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Override Grades

The roles of instructor, teaching assistant, and grader are allowed to change grades in a course. When you change grades, the new data is automatically figured into existing weighted, total, or calculated grade columns.

Managing Course Users

As an Instructor, you can manage the users (Students, TAs, other Instructors, etc…) in your course in various ways. You can add users, change their roles and persmissions in your course, and in some cases remove them from your course.

Using the Assignment Tool

Using the Assignment tool is an easy and efficient method of submitting and retrieving assignments, and providing grade information (including feedback) to your students. With this tool, students submit their file(s) and/or typed responses electronically through Blackboard, and Instructors, TAs and Graders can open, view, give feedback on and grade these submissions.

Blackboard Content Editor

The content editor allows you to add and format text, insert equations and hyperlinks, tables, and attach different types of files to create content. The editor appears throughout the system as the default editor.

Adding Links to the Course Menu

The Course Menu is the (usually dark blue) navigational menu on the lefthand side of the screen inside a Blackboard course. It provides quick links to various content areas and tools inside your course, and by default includes links to your Announcements, Faculty Information, Syllabus and Course Documents content areas. You can add other content areas, links to other content areas or links to tools to this menu and customize it in a number of different ways, depending on your needs.

Tests in Blackboard

Blackboard tests and surveys may have up to 20 different question types, including Multiple Choice, True/False, Essay, Short Answer, Calculated Formula, and Matching. Tests with objective question types, such as Multiple Choice, are automatically graded, while subjective question types, such as Essay, require manual grading.


The Calendar is a quick way to provide students with dates for course related events. Course Calendar events appear to all members of the course. The calendar displays a consolidated view of all institution, course, organization, and personal calendar events for a user.

Delete or Clear Grades

During your grading tasks, you may need to delete a grade or revert a grade back to its previous state. For example, you can reset a test to give a student who experienced technical problems another chance. You accomplish these tasks through the Grade Center. Grades that you delete have . . . Read more


With announcements, you can post timely information critical to course success. On the Announcements page, you can add, edit, and delete announcements. This is an ideal place to post time-sensitive material.

Student Preview

As an instructor, you want to be confident that your course is well designed and functions as intended—before your students see it. Use student preview to review the course content and validate the course behaviors, such as those that control the availability of course content or require a particular interaction from the student to be triggered.

Grade History

The Grade History page acts like a log file that records all of the changes that occur to grades within a course, and displays all the data for grade submissions for the course within a set date range. You can manipulate the view and export the information.

Grade Center Column Organization

The Column Organization page allows you to view all the columns in the Grade Center in one place. You can quickly reorder the columns, and the changes you make appear in the Grade Center grid. If you have hidden columns (or think you may have), you can unhide them via the Column Organization page.

Grade Details

The Grade Details page allows you to view all of the submission history and grading information about a student’s assignment from one place. You can also clear, edit or exempt grades from the Grade Details page.

Accessibility Guidelines

The University is committed to creating courses that are as accessible as possible to all students. Our goal is for students with disabilities to be able to perceive, understand, navigate, interact, and contribute to their online courses. Courses should be designed to be usable by all students, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for extra accommodations. Students enrolled in online courses are not required to disclose their disabilities, unless they are requesting accommodations or necessary modifications to access course materials and complete course requirements.

Grade Center Categories

About Categories In the Grade Center, you can use categories to group related columns together and organize the data. With categories, you can: Filter your view of the Grade Center. For example, you can filter using the Assignment category and view only assignment columns in the Grade Center grid. Calculate . . . Read more

Enter Grades

You can enter grades into the Grade Center automatically by scoring assignments and tests deployed in Blackboard, manually by typing them into the Grade Center, or by uploading grades from external sources such as a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.

Department Administrators with Class Roster Access in PeopleSoft

The following contacts can add you to the Class Roster in PeopleSoft, which will automatically enroll you in your Blackboard course. Please contact the administrator for your department.   tr style=”height: 22px;”>College Of Business AdministrationDerek McDonaldderekmcd@pitt.eduX3-7320412-383-7320 Department Name Email Phone Full Phone Africana Studies Nicollete Knight X8-7540 412-648-7540 Anthropology . . . Read more


The Achievements tool allows instructors and course designers to designate criteria for issuing rewards to students in the form of both badges and certificates. Students can see which rewards they’ve earned and what is required of them to receive additional rewards, providing insight into learning progression toward defined competencies. Students are able to publish badges to the Mozilla Open Backpack, transporting evidence of their learning outside of Blackboard Learn.

Instructor Course Copy

For most users, Course Copy now replaces the previous Course Export/Import process as a way of reusing old course materials and structures in new courses. Copying course materials into an existing course adds content to a course, but does not remove existing content. You can only copy materials into a course if you have the role of Instructor, Teaching Assistant (TA), or Course Builder.

Getting the Most out of Panopto

Panopto offers many functions, which we breakup into three workflows: Using Panopto with Blackboard, Using Panopto Separately From Blackboard, and Panopto for Students. This Roadmap is designed to help you determine which of Panopto’s workflows will suit you best and then link you to the appropriate posts that will give . . . Read more

Getting Started in Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a web-based conferencing system that allows faculty and students to meet and communicate via voice, video, text, and desktop sharing. Collaborate allows faculty and staff to create virtual classrooms, offices and office hours, and meeting spaces that offer greater opportunities for effective and engaging learning experiences and interactions for online and blended/hybrid learning.