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Blackboard for Faculty

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

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 .

Go to and log in.

Click on the Blackboard icon.

Click Courses.

Find your course and click to open.



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


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


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


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 Central
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 Office: Open Mon - Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm , link below.
Phone: (915) 747-5940
24/7 Blackboard Support: (915) 747-4357



Featured Tool


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



Helpful Links

Official Blackboard Website

Blackboard YouTube Videos