What is it?
Blackboard is a software system designed to facilitate the management of and access to educational information delivered via the Internet. The Blackboard system runs on a server and displays course information to students and instructors in the form of web pages. The Blackboard system also features tools to conduct online communication, including live chat and bulletin board style discussion, and automated assessment, and file sharing.
Where to get it?
If you are teaching a course for University credit, as part of a degree program:
If you are 1) offering a 600 course for professional development or training, OR 2) a non-credit only option course, OR 3) you are not a University staff or faculty member:
How to use it?
Quick Guides Online:
- Grading in Blackboard: How to Use the Grade Center
- Customizing the Blackboard Navigation Bar
- Using the Blackboard Assignment Feature
- Using the Blackboard Discussion Board Tool
- Using the Pool Manager to Create Question Sets (for Online Exams and Surveys)
- Creating an Exam or Quiz from a Pool
- Blackboard Question Types
- Adding a Student to a Blackboard Course
Personalized Training from the Distance and Continuing Education Instructional Design Team
Schedule of Distance and Continuing Education Training Events
See a schedule of our upcoming training events for faculty and staff.
Training Resources from ITS
- Select this link to view a schedule of Live Workshops Offered by Information Technology Services (ITS)
ITS "All About Blackboard" page
Includes helpful links to tutorials and technical support for instructors and students.
Online Tutorials Created by ITS
View short Flash movies demonstrating the most commonly used features of Blackboard. To view, visit Blackboard online at https://bb-2.ndsu.nodak.edu/ and select "Login." Supply your Username and Password and select the "Login" button. On the next screen, select the "Help" icon at the top center of the screen. You will see a menu of "Quick Tutorials for NDSU Bb." Select a title from the menu to view a tutorial.
Training Resources from Blackboard, Inc.
- Quick Tutorial Videos (Flash) produced by Blackboard: online at http://www.blackboard.com/quicktutorials/
Official User Guides from Blackboard, Inc.
Blackboard Academic Suite Instructor Manual Release 8.0 (PDF Format)
Blackboard Learn Instructor Manual Release 9.0 (HTML Format)
Course Template for Blackboard
Blackboard Technical Support
Already using Blackboard, but need Technical Support? Choose one of the following for further assistance:
If you are offering a course through Distance and Continuing Education:
- NDSU Help Desk: See contact information above (available during extended hours to NDSU staff and faculty).
Blackboard (Corporate) Reference Center - Access to Official Instructor and User manuals
- ND University System Help Desk
Listed here are some of the most commonly asked questions about Blackboard. See contact information above if your question is not listed here.
How do students get access to my class in Blackboard? How are they notified?
If you are offering a course for University credit, as part of a degree program:
Your students will automatically be added to your Blackboard roster when they register for your course through Campus Connection. Please note that students who add your course after the registration period of the course term may not automatically be added to your Blackboard roster. As the Instructor, you are advised to periodically compare your CampusConnection course roster to your Blackboard roster and adjust student permissions and/or remove students who have dropped.
If you are offering a 600 course for professional development or training, or a non-credit course:
Your students may not be automatically added. Distance and Continuing Education staff will manage your course registration and manually provide your students with access to your Blackboard course site. Notification by email will also be sent to your students.
How do students login to Blackboard?
In general, students may use the following steps to login to Blackboard:
Begin with the NDUS Enrollment Process, to verify that the student has access to the system:
- Go to the NDUS Enrollment web page at https://secure.ndus.nodak.edu/services/
- Supply student last name and EMPLID in the text boxes provided
- Follow on-screen prompts to complete the enrollment process
Following completion of the enrollment process:
- Go to the NDSU Blackboard site at https://bb-2.ndsu.nodak.edu/
- Select the "Login" icon at the top of the screen.
On the next screen, enter a Username and Password:
- Username is the first portion of the NDSU email address, generally in this pattern: firstname.lastname
Password is the same as is used to access NDSU email OR if the student has not received this password, the default password pattern is Mmmssyyyy where:
- Mmm = 1st 3 letters of the birth month, 1st letter CAPITALIZED
- ss = middle 2 digits of the social security number
- yyyy = 4 digit birth year
How do students evaluate my course? Where do I get a copy of the course evaluation for my course site in Blackboard?
Complete information about evaluation policies and procedures for DCE courses can be found in the "Course Maintenance" section of this site. Select this link to learn more...
Re-Using or Migrating a Blackboard Course
If you are offering a course for University credit, as part of a degree program, use these steps to re-use or "migrate" your course site for another course term.
- Log into Blackboard and select the "My Blackboard" tab.
- Select the "Course Create" utility. You should see a listing of your courses.
- Choose the course you wish to migrate by selecting the corresponding radio button.
- Select either option: "Create" or "Copy." "Copy" will re-use the content from an existing Blackboard course; "Create" will open a new, blank course shell.
- If you choose "Copy," select the course from the dropdown menu.
- Select "Submit" to complete the process.
- Repeat these steps for each course to be copied.
What if my course isn't listed?
The ITS Blackboard Team must manually create a course shell for you, in such an instance. To request assistance, select the "Bb Help" tab and choose "Create a New Course" or "Reuse old content for a new semester" and complete the online form provided. You may also contact the ITS Help Desk (see contact information on this page).
If you are: 1) teaching a 600 course for training or professional development, OR 2) a non-credit course, OR 3) you are NOT NDSU staff or faculty:
You will not need to complete this process; Distance and Continuing Education staff will provide assistance in migrating your Blackboard course for re-use.