Academic Continuity Planning
Visit our Academic Continuity Plan webpage for recommended tools and strategies to help you deliver your course content, participate in committees/meetings and continue communicating with colleagues in spite of life's disruptions.
Learn more about posting pertinent materials to Blackboard and other ways to effectively manage instruction and interaction with students: Using Blackboard - UND Basics
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.
Most users will use their NDUS.Identifier username (ex. jane.doe) and password. Contact UND Tech Support for log in assistance.
Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser for Blackboard. See Blackboard supported browsers for more information.
Blackboard and Campus Connection Grades Integration
Blackboard and Campus Connection grades integration is now available. View the instructions posted under What's New below.
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, merge multiple sections, import content, and request an under development site. Requests are usually processed within 2 business days.
Course Creation & Enrollment
Blackboard sites are created approximately 110 days before the course start date listed in Campus Connection. If an instructor would like to combine sections of their course or would like an under development site, they need to submit a request using the Blackboard Request Form.
Additionally, course sites are populated with Instructors and Students based on information verified in Campus Connection. Other users added to course sites are received through requests by the instructor of the course using the Blackboard Request Form.
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) Roles in Blackboard
Two Blackboard roles have been created to provide access to UTAs. College/departments must decide, based upon their requirements which type of role is being used. Department Chair approvals are required for all UTA requests.
- UTA-Grader role provides access to all of the same tools the instructor and teaching assistant have in the course. This includes posting content, grading, participating in discussions, blogs, wikis and all student interactions.
- UTA-Builder role provides access to all tools the course builder has in the course. This includes posting content and sending announcements. This role does NOT provide access to grading or any student interactions.
To add an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant to a course, please submit the UTA Request Form. Please note that you will be prompted to log in.
To allow for editing and content upload prior to each semester, Blackboard course sites are not made available to students by default. Each instructor is able to make a course available, when the Blackboard site is ready for students to access.
- Instructor - provides access to all areas of the course including the control panel for posting content, making users available/unavailable, posting grades, and making the course available/unavailable.
- Teaching Assistant - provides access to everything included with the instructor role, except changing a users availability.
- Course Builder - provides access to everything included with the instructor role, except changing roles of users, and Grade Center.
- Grader - provides access to the course Grade Center to post grades.
- Student - provides access to all areas of the course, excluding the control panel.
- Guest - provides access to areas in the course designated by the instructor, excluding the control panel, and is unable to view student interactions or post to blogs, wikis, or discussion board.
Course Archival, Removal & Retention
- Course Archiving - Archives (a complete copy of the course, including student interactions) of all semester-based courses are made at the end of the semester, the day after grades are due. Instructors can also create an archive of their course and save it for record retention.
- Course Availability - Fall and Spring semester-based courses are made unavailable two weeks after grades are due for the semester. Summer semester-based courses are made unavailable three weeks after grades are due for the semester. Instructors for the course can make the course available again, as needed.
- Course Removal - Courses are removed from the Blackboard system two years and one semester after the course was taught. Email notices are sent to instructors advising of the date for course removal, including the option for the instructor to retain the course for a longer period. If instructors choose to keep their course(s) on the Bb system longer, they can email blackboard@UND.edu with their information.
- Course Retention - The archive copy of courses is retained in accordance with UND records management guidelines.
Blackboard Organization Sites are used for groups, committees, departments, organizations, and more.
Organization Site Roles
- Leader (Same as Instructor role in courses) - provides access to all areas of the organization including the control panel for posting content, making users available/unavailable and making the organization available/unavailable. This role is limited to current university faculty or staff employees. Graduate, Undergraduate and other Students employees cannot have this role.
- Assistant (Same as Teaching Assistant role in courses)- provides access to everything included with the Leader role, except changing a users availability.
- Organization Builder (Same as Course Builder role in courses)- provides access to everything included with the Leader role, except changing roles of users, and Grade Center.
- Grader - provides access to the organization Grade Center to post grades.
- Participant (Same as Student role in courses) - provides access to all areas of the organization, excluding the control panel.
- Guest - provides access to areas in the organization designated by the instructor, excluding the control panel, and is unable to view student interactions or post to blogs, wikis, or discussion board.
Faculty Resource Site
The Faculty Resource Site is a Blackboard Course that all UND Faculty are enrolled into at the start of each semester. The resource site has information on using the technologies UND has made available to faculty, staff and students for teaching and learning.
- Blackboard/Campus Connection Grade Import
- Teaching With Technology Tips for Faculty
- The Official Blackboard Help Site
- Blackboard Learn YouTube Channel
Blackboard Instructor App
Blackboard Instructor helps those in teaching roles manage their courses, easily communicate with learners and quickly complete administrative tasks.
During setup, search for North Dakota University System instead of University of North Dakota. The app will automatically detect your courses from UND and other NDUS institutions.
The video tutorials below are within Hoonuit and will require you to login with your NDUS.Identifier and password.
- Blackboard Ally - Works seamlessly within Blackboard to gauge the accessibility of your content.
Ally provides guidance and tips for lasting improvements to your content accessibility.
Ally automatically creates alternative versions of your files, which allows students to choose the type of file they want that best
suits their needs. While you're in the process of improving files, students can still
access alternative copies.
- Blackboard/Campus Connection Grade Import - This integration allows the instructor
of record to import term-based final grades from their Blackboard course(s) directly into
Campus Connection. The option provides a one-way transfer of data and will help to
ensure a secure and accurate recording of grades from Blackboard to Campus Connection.
- All Blackboard course sites have a grade column added to the Grade Center titled “CC Final Grade”. This column has been pre-configured to be the default grade column to be used with the Campus Connection grade import. This column is not required to be used.
- The Blackboard Grades Integration project is an initiative led by North Dakota University System’s Core Technology Services in collaboration with the Office of the Registrar and TTaDA.
- Blackboard Grades Integration Instructions
- Registrar Final Grades Information - https://und.edu/academics/registrar/campus-connection/faculty-and-advisor-self-service-navigation-and-tips.html#9
- Expanded Ability to Reconcile Grades in Delegated Grading - Delegated grading lets an instructor share grading responsibilities by assigning
course members to grade sets of submissions. Grading and feedback from more than one
grader can promote reliability, improve consistency, and remove bias. The instructor
can reconcile grades and settle on final scores after the graders have completed their
The ability to reconcile grades was previously limited to instructors and users who were granted the permission by an administrator. In this release, instructors can grant this permission to graders. The Can Reconcile Grades option appears when the instructor delegates grading. Instructors can choose to grant the permission to any or all graders who are delegated submissions.
Download annotated PDFs - Users were accustomed to downloading annotated files when Crocodoc handled inline file rendering. With the switch to New Box View, this capability wasn’t available and highly requested. Blackboard listened and developed the ability to download annotated files using the New Box View. In this release, both instructors and students can download certain file types (DOC, DOCX, PDF) with annotations as an annotated PDF. Students can download the annotated file after their submission has been graded.
Attendance Tool - Many instructors use attendance data as part of their students' overall grades. For each class meeting, instructors can mark whether a student is present, late, absent, or excused. 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.
- Anonymous Grading: Grant Additional Attempt - Instructors can now grant an additional attempt for scenarios when the student needs one and the prior attempt can't be cleared because it is in an anonymous state.
- Clear a Multiple Choice Selection - Students are now able to clear a selection from multiple-choice questions. If they are unsure of an answer, they may clear it by double-clicking their previous answer choice. This lets students avoid a penalty when they’ve made an initial selection and negative points are associated with answer choices.
The following issues have been reported for the NDUS current version of Blackboard.
New Box View Formatting may Change Document when Displaying
- Issue Description: Formatting of a document when viewing in New Box View may be different than when downloading the document.
- Solution: To ensure you are viewing the document as submitted by the student, download the document. New Box View will be replaced in 2020 with a new product.
Disabled Students in a Course Appear in Group Assignments
- Issue Description: Students who have dropped the class and been disabled from the course in Blackboard are still listed when viewing the group assignment attempt in the Grade Center.
- Solution: Blackboard is aware of this issue and it will be fixed in a future release.
Text box editor displays dark grey background instead of white
- Issue Description: When adding/editing content in the text box editor the background may appear a dark grey color instead of white. However, when users submit the content displays correctly.
- Solution: Blackboard is aware of this issue and it will be fixed in a future release.