Faculty Resources

Self-Help Documentation and Tutorials

The TU Blackboard team provides Towson-specific documentation for using Blackboard. Blackboard 24/7 also offers generic self-help resources. For additional or one-on-one training sessions complete the online request form.

Getting started

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document video
Make Your Course Available (PDF)
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Sort Courses by Term (PDF) N/A
Uploading Your Syllabus (PDF)
VIDEO
Export/Import  (PDF)  N/A
Copying Your Course (PDF) VIDEO
Notification Settings (PDF) N/A

Adding Content

topic Self-help video
Adding Files (PDF)
VIDEO
Adding Multiple Files at Once (PDF)
N/A
Creating Menu Items (PDF)
N/A
Adding Videos from YouTube (PDF) N/A
Link to a File on OneDrive (PDF) VIDEO
Adding Links to Websites (PDF) VIDEO
Managing Course Content (PDF) N/A

communication

topic self-help video
Course Announcements
(PDF)
VIDEO
Course Announcements for Multiple Courses (PDF)
N/A
Course Messages (PDF)
VIDEO
Emailing Multiple Courses  (PDF) VIDEO
Course Calendar (PDF) N/A
Professor Notification Tool  (PDF) N/A

groups

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Creating Groups (PDF)
VIDEO
Adding Removing Users in Groups (PDF)
N/A
Grading Group Work (PDF) N/A
Creating a Group Assignment (PDF) N/A

discussion board

topic self-help video
Creating a Discussion Forum (PDF)
N/A
Navigating a Discussion Forum (PDF)
N/A
Managing Discussion Forums (PDF) N/A
Grading Discussion Forums (PDF) N/A
Grading a Discussion Forum W/O Student Attempt (PDF) VIDEO

blogs

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

Journals

topic self-help video
Creating Journals (PDF)
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Managing Journals (PDF)
N/A
Grading Journals (PDF) N/A
Grading Journals with No Entries (PDF) VIDEO

wikis

topic self-help video
Creating a Wiki (PDF)
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Managing a Wiki (PDF)
N/A
Grading a Wiki (PDF)
N/A
Grading a Wiki with No Entries (PDF) VIDEO

assignments

topic self-help video
Creating an Assignment (PDF)
VIDEO
Creating Assignments with Multiple Attempts (PDF) N/A
Creating a SafeAssignment (PDF)
N/A
Creating a Group Assignment (PDF)
N/A
Creating 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) VIDEO
Interpreting SafeAssignment Reports (PDF) N/A 
Creating & Managing Rubrics (PDF) N/A
Copying Rubrics (PDF) N/A

tests, surveys and pools 

topic self-help video
Creating Tests or Surveys (PDF) N/A
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
Extending Timed Tests (PDF) N/A 
Grading Tests (PDF) N/A 
Item Analysis (PDF) N/A 
Grading No Attempt Tests (PDF) VIDEO

grade center 

topic self-help video
Planning Your Grade Center (PDF)
N/A
Understanding Columns (PDF) N/A
Create Categories
(PDF)
N/A
Create 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 Student Grade (PDF) N/A 
Organizing Grade Center of Combine Courses (PDF) N/A 
Download Grade Center to Excel (PDF) N/A 

advanced tools

topic self-help video
Adaptive Release (PDF)
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reports 

topic self-help video
Performance Dashboard (PDF)
N/A
Activity Reports (PDF)
N/A
Retention Center (PDF)
N/A
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