in Campus Pak 4.4 View Recording
    Campus Pack Templates -
    View Recording

    Campus Pack and Blackboard Course Fundamentals - View Recording

    Social Learning 101 - View the Recording

    Creating a User-Centric Learning Environment with Campus Pack
    Personal Learning Spaces - View Recording

    PDF Video





    Public Wikis and Blogs (Google):

     
     Benefits of Google's Wikis:
    • can be publically shared
    • greater permanence
    • ease of use and attractiveness
    • can be accessed from Blackboard  
    • Easy for students to build shared websites that include videos, images, gadgets and documents.
     Disadvantages:
    • Students and Faculty must sign up for accounts
    • privacy concerns
    • not integrated with Blackboard
    • support questions
     Part One:
    • Intro,
    • Sign Up and Sign On,
    • Choosing a Template, 
    • Set up your site:
    • name and access
     Video (9:00 )
    by Alex Ambrose)
     Part Two: Adding Content
    • Adding Journal posts
    • embedding video, presentations, attachments
    • Comments
     Video ( 9:36 )
     Part Three:    
     Video ( 6 :45)
     Part Four: (Advanced Features)
     Video ( 6:00 )
    The above video resources were developed by  G. Alex AmbroseIt is copyrighted and licensed under  a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License


     

    Best Practices for Blackboard

    Description PDF Video
    Best Practices: Content Folders and Learning Modules PDF
    Best Practices: Audio and Video Standards for Online Learning PDF
    Best Practices: Delivering Documents to your Students PDF
    Best Practices: Items, Blank Pages, and Files PDF
    Best Practices: Course Links and URLs PDF
    Best Practices: The Discussion Board PDF
    Best Practices: The Grade Center PDF

    Campus Pack Best Practices - Ideas for Using Social Learning in the Classroom - Click Here to View Recording

    Reporting and Course Utilities

    Course Report PDF Video
    Turning On Statistics Tracking for a Content Item Watch It!   Video (1 min 43 sec)
    Running a Report of All User Activity   Video (2 min 58 sec)
    Running a Report of User Activity by Forum   Video ( 2 min 15 sec)
    Running a Report of User Activity by Content Area   Video (2 min 5 sec.)
    Running a Report of User Activity by Group   Video (2 min 10 sec)
    Saving a Course Report   Video (2 min 03 sec.)
    Importing a Course Package   Video ( 1 min 45 sec)

    Last Updated: July 4, 2011 09:14 AM

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