Yearly Archives: 2011

Blackboard Course Purge on 4/14/2011

Hello Blackboard Faculty –

On 4/14/2011 (extended from 4/08/11) we will be purging a good amount of ECU Blackboard sites.  We are doing so to keep within our storage limits and business policy of keeping only 2 years worth of Blackboard sites in our production system.  Some of you may want to save some of your 2007, 2008 and Spring 2009 sites.  That’s perfectly fine.  To do so, you will simply need to submit those past Bb course ID’s — fill out the form HERE by end of business on 4/14/2011.  By doing this, you ensure that your past course(s) will not be deleted on our purge date  (4/14/2011 ). If you have any questions at all do not hesitate to give me a call or email.  252-328-9074 /

In summary:
On 4/14/2011 we will be purging ALL courses from the following semesters, unless you request your past course(s) to be saved.

  • 2007 Fall
  • 2008 Spring
  • 2008 Summer (SS#1, SS#2 and Full term)
  • 2008 Fall
  • 2009 Spring

If you have any questions, contact Matt Long, (328-9074) or Cindy Bowers, (252-328-9167).

Blackboard 9 Video Tutorials – Grade Center, Tests and the Assignment Tool

The launch date of Blackboard 9 is rapidly approaching ( May 2011)  You may be interested in the quick video tutorials Blackboard has developed to help you get  familiar with Blackboard 9 environment.  The videos below cover the Grade Center, Create Tests, the Assignment Tool and Student Performance.

Assessing Learners

Grade Center

  1. Customizing the Grade Center View!
  2. Creating Smart Views!
  3. Creating a Grade Rule!
  4. Viewing Grade Details!
  5. Anonymous Grading!
  6. Creating Grading Notes!
  7. Creating a Grade Center Report!
  8. Creating a Grading Rubric!
  9. Grading Assessments Question by Question!
  10. Viewing and Downloading Grade History!
  11. Color Code the Grade Center!
  12. Working Offline with the Grade Center

Tests, Surveys, and Pools

  1. Creating a Test – New!!
  2. Tour the Question Finder Feature!
  3. Reading Survey Submissions!
  4. Exporting and Importing a Test or Survey!
  5. Uploading Test Questions from Microsoft® Excel!
  6. Creating a Fill in the Blank Question!
  7. Creating a Short Answer Question!
  8. Creating a Matching Question!
  9. Creating a True or False Question!
  10. Adding an Existing Question to a Test!
  11. Creating a Calculated Formula Question!
  12. Creating a Calculated Numeric Question!
  13. Creating an Essay Question!
  14. Creating a Fill in Multiple Blanks Question!
  15. Creating a Hot Spot Question!
  16. Creating a Jumbled Question!
  17. Creating a Likert Question!
  18. Creating a Multiple Answer Question!
  19. Creating a Multiple Choice Question!
  20. Creating an Ordering Question!
  21. Creating a Quiz Bowl Question!
  22. Tagging Questions for Reuse!
  23. Building a Pool!
  24. Creating a Random Block and Adding It to a Test!


  1. Using SafeAssign!
  2. Downloading Assignments!
  3. Clean Out Graded Assignment Files!

Student Performance

  1. Performance Dashboard!
  2. Sending Notifications – New!

Blackboard 9 Video Tutorials – Communicating & Collaborating

The launch date of Blackboard 9 is rapidly approaching.  You may be interested in the quick video tutorials Blackboard has developed to help get instructors familiar with Blackboard 9.  There are 3 different parts: Understanding  & Building your Course, Communicating & Collaborating, and Assessing Learners.

Communicating & Collaborating

Using the Discussion Board

  1. Grading a Discussion Board Forum!
  2. Grading a Discussion Board Thread!

Managing Group Work

  1. Creating a Group!
  2. Creating Group Sets!
  3. Getting Started with Groups Read It!

Blogs and Journals

  1. Creating a Journal!
  2. Commenting on a Journal Entry!
  3. Creating a Blog!
  4. Creating and Editing Blog Entries!
  5. Commenting on a Blog Entry!


  1. Creating a Wiki!
  2. Editing a Wiki Page!
  3. Viewing a Wiki Page History – New!!
  4. Grading a Wiki!

Announcements and Scheduling

  1. Creating Announcements!
  2. Creating a Course Task!
  3. Creating a Course Contact!
  4. Sending Email!
  5. Sending Blackboard Messages!

Blackboard 9 Video Tutorials – Understanding and Building Content

The launch date of Blackboard 9 is rapidly approaching.  You may be interested in the quick video tutorials Blackboard has developed to help get instructors familiar with Blackboard 9.  There are 3 different parts: Understanding & Building your Course, Communicating & Collaborating, and Assessing Learners.

Understanding  & Building Your Course

  1. Your Course Environment – New!
  2. Select the Page Where Users Enter Your Course!
  3. Adding a Banner to Your Course Entry Point!
  4. Creating a Blank Page (for displaying content) on the Course Menu!
  5. Adding an Avatar to Personalize Your Course Environment!
  6. Make Your Course Available to Students!
  7. Using the Text Editor
  8. Building a Learning Module!
  9. Adding a Glossary Term!
  10. Creating a Blank Page!
  11. Creating a Tool Link!
  12. Adding a URL -New!!
  13. Creating a Mashup!
  14. Attaching Course Files to a Content Item!
  15. Tour the Course Files Feature!
  16. Adding Your Own Web Content Through Course Files!
  17. Create Multiple Rules to Release a Content Item!
  18. Searching for Standards!
  19. Aligning Content to Standards!
  20. Running a Class Coverage Report!
  21. Turning Tool Availability On and Off!
  22. Making Tools Available to Students!
  23. Changing the Course Language Pack!
  24. Changing the User Language Pack!
  25. Permitting and Restricting Guest and Observer Access!
  26. Turning On Statistics Tracking for a Content Item!
  27. Running a Report of All User Activity!
  28. Running a Report of User Activity by Forum!
  29. Running a Report of User Activity by Content Area!
  30. Running a Report of User Activity by Group!
  31. Saving a Course Report!
  32. Importing a Course Package!

Weekly Bb9 Training + Mini Video Tutorials

ITCS will be offering Bb9 training each week on either a Tuesday or a Wednesday.   Here is the schedule.  If you want to sign up for a training session you will need to click this link to sign up.

To register for training:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Log in using your PirateID.  Off-campus users sign on by typing the following: INTRA\PirateID
  3. Choose a class link on the calendar.
  4. Click the “Sign Up/Unregister” button (top of the details dialog).

Weekly Email and Videos – Each week or so we will be sending out an email (The Weekly Word) with a bit of information about a new feature in Bb 9.  We will keep a running list of all of the videos here for your viewing pleasure.

January 2011 videos:

  • Bb 9 – The Migration
  • Bb9 vs Bb8. In this 4 minute video I go over some of the basic differences between Bb8 and Bb9.  The areas covered are the navigation menu, the control panel location and the ability to drag and drop in Bb9 to re-order the navigation area, announcements and content folders and items.
  • Bb9 Navigation – In this 2 minute video you will get an overview of the new navigation area in Bb9.
  • The Edit Button - Learn how to toggle between the faculty and student view of your course (ECU video).
  • Bb9 Course Tools – Short video describing how to set tool availability in Bb9 (ECU video).

February 2011 videos:

  • The Bb9 Content Area – Learn about the new content area in Blackboard 9.  New interface and some new choices.
  • The Groups Area in Bb9 – Learn about new types of groups that are now available for you to take advantage of in Bb9.
  • Grade Center – Take a look at the Grade Center. A few changes.

March 2011 videos:

April 2011 videos: