Blackboard How-To Guides

This page houses the entire library of How-To’s for Blackboard.
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      • Accessibility Improvements (doc | video)
      • Getting Started with Creating Accessible Content (doc)
      • Add Descriptive Text for Hyperlinks (doc)
      • Creating a PDF from a Microsoft Word Document (doc)
      • Creating a PDF with Notes from a PowerPoint Presentation (doc)
      • Captioning with Video Everywhere (doc)
      • Create Test Availability Exceptions (doc)
Announcements and Calendar
Assignments and Assessments
        • Create an Electronic Assignment (doc)
        • Grade Assignments – Comprehensive  (doc | video)
        • Inline Grading Overview (doc | video)
        • Create an Electronic Assessment (Test or Survey) (doc | video)
        • Using the Pool Canvas to Create a Test Question Pool (doc and video)
        • Export/Import a Test, Survey, Pool to Another Course (doc | video)
        • Create a Test with a Random Block of Questions (doc | video)
        • Edit a Random Block of Questions (doc )
        • Recalculate an Assessment Grade (See ‘Grade Center’ section for tutorials)
        • Reset a Student Test Attempt (doc | video)
        • Reuse Test Questions (doc)
        • Set Adaptive Release for a Test or a Folder (doc)
        • Test Access log (doc)
        • Use Images in Assessment Questions (doc| video )
        • View Test Statistics (doc)
        • Create Test Availability Exceptions (doc)
        • Upload an Avatar in Blackboard (doc  | video)
Blackboard Collaborate and Blackboard Collaborate Voice Tools

(Formerly Wimba Voice Tools)

Collaborate (Replaces Wimba Live Classroom)

        • Collaborate Web conferencing tutorials and guides: Blackboard Collaborate
        • Voice Authoring Tools (includes Voice Board, Voice Presentation, Authoring, Voice Podcaster, and Voice Email) (guide)
Blogs, Journals, and Wikis

Campus Pack Tools

        • Overview of Campus Pack Collaboration Space (doc | video)
        • Overview of Campus Pack Tools: Blogs, Journals, and Wikis (and Where to Use Each) (doc)
        • Add a Campus Pack Blog (doc | video)
        • Grade a Campus Pack Blog (doc | video )
        • Add a Campus Pack Journal (doc | video)
        • Grade a Campus Pack Journal (doc | video)
        • Add & Record a Campus Pack Podcast (doc)
        • Add a Campus Pack Wiki (doc | video)
        • Grade a Campus Pack Wiki (doc | video)
        • Manage Campus Pack Permissions and Settings (doc | video)

Blackboard Tools

        • Add a Blackboard Blog (doc | video)
        • Grade a Blackboard Blog (doc | video)
        • Add a Blackboard Journal (doc)
        • Grade a Blackboard Journal (doc)
        • Add a Blackboard Wiki (doc | video)
        • Grade a Blackboard Wiki (doc )
        • Get Started with Blackboard IM (doc)
        • Send Blackboard Messages (doc | video)
        • Send Email (doc | video)
        • Forward Faculty/Staff NEU Email to Other Email Address (doc)
Content Editor
        • Using Content Editor in Blackboard (doc | video)
        • Using Spell Checker (doc)
        • Content Editor Math Formulas (doc)
Copy/Manage Course Files
        • Clean Up a Course After Copy or Import (doc | video)
        • Copy a Course (doc)
        • Copy Individual Course Materials to Another Course (doc | video)
        • Manage Course Files (doc)
        • Move Individual Course Materials (doc)
        • Reduce Course File Size (doc | video)
Course Menu
        • Overview of Course Menu (doc | video)
        • Add Announcements link (doc | video)
        • Add a Content Area link (doc | video)
        • Add a Course Link (doc | video)
        • Add Tools link (doc | video)
        • Course Menu Opens in a New Window (doc)
Course Roster
      • Access the Course Roster (doc | video)
      • Export Course Roster (doc)
Customize Your Online Course Environment
        • Change your myNEU Password (doc)
        • Clean Up a Course After Copy or Import (doc | video)
        • Customize the ‘My Courses’ Panel (doc | video)
        • Edit Notifications Preferences (doc)
        • Turn on a Tool in Your Course (doc | video)
        • NU Online Course Availability Policy (doc)
Discussion board
        • Discussion Board Updates (doc)
        • Discussion Board Overview (doc | video)
        • Add a Forum (doc | video )
        • Delete a Forum: (doc)
        • Edit a Forum (doc)
        • Add and Edit Graded Forums (doc )
        • Grade the Discussion Forum (doc )
        • Grading Discussions Inline (doc )
        • Add a Thread (doc | video)
        • Attach a File to a Discussion Thread (doc | video)
        • Search for Posts by Student Name (doc | video)
        • Get Email Alerts on New Posts (Subscribe to a Forum) (doc)
        • View Posts in Continuous List (doc | video)
        • Change Author of Anonymous Discussion Board Threads (video)
        • Use the “Post First” Option (doc)
        • View Dates, Times, and Number of Posts in the Discussion Board (video)
        • Using “Collapse All” Discussion Board Feature to Avoid All Posts Being Marked as Read (doc)
        • Early Warning: Create Rule & Email Students (doc)
        • Performance Dashboard Overview (doc)
        • Achievement (Badges) Overview (doc | video)
        • Create and Manage Achievements (doc)
        • Using the Retention Center (doc)
        • View Course Reports (doc) Note: on NU Online, these reports work best:
          All User Activity inside Content Areas
          Overall Summary of User Activity
          User Activity in Forums
          User Activity in Groups
Faculty Profile
Folders and Items
      • Add an Item in Course Materials (doc)
      • Edit a Content Item (doc)
      • Add a Folder in Course Materials (doc | video)
      • Add A Web Link (URL) in Course Materials (doc | video)
      • Set Adaptive Release for a Test or a Folder (doc)
      • Availability Options: Items & Folders (doc | video)
      • Set Availability Options for Content Items (doc)
      • ‘myFiles’: Upload Files (doc)
      • ‘myFiles’: Permissions and URL for an Item (doc)
      • Move Individual Course Materials (doc)
Grade Center
        • Grade Center Overview (doc | video)
        • About the Grade Center (link)
        • Setting Up the Grade Center (link)
        • Grade Student Work
          • Grade Assignments (doc | video)
          • Grade Assignments with Inline Grading (doc I video)
          • Entering Grades (doc) For more information on this topic,check out these additional guides:
          • Grading Anonymously (video)
          • Download or Upload Grade Center for Work Offline  (doc | video)
          • Override Grade/Clear Override (link)
          • Recalculate an Assessment Grade (doc)
        • Manage Grade Center Items
          • Column Organization (doc | video)
          • Hiding Columns (doc)
            For more information on this topic, check out this additional guide:
          • Creating and Managing Grade Center Columns  (link)
        • Smart Views (doc | video)
        • Weighted Total Column (doc)
        • All Grade Center Guides (link)
        • Submit Final Grades in Banner
        • Registrar’s FAQs for Posting Final Grades
      • Group Management (doc)
      • Create a Single Group (doc | video)
      • Create a Set of Groups: Manual Enroll (doc | video)
      • Create a Set of Groups Random Enroll (doc | video)
Global Navigation, My Blackboard and Home Page
      • Global Navigation and My Blackboard (doc | video)
      • Course-to-Course Navigation (doc | video)
      • Edit the Home Page Banner (doc | video)
      • Home Page Overview (doc | video)
        • Creating a Mashup (video )
        • Embed Web 2.0 Content (doc | video)
        • Upload a .zip File to Course Files (doc )
        • Upload Files to “myFiles” and Create a Link (doc)
        • Set Permissions and Copy the URL for an Item in “myFiles” (doc )
        • Multimedia Lectures: Reaching a Higher Level (video)
        • Associate Rubric with Gradable Item (doc | video)
        • Create a Rubric (doc | video)
        • Grade an Assignment in a Rubric (doc | video)
        • Grade a Discussion Board Forum with a Rubric (doc)
  • Post a PDF Version of Your Syllabus (doc)
Tools Comparison
      • Discussion Board/Blog/Wiki (document)
      • Campus Pack Tools: Blogs, Journals, and Wikis (and Where to Use Each) (document)
        • Create an Turnitin Assignment (doc)
        • How Students Submit an Assignment (doc)
        • View & Grade an Assignment (doc)
        • GradeMark Interactive Tutorial (doc)
        • Submit a Turnitin Assignment on Behalf of a Student (doc)
        • About Originality Reports (video)
        • View an Originality Report (video)
        • Grademark Overview (document)
        • Use Grademark to Add Grades and Comments to Papers (document)
        • Create Rubrics and Attach to Assignments in in Grademark (document)
        • Add QuickMark Drag-and-drop Comments in Grademark (document)
        • Sync Grades Feature in Turnitin (document)

Additional Turnitin Resources

Video Everywhere
      • Getting Started with Video Everywhere (doc | video)
      • Using Video Everywhere (doc | video)
      • Captioning with Video Everywhere (doc)
      • Granting Access/Troubleshooting (video)