Blackboard Guides

Quick Start Guides

Fast, simple and easy-to-use guides on the basics of Blackboard Ultra.

Not finding what you're looking for? The Blackboard Help Center provides a comprehensive collection of resources for instructors. You can also contact the IDDC by email/phone at or 330-941-3244.


Getting started

Not sure if your course is Ultra? Watch this video to find out! 

Accessing Blackboard

Ultra Course View Navigation

Adding an Image to Your Profile

Adding a Teaching/Graduate Assistance to a Course

Setting Up Student Accommodations

Copying Course Content

Entering Student Preview Mode


Building your course

Creating Learning Modules

Creating Content

Inserting External Links

Creating a Course Link

Inserting Videos

Creating Assignments

Creating Tests

Importing Test Questions

Adding Test Exceptions


Communicating & Collaborating

Creating Announcements

Sending Messages

Creating Discussion Boards

Creating Groups


Assessing learners

Grading Assignments

Grading Discussion Boards

Grading Tests

Accessing Student Activity


Setting Up Your Gradebook

Creating Gradebook Categories

Setting Up Your Gradebook (Points)

Setting Up Your Gradebook (Weighted Totals)