Faculty Resources

Self-Help Documentation and Tutorials

The TU Blackboard team provides Towson University-specific documentation for using Blackboard. All TU courses that exist in PeopleSoft can be moved to an online format through Blackboard. Use these resources to get started.

Getting Started

Follow these steps to move your courses online: 

  1. Check your computer's browser settings.

  2. Login to Blackboard using your TU NetID and password.

  3. Use the resources below to begin customizing your course.

If you need help, email  or see more support options.

Self-Help Documents
videos
Making Your Course Available for Students (PDF) Making Your Course Available for Students (VIDEO)
Adding Files to Your Course (PDF) Adding Files to Your Course (VIDEO)
Creating an Announcement (PDF) Creating an Announcement (VIDEO)
Online Discussions (PDF) Online Discussions (VIDEO)
Creating Assignments (PDF) Creating Assignments (VIDEO)
Creating Tests (PDF) N/A
Grading (PDF) N/A
View Your Course as a Student (PDF) N/A
Copying A Course (PDF) Copying A Course (VIDEO)
Take Attendance (PDF) Take Attendance (VIDEO)
Blackboard Help (Instructor) Webpage Blackboard Mobile App (Blackboard Instructor) (VIDEO)
Creating Online Lectures (PDF)

Creating Online Lectures (Panopto)
 N/A
Blackboard Help (Collaborate) webpage

Synchronous Class Meetings (Collaborate Ultra)
*use this to hold class meetings
Synchronous Class Meetings (VIDEO)
Interactive Online Discussions (PDF)

Interactive Online Discussions (VoiceThread)
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Adding content

Self-help Documents videos
Adding Files (PDF)
Adding Files (VIDEO)
Adding a File to Multiple Courses at Once (PDF)
Adding a File to Multiple Courses at Once (VIDEO)
Create/Edit Menu Items (PDF)
Create/Edit Menu Items (VIDEO)
Adding Videos from YouTube (PDF) Adding Videos from YouTube (VIDEO)
Link to a File on OneDrive (PDF) Link to a File on OneDrive (VIDEO)
Adding a Web Link (PDF) Adding a Web Link (VIDEO)
Managing Course Content (PDF) Managing Course Content (VIDEO)
Upload Video Lectures (PDF) N/A
Panopto Video Recorder Login (PDF) N/A

Communication

Self-help Documents videos
Course Announcements (PDF)
Course Announcements (VIDEO)
Course Announcements for Multiple Courses (PDF)
Course Announcements for Multiple Courses (VIDEO)
Course Messages (PDF)
Course Messages (VIDEO)
Emailing Multiple Courses (PDF) Emailing Multiple Courses (VIDEO)
Course Calendar (PDF) Course Calendar (VIDEO)

Groups

self-help Documents videos
Creating Groups (PDF)
Creating Groups (VIDEO)
Adding Removing Users in Groups (PDF)
Adding Removing Users in Groups (VIDEO)
Grading Group Work (PDF) Grading Group Work (VIDEO)
Creating a Group Assignment (PDF) Creating a Group Assignment (VIDEO)

Discussion Board

self-help Documents videos
Creating a Discussion Forum (PDF)
Creating a Discussion Forum (VIDEO)
Navigating a Discussion Forum (PDF)
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Managing Discussion Forums (PDF) Managing Discussion Forums (VIDEO)
Grading Discussion Forums (PDF) Grading Discussion Forums (VIDEO)
Grading a Discussion Forum W/O Student Attempt (PDF) Grading a Discussion Forum W/O Student Attempt (VIDEO)

Blogs

self-help video
Creating a Blog (PDF)
Creating a Blog (VIDEO)
Managing a Blog (PDF)
Managing a Blog (VIDEO)
Grading a Blog (PDF) Grading a Blog (VIDEO)
Grading a Blog with No Entries (PDF) Grading a Blog with No Entries (VIDEO)

Journals

self-help Documents videos
Creating Journals (PDF)
Creating Journals (VIDEO)
Managing Journals (PDF)
Managing Journals (VIDEO)
Grading Journals (PDF) Grading Journals (VIDEO)
Grading Journals with No Entries (PDF) Grading Journals with No Entries (VIDEO)

Wikis

self-help Documents videos
Creating a Wiki (PDF) N/A
Managing a Wiki (PDF) N/A
Grading a Wiki (PDF) N/A
Grading a Wiki with No Entries (PDF) N/A

Assignments

self-help Documents videos
Creating an Assignment (PDF) Creating an Assignment (VIDEO)
Create an Assignment in Multiple Sections (PDF) N/A
Allow Additional Attempts (PDF) N/A
Creating a SafeAssignment (PDF) N/A
Direct Submit SafeAssignment (PDF) N/A
Creating a Group Assignment (PDF) Creating a Group Assignment (VIDEO)
Creating a Portfolio Assignment (PDF) N/A
Grading an Assignment (PDF) N/A
Inline Assignment Grading (PDF) N/A
Downloading all Assignment Attempts (PDF) N/A
Grading Assignments with No Attempts (PDF) N/A
Interpreting SafeAssignment Reports (PDF) N/A
Creating & Managing Rubrics (PDF) N/A
Copying Rubrics (PDF) N/A
Creating an Interactive Assignment - Qwickly Jot (PDF) N/A
Grading a Qwickly Jot Assignment (PDF) N/A
(Panopto Support Webpage) N/A

Tests, surveys and pools 

self-help Documents videos
Test Best Practices (PDF) N/A
Creating Tests or Surveys (PDF)
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Creating Questions in Tests or Surveys (PDF)
N/A
Creating Extra Credit Questions (PDF)
N/A
Adding Images to Questions (PDF) N/A
Creating a Question Pool (PDF) N/A
Using Questions Pools (PDF) N/A
Managing Your Test or Survey (PDF) N/A
Timed Tests (PDF) N/A 
Grading Tests (PDF) N/A 
Item Analysis (PDF) N/A 
Grading No Attempt Tests (PDF) N/A

Akindi - bubble sheet tests (a Scantron alternative)

self-help Documents videos
Akindi Setup (PDF) N/A
Akindi Test Setup (PDF) N/A
Printing Bubble Sheets (PDF) N/A
Akindi Grading (PDF) N/A
Akindi iOS App (PDF) N/A
Akindi Online Test (PDF) N/A

Grade center 

self-help Documents videos
Planning Your Grade Center (PDF)
N/A
Creating Smart Views (PDF) N/A
Understanding Columns (PDF) N/A
Creating Categories (PDF)
N/A
Creating Columns (PDF)
N/A
Weighting Grades (PDF) N/A 
Using an Average Column (PDF) N/A 
Extra Credit Column (PDF) N/A 
Grade Center Schema (PDF) N/A
Hiding a Column from Instructor (PDF) N/A
Hiding a Column from Students (PDF) N/A
Dropping Lowest Grade in Category (PDF) N/A
Exempt Grades (PDF) N/A
Organizing Grade Center of Combine Courses (PDF) N/A 
Download Grade Center to Excel (PDF) N/A 

Advanced tools

self-help video
Textbox Editor Options (PDF) N/A
Adaptive Release (PDF)
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Adding TA's and Other Instructors (PDF) N/A
Export/Import Your Course (PDF) N/A
Textbook Publishers (PDF) N/A
Direct Access RedShelf (PDF) N/A
Adding LinkedIn Learning Courses (PDF) N/A
Zoom - Configure Your Course (PDF) N/A
Zoom - Course Area Setup (PDF) N/A
Zoom - Panopto Integration (PDF) N/A
WebEx - Blackboard Integration Setup (PDF) WebEx - Blackboard Integration Setup (VIDEO)

Reports 

self-help Documents videos
Performance Dashboard (PDF)
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Course Reports (PDF)
N/A
Retention Center (PDF)
N/A

Course banners

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