Teaching Your Course

Making Announcements

Announcements is a Course Tool within Blackboard that allows Instructors to compose and share important information with other instructors and students. Unlike the Send Email tool, these communications are displayed on the Announcements page within the course, although students may choose to receive announcement posts via email as well.

Sending Email

Send Email is a Course Tool within Blackboard that allows enrolled course members to easily send emails to each other without needing to know the recipient’s preferred email address. Messages can be sent directly to one or more enrolled users and will be routed to the recipient’s preferred external email account (the address the recipient provided to the Blackboard system).

Sending Messages

Messages is a Course Tool within Blackboard that allows private, internal messaging between course participants. Messages can be sent directly to one or more enrolled users and will appear in the recipient’s Blackboard Message center rather than their external email account.

Using the Discussion Board

The Discussion Board is a Course Tool within Blackboard used to promote interaction and sharing of ideas within a course. Forums can be used for formal course-related discussion or casual conversation. Discussion board forums may be graded or ungraded and each forum may contain one or more topics, each of which is called a thread.

Creating and Receiving Assignments

Assignments is a Course Tool within Blackboard that allows Instructors to distribute assignments and receive and grade students’ completed work via an online dropbox. Assignments can have associated files, possible points, and availability and due dates.

Creating and Using Tests and Surveys

To assess students’ progress, instructors can create graded tests and anonymous surveys featuring a variety of question types. Because this feature has so many options, we’ve created a separate information section focused exclusively on creating assessments.

Our Tests and Surveys page also includes information about using Respondus, a third-party tool that allows instructors to quickly build tests and surveys offline and then upload them directly into Blackboard.

Faculty wishing to use the quiz and exam features built into Blackboard or other on-line assessment packages can utilize the Online Testing Center to provide a secure location for students to take these assessments.

ISU’s Test and Evaluation Services offers support for scoring tests using bubble sheets. Supported services include exams and providing statistical information for each test submitted. Scores can be transferred from bubble sheets to Blackboard.

Using the Grade Center

The Grade Center allows instructors to record grade data, track student progress, and share private comments and assessment feedback with students. Because the Grade Center has so many features, we’ve created a separate information section focused exclusively on working with grades.