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Getting Started – with your new Blackboard
basics—how to create folders and upload files to your
your Syllabus - to Blackboard
Learning Modules - in Blackboard
It's THE best way to organize your course content.
Your Picture - into your
Creating Test Questions—how
to create test questions and add them to your question database.
assessments and adding questions to them.
assessment content and properties and deploying assessments.
assessments from one course to another.
Releasing Assessment Results—releasing
test results to students and controlling what they can see.
Uploading Test Banks - to a Blackboard Vista course.
Resetting a Test Attempt - when students are interrupted during a test session.
and Printing a Test - This can come in handy for course
My Test Showing Up For Students? - A page to help you
troubleshoot your assessment availability.
Exporting Test Banks from TestGen - Export test questions from this popular, publisher-supplied test generator directly to Vista.
Assignments--how to create an assignment in
Assignments—how to submit an assignment in
Assignments—sharing selected assignment submissions
with the entire class.
Due Date vs. Cutoff Date - A page to help explain the
difference between these dates.
Grading Forms - How to create a rubric for grading assignments and discussions.
Overview—a general introduction to the
Gradebook Tips Handout (.pdf) — a printable version of a few Blackboard Vista Gradebook Tips
Gradebook-at-a-Glance — text and audio instructions for common Grade book trouble spots.
Showing Gradebook Columns—changing column visibility
for the instructor.
Columns for Student View—controlling which grades show
up under the student’s “My Grades” button.
Final Grades—setting up a “total points column
in your gradebook.
Calculating Final Grades - using a weighted average.
Reordering Gradebook Columns—changing the
order in which gradebook columns display to you and your students.
Dropped Students—how to sort dropped students
temporarily to the bottom of the gradebook.
Your Gradebook - in Blackboard Vista
Discussion Boards—Using Discussion Topics for
Vista E-mail - to an external e-mail account.
Communication in the Online Course - by Julie Moss
Using Selective Release in
Assessment—Releasing assessments early to selected
DSPS students more time on a test.
Assessment—Releasing assessments late to selected
Setup and Check Selective
Release Criteria - How to check that your late/early
student has access to the link.
Selective Release Criteria - If you want all students to see
a link, you'll need to remove the Selective Release Criteria.
to a file or content item from the calendar.
Course Settings, Display, and Icons
Vista Icons—Finding replacement icons for items on
Items in a List - Reordering items in a
Creating Hyperlinks - Making live links
Custom Links in Menu - Creating Custom links in the Vista Course Tools menu.
Backup—Backing up your
courses and saving the backup files to disk.
Managing Your Course List - on Blackboard Vista's My Blackboard page.
Adjusting Dates - in
a Blackboard Vista course.
Controlling Student Access - after the end of the term.
Recover your Password - add your e-mail address to your user profile and set up your "secret question" to allow the system to send you a temporary password.
Download and Install Firefox - This excellent alternative web browser may perform better with
in some situations.
Allowing File Downloads - in Internet Explorer. Prevent IE from interfering with file
Multiple Logins - to
on the same computer using Internet
Explorer make grading and course management easier.
Managing Your Java -
runtime environment. Installing, updating and cleaning up your JRE.
Adjusting your Computer to
Resolve Issues with System Errors and Slowness - three fixes
that students and faculty can make to their local computers that will
help to reduce the system errors and latency.
a Web Proxy - when accessing Blackboard Vista from a lab or
office computer. This is necessary to ensure reliable performance from
a campus located computer.