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Blackboard Basics for First-Time Users
The following brief videos cover the material presented in our instructor-led, webinar orientation sessions and are provided for those who cannot attend one of our scheduled sessions held prior to the term start or who need a refresher.
FOR APS STUDENTS: How to Use Blackboard (.swf format) (Viewed: 389 times)
This video is in Flash (.swf) format. This video shows students enrolled in face-to-face classes how to use Blackboard as part of their on-site course (approximately 12 minutes long).
FOR APS STUDENTS: How to Use Blackboard (.mov format) (Viewed: 185 times)
This video is in QuickTime Movie (.mov) format. This video shows students enrolled in face-to-face classes how to use Blackboard as part of their on-site course (approximately 12 minutes long).
How to Login to Blackboard (Viewed: 327 times)
Learn how to login to Blackboard and get started with your online course. The tutorial is .wmv (PC) format for Windows Media Player and is approximately 2.5 minutes in length.
My Blackboard Profile (Viewed: 215 times)
This feature introduces a completely new, modern user experience that consolidates critical information from all of your courses: Profile, Posts, Updates, My Grades, and People.  (1.5 min video)
Global Navigation Menu (Viewed: 89 times)
Always present in the top right corner, this is the entry point to My Blackboard and tells you how many items are new or need your attention. It also provides one-click access to your courses, settings, and Blackboard Help. (3.5 min video)
Manage My Courses List (Viewed: 196 times)
The My Courses portlet in Blackboard lists the courses (both past and present) a student is enrolled in. Students can manage this list and remove old courses by following these easy steps.
Course Info Area of Your Course (Viewed: 202 times)
This video looks at the information found within the Course Info section of an Ottawa Online course (Getting Started, Instructor Info, Announcements, and Policies). The tutorial is .wmv (PC) format for Windows Media Player and is approximately 2 minutes in length.
 
Weekly Materials Area of Your Course (Viewed: 220 times)
This video tutorial is .wmv (PC) format for Windows Media Player and is approximately 2 minutes in length.
Tips for Working in Discussions (Viewed: 88 times)
As of the Summer 2013 term, there is a new discussion board format in Blackboard. This video shares ome helpful hints for working in this new format.
Discussions: Overview and Create a New Thread (Viewed: 331 times)
This brief video (.wmv format) illustrates how to create a new discussion post and provides an overview of the discussion forums.
Discussions: Reply to Others (Viewed: 147 times)
Learn how to reply to others in a discussion forum.
Organizing Discussion Board Posts (Viewed: 170 times)
In order to follow along or try what is shown in this video, please be sure you have your Discussion view set to List View (not Tree View).  This video tutorial will open in a new browser window or tab.
Change the order in which replies to a discussion appear (Viewed: 81 times)
Conversations in a discussion may appear in either ascending or descending order, depending on how you are viewing the discussion. Watch this video to learn how you can choose to view in either ascending or descending order.
How to Submit Assignments (Viewed: 295 times)
How to View Your Grades (Viewed: 157 times)
In this video, students learn how to locate their grade for an assignment, view instructor feedback (whether posted to Blackboard or provided within the assignment itself), and look up the assignment instructions and submission details.
Syllabus and Term Calendar (Viewed: 164 times)
This video tutorial is .wmv (PC) format for Windows Media Player and is approximately 2 minutes in length.
How to Send Email From Your Blackboard Course (Viewed: 141 times)
This brief, 2 minute video shows users how emails can be sent to classmates and instructors using the "Send Email" option in Blackboard.
The Resource Room (Viewed: 172 times)
The Resource Room page provides students with resources for writing, APA style, technical assistance, utilizing Blackboard and much more! This tutorial provides a tour of the Resource Room and what's available.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view and print PDF files.

Blackboard Mobile Learn App

Students and instructors can use iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, and Android® devices on any carrier or network to access grades, assignments, discussions, and much more.

Users can find the app by searching for “Blackboard Mobile Learn” in the App Store or Google Play store. Assistance and an FAQ is available via the Blackboard Mobile Learn web site. You can also learn more by viewing product demos for Android, iPhone/iPod, and iPad.


If you need assistance, please contact OU Help 24 x 7: www.ottawa.edu/ouhelp .

This information is brought to you by the Office of Academic Technology. ouacademictech@ottawa.edu .
 
Blackboard Training
(all documents below are in PDF format and open in a new window.)
Assignment Submission - How To (Viewed: 362 times)
Inline Assignment Grading (Viewed: 81 times)
Inline Assignment Grading is an update to grading homework assignments from within Blackboard. For students this means a whole new way of viewing submitted assignments, grades, and feedback returned from instructors.
How to use the Content Editor (Viewed: 122 times)
As a result of the August 2012 Blackboard upgrade, the “Visual Text Box Editor” has been replaced by a new “Content Editor,” with controls for adding and formatting text, equations, tables, and multimedia files. The Content Editor appears wherever there is an option to type in text, such as the discussions, announcements, and assignment feedback.
How to Post to a Discussion Forum (Viewed: 434 times)
Using Blackboard with Windows 8 (Viewed: 249 times)
If you are using Windows 8 there is information you need in order to have a successful Blackboard experience.
Best Practices for Online Test Taking (Viewed: 163 times)
If you are going to take a test online via a course in Blackboard, this document is a must-read!
How to Change the Display of Your First Name in Blackboard (Viewed: 204 times)
How to Fix the Copy/Paste Issue in Firefox (Viewed: 458 times)
As of the upgrade in August 2012, some users must make a change to their browser configuration in order to be able to copy and paste within the Content Editor.  The issue is corrected by adding the AllowClipboard Helper to Firefox, following the steps described here.
Course-to-Course Navigation (Viewed: 101 times)
Blackboard provides the ability to move between courses without going all the way out to the “My Courses” tab. For students and instructors enrolled in multiple courses, this is a fantastic time-saving feature.
Student Manual for Blackboard 9.1 (Viewed: 784 times)
How to Use the Blackboard Calendar (Viewed: 205 times)
View a list of other students in your course (Viewed: 115 times)
Blackboard Instant Messenger (Viewed: 126 times)
This is Blackboard's guide to using its Instant Messenger service. We've edited out content regarding features not in use at Ottawa University.
Pasting from Word to Blackboard Discussion Boards (Viewed: 57 times)
This article provides some insight (and resolution) to how our users can best copy content from Word to the Blackboard discussions boards without causing the discussions to "freeze up".
Zoom Participant Guide (Viewed: 46 times)
Zoom is the screen share and video conferencing solution in use at Ottawa University. This participant user guide provides instructions for joining and participating in meetings.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view and print PDF files.
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