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Blackboard is UND's learning management system connecting students, faculty and staff both inside and outside of the classroom. It is used for courses, organizations, committees, departments and groups.
UND is in the process of moving to a shared Blackboard Learning Management System managed by the North Dakota University System (NDUS). This will be a phased move over the next several months. Please visit the Blackboard transition web page for more information.
UND Faculty and Staff, Term-Based and 9 Month (Enroll-Anytime) Students
To log in, enter your NDUS.Identifier and password. Visit the NDUS.Identifier page for username and password questions.
Students registered in semester-based courses will have access to Blackboard within two business days, but will not see their courses until their instructors make them available. Not all on-campus courses utilize Blackboard.
Students registered in 9 month (enroll anytime) courses will be added to Blackboard within ten business days. A welcome email will be sent to the student once the registration has been processed.
Faculty will have access to their Blackboard courses when semester courses are created. Blackboard courses are created based on Campus Connection data so faculty must be listed as the course instructor to have access. Faculty/staff who do not have access to Blackboard should contact UND Tech Support for assistance.
Non-Credit Certificate Course Students
If you have completed or are currently enrolled in a UND credit course, you will use the NDUS.Identifier to log in to Blackboard. Visit the NDUS.Identifier page for username and password questions.
If you are enrolled in a non-credit course only and have not previously enrolled in credit courses at UND, the following applies:
- Currently, coursework is completed using UND Blackboard. Around mid-August non-credit students will begin using the NDUS Blackboard System. An email notification will be sent to students when it is time to change systems.
- Typically, your username follows the format of t.FirstinitialLastname e.g. John Doe would have the username t.jdoe
- Students will receive an email from UND Blackboard User Services with a link to set up their account. The link goes to a site which walks through the remaining steps. This step-by-step guide outlines the set-up process.
Additional Support InformationProfessional Development for Educators tech Support page
Username and password information is sent to LEND students in an email upon registration. Please note it may take up to 2 business days to process registration after receipt of the request.
Additional questions may be directed to Cathy Perry at email@example.com or call 701.777.2628.
Nutrition and Food Service Professionals Training (Dietary Managers) Preceptor
Nutrition and Food Service Professionals Training (Dietary Managers) Preceptor login information is emailed to preceptors.
You may contact the UND Online and Distance Education Student Records team at 701.777.0488 for login assistance.
For additional tutorials please view the Student Resource Course in Blackboard or review tutorials in Hoonuit by Atomic Learning.
Submitting an Assignment
This demonstration includes information on submitting an assignment through Blackboard.
My Grades Display Options
My Grades features
- An Order by drop-down list allows you to change order by course, last activity, or due date. By default items are ordered by course, which displays items in the order the instructor has arranged them.
- You can narrow the listed items by selecting All, Graded, Upcoming, and Submitted. For example, selecting Graded only shows rows that have been graded by the instructor.
- The text size and row spacing have been reduced, resulting in more information being displayed on the page at once.
- Feedback is included right in-line, so you do not need to click on anything to view it – it just shows up on the page.
Blackboard Request Form
The Blackboard Request Form (This form does not work with Internet Explorer) may be used to add and remove users from a course/organization, merge multiple sections of a course, import content, request an under development site or new organization, and add a Tegrity button. Requests are usually processed within 2 business days.
Blackboard Features & Resources
August 2016 Upgrade Highlights
With this release, Blackboard is continuing their commitment in delivering strong product quality and providing a stable, reliable experience for educators and learners using Blackboard Learn today. They have continued to address the top customer-reported issues that are affecting the largest number of customers.
The following are some of the highlights of the August 2016 Upgrade:
- When creating Announcements, "Not Date Restricted" is now selected by default.
- In Discussion Board Threads, users can navigate from thread to thread without having to return to the main Discussion Board page.
- Compatible with the latest browsers and operating systems.
- Several improvements have been made in order to make Blackboard more accessible, including:
- In Discussion Boards the Forum descriptions are read on the "Create Thread" page. This improves accessibility for users with screen reader technologies.
- When creating a hot spot question in an exam, an Image Alternate textbox is now available.
- The default heading size for all of the embedded Blackboard headings has been increased so they are properly read in both the view and edit state in the Content Editor.
- Grading Blackboard Journals will now work with a screen reader.
- Bug fixes and security updates
- Prepares the system to work with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra which is coming soon.
Student Preview allows instructors to view their course(s) exactly as a student does, by using a student account the system generates for them.
As an instructor, you want to be confident that your course is well designed and functions as intended—before your students see it. Use student preview to review the course content and validate the course behaviors, such as those that control the availability of course content or require a particular interaction from the student to be triggered.
- Submit Assignments
- Take Tests
- Create blog and discussion posts
- Create journal and wiki entries
- View student tools, such as My Grades
SafeAssign Integration and Originality Report Changes
SafeAssign Integration allows instructors to check any assignment for plagiarism by making it a SafeAssignment. Once the student has submitted the SafeAssignment the instructor can grade it using In-line Grading and view SafeAssign Originality Reports.
SafeAssign is integrated into regular Blackboard Learn assignments. With the integration between SafeAssign and regular assignments, almost all of the regular assignment features are available with the SafeAssign service.
Grading options for Assignments include Anonymous Grading which allows instructors to hide student names while grading and Delegated Grading which allows instructors to assign grading to specific teaching assistants and/or graders.
Whenever you want to add another layer of fairness and impartiality to your grading, you can use the anonymous grading feature. Without knowing who submitted an assignment, you are not unduly influenced by a student's previous performance, class participation, conflicts, race, gender, or perceived student aptitude. This practice can also contribute to the student-instructor relationship because students are assured that grading was unbiased.
Using grades and feedback from more than one grader helps to promote reliability and remove bias. For large classes, you can divide up the grading tasks among TAs and other graders. Roles with default grading privileges include instructor, teaching assistant, and grader.
Blackboard Portfolios can be accessed from the global navigation menu and have a new authoring canvas. Instructors can also create portfolio assignments.
Blackboard Portfolios are an invaluable tool in academic and professional development. They provide a powerful medium for users to efficiently collect and organize artifacts representative of work completed over time. Portfolios offer a means to demonstrate formative and/or summative progress and achievement. Portfolio authors are empowered with tools to effectively present their information in a cohesive, personalized format.
Enhanced Blackboard Profiles show peers and employers what has been accomplished in classes, projects, volunteerships, internships, and work experience.
You can carry your educational identity outside the institution and share it with not only your peers, but also employers. Learn profiles are now connected to profiles on MyEdu—a site dedicated to helping students achieve their goals and position them for career success.
- Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies Workshop Schedule
- Teaching With Technology Tips for Faculty
- The Official Blackboard Help Site
- Faculty Resource Site- available in your My Courses list within Blackboard
- UND Tech Support YouTube Channel
- Blackboard Learn YouTube Channel
- Hoonuit by Atomic Learning
- Policies and Procedures
Blackboard Maintenance and Upgrades
Upgrades are part of every software program, and are intended to provide new functionality based on instructor and student feedback. Also of significant importance is that upgrades offer solutions to current issues and problems with the software. The question is not "should we upgrade", but more accurately, "when is our next upgrade". The Blackboard environment is an enterprise system with high priority here at UND. There are many important factors and reasons that upgrading is important. Upgrades provide the opportunity to enhance, improve, address issues, and solve problems that currently exist with the key teaching and learning system we have on campus.
Upgrades are important in order to take advantage of the many resolved issues and new feature sets. Continuous quality improvement requires ongoing and frequent software upgrades, patches, hardware improvements, and overall monitoring of the system.
Scheduled routine system maintenance hours are:
- Tuesday 4:00-7:00 a.m.
- Thursday 4:00-7:00 a.m.
- Friday 4:00-7:00 a.m.
Learning Objects scheduled system maintenance occurs every third Sunday from 4:00-6:00 a.m.
There are two scheduled two-day maintenance/upgrade times, and one scheduled maintenance time during the year:
- Winter Break (maintenance/upgrade)
- Spring Break (maintenance only for required security updates)
- August prior to start of fall semester (maintenance/upgrade)
The following dates/times were recommended October 10, 2011 by the CILT Academic Advisory Committee, including faculty representatives from all UND Colleges/schools, and approved by the Provost's Office. questions or concerns, contact Lori Swinney at 701.777.3569 or lori.swinney@UND.edu
Winter Break - Maintenance and Upgrades
- 2016/2017 - 1/3 4 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Tues)
- 2017/2018 - 12/30 Noon - 1/1 Noon (Sat-Mon)
- 2018 - 12/29 Noon - 12/31 Noon (Sat-Mon)
Spring Break - Maintenance and Required Security Updates Only
- 2017 - 3/14 - 8 a.m. - 3/16 - 8 a.m. (Tues-Thurs)
- 2018 - 3/13 - 8 a.m. - 3/15 - 8 a.m. (Tues-Thurs)
- 2019 - 3/12 - 8 a.m. - 3/14 - 8 a.m. (Tues-Thurs)
- 2016 - 8/12 - 8 a.m. - 8/14 - 8 a.m. (Fri-Sun)
- 2017 - 8/11 - 8 a.m. - 8/13 - 8 a.m. (Fri-Sun)
- 2018 - 8/10 - 8 a.m. - 8/12 - 8 a.m. (Fri-Sun)
Current Production Version: 9.1 October 2014 Release
- 2015 - The upgrade to October 2014 Release was completed in August 2015.
- 2014- The upgrade to 9.1 April 2014 was completed in August 2014.
- 2013 - The upgrade to SP14 was completed in December 2013.
- 2013 - The upgrade to SP12 was completed in August 2013.
- 2012 - The upgrade to SP9 was completed in December 2012.
- 2011 - The upgrade to SP6 was completed in December 2011.
- 2011- The upgrade to SP5 was completed in May 2011.
- 2010 - Blackboard Content System was added to the existing Learn and Community December 2010, providing virtual storage for all users and sharing of content between courses and users.
- 2010 - August 2010 UND updated Blackboard to integrate with the campus single username authentication system,2010 - SP3 was implemented in the Winter 2010.
- 2010 - May 2010 Blackboard 9.1 SP3 was installed which included significant design and feature changes.
- 2009 - UND moved to Blackboard 8 in the summer of 2009.
- 2007 - Blackboard 7.1 in August of 2007.
- 2004 - Moving forward, we upgraded to Blackboard 6.2 in the fall of 2004
- 2004 - As our usage grew over the 2001 to 2003 time period, we realized that we needed a mission critical enterprise installation. In January 2004, we installed the Blackboard 6 Learning System.
- 2001 - Upgrade to Blackboard 5 Level 1 in April 2001.
- 2000 – UND adopted Blackboard as the supported Course Management System for the campus.
- 1999 - UND first purchased Blackboard (CourseInfo) in 1999. It was tested by faculty during fall 1999 and spring 2000 as a pilot. CourseInfo was later renamed as Blackboard Learn.
The following issues have been reported for the current version of Blackboard - 9.1 Q2 2016.
Cursor Jumps in Tests
Update: This issue was corrected with a patch that was installed in October, 2016.
Issue Description: While composing an answer to a test question, the cursor and screen jump to the last question on the bottom of the screen.
Solution: Blackboard is aware of the issue and a patch is currently being evaluated. A temporary workaround is to deliver test questions one at a time. Students may also wish to compose essay questions offline in a word or text processor and paste into the text boxes of essay questions.
Problems Saving Answers in Tests
Issue Description: When taking tests with large numbers of questions (more than 50), students may encounter problems saving or submitting the assessment.
Solution: Instructors delivering assessments with over 50 questions should consider delivering the questions one at a time, which can be done by editing the test options and choosing “One at a time” in the Test Presentation section.
Discussion Forum displays “Access Denied”
Issue Description: When attempting to access a discussion forum, the instructor receives an “Access Denied” error. This happens when a date restriction is set on the forum, with the goal of making it unavailable to students.
Solution: Blackboard is aware of this issue and is working on a solution. The current workaround makes the forums available and is explained in this short demonstration video.
Navigation Buttons in Grade Center are Unresponsive
Update: This issue was corrected with a patch that was installed in October, 2016.
Issue Description: The navigation buttons on the Grade screen (view attempt) are not working/working incorrectly. The Exit button performs no action when clicked. Submit brings up an error message. The user can no longer click on the Grade Center link in Course Management to return to the Full Grade Center.
Solution: Blackboard is aware of the issue and a patch is currently being evaluated. To exit the "view attempt" screen, click on another menu item within the course. No changes will be made.
Error when Changing Grades in Grade Center
Update: This issue was corrected with a patch that was installed in October, 2016.
Issue Description: After changing a point value in Grade Center navigation, attempting to exit displays the following message: "Do you want to leave this site? Changes you made may not be saved." Selecting "Leave" returns to the Grade Center and the changes to the grades are displayed.
Solution: Ignore the false error message by selecting "Leave". Changes will be saved.
Viewing My Grades
Issue Description : Students may be unable to locate and/or view grades from within the course.
Solution : Within the course, select Tools and then locate My Grades. If this does not work, click on the My UND tab across the top of the screen to exit the individual course. From the My UND screen, select My Grades from the Tools module on the left.