The UofSC Blackboard information and resources listed here have been developed by the Division of Information Technology's eLearning Services.
- Logging into Blackboard
- Blackboard's New Main Menu
- Finding and "Favoriting" Courses in Blackboard
- Managing Multiple Sections or Cross-listed Courses
- Copy Course Content
Posting & Organizing Content
Assessments (Assignments & Tests)
- Creating Assignments
- Using SafeAssign to Detect Plagiarism
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Blackboard Collaborate is an all-in-one web conferencing platform that allows instructors to hold classes online in real time or record lectures or short videos to post to your course site.
- Blackboard Collaborate User Interface Tour (Video) (YouTube 2:12)
- Blackboard Collaborate Ultra - Blackboard (Bb) Help Article
- Blackboard Collaborate Ultra - DoIT Knowledge Base Article
Collaborate Ultra Help
Adding Captions to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Recordings
- If a student registered with the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) requires captioning during a live session, SDRC has a contract with a company to provide live captioning. If the session is recorded, the caption track is captured as part of the recording. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra does not automatically closed caption a meeting. Live captioning means there is a person in the Blackboard Collaborate meeting who provides closed captioning as the meeting is happening.
- If an instructor records a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session without a captioner or creates a recording of a demonstration outside of a regular class meeting, the recording can be captioned by the Office of Distributed Learning (ODL). The recording can be downloaded, and the MP4 recording can be captioned outside Blackboard. Courses that are supported by ODL or that have students registered with SDRC have priority for this service. Contact ODL for transcription and closed captioning service at ODLStudios@mailbox.sc.edu.
- If a Teams or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra meeting is recorded, then the recorded video can be uploaded to Microsoft Stream. Automatic closed captions can be turned on in Streams for the video.
Communication & Collaboration
- Sending Announcements
- Creating Announcements (Video) (YouTube 0:54)
- Emailing Your Students
- Discussion Boards
Grading in Blackboard
- Automatic Columns
- Creating and Assigning Categories
- Creating a Manual Column
- Hiding Columns from Students
- Grading & Annotating Assignments
- Pro tip: If annotating in an application outside of Blackboard, you can attach the annotated copy in the "Feedback to Learner" area while grading the assignment.
- Allowing an Additional Attempt or Clearing an Attempt
- Grading Tests in Blackboard
- Downloading Grade Center / Working Offline
Blackboard Ally (Alternative Formats)
Make course materials accessible to all students and continue to provide accommodations for specific students identified by Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC). Depending on the accommodation needed, you may be able to provide the accommodation using the Blackboard Ally tool, which provides Alternative Formats (audio, Braille, ePub, HTML, etc) of your course materials. Instructor Feedback can also provide the instructor with guidance to meet accessibility standards.
- Ally for Students in Blackboard Learn (YouTube 0:45)
- Blackboard Alternative Formats – Overview
- View File Accessibility with Ally in Blackboard Learn (YouTube 1:06)
- Blackboard Accessibility Enhancement Information for Instructors
- Download a Course Accessibility Report in Blackboard
Other Tips & Tricks
- Adding a User to Your Course
- Recommended Browsers
- Blackboard Webinar Recording of Preparing to Scale Online During the Coronavirus
24/7 Blackboard Support for Faculty, Instructors & Students during COVID-19
- Blackboard support is available anytime throughout the day, night and weekend. Anyone, from any campus, in need of Blackboard support should call the Division of Information Technology Service Desk at 803-777-1800 and follow the prompts.