Faculty Resources

Self-Help Documentation and Tutorials

The TU Blackboard team provides Towson University-specific documentation for using Blackboard. 

Getting started

topic
document video
Make Your Course Available (PDF)
VIDEO
Group Courses by Term (PDF) VIDEO
Instructor Responsibilities (PDF) N/A
Uploading Your Syllabus (PDF)
VIDEO
Export/Import  (PDF) VIDEO
Copying Your Course (PDF) VIDEO
Notification Settings (PDF) VIDEO
Taking Attendance (PDF) VIDEO

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

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
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
Download Annotated Assignments (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

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
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

grade center 

topic self-help video
Planning Your Grade Center (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
Adaptive Release (PDF)
N/A
Adding TA's and Other Instructors (PDF) N/A
Textbook Publishers (PDF) N/A
Direct Access RedShelf (PDF) N/A
Adding LinkedIn Learning Courses (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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