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Blackboard FAQs


 

The following are meant to address some frequently asked questions about managing your Blackboard course.

Course Management

How do I add a test student to my Blackboard Courses?

How do I copy my existing course into an new course site?

My course will not be taught next semester. How can I export a copy that I can upload to Blackboard the next time I teach this course?

Can I make my course available to students before classes begin?

How long will students be able to access a Blackboard course after classes end?

How long will instructors be able to access courses after the semester ends?

How can I hide courses from previous semsesters?

 

Testing

How do I disable the printing of tests in Blackboard?

Grade Center

How do I download my Grade Center to an Excel Spreadsheet?

How do I create a smart view in the Grade Center?

How do I move a column to a different category?

Why can't I delete a column from my Grade Center?


 

How do I add a test student to my Blackboard Courses?

You can add a test student to your course by selecting Course Tools on the Control Panel of your course. From the Course Tools menu, select Add Test Student. You will need to do this for each class to which you want to add a test student. More information. . . .


How do I copy my course from one semester to the next?

Each semester, Blackboard will automatically generate new course sites based on the information from Datatel. It is the responsibility of the instructor to copy the content from the previous semester's course into the new course site. If you teach multiple sections of the same course, you should copy your course into one new site, make any updates, and then copy the updated course into additional sections. To copy your course follow these directions . . .


My course will not be taught next semester. How can I export a copy that I can upload to Blackboard the next time I teach this course?

It is the instructor's responsibility to make a copy of a course that may not be taught until a future sememster. Although the Blackboard Administrator archives all courses, it is much faster and convenient for instructors or departments to make copies of courses that will be taught in future semesters. Fortunately, the Export/Archive tool in Blackboard makes it easy to make a copy of course content that can be imported into new course sites. More information. . . .


Can I make my course available to students before classes begin?

All courses are made available to students the day before classes begin. If you want to make the course available at an earlier date you will need to select Customization from the Control Panel. On the Customization menu, select Properties. On the Properties page, set the desired start date in the Course Duration options. More information . . . .


How long will students be able to access a Blackboard course after classes end?

Students will have access to the course for seven days after the class ends. After seven days, only students who received an Incomplete in the course will still be able to access it.


How long will instructors be able to access courses after the semester ends?

Courses are left on the sever for one full semester after the end of the course. At that time they will be archived and removed from the server. Instructors are encouraged to archive their own courses so that they can


How can I hide courses from previous semsesters?

Since you have access to courses for a full semester after they end, you may find that you have an extensive course list. Fortunately, Blackboard allows you to hide courses. Go to the courses module on the Courses Tab. At the top of the module click on the setting icon (looks like a gear). Then deselect all check boxes in the row that corresponds to the course that you want to hide. You will also need to do this in for the Courses Module on the My GTC tab. More information . . . .


How do I disable the printing of tests in Blackboard?

You can disable a student's ability to print a test in Blackboard by copying and pasting a script into the instructions for the test. This script points to a Javascript page on the server that prevents users from printing or using the copy-paste commands inside the test? Directions and script . . . .


How do I download my Grade Center to an Excel Spreadsheet?

Click on the button entitled “Work Offline” located at the far right of the Grade Center. A pull-down list will allow you to “Upload” or “Download” a grade book. To save a copy of your Gradebook in Excel, a new window will open that asks if you wish to download it as a comma or tab delimited file, it will be easier to open in Excel if you choose the “Tab” option. Choose your format and click “Submit”. The file will be created within Blackboard. You will be taken to another page where you can click on the “Download” button and choose where to save your new file.