Self Tutorial Online Modules

For a more comprehensive collection of Blackboard User Guides and complete information about Blackboard 9.1 at CUNY, visit the CUNY Blackboard site by clicking on the following link:
CUNY Blackboard site
For a basic introduction to Blackboard click on the following link:

Roadmap to Teaching Innovation

Roadmap to Teaching Innovation is an online course in Blackboard that covers the important basic and advanced features of Blackboard.  All current faculty are enrolled in the course and are free to navigate throughout the course and look up specific Blackboard topics.

If you are a current faculty member and cannot access the course, please contact EdTech.

To learn more about Roadmap to Teaching Innovation, click on the following link:  Roadmap to Teaching Innovation page.

Hostos EdTech is a national leader in introducing and facilitating innovative ways of using recording/video streaming applications and smart mobile devices in teaching and learning. Please talk to us about how we can help you in your plans to go mobile both for your classroom and distance.

Rich Media and Audio/Video Recording

The EdTech Media Center offers powerful software and hardware technology to capture and record lessons, classroom activities and  quickly and easily be make them available as streaming media and podcasts.

Panopto – The Panopto Building Block allows us to add powerful media tools to Blackboard, combing the best features of video sharing, webcam recording, screen recording, and more all within the Blackboard Learn environment. Creating and sharing multimedia learning content is easier than ever using this intuitive tool.  To learn more about Panopto, as well as the Panopto Initiative, click on the following link:
Panopto at Hostos

VideoScribe – is a powerful application that allows users with little or no design and drawing skills to create professional quality whiteboard animation and presentation videos.   Images, text, music and voiceover can be added to to the creations.  EdTech has licenses for VideoScribe and its staff can assist you in creating your presentations.  Please contact EdTech to learn more

Adobe Creative Suite – Hostos Community College owns a site license that permits the applications of the Adobe Creative Suite – including Photoshop, Illustrator,  InDesign, Premiere, AfterEffects, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash and others.  To have them installed on your Hostos-issued computer (not your personal computer!) you need to place a job request to the Hostos IT office. To do that go to this link:
Submit an IT Job Request

Hostos Blackboard Support

WHERE TO GO FOR BLACKBOARD SUPPORT
WHERE TO GO FOR BLACKBOARD SUPPORT
One-on-one support
The members of the EdTech Office Staff in Room C556 provide help with Blackboard on a walk-in basis. Please check the hours and contact information of EdTech staff posted on this website.

CUNY'S BLACKBOARD SUPPORT SITE
CUNY’s Blackboard Support Site
The site:

www.cuny.edu/blackboard

which is also a tab on your Blackboard home page, has information on CUNY’s Blackboard, updates, user guides and links and contact information about Blackboard support on all CUNY campuses.

WORKSHOPS
WORKSHOPS
Throughout the semester workshops are offered on Blackboard and its various tools and features and how they can be used in your instruction, whether you teach online or classroom only. To see the schedule for upcoming workshops, click on the following link:

Faculty Workshops: Online Registration

or the link in the menu on the right.

PRINT TUTORIALS
PRINT TUTORIALS

Go to User Guides in CUNY’s Blackboard site:

CUNY Blackboard User Guides

VIDEO TUTORIALS
VIDEO TUTORIALS

The You-Tube Channel Blackboard Learn: For Instructors has a playlist of 58 videos covering all aspects of navigating and using a Blackboard course and its tools.
Blackboard Learn: For Instructors

You can also find print tutorials in the Tutorials page of this site:
Tutorials

HOW TO GET TO BLACKBOARD
HOW TO GET TO BLACKBOARD

  1. To get to Blackboard you must have your CUNYfirst ID and password. From the Hostos Community College home page, click on ‘Login To’ > ‘Blackboard’.
  2. The CUNYfirst login will appear:
  3. CUNY Login ID: This password expires every three months. Besides CUNYfirst, The CUNY Login ID and password is also used to access Blackboard. When you click on any link to Blackboard, it will take you to the Blackboard login page. Type in your CUNYfirst username followed by @login.cuny.edu, then your CUNYfirst password in the password field. For example, if CUNYfirst username is john.smith22, the username you enter to login to Blackboard must be john.smith22@login.cuny.edu. The username field is already populated with the @login.cuny.edu part, as shown below.
HOW TO PREPARE TO USE BLACKBOARD
HOW TO PREPARE TO USE BLACKBOARD

Have basic computer-use skills, and a familiarity with accessing the internet, browsers, pop-ups, plugins, productivity software such as Microsoft Office, and media players such as iTunes, Windows Media Player, VLC.

You should have access to high-speed internet service, such as DSL or FIOS. If you lack that at home you can use the computers in the computer labs, library or open spaces. Also, places like Starbucks and even McDonalds offer WIFI service.

Online courses will be using Blackboard 9.1…

…and to successfully complete online courses you will need access to a well-working computer and a fast internet connection. If you don’t own such a setup then you will need to consider an alternative plan, such as using the computers in the computer labs. Make sure you have administrative rights to your computer so that you can install software like browser updates and plugins.

 

The computers in your campus computer lab are all equipped with the necessary browsers and plugins needed to participate in an online course.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR BLACKBOARD
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR BLACKBOARD

Internet Connection

  • High speed* network service such as Cable or DSL
    Note: using dial-up is possible but you may experience performance issues with certain Blackboard features
  • Device connected to network through cable (ethernet) or strong, stable wifi
  • Especially for online exams it is recommended that the network connection be ethernet rather than wifi

Hardware

  • 2 GB of RAM (2 GB or higher optimal)
  • 1 GB of free disk space
  • Sound card and speakers

Supported Browsers & Operating Systems

Published by Blackboard November 6, 2014

Blackboard™ Learn Release 9.1 Learn October 2014 (9.1.201410.160373) was tested with a variety of platform technologies as well as common client-side technologies.

Supported: supported by the vendor and Blackboard.

Unsupported: Unsupported by the vendor or not supported by Blackboard.

Windows Operating System


IE 11


IE 10


IE 9


Firefox ESR

Firefox (Final Release Channel)

Chrome (Stable Channel)

Windows Vista (32-bit)Unsupported by MicrosoftUnsupported by MicrosoftSupportedSupportedSupported
Windows Vista (64-bit)Unsupported by MicrosoftUnsupported by MicrosoftSupportedSupportedSupported
Windows 7 (32-bit)SupportedSupportedSupportedSupportedSupported
Windows 7 (64-bit)SupportedSupportedSupportedSupportedSupported
Windows 8 (32-bit)SupportedUnsupported by MicrosoftUnsupported by MicrosoftSupportedSupporte
Windows 8 (64-bit)SupportedUnsupported by MicrosoftUnsupported by MicrosoftSupportedSupported

Mac OSX Operating System


Safari 8


Safari 7


Safari 6


Firefox ESR

Firefox (Final Release Channel)

Chrome (Stable Channel)

Mac OSX 10.7Unsupported by AppleUnsupported by AppleSupportedSupportedSupported
Mac OSX 10.8Unsupported by AppleUnsupported by AppleSupportedSupportedSupported
Mac OSX 10.9Unsupported by AppleSupportedUnsupported by AppleSupportedSupported
Mac OSX 10.10SupportedUnsupported by AppleUnsupported by AppleSupportedSupported
  • Web Browser
    For the latest information on browsers supported by Blackboard go to
    Link: Browser Support
    WHILE THE BROWSERS BELOW DO SUPPORT BLACKBOARD, MOZILLA FIREFOX IS GENERALLY RECOGNIZED AS THE BEST FOR ACCESSING CUNY BLACKBOARD 9.1.
    Important Notes on Browsers
  • Internet Explorer
    Note: There are some configuration options for Internet Explorer that may make some features of Blackboard Learn difficult to use. To learn more, see the Browser Support Policy and Internet Explorer Security Zones and Compatibility View topics.
  • Safari
    Note: Safari for Windows is an exception. Apple’s continued support for this browser is unclear, and Blackboard does not test it.
  • Firefox RECOMMENDED DOWNLOAD
  • AOL browser is not supported by Blackboard. However, an AOL connection can be used with one of the supported browsers to access Blackboard.
  • To check if your current browser is ready for Blackboard 9.1, including plug-ins and settings, click on the following link: Browser Compatibility Check
  • Browser Plugins and Players
    A browser plugin is an add-in software component that that adds a specific feature to it. Many of these are “players”, plugins that give the user the ability to use various audio and video filetypes. Your professors may post files that require users to have various players and plugins installed on their computers. The following are the most commonly recommended ones in courses using various media:

    • Java Plug-in
    • Apple Quick Time
    • Apple iTunes
    • Shockwave & Flash
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • RealPlayer
    • Windows Media Player
    • VLC Media Player
    • Microsoft Silverlight

Browser Check – To check if your current browser is ready for Blackboard 9.1, including plug-ins and settings, click on the following link:
Blackboard 9.1 Browser Check Tool

 

Video Tutorials

Getting Oriented with Blackboard Learn
How To Design Your Course Entry Point
How to Add a Tool Link to Your Course
How To Make Your Course Available to Students
How to Create Announcements in Your Course
How to Send Email in Blackboard Learn
Blackboard Inline Grading for Assignments
Using the Content Editor
How to Create Discussion Board Forums
How to Create a Blog
How to Create a Journal
How To Create and Manage Wikis
How to Create a Mashup
How to Create a Rubric for Grading Student Work
How to Grade Using a Rubric
How To Create a Test in Blackboard Learn
How to Build a Pool of Test Questions
How to Upload Test Questions from Microsoft Excel
How to Export and Import a Test or Survey
How to Set Test Options
Color Code the Grade Center
How to Create a Smart View of Grade Center Data
How to Download and Upload Grades from the Grade Center
Using Item Analysis in Blackboard Learn
The Retention Center in Blackboard

Tips of the Week

Reserving Tech Resources in the Academic Computer Center
  1. Login into Tech Resource Reservation System
  2. Enter your Hostos credentials (username and password same as you log in into your work computer)
  3. Click Log In
  4. The default page you will see is the Multimedia Carts (ACC MMC). To reserve other resources such as clickers and projectors, please make a selection from the View schedule menu at the top of the page.
  5. After selecting the resource you want, locate the date, time and resource name that is available for reservation. Click on the empty cell (background will become green) and the New Reservation window will pop up.
  6. Fill in the required information such as Start and End times, Class name, Section, and Eq. Delivery Room. Please provide additional information in the Summary section.
  7. Click Submit
  8. Click Log Out to exit the system

NOTE: For technical questions, please email acclabs@hostos.cuny.edu or call ACC at 718-518-6523. All reservations need approval from the administrator of each resource you submit a reservation for.


Making your course(s) available to your students
  1. Login into Blackboard Video button
  2. Select the course you want to make available from the My Courses module (top-right)
  3. Click on the lock icon that appears at the top-right hand side before the Edit Mode button

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Using the Attendance Tool

With the Blackboard attendance tool instructors can  mark whether a student is present, late, absent, or excused for each class meeting. The attendance records for each student appear in a single column next to other grades. On the Attendance page, profile pictures appear so instructors can easily identify students. Instructors can use attendance as part of calculating grades in the Grade Center.

  1. In the Control Panel, go to Course Tools > Attendance.click on Attendance in Course Tools
  2. Instructors mark students Present, Late, or Absent by clicking next to the students in the appropriate column. The arrow points to the Settings button.Attendance Column
  3. In Settings instructors can determine the grading schema for attendance.Settings window
    NOTE:Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)
Uploading your syllabus
  1. Login into Blackboard Video button
  2. Select the course you want to upload your syllabus from the My Courses module (top-right)
  3. Make sure Edit Mode is On (top-right)
  4. Click on the name of the Content Area into which you wish to add the file (e.g. Course Information or Syllabus)
  5. Hover your mouse over the Build Content Action Link button
  6. Under the Create section, click on the Item link
  7. Complete the Content Information field (provide a name)
  8. (Optional) copy the content from a Word document and paste it in the Content Editor section under text.
  9. In the Attachment section, click Browse My Computer to locate the file you want to upload. Files can be in the following formats: Word and PDF (we recommend PDF files)
  10. Click Submit

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)


Making a Course Copy
  1. Login to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right) Video button
  3. Make sure Edit Mode is On (top-right)
  4. On the Control Panel, expand the Packages and Utilities section and select Course Copy
  5. Select the appropriate option: Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course
  6. In the Destination Course ID field, click Browse to select the destination course.
  7. Select all the content you want to copy to from the course you are to the course you selected
    • Copy Links to Course Files: No copies of linked files are included in the copy. The copied course will have the same set of links and those links will point back to the original location of the link defined in the origin course.
    • Copy links and copies of the content: This will make copies of linked files, but ONLY those files that are linked. Files within the course’s home folder that are not linked to any content within the course are not included in the copy (Recommended option).
    • Copy links and copies of the content (include entire course home folder): This will make copies of ALL files in the course’s home folder whether those files are linked to course content or not.In the File Attachments section, select the option to copy links to:
  8. In the Enrollments section, DO NOT select this option because it will copy all enrolled students from the source course to the destination one.
  9. Click Submit.
Merging Course Sections
  1. Login to Blackboard
  2. In the Blackboard Home page, you will find the Section Merge Tool module (middle-left), click the Click Here To Create and Manage Merged Courses link
  3. To create a new set of merged courses, click on the Setup New Merged Course link (top-left)
  4. In the Select Courses To Merge page, select all source courses.  Source courses will be merged into another course.
  5. Click Submit
  6. From the Select an Existing Course page, select the destination course (Only one).  This course will have the enrollment of the previous selected courses added to it.
  7. Click Submit
  8. Click OK to go back to the blackboard Home page

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Sending Announcements
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select the course you want to send announcement from the My Courses module (top-right) Video button
  3. Make sure Edit Mode is On (top-right)
  4. In the course menu (left panel) or from the Control Panel under Course Tools click the Announcements link
  5. Click Create Announcement button from the Announcement page (top-left)
  6. Complete the Announcement Information field (provide subject and details)
  7. Set up additional information
  8. Click Submit

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Creating Assignments / Safe-Assignments
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select the course you want to create assignment for from the My Courses module (top-right) Video button
  3. Make sure the Edit Mode is On (top-right)
  4. Select the Content Area where you want to create the assignment. (e.g. Assignments, Course Document)
  5. On the Action Bar (top-left), point to Assessments to access the drop-down list and select Assignment.
  6. In the Assignment Information page, type a name and instructions for the assignment. Format the text and include images, links, multimedia, Mashups, and attachments using the functions in the Text Editor, if needed. Attachments added using the Text Editor can be launched in a new window and have alternate text added to describe the attachment.
  7. (Optional) In the Assignment Files section, attach a file using one of the following options: To upload a file from your computer, click Browse My Computer. To upload a file from the course’s storage repository: If the course files are in the course’s storage repository, click Browse Course.
  8. (Optional) Set a Due Date. Due dates are used to organize and assign gradable items to grading periods in the Grade Center.
  9. Type Points Possible (e.g. 10, 15, 20).
  10. (Optional) Associate a rubric by pointing to Add Rubric to access the drop-down list. Rubrics are a way to create criteria for evaluating student performance on assignments.
  11. Click on the Submission Details link and set the Assignment Type (Individual, Group or Blackboard Portfolio), Number of Attempts and optionally if you want the check the assignment for plagiarism.
  12. (Optional) Set Grading Options by clicking in the link.
  13. (Optional) Set Display of Grades by clicking in the link.
  14. Select the check box to Make the Assignment Available.
  15. For Limit Availability, you can set the assignment to display on a specific date and time and stop displaying on a specific date and time. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Type dates and times in the boxes or use the pop-up Date Selection Calendar and Time Selection Menu to select dates and times. Display restrictions do not affect availability, only when the assignment appears.
  16. Click Submit

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Creating Turnitin Assignments
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your  course from the My Courses module (top-right)
  3. Make sure the Edit Mode is On (top-right)
  4. Select the Content Area where you want to create the assignment. (e.g. Course Document)
  5. On the Action Bar (top-left), point to Assessments to access the drop-down list and select Turnitin Assignment.
  6. In the Add Turnitin Assignment page, type a title, point value, start date, due date and other options as appropriate.
  7. Click Submit
Editing Assignments
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right)
  3. Make sure the Edit Mode is On
  4. Navigate to the course area containing the assignment (e.g. Assignments)
  5. Click the Action Link to the right of an assignment’s name to access the contextual menu and select Edit
  6. On the Edit Assignment page, make the desired changes
  7. When you are satisfied with the changes to the assignment, click Submit

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Sending emails
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right) Video button
  3. In the Control Panel under Course Tools click the Send Email link (towards the bottom of the list)
  4. Select the group you want to send the email to by clicking on the respective link (e.g. All Student Users)
  5. Enter the subject and message of your email
  6. Attach files by clicking on the Attach a file link (optional)
  7. Click Submit

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Creating Forums in a Discussion Board
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right)
  3. In the Course menu click Discussions (left-side)
  4. On the Discussion Board Page, Click the Create Forum button (top-left)
  5. On the Create Forum Page, under Forum Information, enter the Forum name and instructions (optional)
  6. Under Forum Availability, set the Availability to Yes and Display Dates (optional)
  7. Under Forum Settings, select the appropriate options
  8. Click Submit

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Creating Tests and adding questions
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right) Video button
  3. From the Control Panel, click on Course Tools link, then click on Tests, Surveys and Pools (bottom of Course Tools).
  4. From the Tests, Surveys and Pools page, Click on the Tests link.
  5. From the Tests page, click on Build Test (top-right).
  6. On the Test Information page, provide a name.
  7. Optionally, type Instructions and a Description. You can use the Text Editor functions to format the text and include files, images, web links, multimedia, and Mashups. Any files uploaded from your computer are saved in Course Files or the Content Collection in the top level folder. Attachments uploaded using the Text Editor can be launched in a new window and can include alternate text to describe the attachment.
  8. Click Submit
Creating questions. You should change the Question Settings if you want to include images, external links and feedback.
  1. After the test is created, you can add question by using one of the following methods: Create Question or Reuse Question or Upload Questions you may have in comma delimited text file.
  2. If adding questions by using the Create Question, select question type from the drop-down list and follow the instructions.
  3. To add more questions, please repeat step 11.

Making tests available to students: Go to the Content Area in which you would like the test to appear. Select Test from the Create Assessment drop-down list. Select the test you wish to display from the list that appears and click the Submit button.

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Creating Test Pools of questions
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right) Video button
  3. Make sure Edit Mode is On (top-right)
  4. In the Control Panel area click Course Tools, and then select Tests, Surveys and Pools
  5. From the Tests, Surveys and Pools page, click on Pools
  6. From the Pools page, click Build Pool. Provide a Name for the pool, a brief description and instructions
  7. Click Submit

Adding questions to the pool

There are three different ways to add questions to a pool.

  1. By clicking the Create Question button (top-right)
  2. By clicking the Find Questions button
  3. By clicking the Upload Questions button
Customizing the Grade Center view
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right) Video button
  3. Make sure Edit Mode is On (top-right)
  4. In the Control Panel area click Grade Center, and then select Full Grade Center
  5. To hide a column, click on the column dropdown list and select hide column (left of column name)
  6. To restore the view of a hidden column, click on Manage at the top of the page and select Column Organization.
  7. Select the column to show by checking the checkbox (left side) in the Shown in All Grade Center View.
  8. Use the Show/Hide dropdown menu and click Show Selected Columns to show the selected column.
  9. Click Submit. A success message will appear in the top-left corner of the page.

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Adding students to courses
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right)
  3. In the Control Panel under Users and Groups click the Users link (towards the bottom of the list)
  4. Click on the Find Users to Enroll button (top-left)
  5. On the Add Enrollment page, click Browse.
  6. Search users by Username (twenty digit Blackboard ID number) or Email or Last Name
    or First Name
  7. Click box on the left of the name of the person you want to enroll
  8. Click Submit

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more

Adding YouTube Videos
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right) Video button
  3. Make sure the Edit Mode is On (top-right)
  4. Select the Content Area where you want to add the video. (e.g. Course Document, Chapter 1)
  5. On the Action Bar (top-left), point to Build Content to access the drop-down list and under Mashups select YouTube Video.
  6. In the Search for a YouTube Video page, type a search criteria.
  7. (Optional) Select matching pattern and language in which you want to do the search.
  8. Click Go
  9. (Optional) Click Preview to watch the content before adding it to your course.
  10. Click Select to add the content to your course.
  11. Provide a Name for the content. You can also provide a Description of the video and additional options for the Mashup.
  12. Click Submit. A success message appears at the top of the page. The Mashup appears a the bottom of the Content area.

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

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