Blackboard for Faculty
Instructors use Blackboard Learn to manage course materials and make them available to students. Refer to the main Fordham Blackboard Learn page for information about access and support.
Beginning Fall 2022, all faculty will have the option of having their classes on Blackboard Ultra. Blackboard Classic will remain an option, though. To learn more about Ultra, how to set it up, create or import your current courses to Ultra, and videos on Ultra Base Navigation, Overview of Ultra, Gradebook and Tests and Assignments, please go to our resource site.
Our staff lead workshops throughout the semester on various Blackboard topics. For upcoming workshops and to register for them, go to the IT Events Calendar. (Calendar keyword search: Blackboard)
- Enrolling Users - Classic Course View (pdf)
- Adding Content - Classic Course View(pdf)
- Making Your Course Available - Classic Course View (pdf)
- Creating a Discussion Board - Classic Course View (pdf)
- Creating a Discussion Board Thread - Classic Course View (pdf)
- Adding an Assignment - Classic Course View (pdf)
- Copying Courses (Classic Course to Ultra Course)
- SafeAssign - Classic Course View (pdf)
- Turn-It-In Direct Assignment Classic(doc)
- Test Settings Classic (Accessibility Considerations)
- Using Zoom on Classic Blackboard (doc)
- Enrolling Users (Ultra Course View)
- Adding Content (Ultra Course View)
- Making Your Course Available (Ultra Course View)
- Creating a Discussion Board (Ultra Course View)
- Respond to a Discussion Board (Ultra Course View)
- Create an Assignment (Ultra Course View)
- Copy Courses (Ultra course to Ultra Course View)
- SafeAssign in Assignments (Ultra Course View)
- Using Zoom Meeting on Blackboard (Ultra Course View)
FAQs for Blackboard Classic
Faculty Technology Services offers regular group and one-on-one training sessions. Check the IT Events Calendar page for current offerings.
Access Fordham Blackboard through Fordham.edu portal. Login with your Fordham username and password and click on the Blackboard icon on the top right of the page.
Course shells will appear on Blackboard at least one week before the start of the new semester.
Check your list of courses on Blackboard. Courses are created automatically based on data in Banner. If you are not listed as the instructor for a course in Banner (i.e., the course instructor is marked as TBD), the course will not appear in your list of courses on Blackboard. Contact your department secretary to update the record in Banner.
The Banner information system automatically adds registered students to Blackboard courses. Students who drop a course will not be unenrolled but listed as unavailable.
Please check if you're listed as the instructor on BANNER. If you're not listed there, then you will not have a Blackboard course generated. If this is the case, please contact your department chair or dean and request to be assigned the course in BANNER. Within 24 hours of the system being updated, your Blackboard access to this course will be generated.
"Exporting" your course creates a downloadable zip folder of all of your course content that you can later import into another Blackboard course shell. To do this:
- Step 1: Click on "Packages and Utilities"
- Step 2: Click on "Export/Archive"
- Step 3: Click on the gray button at the top "Export Package"
- Step 4: Select course materials in section 3
- Step 5: Click "Submit"
You must make your course available in Blackboard in order for students to access the content. To do this you can eitherA. click on the three dots next to the name of your course on the Courses screen when you first log in and select "Open course."-OR-B. enter your course and from the top right toolbar click on the lock icon so that it is unlocked.
To change a user's availability, go to the course that they are in. Once you're there, look at the gray toolbar on the left-hand side.
Then, go to Control Panel -> Users and Groups -> Users -> 'Change User's Availability in Course' -> Set Available to 'No' -> Submit.
Their names will still appear on the Users list, but they will not have access to the course and course materials.
To manually enroll users into your organization on Blackboard:
- Step 1: Click on "Users and Groups" under the Control Panel (if the options under the Control Panel are not visible, click on the words "Control Panel" to expand the menu.)
- Step 2: Click on "Users"
- Step 3: Click the button called "Find Users to Enroll" (grey button at the top)
- Step 4: Type in the Username and select their Role
- Step 5: Click "Submit"
You can do this by performing a Course Copy. To do so:
- Step 1: Enter the course that has the content you want to transfer to your new semester course.
- Step 2: Click on Packages and Utilities under the dropdown Control Panel menu, and select Course Copy.
- Step 3: Select Course Copy Materials into an Existing Course from the dropdown menu of Select Copy Type.
- Step 4: Browse for the Destination CourseID and Submit.
- Step 5:Click the check boxes of the content and settings you want to transfer, then click Submit for your course copy to complete.
To "Import" your package when the course shell becomes available, click on "Import Package/View Logs", click on the gray button "Import Package", browse for your file, select the course materials to include, and then click "Submit".
Faculty may encounter the following error: "Your email do not belong to the current Zoom Account (300)" in Blackboard when clicking on Zoom. To resolve this, you will need to make sure that your Fordham Zoom account is set up. To do that, please go to fordham.zoom.us to set up your Fordham Zoom license with your fordham.edu address. You should just log in with your Fordham credentials there, accept the new license when prompted, and then log into Blackboard again. Your Zoom link should now work as expected in Blackboard.
When you send emails to the users in your course, you will receive an email with your name only, but the email would have been sent to all the users you selected. The only way to verify is by asking your students.
Another option you can use on Blackboard is creating an announcement, and checking off the box to send email as well. The announcement will be posted to your Blackboard course, and an email will be sent to the roster of students listed in your Blackboard course.
This provides 2 areas for your students to view your message, if they access your Blackboard course it will appear on the Announcement Page, and if they check their email they will receive a message there as well. Creating an announcement and checking off the box to send an email is the only way to see a record of what was sent via Blackboard.
SafeAssign is now an integrated as an option when you create an assignment.
You can now use SafeAssign plagiarism checking for any of your assignments:
- Step 1: When you are in a content area, click on Assessments and on the dropdown select Assignment.
- Step 2: On the Create Assignment page, expand Submission Details
- Step 3: Select Check submissions for plagiarism using SafeAssign
- Step 4: Optionally, select one or both options:
Allow students to view the SafeAssign originality reports on their submissions.
Exclude all student submissions for this assignment from the institutional or global reference databases.
Step 5: Complete the Create Assignment page.
Step 6: Click Submit to save changes.
Included below are the instructions you requested for removing the assignments your students submitted in error.
- Step 1: Go to the Grade Center in the course.
- Step 2: Find the column for the assignment and the student’s name. There should be an exclamation point in the cell for that student under the assignment column.
- Step 3: Click on the exclamation point and then click the double down arrows.
- Step 4: Choose “View Grade Details”.
- Step 5: To remove the student’s submission entirely, click the “Clear Attempt” button. Warning: This will remove the student’s document from Blackboard, and you will no longer be able to access it. This should be used in situations where the student submitted the wrong document.
- Step 6: The second option is simply to allow the student to submit again. To allow this, click the “Allow Additional Attempt” button. The student should then be able to click on the Assignment link and submit another document.
There are two option to see the results from a Survey:
Go to Grade Center -> Full Grade Center -> Click on the grey circle next to the survey column -> Click on 'Attempts Statistics' to view the results or 'Download Results' to save them to a spreadsheet.
To link to another area of the course within a content area:
- Step 1: Click on the content area where you want the students to click the link to take them to another part of the course
- Step 2: To create the link to another area within your course, choose "Course Link" from the "Build Content" menu
- Step 3: Click the "Browse" button to select the part of the course you want to link to
- Step 4: Add text to the text area if you want
- Step 5: Click "Submit"
It is also possible to place a link in the menu area to the "Tasks" that you created in "Course Tools". To do so:
- Step 1: Click the "+" button on the top left side of the menu area
- Step 2: Select "Tool Link" and type in a name (like "Tasks", this is what the students will click on)
- Step 3: Reorder the menu if you want by dropping and dragging
Leader: Has complete access to the organization and its features and functions.
Assistant: Also has access to all of the organization and its features and functions, including the Grade Center.
Organization Builder: Able to post and delete content, create, deploy, and remove assessments, set up blogs and wikis, etc. but cannot access the Grade Center.
Participant: Cannot add content or assessments or access Grade Center, but can view content and submit assessments, as well as participate in wikis, blogs and discussions, as allowed or created by relevant roles described above.