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Blackboard for Faculty

  Notice: The Blackboard Central Faculty Lab is OPEN via Virtual Office , see below.


Blackboard Central - UTEP Faculty Lab

We aim to help UTEP Faculty get the most out of Blackboard. Our team handles face-to-face assistance and all 2nd level support. Work on setting up or enhancing your Blackboard courses with us at Blackboard Central.

 UTEP Library Room 300
Virtual OfficeMon - Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm, link below.
Phone: (915) 747-5940
Email: blackboard@utep.edu
24/7 Blackboard Support: (915) 747-4357

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Getting Started with Blackboard

Blackboard is ready to be used in all classes. "Course Shells" are automatically available for all faculty at the beginning of each semester. To begin using Blackboard, log in at my.utep.edu .

Go to my.utep.edu and log in.

Click on the Blackboard icon.

Click Courses.

Find your course and click to open.


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Click Home Page in the course menu on the left (or open any content area).

Hover over Build Content at the top and click File.

In the Name field, type a name that will show in your course.

Click Browse Computer and select the document you want to upload.

Click Submit on the bottom right.

 

Hover over the plus icon (+) at the top of the course menu on the left.

Click Tool Link from the drop down menu.

Type “ Course Messages” in the Name field.

Select Course Messages from the Type field.

Check Available to Users and click Submit.

 


Blackboard Self-Paced Course

An updated version of the Blackboard Self-Paced course is now available. Improve your understanding of Blackboard, its tools, and how to best use them. This training is recommended for teaching with Blackboard but is optional. It is open to all faculty and instructors. Click Here to request access.

 

Recommended Tools & Tutorials

 

  Course Essentials

Method Recommended Solution/Tool Video/Tutorials
Get started
Set up your courses Recycle a Course
Make your course accessible Ally - Accessibility

  Communication

Method Recommended Solution/Tool Video/Tutorials
Send class announcements Announcements
Communicate with Individual Students Course Messages
Conduct office hours virtually Collaborate Ultra

  Lectures

Method Recommended Solution/Tool Video/Tutorials
Provide real-time lecture remotely Collaborate Ultra , Zoom
Pre-record a lecture YuJa Video Management
Pre-record a voiceover presentation YuJa Video Management
Provide lectures and course materials Upload files

  Student Engagement

Method Recommended Solution/Tool Video/Tutorials
Host class discussions (asynchronous) Discussion Board  
Encourage student collaboration Discussions , Groups  
Conduct classroom polling iClicker CRS

  Assessment

Method Recommended Solution/Tool Video/Tutorials
Paper assignments or projects Assignments , Gradescope , Grade Center
Check for plagiarism Safe Assign
Assign student recorded presentations YuJa Video Recordings
Deliver exams or quizzes Tests , Respondus 4.0 (Exam Authoring) , E-Exams (In-Class)
Proctor exams remotely Respondus Lockdown Browser & Monitor
Assess student discussions Discussions , Grade Center

  Evaluation & Performance

Method Recommended Solution/Tool Video/Tutorials
Grade Work Grade Center
Grade Handwritten Work Gradescope
Use rubrics for assessment Rubrics , Grade Center
Establish learning outcomes Learning Outcomes (Goals)
Retain students Retention Center
Assess "attendance" through online participation Discussions Collaborate Ultra
Take attendance Attendance

 

 

Blackboard Ultra Experience

Navigate inside an ULTRA course:

Video
Blackboard Tutorial

This page will provide you with language to include in your syllabus regarding the use of Blackboard and any of the tools you choose to use in your course.

 

Recommended Tools & Tutorials

 

  Course Essentials

Method Recommended Solution/Tool Video/Tutorials
Get started
Set up your courses Coming Soon...
View your course as a student Student Preview

  Make your course inclusive

Please remember that lectures and materials provided to students must be ADA Inclusive by providing accessible documents and subtitles for videos.

Method Recommended Solution/Tool Video/Tutorials
Reading materials Blackboard Ally
Videos YuJa Video Management
Granting accommodations and exceptions* Assessment Exceptions , Student Accommodations

  Communicate with your students

Method Recommended Solution/Tool Video/Tutorials
Send class announcements Announcements
Communicate individually Course Messages
Discuss specific materials Class Conversations
Hold virtual office hours *Collaborate Ultra , Zoom , MS Teams
Provide video/audio feedback Feedback Recording

* Access to Collaborate Ultra is provided to students automatically

 

  Lectures & Course Materials

Please remember that lectures and materials provided to students must be ADA Inclusive by providing accessible documents and subtitles for videos. See the “Make your course inclusive” section of this page for more info.

Method Recommended Solution/Tool Video/Tutorials
Provide real-time lecture remotely Collaborate Ultra , Zoom , MS Teams
Pre-record a lecture YuJa Video Management  
Pre-record a voiceover presentation YuJa Video Management
Provide course materials UCV Document , *Upload Media , Create Content
Access content collection Blackboard Content Collection

* The Yuja Video Management tool allows you to import YouTube videos so they will be available even if the creator takes them down.

 

  Student Engagement

Method Recommended Solution/Tool Video/Tutorials
Host class discussions* (asynchronous) Discussions
Encourage self-reflection Journals
Encourage collaboration Group Assignments , Group Discussions
Conduct classroom polling iClicker
Use video quizzes YuJa Video Management
Facilitate peer review

* Consider asking for video discussions instead of written posts using Yuja Video Management tool .

 

  Assessment

Method Recommended Solution/Tool Video/Tutorials
Paper assignments or projects Assignments
Check for plagiarism Safe Assign
Assign student recorded presentations YuJa Video Management
Deliver exam quizzes Tests , Respondus 4 , E-Exams (In-class)
Proctor exams remotely Respondus Lockdown Browser & Monitor
Analyze question effectiveness Question Analysis for Assessments

  Grading

Method Recommended Solution/Tool Video/Tutorials
Grading in Blackboard Gradebook Overview , Gradebook Calculations
Grading assignments Grading Assignments , Bb Annotate Feedback
Grading discussions Grading Discussions
Grading Journals Grading Journals
Grade handwritten work Gradescope
Use rubrics for assessment Rubrics

  Overall performance evaluation

Method Recommended Solution/Tool Video/Tutorials
Utilize learning outcomes Learning Outcomes (Goals)
Take attendance Access Attendance , View Attendance in Gradebook
Assess "attendance" through online participation Discussions Collaborate Ultra Journals
Evaluate student activity Student Activity in Assessments , Discussion Analytics , Discussion Analysis for Individuals

 


Ultra Experience

Blackboard Ultra Experience

The Ultra experience offers a user-friendly course design that is seamless and modern. The new course view will be available to instructors Fall 2021.


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Featured Tool

Gradescope

A Blackboard integrated tool that makes grading paper-based exams, quizzes, and homework more efficient and streamlined.


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Helpful Links


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