Blackboard Basics

Creating and teaching a course in Blackboard shouldn’t be overwhelming, so we’ve divided up all you need to know into four simple sections.

Start with Getting Access to Blackboard, then browse the other areas to get information and tips you can use before, during, and after your course. In each section, you’ll find links to written instructions and video tutorials that will help you get ready to go in no time! For more in-depth training, follow up by submitting a help request form to consult with one of our instructional designers.

For a quick checklist to make sure your Blackboard course is ready for the beginning of the semester, download our Start of Semester Checklist.

Getting Access to Blackboard

Getting an account, creating a course, logging in for the first time, and the Blackboard environment.

Preparing Your Course

Using the control panel, making the course available, enrolling users, configuring the course shell, and creating and uploading content.

Teaching Your Course

Making announcements, contacting students, using the discussion board, sending and receiving assignments, creating tests and quizzes, and using the grade center.

Wrapping Up Your Course

Submitting grades to ISU Registrar, archiving or reusing course content, and closing the course.