New to Blackboard
Whether you're new to online instruction or new to Blackboard Learn, you can start with the basics and add to it over time. Start with a week or two of materials and add more later. This process helps you get students involved while you develop and refine the next portion of materials.
We've compiled the basics of course building for the novice Blackboard Learn instructors. We want to help you build the basic course to get you started. As you get more comfortable working in Learn, you can add more to your courses.
Students may have anxiety about online courses too. You can help them feel comfortable in these ways:
- Include information on how to contact you and where to find your course information.
- Add an introduction video about you. You can help students realize that their instructor is a real person with enthusiasm for the subject matter.
- Upload a syllabus.
- Hold office hours in discussions, Blackboard Collaborate, or the Microsoft Teams for Blackboard LTI integration to help orient your students to your courses and answer questions on a regular basis.
- Ask your students to find quiet places to work, turn off cell phones, and remove distractions.
- Provide resources for working online and materials that they can print or download for future reference.
Teaching online can be overwhelming to start, but we're here for you! After you complete these basic steps, you'll have a course ready for students!
Visit Blackboard's Quick Start page for more information.
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.
- If an instructor submits a request to have someone added to a course, as long as they are not an undergrad TA (undergrads may have Course Builder access – which does not show student info/grades), we add them as requested. We do not require chair approval in these situations. This is only if the instructor requests it.
- If it is requested from someone else, we require the approval of the instructor or the department chair. The chair or instructor can be included on an email from the instructor requesting access and they just need to respond to that email with their approval.
- When a department Chair/Dean request access to a course or request to have someone added to a course, we recommend notifying the faculty member as a curtesy, but this is not required. Faculty can see everyone who has access to their course by looking at the Users listing, so they will find out that someone has access to their course.
- The above procedures in place based on FERPA guidelines to protect access to student grades.
TTaDA offers a variety of professional development workshops and events for faculty and staff focused around four competency areas: Personal & Professional Development, Policy & Procedure, Software & Technology and Teaching & Learning. Check out the Upcoming Sessions for available session dates and times.
We also offer workshops and specialized training to departments on a variety of topics. Please contact us for more information or to schedule a session.
A team of Instructional Designers are available to provide assistance to instructors, administrators and staff. Whether you need to develop a full course or program, review and revise an existing course, or flip all or part of your course, Instructional Designers are here to help. We provide instructional design assistance for fully online, flipped, hybrid, blended and traditional face-to-face courses. If instructors have any questions or concerns about a course, we are available in person, over the phone, by email, or through web-conferencing tools.
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.
- Teaching With Technology Tips for Faculty
- The Official Blackboard Help Site
- Blackboard Learn YouTube Channel
To see a list of supported web browsers please visit Blackboard's Browser Support page.
UND Tech Support provides support to students, faculty and staff to provide technology tools for success in and outside of the classroom.