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 at https://blackboard.towson.edu 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.

topic
Self-Help
video
Making Your Course Available for Students PDF VIDEO
Adding Files to Your Course PDF VIDEO
Creating an Announcement PDF VIDEO
Online Discussions PDF VIDEO
Creating Assignments PDF VIDEO
Creating Tests PDF N/A
Grading PDF N/A
View Your Course as a Student PDF N/A
Copying A Course PDF VIDEO
Take Attendance PDF VIDEO
Blackboard Mobile App (Blackboard Instructor) Blackboard Help webpage VIDEO
Creating Online Lectures (Panopto) PDF  N/A
Synchronous Class Meetings (Collaborate Ultra)
*use this to hold class meetings
Blackboard Help webpage VIDEO
Interactive Online Discussions (VoiceThread) PDF  N/A

Adding content

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

Communication

topic self-help video
Course Announcements
PDF
VIDEO
Course Announcements for Multiple Courses PDF
VIDEO
Course Messages PDF
VIDEO
Emailing Multiple Courses  PDF VIDEO
Course Calendar PDF VIDEO

Groups

topic self-help video
Creating Groups PDF
VIDEO
Adding Removing Users in Groups PDF
VIDEO
Grading Group Work PDF VIDEO
Creating a Group Assignment PDF VIDEO

Discussion Board

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

Blogs

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

Journals

topic self-help video
Creating Journals PDF
VIDEO
Managing Journals PDF
VIDEO
Grading Journals PDF VIDEO
Grading Journals with No Entries PDF VIDEO

Wikis

topic self-help video
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

topic self-help video
Creating an Assignment PDF
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
VIDEO
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 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 Assignments PDF N/A

Tests, surveys and pools 

topic self-help video
Test Best Practices PDF N/A
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
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)

topic self-help video
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 

topic self-help video
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

topic self-help video
Textbox Editor Options PDF N/A
Adaptive Release PDF
N/A
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

Reports 

topic self-help video
Performance Dashboard PDF
N/A
Course Reports PDF
N/A
Retention Center PDF
N/A

Course banners

TOPIC Type File
Instructions for Using a Course Banner Self-help instructions PDF
Clock Tower  Banner image PPTX
Center for Fine Arts  Banner image PPTX
Hawkins Hall  Banner image PPTX
Liberal Arts Building Banner image PPTX
Linthicum Hall Banner image PPTX
Smith Hall Banner image PPTX
Stephens Hall Banner image PPTX
Tiger Statue Banner image PPTX
TU Statue Banner image PPTX
TU Colors Banner image PPTX

 

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