Teaching Online in Blackboard

In this workshop, you will consider the steps involved in developing an online course. While we won’t highlight every detail for designing an online course, in this brief presentation, we will lay the foundation for the design process and set a framework for engaging in the development of an online course. After completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Design an online course that includes significant and meaningful learning experiences
  • Follow best practices for designing and teaching an online course

BlackBoard Course Essentials Handout (.pdf)

Live Webinars:

Blackboard Open Question Session for Faculty
Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00pm

Distance Teaching Assistance

Faculty assistance with Blackboard is available via:

***In either case, please include your EMPLID and the 5-digit section number when requesting assistance. Include screenshots if possible.

On-Demand Blackboard Tutorials:

Blackboard’s Content Collection is a file repository that allows faculty to store, manage, and share content. Learn how to use the Content Collection as a virtual hard drive that can be accessed from any computer and Blackboard Course. How to reuse and link contents to any Blackboard course, eliminating the need to go into each course to upload an updated version of the file.

Content Collection (.pdf)

Blackboard allows electronic assignment submission, collection and grading. Learn how you can view, comment, and grade student-submitted assignment files without leaving the Grade Assignment page. This workshop will also briefly cover how to check for plagiarism using SafeAssign and Turnitin.

Creating Assignments (.pdf)

This workshop provides a hands–on introduction to the Discussion Board tool. Participant will learn how to: create forums and threads, manage and grade discussions. Pedagogical and practical issues related to using discussions in online courses will also be discussed.

Blackboard Discussion Board (.pdf)

Want to get more student participation in your Blackboard course? Learn how to setup and use the Blogs, Wikis & Journals tools in Blackboard.

Blogs, Journals & Wikis (.pdf)




Collaborate Ultra is now browser-based, which ensures ease in entering a session. Gone are the days of downloading a launcher or Java plugin! Join us for a demonstration and discover the essentials of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, the new version of the synchronous virtual classroom tool. Participants will leave the workshop with hands-on experience in features such as text and voice chat, PowerPoint slideshow delivery, and desktop sharing.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for Moderators – (Instructors) (.pdf)

This workshop provides a hands–on introduction to the Assessment function of Blackboard, with a focus on creating/grading tests and using the Pool Manager.

Test and Pool Manager Handout (.pdf)

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to create and edit a rubric in Blackboard and use the rubric to simplify the grading of assignments. You can attach rubrics to assignments submitted in Blackboard, to essay questions, discussion forums, or even any campus-based activities or requirements you want to grade, such as papers, special projects, presentations, practicums/labs, performances, etc.

Rubrics can be individualized to fit your needs to make your grading more efficient.

Creating_Rubrics (.pdf)

This workshop covers the Grade Center interface, setting up the new Grade Center to suit instructional needs, customizing display and grading options, setting up Smart Views, and grading test and assignment submissions.

Grade Center (.pdf)

  • Retention Center – an Early Alert and Monitoring system that provides an easy way for you to quickly identify which students in your course are at risk. You can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement. You can also keep track of patterns over time.
  • Performance Dashboard – View all types of user activity in your course.
  • Course Reports – Get a detailed picture of student activity in your course. This includes details about which students are accessing your course and when.
  • Tasks: Track student progress for tasks that you created.
  • Item Analysis: View statistics on overall test performance and individual test questions. This data helps you recognize questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance.

Retention Center (.pdf)

Yuja Media Platform Tutorials:

A short video introducing basic features and navigation of the Yuja media platform.

There are two ways to create student access to your videos via Blackboard using Yuja.

  1. Create a direct web link within Blackboard to the Yuja media repository.  A full-screen video player results.
  2. Embed the video into a frame within Blackboard.  A frame-sized video player results (smaller).

Digitizing & Distribution of Course Materials

Whenever scanning hard copy documents to electronic files for student use, it is most beneficial to use a scanning device that provides text recognition capabilities.  The resulting electronic file (most likely a PDF) will then have find/search, select/copy capabilities which can be very useful to students working with the files.  Many scanner appliances have these capabilities.  However, if a scanner is not available, there are a number of smartphone apps that can utilize your phone’s camera to do the same thing.

  • Adobe Scan

We provide access to academic publications and research databases to currently enrolled students, faculty members, and staff members with active IDs in the CUNY library system.

  • Library E-Reserve Submission Form
    • If you are requesting materials that were previously available, we have remote access to them.
    • If you are requesting new materials (new editions, change of textbooks), we are working on a procedure to accommodate these types of requests. If you already have access to a scanner, please upload the PDF file to the reservation request form (**please note: our platform can only support the PDF file format at this time**).

Duplicating and binding services are available to faculty via the Duplicating Request System, etc.

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