Blackboard for Students
This introductory course will walk you through all of the basics of using Blackboard as a student. It can be viewed straight through or if you need a refresher on a certain topic, scroll through the playlist on the right.
This short video introduces the Blackboard for Students series and gives a brief overview of Blackboard.
Hi, I’m Jeff Fazakerley with the Center for Instructional Innovation here at Brandman University. Welcome to the Intro to Blackboard Series for Students. Blackboard is a Learning Management System, and Brandman uses it to facilitate the online learning activities for both our online and blended courses. Through this video series you will learn how to access your course, manage your personal information, submit assignments, download and print course materials, participate in group discussions and activities, take quizzes and tests, communicate with your instructor and peers, and view your grades. This video series is divided up by topic. When viewed sequentially, this series serves as an introductory Blackboard training that we recommend all students complete prior to the start of their course. However, feel free to come back and view individual videos should you have specific questions a bout Blackboard during your course. Let's get started!
This video goes over the technical requirements that are needed to use Blackboard, including computer requirements, operating systems, browsers, and Internet connectivity.
To be able to participate fully in your Blackboard course you will need a computer with a reliable and reasonably fast internet connection, an up to date operating system which should be, on a PC, Windows XP or later and, on a Mac, OS X 10.6 or later, and Mozilla Firefox is the recommended browser for Blackboard. You can download Firefox for free at www.getfirefox.com and click on the green Firefox Free Download button.
This short video illustrates how to access Blackboard, navigate the dashboard, and use Global Navigation menu.
You can access Blackboard by going through MyBrandman or by going directly to the Brandman Blackboard website. To get to MyBrandman, go to brandman.edu and select MyBrandman from the menu bar and click Full Website. Or type my.brandman.edu directly into your web browser. From here click on Full Website and use your Brandman username and password to enter. Next, select the Blackboard icon from the quick links menu and enter your username and password again. However, the easiest way to access Blackboard is by typing brandman.blackboard.com directly into your web browser and entering your Brandman login info there. Both of these approaches will work. We recommend bookmarking the website and creating a shortcut so you can more readily access your course in the future. When you login to Blackboard you will land on the dashboard. At the top you’ll notice the Brandman University tab. When inside your courses you may use this tab to return to the dashboard. You’ll notice there are boxes, or modules, that contain information. On the far left is the Tools module. Here you will find links to helpful university - wide resources. In the center you will see the My Announcements and My Calendar modules where course information and due dates that are posted by your instructor will appear. If you do not see any due dates, your instructor may not have opted to use this feature in your course. In the upper right corner of these modules you will find a manage tool that allows you to customize how an d when the content appears. Below that you will find the My Tasks module which is designed to help you organize your personal and group course work. To the far right you will see the My Courses module where you will find links to the courses you have access to. Keep in mind you only have access to your courses for two sessions after they have completed so be sure to save all work you may need for your program during this time frame. You can customize your dashboard view by dragging and dropping these modules to where you would like them. In the upper right corner you will notice a drop down to the right of your name. This is the Global Navigation menu, a collective space for accessing information for all of your courses and changing personal settings. Simply click the arrow next to your name.
This quick video demonstrates how to access your course in Blackboard. Also covered is when your courses typically appear in Blackboard, as well as an overview of the key sections within your course.
When you login to Blackboard you w ill land on the dashboard. The My Courses module is located on the right. Here you will find a full list of the courses to which you have access. Generally, courses open to you the Friday before the start of the term, though there is no guaranteed time they will open. However, your courses will not appear under My Courses prior to this day. If you are unable to locate a course please contact the Service Desk by e-mailing [email protected] or select the Help link from the Global Navigation menu on the dashboard. To enter your course, simply click on the course name. You should land on the Announcements page where you will find a welcome announcement fr om your instructor. On the left side of the screen you will see the course menu. Please visit the Start Here button first. Here yo u will find valuable information on navigating through your course and other valuable resources provided by the university. Next, visit the Course Information button to familiarize yourself with the course. Here you will find your instructor’s bio and contact information, a downloadable version of the course syllabus as well as any other mate rials that will be vital to your successful completion of the course. It’s a good idea to review any required texts and course assignments prior to the start of the term to make sure you are fully prepared. Once you’ve done so, feel free to contact your instructor with any questions.
In this video, you will learn how to download and print important materials from your Blackboard course.
Once you have explored your course, it’s a good idea to download important materials to your computer. This may include the course syllabus, course schedule, PowerPoints and handouts. Downloading materials to your computer makes them available to you, if you ever find yourself without an internet connection. Once you have located the file you would like to download, simply right click for pc users, or hold the control button and click for mac users, and choose save link as. Then choose the location on your computer where you would like to save the file, for example your desktop, and click Save. You now have a copy of the file, separate from Blackboard, saved on your personal computer. You ca n now open the file and print it from there. Remember that the Firefox browser works best with Blackboard. To ensure that your documents print successfully we always recommend downloading them first. You will be downloading and printing materials fr om Blackboard quite often so you may find it helpful to come back to this tutorial again to refresh your memory.
This video demonstrates how to use the Blackboard email tool, including how to compose an email. The different user types are also covered.
You can send individual and group emails from within your course. To begin , simply click Tools from the course menu. From here, select Send Email. You have the option to send an email to All Users, All Groups, different user roles or Select Users and Groups. To send an email to a specific person or persons, choose Select Users. Highlight your recipients and move them to the selected box. To select multiple users hold down the control key on a PC, or the command key on a Mac, and click the recipient’s name. Type the subject of your email and your message. You have the ability to add an attachment here. When ready, click submit to send the email. A notice will appear at the top of the screen notifying you that the email was sent. The recipient will receive the email to their Brandman email and you will receive a copy of the email. Replies, and any emails sent to you from within the course, will be sent directly to your Brandman student email. As you can see, the Send Email tool makes course communication a breeze.
This video is a quick tutorial on the four-step assignment submission process in Blackboard.
Submitting an assignment via Blackboard is actually a four - step process. First, you must find the assignment. Please note that each school organizes their courses uniquely. Your best bet is to locate the button for the week the assignment is due, to find instructions on where to submit your work. Second, make sure you read the assignment information and instructions carefully. Many assignments have a rubric that explains how the assignment will be graded along with detailed instructions on what should be submitted. Most courses have this information located in the Course Information button but you may also find the information by clicking on the assignment link. If you have trouble, email your instructor and they can point you in the right direction. Third, load your assignment into blackboard. When you click on the assignment link, the title of the assignment, you will see a box to enter text. You do have the option to copy and paste your assignment or type it directly into the box but it is not recommended unless you are directed to do so. Instead scroll down to where it says Attach a File. Choose this option and browse your computer to locate the file you wish to submit. Click open and you have now attached your file. Note that your file name cannot have any special characters in it. Short file names are always better and it’s a good idea to include your name i n the name of the file as well. You can confirm that your file has been properly attached by locating it under Attached Files. If you see your file here it has been uploaded. If you do not see anything her e then you must follow the steps to attach the file. If you attached the wrong document then simply select Do Not Attach and then follow the previous steps to attach the correct file. You can use the comments box to write a message to your instructor. Finally, select Submit and your assignment will be sent to your instructor for grading. If you realize it was the wrong document after you click submit, you will need to reach out to your instructor to have them clear the submitted document so you can re submit. Note that you may be required to submit assignments to Turnitin within Blackboard. These assignments will display this icon and you will need to use the View/Complete link as opposed to clicking on the assignment title like regular assignments. Cl ick Submit to proceed to the Turnitin form. Fill out the required information and attach your assignment. Complete the remaining steps to submit your assignment to your instructor. If you are required, to submit an assignment through LiveText, there will be an external link provided to log into that account within your course. LiveText is only used in the School of Education and Nursing & Professional Studies. However, be sure to check in with CII for helpful tutorials on how to use LiveText.
This is a brief video on locating the Discussion Board in your Blackboard course. Also included in the video is the various discussion view types and the forum functionalities, as well as how to create new posts and reply to your classmates’ posts.
Discussion Boards are commonly used in online and blended courses to promote asynchronous class discussion. You can access the Discussion Board in your course by clicking the course link in a content area or by locating the Discussion Boa rd button from the course menu. The Discussion Board is organized by Forum. Most courses will contain several Forums that of ten contain separate discussion topics by week. Within each forum, instructors and students (If they are allowed) create threads. A thread includes an original post and all of the responses to that post. The main Discussion Board page contains a global view of all forums. To participate in the discussion forum, s imply click on the Forum title. The forum page is organized by thread. You can change the display options for these threads by choosing either list view or tree view. To start interacting you can create a new thread by clicking Create Thread or view and reply to an existing thread by clicking on the thread title. The thread page displays the initial post and all associated responses. You can Expand and Collapse these responses. Choose collapse all to make long threads more manageable to view and then select individual responses to read and reply to. You can search and refresh a thread from the up per right corner of the page. You can skip directly to new threads from the Discussion Board page by clicking on the number of Unread Posts. From here you can Mark as Read when you have completed reading each post. You can also filter these posts from within a forum. Remember you will need to click on the title of the forum if you wish to read posts you’ve submitted or posts you have previously read. You can flag existing posts by checking the box to the left of the post and choosing Message Options at the top of the page. From here you can mark the post as Read or Unread, Flag the post or clear an existing flag, or choose Collect to view select posts on one page and print the list. When you point to a post with your mouse, the reply, quote and email author functions appear. This is also where Instructors have the option to edit or delete posts by any author. You can only edit and delete posts if the instructor enables that capability for students. Click reply to contribute to the discussion. The content editor enables you to format text, embed media and attach files. Replies to a post appear at the bottom of the list. Responses to a subsequent reply appear indented below the reply. To view the time and total views on any post click the upper right corner. Discussion Board requirements vary by course, so be sure to read the discussion board instructions closely. Communication in online discussion forums should always remain professional and courteous. Remember that readers cannot sense a tone in an online discussion and passionate responses can often be received negatively. To avoid unintended negative discourse, make sure to follow proper netiquette guidelines. For more information on Netiquette, see the video in the Start Here section of your course.
This video covers how to locate tests or quizzes in your Blackboard course, as well as recommendations for which browsers are most effective.
If your course assignments include tests or quizzes, these will typically be located within the weekly content area they are due, or your instructor will notify you when they are open and where to find them inside the course. When you locate the assessment, you may begin by clicking on the title of the test or quiz. Read the test instructions closely to see if the test is timed, if it submits automatically when the time is up, if you are allowed to save and resume later and if you are allowed to retake it. When you’re ready, click begin. Once you’ve begun a test, do not close the window or click the refresh or back button. Printing or screen grabbing a test or quiz is strictly prohibited. Keep in mind we highly recommend using Firefox when taking a test or quiz, instead of Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer and other browsers have been known to have compatibility issues with Blackboard and may cause unwanted glitches. If you encountered an error during the test, first ensure you have the most updated Firefox browser and Java application. If you need assistance updating Firefox or Java, contact the Service Desk at [email protected] . If you were kicked out of the test or quiz, you will need to contact your instructor to request that it be reset. Your instructor will use their discretion whether or not to reset a test or quiz as they are the only person with the authority to do so. If the test is timed, the tim er starts once you click begin and you can track your progress at the top of the page. Warnings appear when half the time, 5 minutes, 1 minute and 30 seconds remains. Your answers save automatically or you can click Save Answer as you go. After answering all of the questions, click Save and Submit. If y our instructor allows, you can s ave a ll answers , exit the test and reenter to finish your questions and submit the exam later for grading. However, for timed exams it’s important to know that if you click Save All Answers and exit the test, the clock continues to run and the exam will automatically be submitted when the clock runs out. You will see a confirmation when the test has been submitted. Click OK to view your test results. It’s important to note that results for exams with essays and short answers will not be available until your instructor has graded them. Your instructor may choose to not show you your results until after all the tests have been submitted and graded. You can check your grade in My Grad es from within the Tools menu. More information on viewing test results in My Grades will be provided in a later video in this series.
In this video, you will learn about wikis in Blackboard. This video covers how to locate a wiki, how to create a new page in a wiki, and how to edit an existing wiki page.
This video gives an overview of blogs in Blackboard. Also covered is how to locate a blog, add content to a blog, and leave comments for classmates in a blog.
In this video, you will learn about Blackboard journals. This video demonstrates how to locate the journal and how to create a new journal entry.
This short video demonstrates the multiple ways to access your grades in Blackboard.
Students check their grades via My Grades. You can access My Grades from three locations. From the Brandman page you can select My Grades from the tool menu on the left. You can also access them from the My Grades button in the Global Navigation Menu. Each of these locations will show you all of your grades for all of your classes in one place. From inside a course you can view your grades by clicking Tools from the course menu and locate My Grades. However, this will only show grades for that course. Your grades for the course appear in this frame. At the top, you can view your total grade to date for the course. Scroll down to vie w individual assignment grades. Click comment to view the instructor feedback for a graded assignment. To view your submission, click the title of the item. If the instructor has provided notes within a submission you can view them here. For tests and quizzes you may review the quiz questions, if this feature is turned on by the instructor, by clicking on the Calculated Sc ore. Assignments you have submitted for a grade but have not yet been graded will appear below with a yellow exclamation point. Upcoming items will appear at the bottom of the page. Pie icons means you have attempted an assignment or saved it as a draft but have not yet submitted the assignment for grading. Most often, Discussion boards will display the pie icon as an attempt in progress. This is most likely because a specific number of posts within a discussion forum has been set by the instructor. Once those have been met, the icon should change to a yellow exclamation point. However, this may not apply to all courses and it may only show the pie icon. A dash circle means the assignment is exempted and will not affect your grade if you do not complete it. A red exclamation point means there was an error with the assignment submission and you should contact your instructor immediately so they can clear the assignment attempt. If there are technical issues that seem to be preventing you from submitting an assignment properly, please contact the Service Desk at [email protected] right away.
This video explains who to contact for support if you experience course issues.
As it is with any technology, issues will come up and Brandman is here to support you. There are two ways for you to promptly receive support in your courses: Contact your instructor if you have questions about course content or assignments. Remember that if you experience issues submitting or resubmitting an assignment, your instructor is the only person with authority to clear that assignment. For all other technical issues, contact the Service Desk for support. They can be reached by emailing [email protected] or calling (855) 553 - 3307. Thanks for watching!
This video gives a brief explanation on how to submit an assignment to Turnitin, as well as how to view the similarity report.
This video is a more in-depth look at how to access and analyze your Turnitin similarity report.