KU's Learning Management System

Blackboard will be unavailable during system maintenance May 29, 2016, midnight to noon

As preventative maintenance before the summer semester starts, we will be updating the system storage and will need to migrate the Blackboard data to its new platform. We have scheduled this move for Sunday, May 29, 2016, from midnight to noon. This is the day before Memorial Day. Blackboard will not be available during this time.
We regret any inconvenience this outage may cause, and we thank you for your understanding as we work to support Blackboard performance. If you have questions or concerns please contact KU IT Educational Technology at blackboardsupport@ku.edu or 785-864-2600 during office hours, or the Customer Service Center after 5pm at 785-864-8080 or itcsc@ku.edu .




Blackboard Learn — KU’s supported learning management system — helps instructors manage and deliver course materials online.


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Maintenance Windows:

  • 4 AM – 6 AM Monday through Friday
  • 12:00 AM (midnight) - 12:00 PM (noon) Sunday mornings

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Blackboard Workshops include:

Blackboard: Getting Started

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the Blackboard Learn interface and organization features. You will focus on navigation, the course style, and the process of planning, adding, and organizing links on the course menu.

Along the way, you will examine different strategies for organizing the course menu, which is the students’ access point to tools and content. Finally, you will consider ways you can influence your students’ impressions of the online learning environment.

Register for Blackboard: Getting Started

Blackboard: Assignments

The assignments tool enables you to create, manage, and distribute activities that assess students in meaningful ways beyond traditional objective tests.

The Grade Center's organization and management capabilities are incorporated into the assignments tool, allowing you to provide feedback and grades efficiently.

Register for Blackboard: Assignments

Blackboard: Discussions

Online discussions provide some unique benefits. Because students can take time to ponder before posting ideas, you may see more thoughtful conversations play out.

You can observe as students demonstrate their grasp of the material and correct misconceptions. You can extend your office hours by reaching students more often during the week so learning is continuous.

Register for Blackboard: Discussions

Blackboard: Grade Center

Review tools in the Blackboard Learn Grade Center and set up columns using the new features.

Create new column: numeric, calculated
Use Smart Views to filter the grade columns
Enter and edit grades
Download and upload the grade data
Create feedback for students
Enter Manual overrides to grades

Register for Blackboard: Grade Center

Blackboard: Groups

In this workshop, you learn to facilitate collaboration among students by setting up groups. In Blackboard Learn, groups can have their own discussion board, blog, journals, wikis, and live chats. Group members can exchange documents, submit group assignments, send email to other group members, and distribute tasks to keep the group on track.

Register for Blackboard: Groups

Blackboard: Tests

In Blackboard Learn, you can use tests to measure student knowledge, gauge progress, and gather information from students.

In this workshop, the main focus is on creating tests and questions, choosing appropriate settings, and adding tests to course areas. Along the way, you will learn some best practices for using tests as teaching tools and encouraging academic honesty.

Register for Blackboard: Tests

Blackboard: Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing platform which instructors can use to schedule synchronous class sessions. Collaborate can be launched directly from your Blackboard course.

Synchronous class sessions are a convenient medium for collaborative, interactive, and mobile learning.

Register for Using Blackboad Collaborate

Please visit the Blackboard Workshops page to view additional descriptions and register for upcoming events.

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