User Administration in Blackboard

computer_people_05Within Blackboard users may be added to courses as students or instructors. You may also wish to add colleagues from outside the University to your course. Once people are using your Blackboard course you may wish to track their usage.

Use the guides below to find out more.

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Reviewing who is on your Blackboard course

Find out who currently has access to your Blackboard course.

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How to manually add a user to your Blackboard course

This guide explains how to manually add a user to your Blackboard course, for instance when it is not suitable for someone to be listed on the course in Banner.

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How to batch enrol students onto an arbitrary course

This guide shows you how to easily enrol a large number of students onto an arbitary Blackboard course.

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How to setup your Blackboard avatar

You may upload an “avatar” of yourself to Blackboard. It could be a photograph or illustration. The avatar will appear in the “Global Navigation” box at the top right of the Blackboard screen, beside your discussion board, blog, and wiki posts amongst others.

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How to track usage of your Blackboard course

This guide explains ways in which you can find out how often users are accessing your Blackboard course, what they are looking at, and when they are using it.

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How to modify the role of a user on your Blackboard course

Once you have added a user to your Blackboard course you may wish to modify their role, for example to make a user an instructor.

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How to use WebSIS to source data for use with the Batch Enrol tool

The batch enrol tool is a popular facility for adding students en masse to an arbitrary Blackboard course.  This guide shows how to use WebSIS to find the lists of students who meet criteria you select to decide who should be added to your arbitrary Blackboard course.

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How to setup ‘guest access’ to a Blackboard course

This guides shows how to make certain areas of your Blackboard course available to users who do not have iSolutions accounts.

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How to view your Blackboard course using ‘student preview’

Student preview allows course instructors to view their course as a student. Student Preview creates a temporary student account on the course so that the instructor sees exactly what a student sees. This includes the ability to take tests and receive results.

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How to setup a preferred first name

If you prefer to be known by a different name to your first name, staff and research postgrads may set a “preferred first name” which will appear in announcements and the discussion board.

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How to setup groups

Students can be placed into groups within your Blackboard course. Groups can be given access to a number of tools such as their own discussion board which only they and the course instructor can view. Groups can also be used as part of the rules for Adaptive Release.

Accounts for external users

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Accounts for external users

Blackboard can be accessed using an iSolutions account. “Visitor Accounts” may be arranged for colleagues from outside of the University who do not have iSolutions accounts.