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Pinned Article Make a Course Available to Students in Blackboard

You can control when your course is private—or unavailable—to your students. For example, you may not want students to access your course while it is under construction.

Add a Blackboard Blog

A blog is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended to share with others. Most blogs also have a commenting feature, so that people can respond to one another's thoughts. Blogs encourage students to clearly express their ideas. Blogs also address the need to expand various aspects of social learning. From the instructor's point of view, blogs are an effective means of gaining insight into students' activities and provide a way to share the knowledge and materials collecte

Add a Blackboard Wiki

Steps to create a new wiki page within Blackboard.

Add a co-instructor and/or graduate assistant to a Blackboard course

Add a co-instructor or graduate assistant to a Blackboard course.

Add/edit menu items in my Blackboard

The Blackboard course menu allows students to easily navigate through your course.

Applying Test Accommodations

Blackboard's Test Availability Exceptions settings allow you to provide accommodations to individual users or specific groups, such as: multiple attempts, timer customization, auto-submit toggle, and extended test access dates/times.

Blackboard account expiration

UND policy requires that user accounts will be removed on a regular basis after resignation or termination from UND.

Blackboard Ally for Instructors

Improve the accessibility of your Blackboard course content.

Blackboard course under development, but and students have been populated

You can control when your course is private—or unavailable—to your students. For example, you may not want students to access your course during the building process.

Blackboard for advisees

Yes, you can have an Organization site in Blackboard dedicated to working and communicating with your advisees.

Blackboard for groups and organizations

Yes, Blackboard is available for UND groups and organizations.

Blackboard Request Form

To request to have one of the following actions completed for your Blackboard courses, please complete a Blackboard request form located at

Blackboard user roles

A listing and description of Blackboard user roles.

Change my course homepage/entry point

The course entry point is the first area users see when they enter your course. The default course entry point is the Home Page and contains modules that alert students to activity in your course.

Change points for questions in a Blackboard test

You can change the possible points awarded for answering questions correctly in two ways. For both ways, new grades are recalculated for all previously submitted tests.

Combine multiple course sections into one Blackboard site

A request to combine multiple course sections into one Blackboard site may be submitted at:

Contact information in Blackboard

Use the contacts tool to add profile information about yourself and other staff for students. You can provide information about office hours, phone numbers, and other links to help students find the people who have important roles in your course.

Copy or export a test from one course to another

Steps to copy or export a test/exam to another course.

Copy or Move Content in Blackboard: Within One Course -or- Between Two Different Courses

Steps to copy content in Blackboard. Two options are available:
1) Copy items from one area to another (in the same Bb course)
2) Copy items from one course to another in Blackboard

Course/s not listed in Blackboard

Courses are automatically created using the information in Campus Connection. If your department has changed instructors for a course and not changed the information in Campus Connection, the Blackboard course will reflect this.

Create a Blackboard Journal

You can create one or more journals for your students to use in your course. You must create journal topics before students can add their entries.

Create a Blackboard Wiki

Steps to create a Blackboard wiki.

Create a pool of questions for Blackboard tests

A question pool is a collection of questions that is stored for repeated use.

You can use pools to create tests and surveys. You can also export and import pools for use in tests in other courses.

Create a Safe Assignment

You can use SafeAssign plagiarism checking for any of your assignments.

Create an announcement in Blackboard

Announcements are an ideal way to post time-sensitive information critical to course success.

Customize the Letter Grade Schema

In the Grade Center, when an item is graded, a numeric score appears in the students' cells by default. You can choose to display grades in other ways with grading schemas. A schema takes the points scored on an item and compares it to the item's total points possible to derive a percentage. This percentage is mapped to a range of scores and displays a grade, such as a letter (A, B, C) or Pass/Fail. This information is presented in a table format.

Delete or edit an announcement

To edit or delete an announcement, select Edit or Delete in its menu. The delete action is final and irreversible.

Direct submit a SafeAssignment

DirectSubmit generates SafeAssign reports on papers not uploaded to an assignment with the SafeAssign service. You can use DirectSubmit to add papers to the institutional database. Whenever possible, Blackboard advises you to create assignments with the SafeAssign submission option selected.

Export Exams from the Respondus Exam Authoring Tool to Word

Learn how to export exams from Respondus to Word for editing.

Find assignments that students have submitted

Steps to find submitted student assignments in Blackboard.

Fix a student assignment file that I am not able to open

Return to the page where you originally submitted this assignment. Click on the link to the assignment. In the submission history, check the date/time of your submission. This is proof you submitted your assignment, and the instructor would have this information as well.

Format a Word exam for the Respondus Exam Authoring Tool

Instead of creating a quiz question by question within Respondus, you may prefer to create the quiz using Word.

Grade student work with Blackboard Annotate

Check out our new tool called Bb Annotate! You can use Bb Annotate for inline grading in both the Original Course and Ultra Course Views. Bb Annotate offers a more robust feature set to provide customizable feedback to students. Features include a sidebar summary view, freehand drawing tools, various color selections, and much more.


In your Original course, you can create groups one at a time or in sets. After you create a group, you can edit the group's tools, name, availability, and members.

You can't create course groups in the Ultra Course View, but you can create group assignments.

I know a student is enrolled in my course, but they cannot access it

If you know a student is enrolled in your course but they do not see the course listed in the course list, they may have enrolled, dropped, and re-added the course in Campus Connection. This is how instructors can fix this issue and grant the student course access.

Interpret SafeAssign Scores

The overall score is an indicator of what percentage of the submitted paper matches existing sources. This score is a warning indicator only and papers should be reviewed to see if the matches are properly attributed.

Link to a Blackboard tool in my Blackboard site

You can link to an entire tool, such as the main blogs page, or drill in and choose a specific blog. You can also create a new blog while you create a tool link.

Make a course/organization unavailable for a specific user

Steps to make a Blackboard course or organization available for a specific user.

Make an archive copy of my Blackboard course

This method allows you to make a copy of your course on your computer or a CD-Rom. If you are developing a course or making major revisions to a course, you may wish to make a copy as a backup.

Randomize questions in a Blackboard test

On the Question Settings page, you can adjust question settings for a test, survey, or pool. For example, you can set options for scoring, feedback, images, metadata, extra credit, and how questions are displayed to students.

Reorder announcements in Blackboard

How to rearrange announcements in Blackboard.

Request Blackboard account

No. Faculty accounts are requested by the head of the department or the administrative assistant for the department after the faculty member is hired.

If you are unsure if you have a Blackboard account you can try logging in using your NDUS.Identifier and password (the same ones you use to log in to your UND computer or to HRMS).

Respondus Exam Authoring Tool

Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard Learn

Respondus Exam Authoring Tool - 4.0 License Renewal - Known Problem & Solution

How to fix the license renewal problem encountered when updating Respondus 4.

Respondus Exam Authoring Tool - How to Publish an Exam to Blackboard (Automatic or Manual)

Exam publishing instructions for Respondus. Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard Learn.

Respondus Exam Authoring Tool - Instructor Installation/Updates & Setup

Installation, update, and setup instructions for Respondus. Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard Learn.

Respondus LockDown Browser - Error & Troubleshooting Steps

Instructions to resolve the "Fix It" error seen by students attempting to take a RLDB exam.

Respondus LockDown Browser - Instructors

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit for grading. Compatible with Mac and Windows.

Search for specific files I have used in my course

You can search the content available to you in the Content Collection.

See how long a student has been in an exam

In the Full Grade Center, click the chevron next to the student’s grade and select View Grade Details and then click View Attempt.  Then when the exam opens there will be a link called Test Information, just below the student"s name, click on this.

Set assignments for multiple student attempts

You can allow students to submit more than one attempt for an assignment.

Multiple attempts can help students stay on track, raise the quality of assignments, and ultimately improve student success and retention. Students can submit drafts and earn credit on improvements. Inform students which assignments allow multiple attempts, and what the expectations and grading policies are for each attempt.

Set default points when adding new questions in a Blackboard test

You can automatically assign all questions in a test the same default point value. To be effective, you must set the default point value before you create questions. If you change the default point value, only new questions will have the new value. Questions you created before the modification have the old point value.

You can't specify a default point value for questions in pools and surveys.

Set up email notifications for announcements

When an Announcement is added to a course, students are automatically able to see the announcement in the My Announcements module after logging into Blackboard.

If you wish to also send an email notification to each student, you must select "Send a copy of this announcement immediately" when creating the announcement.

Set up guest access in Blackboard

If allowed, you can control whether or not the guest and observer roles have access to your course. You also have control over the content they can see. Your institution must create the accounts and associate observers with students.

Set up the Respondus Exam Authoring Tool server to publish to Blackboard

This article covers how to set up Respondus to publish tests to a Blackboard course.

Show/hide a menu item in my Blackboard site

A tutorial to toggle between show/hide menu items.

Student has an incomplete

If you have given a student an incomplete, and their assessments include assignments, quizzes, or exams, please check each date setting to make sure the assessments are still available.

Track student views in Blackboard

To view detailed usage statistics on selected content items for all enrolled users, use Statistics Tracking.

View Blackboard course from a student's perspective

Instructors can turn Edit Mode on and off to switch between Edit Mode and the approximate view that Students will see.

View student performance data for assignments

The Performance Dashboard shows you all types of user activity in your course or organization. All users enrolled in your course are listed, including instructors, students, teaching assistants, graders, observers, and guests, with pertinent information about each user's progress and activity.