Blackboard is fairly intuitive and simple to use. There may however be times when you could do with a little help. Listed below are a number of guides that cover most aspects of Blackboard that you are likely to use.
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You may wish to download or print material that has been placed onto your Blackboard course.
Blackboard can notify you by email when certain things happen on your course. This guide explains how to set up extra Notifications within Blackboard.
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.
Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool integrated into every Blackboard course that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. Collaborate opens right in your Chrome or Firefox browser, so you don’t have to install any software to join a session. It will work on phones and tablets without needing an additional app.
You may see a button beside some content items labelled “Mark Reviewed”, this guide explains how to use such a button.
Although you should be automatically enrolled on most of your Blackboard courses, occasionally you may have to enrol onto a course manually.
It is possible to customise the “My University of Southampton” screen. This is useful as you use Blackboard over successive years because it allows you to hide courses that are no longer relevant to you, meaning only current courses will appear.
This guide describes how to submit work such as an essay through the Turnitin eSubmission system.
This guide explains how to submit an assignment using the Blackboard assignment feature. Note that this is different to the Turnitin assignment feature.
You may be asked to complete a “self and peer assignment”. This involves answering some questions within a deadline, and then following the deadline you can review the submissions of your peers and give them marks for their answers.
Your tutor may have left online feedback for your submission if it was made to Turnitin.
Use this guide to find out assignment results for an assignment submitted to the Blackboard assignment feature. Note that this is different to the Turnitin assignment feature.
A blog can be thought of as an online journal or diary, and your tutor may use them in your Blackboard course. This set of guides explain how to use Blogs within your Blackboard course, from posting new entries to reviewing the history of your posts.
This comprehensive set of “how to” guides explains how you can work collaborativly on a wiki within your course. Topics include adding a new page, editing an existing page, and review the history of a wiki page.
Your course instructor may have set up “Group Areas”. This guide shows you how to access them.
Your course instructor may set up groups within your Blackboard course. One of the tools that instructors may enable for a groups is a Collaborate room just for that group.