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Blackboard Basics

The Blackboard course management system is used for presenting course materials on the web. 

The USC Blackboard handouts listed here have been developed by Teaching and Technology Services (TTS) unless indicated otherwise. The USC Blackboard login site is at Access is by USC network username and password.

If you have any questions or need help with Blackboard, you can contact Teaching and Technology Services at 803-777-6015 or send an e-mail to You may also call the University Technology Services Helpdesk at 803-777-1800.

  • Blackboard Basics [pdf] - Instructions for setting up your Blackboard password on VIP; posting announcements, course materials, assignments; adding teaching assistants; communicating with e-mail; and using the Gradebook.
  • Introduction for Students [pdf] - Information about accessing course documents, participating in discussion boards and chat rooms, using the digital dropbox, and creating a personal homepage.
  • Using Blackboard Communication Tools [pdf] - Information about planning and managing electronic communication tools used in the classroom such as digital dropbox, announcements, discussion boards, virtual classrooms, and live chat.
  • Faculty Chat Handout [pdf] - Mostly a graphical document for faculty that provides information about recording and archiving a discussion.
  • Student Chat Handout [pdf] - Information about the virtual classroom and the lightweight chat from the student perspective.
  • Course Customization [pdf] - Information about additional course customization functionality such as adding a course banner, adding tools to a content area, adding/deleting/renaming content areas, and changing the order of button/links.
  • Assignment Manager [pdf] - Information about creating an assignment, grading individual assignments, and downloading assignments by groups.
  • Assessments [pdf] - Information about creating quizzes, tests, and surveys, using question pools and the Gradebook.
  • Test [pdf] - The basics on testing in Blackboard and making test creation easier.
  • Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series - A training initiative to help augment internal training efforts. Harnessing its community of Blackboard users, BITS shares the top strategies and pedagogy for both increasing educator efficiency and improving learning outcomes
  • Division of Information Technology Quick Help Guide


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