Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn is the primary learning managment system (LMS) in use at Ashland University. An LMS is an application available via a browser and specialized mobile and tablet apps that is used for instructors to share and create course materials and assessments, enter grades, and provide interactive opportunities for students in online courses, hybrid and blended courses, and as part of face-to-face courses.

Quick Facts about Blackboard Learn at Ashland:

  • Blackboard Learn is accessible on the web at https://ashland.blackboard.com --- you'll log in to Blackboard with the same username and password you use for your AU email, Webadvisor, and logging in to campus computers. Blackboard works on mobile phone and tablet web-browsers, but there are also specific iOS and Android mobile apps available. You'll find links to those on the "Support" tab in Blackboard.
  • Course Sites in Blackboard Learn are automatically created and updated based on information from Registration and Records -- several times a day Blackboard is updated with current enrollment and course information from Registration and Records. Any current term course and any course that will begin in the next 100 days will be updated. As an instructor, this means that courses you will be teaching will have course sites created 100 days before the start of the term. As a student, this means that within 24 hours of registering for a course your name will be added to that course's Blackboard roster.
  • Blackboard Course Sites will automatically become available to students at midnight on the first day of the term -- Instructors can choose to make course sites available earlier (click here for a handout with instructions) but without instructor intervention, students will not be able to see a course site in Blackboard until the course has officially started.
  • Blackboard Course Sites will become unavailable to students two weeks after the course ends -- the instructor can choose to change this end date, or can make arrangements for students to continue incompletes after this date-- send an email to blackboard@ashland.edu with requests.
  • As the instructor, you can request that other faculty or guest speakers receive access to your course shells -- please see our Blackboard Forms page and complete a request form, or send an email to blackboard@ashland.edu.

How do I get help?

  • On your Blackboard welcome page, you'll see a link to the "Blackboard Student Orientation" which walks through the use of Blackboard as a student, covering topics like participating in a disucssion forum and submitting an assignment.
  • Instructors will also see a link to the "Blackboard Guide and Reference for Faculty" which is an in-depth training and reference guide for all Blackboard functions. Also, further down on this page is a list of our training handouts and videos.
  • Reach out to us! Send an email to blackboard@ashland.edu and we'll respond quickly to answer your question and help you troubleshoot problems!

Blackboard Handouts and Help Index

Introductions

  • Intro: Wait... Where's AU's Login? [ Video | PDF ]
    • First in our line of Bb Training tutorial, this is the first video to watch when you just want to know where Ashland University's Bb site is located. If you don't have time to watch any other video and you're new to the system, this has the information you need.
  • Blackboard Institution Home Page [ Video | PDF ]
    • The landing page for Blackboard.
  • Blackboard Introduction Greeting [ Video | PDF ]
    • Greeting for Blackboard Introduction to Faculty Course
  • (Bb) The Landing Page: A Brief Introduction [ Video | PDF ]
    • Logging in to Ashland's Bb environment as well as a brief introduction into the modules, Global Navigation Menu, and On Demand Video Tutorials
  • Blackboard Course Menu Tour [ Video | PDF ]
  • (Bb) Global Navigation Menu: A Brief Overview [ Video | PDF ]
    • In this video tutorial we take a look inside Bb's Global Navigation Menu and see how notifications, alerts, and warnings are populated and how we can use them to interact with our courses.
  • Blackboard Control Panel Tour [ Video | PDF ]
    • A basic tour of the Control Panel used by instructors inside a Blackboard course.
  • Course Development Introduction [ Video | PDF ]
  • (Bb) The Course Menu: An Introduction [ Video | PDF ]
    • Bb's Course Menu allows you to navigate your course... as long as you know how to use it. This quick and easy introduction shows you some key features and explains some of the options and tools.
  • (Bb) A Brief Introduction: MyCourses (The Module) [ Video | PDF ]
    • Sometimes you have too many courses to sort through, or they linger too long and you wish you could hide them. This video tutorial gives you a quick tip on how to clean up your MyCourses module on the Landing Page, or, better yet, see the information you really want to see.
  • Guide Blackboard Overview of Course Environment [ Video | PDF ]
  • Using BlackBoard Learn Manual 9.1 [Video | PDF ]
  • Beginning BlackBoard [Video | PDF ]
  • Learn AU BlackBoard Basics [Video | PDF ]
  • Introduction to Blackboard Finding your course [Video | PDF ]
  • Introduction to Blackboard editing the course menu [Video | PDF ]
  • Introduction to BlackBoard Finding your course [Video | PDF ]
  • Introduction to BlackBoard Content Editor [Video | PDF ]
  • Introduction to BlackBoard Customizing your profile [Video | PDF ]
  • Navigating BlackBoard [Video | PDF ]
  • Getting started with course environment BBLearn [Video | PDF ]

Grading

  • Creating Assignment Grading Options [ Video | PDF ]
  • Guide Blackboard Grade Center Angel to Bb conversion [ Video | PDF ]
  • Guide Blackboard Grade Center Making grades visible and invisible to students [ Video | PDF]
  • Guide Blackboard Grading Assignments [ Video | PDF ]
  • (Bb) Grade Center: Column Organization [ Video | PDF ]
    • As you add new columns in Grade Center or create items that automatically populate into Grade Center, you will probably want to organize Grade Center for your sake as well as the students'. This video explains the process of organizing your Grade Center Columns.
  • (Bb) Grade Center: Manually Creating Columns [ Video | PDF ]
    • If you are in need of manually creating columns in Bb's Grade Center, this video will take you through the steps and options available to you.
  • (Bb) Rubrics: Creating Rubrics [ Video | PDF ]
    • This tutorial walks you through where to find rubrics that may have come in from a course copy, and how to create new rubrics, and associate both to specific assessments.
  • Guide Blackboard Sharing rubrics between classes [ Video | PDF ]
  • (Bb) Rubrics: Grading with Rubrics [ Video | PDF ]
    • Using rubrics to grade in Bb is a great way to simplify and keep grading consistent. In this tutorial you will see how you can use rubrics to grade, and how students see those items graded with rubrics.
  • (Bb) Grade Center: Inline Grading [ Video | PDF ]
    • Tired of wasting paper, printing out assignments to mark up with feedback, or time, downloading and uploading files with all of your markups? Using Inline Grading allows you to do all the corrections and feedback with so much less effort. Use Inline Grading to seamlessly grade and still give the students the type of response on their work they so richly deserve (good or bad)
  • (Bb) Grade Center: Weighting Grades [ Video | PDF ]
    • If your course is built around weighted totals instead of a straight accumulative scoring of all assignments, then you will want to watch this video on how to set up categories, assign those categories to assessments, and then set up your Weighted Total column in Blackboard's Grade Center.
  • Guide Blackboard Grade Center Renaming Columns [ Video | PDF ]
  • Learn AU Safeassign :Direct Submit [Video | PDF ]
  • Learn AU Saving a Grade report [Video | PDF ]

Course Management

  • (Bb) Course Management: Creating Announcements [ Video | PDF ]
    • A quick and easy explanation of announcements, how to post them, and best practices to manage them
  • (Bb) Course Management: Creating Announcements [ Video | PDF ]
    • An quick and easy explanation of announcements, how to post them, and best practices to manage them.
  • (Bb) The Course Menu: The + (adding items) [ Video | PDF ]
    • A more in-depth look at Bb's Course Menu, this tutorial identifies each type of menu item, explains what it usage, and demonstrates how you might want to utilize it. A Bonus for sticking all the way through one of our longer tutorials: changing the course entry point.
  • (Bb) Course Management: Changing the Entry Point [ Video | PDF ]
    • What if you don't like the default entry point of your course? It's merely a suggestion. Let us show you in this tutorial how you can change it to better suit your needs.
  • (Bb) Course Management: Edit Mode [ Video | PDF ]
    • Don't understand why you can't add anything to your course? Don't fret. It may just be a quick push of the Edit Mode button. But, wait. What's the difference between the Edit Mode button and the Student Preview? Hopefully, this video will answer all your questions.
  • (Bb) Course Management: Course Email [ Video | PDF ]
    • For those new to Bb, Course Email can be a little confusing, especially if you're used to something else. In this video tutorial we break down the basics.
  • (Bb) Course Management: Posting a Syllabus [ Video | PDF ]
    • In this training video we show you how to post your syllabus into your Bb course.
  • (Bb) Course Management: Course Availability [ PDF ]
    • Want to know how to make your course available prior to it automatically becoming available based on the dates determined by the Registrar's Office? Well... watch this to learn how.
  • Guide Blackboard General Course Customization [ Video | PDF ]
  • Guide Blackboard Content Editor [ Video | PDF ]
  • Guide Blackboard Creating Learning Modules [ Video | PDF ]
  • Guide Blackboard Course Organization Overview [ Video | PDF ]
  • Guide Blackboard Creating Folders and Moving Files [ Video | PDF ]
  • Guide Blackboard Course Menu Customization [ Video | PDF ]
  • Blackboard guide items and blank pages [ Video | PDF ]
  • Guide Blackboard Files [ Video | PDF ]
  • Blackboard Guide importing question pools [ Video | PDF ]
  • Guide Blackboard Exporting and Importing Tests [ Video | PDF ]
  • Guide Blackboard Audio Images and Videos [ Video | PDF ]
  • Guide blackboard links and course links [ Video | PDF ]
  • (Bb) Content Management: Adding YouTube Videos to Content [ Video | PDF ]
    • There are many ways to add video content to the content areas in Bb. This video shows some ways in which you are familiar and compares that with embedding the videos directly into the content editor. Don't worry, it's not as hard as it sounds.
  • Guide Blackboard Syllabus Tool [ Video | PDF ]
  • Guide Blackboard Adding Content Overview [ Video | PDF ]
  • Organizing Copied Content in your New Course Shell Bb Default Menu [ Video | PDF ]
    • Now that you have copied your course content into your Spring 2016 course shell, it is now time to organize your content into the myAU Course Menu that is provided with these course shells. This video will provide you with a demonstration of how to do this.
  • Guide Blackboard Course Mergers [ Video | PDF ]
  • Guide Blackboard Export Question Pool and separate question sets [ Video | PDF ]
  • Adding Assignments [ Video | PDF ]
  • Accessing Discussions and Managing Posts [Video | PDF ]
  • Learn AU Viewing Test Feedback [Video | PDF ]
  • Accessing Course Evaluations [Video | PDF ]
  • View/Print Entire discussion forum thread [Video | PDF ]
  • Adding content Files [Video | PDF ]
  • Adding content to your course items and blank page [Video | PDF ]
  • Adding content web links & course links [Video | PDF ]
  • Assessing the core assessment bins [Video | PDF ]
  • Guide to evaluations Creating a survey [Video | PDF ]
  • Online attendance in Blackboard [Video | PDF ]
  • Learn AU Managing users in your organization's [Video | PDF ]

Profile

  • (Bb) Global Navigation Menu: Adding My Profile Image [ Video | PDF ]
    • UPDATE: Blackboard has implemented some changes to the profile editing process since this video was made.
  • Guide Blackboard Customizing Your Profile [ Video | PDF ]

Miscellaneous

  • Guide Bb Date Manager [ Video | PDF ]
  • Course Copy [ Video | PDF ]
    • In this Bb video tutorial we cover the process of copying either an entire course into another course shell or specific items into other content areas.
  • Guide Blackboard Peer and Self Evaluations [ Video | PDF ]
  • Retaining My Copied Menu [ Video | PDF ]
    • This video demonstrates the process for maintaining a copied course menu in the Spring 2016 course shells and removing the myAU course menu that is provided as a default menu.
  • Guide Blackboard Using Student Preview Mode [ Video | PDF ]
  • Guide Blackboard Cleaning Your Listing of Courses [ Video | PDF ]
  • Guide Blackboard Editing Your Course Menu [ Video | PDF ]
  • Guide Blackboard Finding Your Course [ Video | PDF ]

Blackboard Help Documentation

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