NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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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?

How to use it?

Training Resources from ITS

Training Resources from Blackboard, Inc.

Course Template for Blackboard

The DCE Instructional Design Team has created a template that is available to all DCE course instructors upon request. This course template is customizable and intended to speed the design and setup of a new course website in Blackboard. Personalized training and assistance in setting up the template is also available. Contact us by phone at 701-231-7015 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Blackboard Technical Support

Already using Blackboard, but need Technical Support? Choose one of the following for further assistance:

Blackboard FAQ's

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?
How do students login to Blackboard?

In general, students may use the following steps to login to Blackboard:

Students enrolled in a 600 course through Distance and Continuing Education are manually enrolled in your course website by DCE staff. Please contact Karen Murie, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), for more information.

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.

  1. Log into Blackboard and select the "My Blackboard" tab.
  2. Select the "Course Create" utility. You should see a listing of your courses.
  3. Choose the course you wish to migrate by selecting the corresponding radio button.
  4. 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.
  5. If you choose "Copy," select the course from the dropdown menu.
  6. Select "Submit" to complete the process.
  7. 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.