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Training Resources for Instructors

Blackboard instructions are now just a click away. Use the buttons on the left to access our instructor resources.  You will find a variety of resources, including videos, PDF handouts and links to more advanced topics at Blackboard’s help site.

If you need additional support, feel free to contact one of the Blackboard Support educational technologists directly.

To further your education with the new upgrades and make the transition smoother, visit the KU Technology Training Workshops website to check out a schedule of our new and improved workshops.

Faculty who are interested in moving towards hybrid and online learning can find instructional design support from the KU Center for Online and Distance Learning.


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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: Content Creation

When you create a course, you can add different containers to hold your content, such as content areas, learning modules, folders, and lesson plans. For the purposes of this workshop, we will focus on adding items and tools to content areas.

Register for Blackboard: Content Creation

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: Interactive Tools

In a successful online learning community, students have the right tools for their interactive tasks. Blackboard Learn offers four communication tools for self-reflection, collaboration, and communication.

The discussion board, blogs, journals, and wikis tools allow you to provide rich assignments and evaluate students in authentic ways where students can share and create knowledge. In this workshop, you will learn about these tools and how to grade student contributions.

Register for Blackboard: Interactive Tools

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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