Blackboard Resources for Staff

Blackboard is a web based resource that provides a platform for online learning and teaching.

If you are are new to Blackboard take a look at the Getting Started guide.  Training in Blackboard is also available both in person and online.

Use the menus along the top under the “Blackboard for Staff” heading to find help and guidance with using Blackboard.  If you have a query or technical question relating to Blackboard read the Support web page to find out how to contact us.

small_linkNew Features in Blackboard – Find out about the latest features and updates available to you in Blackboard.

small_linkTop Tips for a Successful Start to the New Academic Year – a list of top tips to help you to have a successful start to the new academic year with Blackboard.

bb_mob_2aGet the Blackboard Mobile Learn App – Use Blackboard Mobile Learn to access Blackboard on your smartphone or tablet. 

Ten Top Tips for a Successful Start to the New Academic Year

Based on an analysis of tickets raised at the start of each year we have summarised a list of top tips that when followed will save you time and enable you to get on with working with Blackboard without having to raise tickets relating to common issues.

Access Blackboard

digital_blackboardFind out how to access our Blackboard service.  You can access Blackboard from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

Blackboard Support

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Adding Content To Your Course

Find out how to add different types of content to your course, and about features that allow you to release that content to students only when they have met certain criteria, for example attaining a certain score in a quiz.

Blackboard Training

Training in Blackboard is available to University staff both online and in person.

E–Submission with Blackboard

Guides covering the two main e-submission features, TurnItIn and Blackboard Assignment.

What’s new with Blackboard?

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Getting Started with Blackboard

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Your Blackboard Course

How to access your course, make it available to students, and set various aspects of how the Blackboard course will work.  This includes changing menu and display options, the course entry point, and more.

Blackboard Communication Features

Guides covering communication features such as announcement, emails, groups, blogs etc.

Assessment with Blackboard

Find out about the different assessment related tools in Blackboard, such as Tests and Surveys, Peer Assessment, TurnItIn, Assignments, and how to access use the Grade Centre.

User Administration in Blackboard

In a perfect world you should never need to be concerned with user administration since all staff and students should automatically be given access to their courses.  Until we find ourselves in that perfect world these guides cover adding users to your course and changing their role.  There’s also a very handy batch enrol tool, and some other guides relating to user administration such as reporting, avatars, groups, and guest access.

Wikis

A wiki is a collection of web pages that allow multiple users to add and edit content collectively. You may use wiki technology within your Blackboard course.  Wikipedia is a well known example Wiki which you are likely to have heard of.

Podcasts

Podcasts are part of an exciting world of rich multimedia content that may supplement and enhance the materials you provide for your students.

Following our own experiences producing the Blackboard Briefing Podcast in the summer of 2006 we have created basic documentation for the creation, editing, and production of podcasts.

Blogs

“Blog” (short for Web Log) is a term used to describe an online journal or diary.  Blackboard uses the terms “blogs” and “journals”,  where blogs are shared within the course while journals are usually private between the instructor and student.

Blackboard Rollover

With the end of each academic year comes the time to set up new Blackboard courses for the year ahead. New courses are required so that as the next academic year begins you will have a fresh Blackboard course with the same material (if you wish) but no students, thus allowing a new cohort to use the course, unaffected by previous students.  The guides you find here will take you through the process step by step.

Blackboard Service and Policies

The Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment is a service for the University of Southampton, maintained centrally by iSolutions.

Through the growth and success of the service a number of policies have evolved, with communication through an automatically populated mailing list, and an agreed at-risk period.