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A profile is a reflection of how you want to present yourself to your peers, classmates, and instructors. In your Blackboard profile, you decide what you want to be called, what your academic interests are, and anything else you want to share with other users.

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.

Course Delivery is a Project

A well-managed project communicates objectives, roles and responsibilities, tasks, assessments and evaluations to its stakeholders. A well-run course is a well-executed project. Consider using the instructional tools and processes discussed in this article to apply these project management principles when teaching your course.

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.

Panopto Viewer: Setting Safari Security Settings

The Silverlight plug-in may cause a file upload error error on new versions of Safari on Mac (based on Safari’s security settings for the Silverlight plug-in). By default, plug-ins run in Safe Mode which means they can’t access files on the client machine. This causes the Silverlight component to error when attempting to view a session.

Using the Mashup in Your CourseWeb Courses

All students, faculty, and staff at the University of Pittsburgh have access to training resources through provides unlimited access to thousands of training videos on topics such as Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, digital photography, Web design, animation, blogging, video editing, and more. You can create and share playlists, view . . . Read more

E-portfolios on

An electronic portfolio, or e-portfolio, is a collection of artifacts (files, text, images, videos, blogs, links) related to the accomplishments of a student or group of students. E-portfolios can provide evidence of student achievement and can be shared with instructors, colleagues, and perspective employers. One resources students can utilize for creating and maintaining an e-portfolio is

Displaying a Photo Roster for Your Course

Viewing your class roster may be better handled by the Faculty Center than through Blackboard. This video demonstrates how to use your Faculty Center view a roster for a course that you are teaching, along with photographs of your students. For information about viewing a user list within Blackboard, see . . . Read more

Course Merge (Crosslisting)

Instructors who teach multiple sections of the same class may prefer to manage those sections through a single master class with associated child classes. While this merge must be initiated by the Educational Technology Center, this article covers the implications of performing a merge, how to manage a merged class, and how to request that your courses be merged.


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


Use the Contacts tool to add profile information about yourself and other staff (Faculty Information) for your students. You can provide information about office hours, phone numbers, and other links to help students find the people who have important roles in your course.

Course Messages

Course messages are private and secure text-based communication that occurs within your course and among course members. Although similar to email, you must be logged in to a course to read and send course messages.

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. Department Name Email Phone Full Phone Africana Studies Oronde Sharif X8-2276 412-648-2276 Anthropology Phyllis Deasy X8-7504 412-648-7504 Arts and Sciences/Office . . . Read more

Quick Guide to Creating Video Files for iTunes U at Pitt

Overview This guide describes how to quickly record video for upload to iTunes U.  For more comprehensive instructions, obtain the Guidelines for Creating Instructional Recordings document. Acquire a Camera: Content you wish to upload to iTunes U must conform to specific video file formats. Apple recommends the .mov format because . . . Read more

Designing Your Course

How to add initial content (announcements, faculty information, a syllabus) to a new Blackboard course, and some tips for building your course with predictable, usable design in mind.


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