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Course Management

The name of my course has changed. Can this be changed in Blackboard?

Yes, instructors have the ability to change the course name.  It may be helpful to also include the term in the course name.

  1. From within the course click Customization (located in the Control Panel)
  2. Click Properties
  3. On the Properties page change the Course Name
  4. Click Submit

My students tell me that they cannot self-enroll. What do I need to do?

You need to either update the self-enrollment dates or turn self-enrollment on.  Please be aware that you always have the ability to add students even if you use the self-enrollment option.

  1. From within the course click Customization (located in the Control Panel)
  2. Click Enrollment Options
  3. Select Self Enrollment and specify a start and/or end date and an optional access code.  Access codes are case sensitive and you must provide your students with this code in order for them to self-enroll.
  4. Click Submit


Adding and Deleting Users

I am co-teaching a course this quarter. How do I add this instructor to my course?

You will need the instructor’s Blackboard username (same as their myCSUB login).  Once you have this information, you will follow the same steps used to add a student.  The only difference is that you will change the role from Student to Instructor.

  1. From within the course click Users and Groups
  2. Click Users
  3. Click Find Users to Enroll
  4. Enter the instructor’s username and change the Role to Instructor
  5. Click Submit

I have a Teaching Assistant this quarter. How do I add my TA to the course?

You will need the TA’s Blackboard username (same as their myCSUB login).  Once you have this information, you will follow the same steps used to add a student.  The only difference is that you will change the role from Student to Teaching Assistant.

  1. From within the course click Users and Groups
  2. Click Users
  3. Click Find Users to Enroll
  4. Enter the instructor’s username and change the Role to Teaching Assistant
  5. Click Submit

How do I delete the students and their records from a previous course in order to reuse the same course?

It is recommended that you make an archive before deleting students just in case you would like to view your previous gradebook or assignments. To do this procedure, follow these steps:

Step 1: Create and download an archive

To create and download a course archive:

  • Click on Packages and Utilities
  • Click Export/Archive Course and click Archive
  • Select the box next to Include Grade Center History
  • Click Submit and you will receive an email once the archive file is complete if you have registered an email address
  • To download the file, go back to Packages and Utilities
  • Click on the File Name and save the file

If creating an archive, you will need to wait until the archive has been created before you delete the students and any discussion board posts.

Step 2: Save Grades from the Grade Center

Course grades can be downloaded and are automatically saved as an Excel.  The file will not contain any formulas but will display the alphanumeric value:

  • Access the Full Grade Center
  • Place your mouse over Work Offline and select Download
  • Click Submit (the selected default settings will download all columns)
  • Click Download and save the file
  • Click OK to return to the Grade Center

Step 3: Delete the students

  • Click Packages and Utilities
  • Click Bulk Delete
  • Select Users
  • Type in the word Delete below 3. Confirmation and click Submit


How do students access my course?

Students gain access to courses in one of two ways. Instructors can allow students to self-enroll in a course or instructors can manually enroll students.

SELF-ENROLLMENT

If you would like students to self-enroll in your course, complete the following steps:

  1. Open your course
  2. Under the Control Panel, click Customization
  3. Click Enrollment Options
  4. Click the radio button next to Self-Enrollment

a.       Enter a Start and End date if you want to limit the time they have to self-enroll in your course

b.      Click the box next to Require Access Code to Enroll if you would like them to have to enter an access code to successfully enter the course

Once your course is set for self-enrollment, send your students the following instructions to enroll in your course:

In order to enroll in the course you will need to search for the course by name and then identify the course by course id. The name and id are listed below. Complete the steps to successfully enroll in my Blackboard course.

Course Name: (enter here)

Course Id: (enter here)

 

  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Click the Courses tab in the top right corner
  3. Locate the Course Search box in the top left corner
  4. Type (insert the name of the course here) in the search box and click Go
  5. Locate (insert the course id here) from the list of courses displayed
  6. Place your cursor on the course id and a down arrow (options menu) will be displayed
  7. Click the down arrow (options menu) and click Enroll
  8. Enter the access code: (insert access code here if you require one)
  9. Click Submit

 

INSTRUCTOR MANUAL ENROLLMENT OF STUDENTS

If you would like to enroll all your students at once, complete the following steps:

Instructors can add all students to their Blackboard courses after obtaining student usernames from the Class Roster Toolkit.  Please be sure to have your 5 digit CRN# available before going to the Class Roster Toolkit. You can access your CRN# by logging into your myCSUB account.

 

  1. Click the link: https://apex.csub.edu/pls/apex/f?p=116:101:681906910446::::: to access the Class Roster Tookit.
  2. Log into the toolkit using your myCSUB log in information
  3. Click NetIDs for a Class (Course)
  4. Select the Term, Enter the course number (CRN#), and click Go
  5.  A new page will be displayed with all the student usernames separated by commas
  6. Highlight and copy the list of usernames

 

The next step is to log into your Blackboard course to paste the usernames:

 

  1. Open the course where you need to enroll students
  2. Under the Control Panel, click Users and Groups and then click Users
  3. Click Find Users to Enroll
  4. Paste the usernames copied from the Class Roster Toolkit in the Username text box
  5. Click Submit

The students should now be enrolled in your course.


How do I give a student extended time on a test?

Occasionally students require extended time when taking tests in a Blackboard course. If you have a student in your course with a documented disability requiring additional time when testing, you can easily set that up within Blackboard.

If you have already created and linked the test in your course, follow the steps below. If not, create the test and then setup the test options according to the following instructions:

  1. Open the course where the test is located
  2. Navigate to the test within the course
  3. Click the down arrow (options menu) to display the menu
  4. Click Edit the Test Options
  5. Scroll down to Test Availability Exceptions
  6. Click Add User or Group
  7.  A list of all your student users and group will be displayed
  8. Locate the student or students that you need to provide extended time for and click the box next to their name
  9. Click Submit
  10. You have the ability to adjust the following options for individual students under Test Availability Exceptions:
    1. Attempts
    2. Timer/Auto Submit
    3. Availability
    4. Force Completion

*Note: These options are only available if you have checked them under the main test options

  1. Once you have set everything accordingly, scroll down and click Submit


How do I move items in or between Blackboard courses?

Items can be moved within Blackboard courses or from one course to another. To determine if items can be moved or copied, click the down arrow (options menu) on the item to display the menu. If copy or move is an option on the menu then the item can be copied or moved. You can copy and move content containers such as folders, learning modules, and lesson plans. To copy and move between two courses, you must be enrolled in both courses.

 

  • Copying a content container doesn't remove it from the original location in your course.
  • Moving a content container removes it from its original location in your course.

If you would like to move content within your course complete the follow steps:

  1. Open the course where your content is located
  2. Click the down arrow (options menu) next to the item you would like to move or copy
  3. Click Move or Copy
  4. On the Copy or Move page, select the Destination Course from the drop down menu
    *If you are moving/copying within the same course leave the default setting since it is set to the current course.
  5. Select Browse and select the Destination Folder.
    *For copy only, select Yes or No for Create links for items which cannot be copied
  6. Click Submit

 *If a container contains items that you can't copy within a course, such as a test, survey, or assignment, a link is created to it instead. After the copy action is complete, a message appears: "Some items copied. The following items were created as links." The specific items are listed.

*If a container contains items that you can't move to another course, such as a test, a message appears: "The move operation has completed but the following items could not be successfully moved." The specific items are listed.


How do I move tests from one course to another?

Tests cannot be moved or copied from one course to another using the move/copy function in Blackboard. Tests are associated with grade center columns and therefore must be exported from one course and then imported to another. Once you export and import a test from one course to another it must be relinked within the course in order for the grade center column to be created. Instructors can move individual tests or all tests within a course using the export and import function.

To move a single test from one course to another complete the following steps:

To move a single test from one course to another complete the following steps:

  1. Open the course where the test you want to export is located
  2. Under the Control Panel click Course Tools and click Tests, Surveys, and Pools
  3. Click Tests
  4. Locate the test you want to copy and click the options menu (looks like a down arrow) and select Export
  5. Allow that export to download to your computer
  6. Go to the course where you would like to import the test
  7. Under the Control Panel click Course Tools and click Tests, Surveys, and Pools
  8. Click Tests
  9. Click Import
  10. Click Browse My Computer and navigate to the .zip file that you just downloaded from the previous course
  11. Click Open
  12. The .zip file should now be attached on the Test Import page, click Submit
  13. The test will now be available in your course and can be linked in a content area

 

To move all tests from one course to another complete the following steps:

  1. Open the course where the tests you want to export are located
  2. Under the Control Panel click Packages and Utilities and click Export/Archive Course
  3. Click Export Package
  4. Under File Attachments, leave the default Copy links and include copies of the files in the course default directory selected
  5. Under Select Course Materials scroll down and check the box next to Tests, Surveys, and Pools
  6. Click Submit
  7. The Export/Archive Course page will display again
  8. Wait a few minutes on this page before clicking the Refresh button
  9. An export file should be generated and listed under File Name
  10. Click the file and allow it to download to your computer

Once you have download the file, you will need to import it into the Blackboard course where you would like the tests added.

  1. Open the course where you would like to import the tests
  2. Under the Control Panel click Packages and Utilities and click Import Packages/View Logs
  3. Click Import Package
  4. Under Select a Package, click Browse My Computer and locate the .zip file you downloaded from the previous course
  5. Under Select Course Materials scroll down and check the box next to Tests, Surveys, and Pools
  6. Click Submit
  7. If successfully imported the tests should be available in the Tests section of the course where they can be relinked in a content area


My Blackboard course menu is black. How do I fix it?

There is a known issue in Blackboard that can cause the course menu to appear as a black rectangle when the course has been copied. It appears that the links are no longer available, when in actuality the background and the text color of the links are just the same color. You can easily fix this by resetting your course theme.

To reset your course theme complete the following steps:

  1. Open the course where the black course menu is appearing
  2. Scroll down to the Control Panel and click Customization
  3. Click Teaching Style
  4. Scroll down to the section titled Select Course Theme
  5. The theme you currently have selected will have a black box around it. Click on another theme and then click back on the theme you would like to use.
  6. Scroll down and click Submit


How do I bulk delete items within Blackboard?

From time to time instructors may want to clean out sections of their course while retaining other areas. Blackboard has a Bulk Delete tool that will allow you to clear entire sections within your course. For example, if you have a content area called Information that contains various items such as the syllabus, course calendar, etc., you could use the Bulk Delete tool to clear every item from that section of your course while retaining the Information content area. You cannot however choose which items you want to delete within a content area using the bulk delete tool. If you want to keep some items and delete others, then you will have to individually delete them from that section of your course. Other items that can be deleted using the bulk delete function include:

  • Announcements
  • Users
  • Groups
  • Discussion Board
  • Tests, Surveys and Pools
  • Grade Center Columns
  • Statistics
  • Glossary
  • Blogs
  • Journals
  • Course Messages

To Bulk Delete items within your course complete the following steps:

  1. Open the course where you would like to delete items
  2. Under the Control Panel click Packages and Utilities
  3. Click Bulk Delete
  4. Under Select Content Materials to Delete, check the box next to the area where you want to clear all contents
  5. Under Select Other Materials to Delete, check the box next to the tool where you would like all contents cleared
  6. Under Confirmation type Delete in the textbox
  7. Click Submit


How do I make courses unavailable?

After a term has concluded, instructors generally keep their course intact to retain student assignments and grades.  A request for a new course is made and the old course is made unavailable so the instructor is the only individual with access.  

To make a course unavailable complete the following steps:

  1. Open the course you would like to make unavailable
  2. Under the Control Panel select Customization and Properties
  3. Under Set Availability click the radio button next to No
  4. Click Submit

 

How do I change the name of a course?

From time to time instructors need to adjust the name of a course. The name of a course can be changed, however the course id cannot.

To change the name of a Blackboard course complete the following steps:

  1. Open the course where the name needs to be adjusted
  2. Under the Control Panel select Customization and Properties
  3. Click in the Course Name text box and make the appropriate changes
  4. Click Submit