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Faculty Tutorials

Learn how to use Blackboard by clicking "Watch it" to see an instructional video or click "Read it" for written step-by-step directions.

First Five Steps for Faculty

  1. Log in to your course in Blackboard - Not sure where to find your course in Blackboard or to access it? Go to and  log in with your Rutgers NetID and password (the same one you use to access your email) (Watch it, Read it)

  2. Add your contact information - Make it easy for students to find your office hours and email address. (Watch it, Read it)

  3. Post your syllabus- Let students know about the expectations of your course. Help them prepare by listing any textbooks or materials they may need to purchase as well as the course schedule. (Watch it, Read it)

  4. Make your course available – Initially, courses are "unavailable" to students so instructors have time to add materials. As an instructor, you always have access to your course, but you need to open it (make it "available") to your students. (Watch it, Read it)

  5. Announce your course is available – Once you have made the course available, let students know by sending out an announcement. (Watch it, Read it)

The Next Five Steps...

  1. Change the background design of your course – If you are teaching multiple courses, here's a way to easily distinguish between courses and add some pizzazz to your site. Use the pre-defined colors and themes in Blackboard to give a custom look to each of your courses. (Watch it, Read it)

  2. Post a file to share with your students (e.g., PowerPoint presentation, article for students to review) (Watch it, Read it)

  3. Create an Avatar - personalize your Blackboard account with an avatar (Watch it, Read it)

  4. Review the list of participants in your course - See a list of all participants in your course and verify they have a valid email so they can receive your course communications. (Watch it, Read it)

  5. View the last time students logged into your course - In Blackboard's Grade Center, you can see the last time students accessed your course. (Watch it, Read it)

Discussion Boards

  • Set-Up a discussion board - Need to cancel class due to inclement weather or a conference? Teaching an online class? Use Discussion Boards to still give students the opportunity to participate in class. (Watch it, Read it)

  • Read and respond to a discussion board - Once students start posting, how do you read and respond to what they have written? (Watch it)

  • Grade discussion board participation - Discussion boards can be specific graded assignments or contribute to the class participation grade. (Watch it, Read it, Sample Rubric)

Assessment Series

  • How to Create a Test - Save yourself from bubble-test nightmares by using Blackboard to simplify creating and administering exams (Watch it, Read it)

  • How to review statistics about exam questions- Check student learning by review the percentage of students who selected each question response. (Watch it, Read it)

  • How to create an essay exam – Use Blackboard’s Assignment Manager to save yourself from blue book drama by eliminating the need for handwritten essays or trying to keep track of student papers sent to you through email. (Watch it, Read it)

  • Check for potential plagiarism with Turnitin – See how to use this software that is built into Blackboard and compares students’ writing to online sources, journals, and other student papers. (Watch it, Read it)

Lectures online

  • Narrated Presentation - If you are teaching an online course or would like to supplement your face-to-face course, you can use your computer and free software to record a lecture. Then, load it onto Blackboard so students can watch when it's convenient.  (Watch it, Read it)

  • Collaborate session - If you need to cancel one of your face-to-face classes or would like to give a live lecture for your online class, use Blackboard's Collaborate feature to give a live lecture online. You can record it too so that students who miss the lecture can watch it at anytime from anywhere they have an Internet connection. (Watch it)

NEW May 2013! Check out some on the new features in Blackboard

  • Global Navigation - fast and easy access to recent Discussion Board Posts, Updates and Grades (Watch it, Read it)

  • Text Box Editor - more features including built-in Paste from Word options and table functionality (Watch it, Read it)

Most Popular

  • Copying Your Entire Course from One Semester to the Next (Read it)

  • Sending Email to Your Entire Class (Read it)

  • Viewing Your Class Roster (Read it)

  • Posting Documents in Your Course
     - Using the Item Option Two Methods (Read it)
     - Using the File Option Least Number of Clicks (Read it)
     - Restricting the Availability of an Item Based on Date and Time (Read it)

  • Using the Assignment Manager (Read it) - an alternative to the Digital Dropbox

  • Plagiarism Detection
     - Turnitin (more information)
     - Blackboard SafeAssign

    • Using SafeAssignment all students submit (Read it)

    • Using Direct Submit individual files submitted by the instructor (Read it)

  • Managing the My Courses Module - remove or re-order course listed in My Courses (Read it)

  • Submitting Final Grades through Blackboard (Read it)

  • Troubleshooting
     - Restoring Your Menu - if all you can see are Announcements (Read it)
     - Running Internet Explorer in Compatibility Mode (Read it)
     - Add Blackboard and Rutgers as Trusted Sites in Internet Explorer (Read it)

  • Pasting Text from Word - remove extraneous code (Read it)

  • Using Smart Views with a Merged Course - for grading by section or emailing a single section (Read it)

  • Make-Up Exams - limiting an exam to a specific student for a specific time period. (Read it)

  • Overview of Rubrics within Blackboard (Video)

  • Using Webmail to Read Announcements Emailed through Blackboard - changing settings to render html code (Read it)

  • Loading multiple file into a course Content Collection (Watch it)

Blackboard Provided "Getting Started" Materials

Additional Resources

Course Properties

Course Menu


Collaborate (formerly Elluminate) within Blackboard

Collaborate provides the opportunity for synchronous distance learning and collaboration. This tool goes beyond the Blackboard Virtual Classroom by incorporating voice (up to 6 simultaneous talkers) and Watch it (up to 6 simultaneous Watch it transmissions).  Sessions can be recorded and made available to students for review.

  • How to schedule a Collaborate Session (Watch it)

  • Collaborate Support, Training & Documentation

  • First Time Users

  • Instructors Guide (PDF)

  • Watch it Tutorial for Students

  • Common Issues for Collaborate

    Collaborate uses Java so be sure to check that you have a current version and feel free to check out the Configuration Room to make sure your audio and Watch it are configured.

    A note about Internet Explorer: Because of security settings, you may find that Collaborate does not launch the first time and will actually bring you back to the Announcement page of the course. Don't worry, just go back in again to Collaborate and it will load the second time. You can, alternatively, right-click the link and the use a left-click to select Open in New Tab or Open in New Window from the pop-up menu.

    If you're having any trouble with your audio or Watch it connection, make sure that you have your camera and headset plugged in before you enter the room. If you forgot, just exit the room and then come back in. There's also an audio and a video wizard available from the Tools menu in Collaborate to test your configuration.

    If you're still having trouble, check out Collaborate Support or give them a call at 877-382-2293 (toll free in North America, option #2). There are toll free numbers for the UK (0800-051-7248), Ireland (1800-64-4528) and Australia (1-800-26-7338) as well as a toll number for international users (1-606-274-2370).

Respondus - a tool available to create and manage exams that can be printed or published to Blackboard, eCollege or Sakai.  A free 30-day trial is available from their website.


Using SSH Secure

Use this secure application to connect to the andromeda, pegasus and streaming servers.

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Student Tutorials

Getting Started in Blackboard

  • Check your email address - Blackboard sends emails to your official Rutgers email address so please be sure to verify your address by going to and clicking on Manage Email Addresses. If you make changes to your email address, Blackboard will be updated with this information within 48 business hours. (Watch it)

  • Participate in a discussion board – Many instructors require that you participate in a discussion board in Blackboard. (Watch it)

  • Participate in a Blackboard Collaborate session – Your instructor may hold classes or office hours using Blackboard's Collaborate. All you need is an Internet connection with speakers or a headset to participate. (Watch it)

  • Create an Avatar - use the avatar feature to add a picture of yourself for your instructor and classmates to see. (Watch it, Read it)

Submitting Assignments

  • Submit a file using Blackboard's Assignment manager. (Watch it, Read it)
  • Submit a file with SafeAssignment. (Read it)

Blackboard Student Manual