Faculty Support

Welcome, ECU Faculty

graphic for teachingWe hope you will bookmark this page as a repository or virtual file cabinet for instructions, news, helpful tips, etc. for your Blackboard needs and questions.

Can’t find something? See any dead links? Let us know: ecublackboard@ecu.edu

Good to Know…

  • Here is a FAQ list for instructors re:  Spring Semester 2017 Things to Do.
  • The Faculty Senate Manual has a section on roles in Blackboard.
  • Info for Instructors for Respondus LockDown Browser can be found here. Please look at how the tool works before you decide to use it.
  • Lynda.com: lynda.com is available to ECU students and faculty. And, there is a Blackboard building block for lynda.com, so you can even direct your students to specific instructional videos to add to their learning experience. Login to ECU’s lynda.com to learn more and view over 3,000 top-quality instructional video with subjects such as PhotoShop, Microsoft Products, CAD Drawings, Creating Marketing Plans, HTML and CSS, Resume Writing, Video Production, and many more titles. You can even create customized playlists to watch later.


  • ECU Standards for Online Learning are included in the ECU Faculty Manual.
  • Browser Info: Reminder: Blackboard works best using Firefox and/or Google Chrome as the browser (for Macs also).
  • Share the URL with your students for the Student Support Page on this Blackboard Blog. It has tips, troubleshooting, LockDown Browser info, and more.
  • We offer Blackboard training sessions (look on Cornerstone), and if you cannot be in Greenville for training, Blackboard Learn has very good mini-videos and tutorials available online. This URL will get you started. Or, contact one of the Blackboard team members if you have a specific tool or feature you are interested in.
  • Interested in LockDown Browser for giving online exams? Learn more!
  • Do you teach more than one section and would like your sections merged? Instructions here.
  • You can also customize your course by adding a banner. We’ve created some simple instructions: Create a Banner from a PPT Slide

One of our most common questions…

How do I make my course(s) course available/unavailable: Make Course Available or Unavailable

New to Blackboard @ ECU?

To do a system check to make sure your computer is compatible with Blackboard, please go here: System Compatibility Check

Here are a few PDF tutorials for instructors new to Blackboard, just to get started:

Browser Info: Reminder: Blackboard works best using Firefox and/or Google Chrome as the browser (for Macs also); please remind your students.

SafeAssignment – updated feature as of 5/2015

Before our most recent upgrade, SafeAssignment was an assessment option in the list of assessments. Now, instructors just click Add Assessment > Assignment > in the assignment settings, you will now be given a choice of a traditional assignment or SafeAssignment. You will no longer see the green checkmark icon associated with just the SafeAssignment.


Make your Assignment a SafeAssignment (Click image to enlarge)

SafeAssign is a product within Blackboard that can be used as an educational tool to help students identify and properly attribute sources. There are two ways instructors can use SafeAssign: (1) Create a SafeAssignment and (2) Direct Submit. When a student submits an assignment via SafeAssignment, it is compared to an Institutional Database (ECU) and the Global Reference Database (optional) in order to identify areas of overlap. In addition, SafeAssign provides a Direct Submit option for instructors. This feature allows an instructor to submit a student’s paper. We do not recommend using the Direct Submit option to “only add papers to the Institutional Search Database.”  Direct Submit does require student consent. The recommendation, which maximizes the benefits of the tool for both instructors and students, is to use the SafeAssignment option.  Here are a few of the benefits.

  • SafeAssignment automatically creates a gradebook column and options for feedback to the student with an option to attach a document for student feedback.
  • SafeAssignment organizes files submitted by user and assignment name.
  • SafeAssignment has an option to download all student papers that were submitted as SafeAssignments (not including originality reports). That is done from the actual SafeAssign tool under Course Tools in the Control Panel.

Full Student Preview – NEW!! and long-awaited!


You now have an icon to click, giving you a full student view in your course – even the gradebook! (Click the image to enlarge.)

To learn more, please visit this site:

Student View





Upon leaving student view, this box will appear. (Click the image to enlarge.)

LockDown Browser – A Tool for More Secure Test-Taking in Bb

See our blog post to learn more about this tool. Refer your students to the Student Support Page of this blog for tips, troubleshooting, and more.

For Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters:

  • Don’t forget to make your course available at the beginning of each semester. From the Control Panel in your course(s), click Customization, then Properties, then to Set Availability Yes. (Click No to make your past course unavailable.)
  • See the list of PDFs below if you are interested in copying course content from one semester to the next, or merging two sections. Section merge is popular for efficient management of two (or more) sections with the same content, just different students.
  • Do you want your course sections merged? Instructions here.

We offer training sessions: Are you interested in our training sessions in Blackboard, Tegrity, Respondus, LockDown Browser, Yammer and/or iPad?  Login to ECU’s Cornerstone to sign up for training sessions. For “virtual” training and instructions, please scroll down to see our list of videos.

Learn from our PDFs and Videos

Assignments & Tests

Grade Center

Interactive Assessments & Tools

Tools and Productivity

Best Practices, Good to Know, etc.

Links to Mini Videos and/or Instructions from Blackboard (this is a partial list; you will find other videos for tools and features from the following links)

Blackboard’s “On Demand” Learning Center

  • Blackboard/Blackboard Community Programs offers “The Blackboard innovative Teaching Series” on their website and this may be of interest to our instructors. There are training webinars for instructors who use Blackboard, free AND archived, with a variety of topics (e.g., best practices).
  • Blackboard’s YouTube Channel with their mini-videos / GOOD RESOURCE

IMPORTANT: [From the Office of IT Security, please see the blog post regarding FERPA and Blackboard.]

Blackboard Mobile Learn

Blackboard can now be accessed on your mobile device via the Blackboard Mobile Learn app. Blackboard Mobile Learn allows students and instructors to interact with Blackboard on their Android, Blackberry, iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad device. Click here to view videos of Blackboard Mobile Learn on your mobile device.

Blackboard Mobile Learn offers a wide variety of features for easy viewing of Blackboard content on mobile devices. Blackboard Mobile Best Practices.

Instructor Features:

      • Create and view announcements.
      • Create and view discussion board threads.
      • Post comments on students’ blogs and journals.
      • View tasks, class roster, and embedded media.
      • Favorites allow you to see only certain Blackboard pages inside Blackboard Mobile Learn.

After downloading the Blackboard Mobile Learn app and running it for the first time, search for ” East Carolina University ” then select “East Carolina University” and enter your Pirate ID credentials.” Explore the functionality of this program.

Questions? mailto:ecublackboard@ecu.edu