Blackboard FAQs - University of Houston
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Listed below are the most common questions asked by faculty about Blackboard. For more specific information about the setup and management of your Blackboard course visit the Blackboard Tutorials page. 

You can directly log on to Blackboard using your Courgarnet ID and password. You can also access Blackboard from the AccessUH single sign on by locating the Blackboard Learn Icon.

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You should access the Blackboard TA & Course Requests icon from AccessUH and complete the following steps.

  1. Log on to AccessUH using your Cougarnet Credentials.
  2. Select the Blackboard TA & Course Requests Icon under University Services.
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  3. From the course list, select the section you would like to request.
  4. Select if you would like the course combined with another section.
  5. Select the template you would like to use. The College of Technology Template is available, or you may copy a course from a Previous Semester. You can select your own course or to copy from another instructors. Please note a copy of another instructors course requires permission from that instructor.
  6. Type Special instructions if necessary.
  7. Click Submit Request.
For more details and to view screenshots click this tutorial. This process creates your Blackboard Course. Instructors are responsible for requesting their Blackboard Shells each semester.  

To add a TA to your course, complete the following steps:

  1. Log on to AccessUH and click on the Blackboard Request Access Icon to access the Course Request System. 
  2. Click on ADD TA/Instructor at the top of the screen.
  3. Click the course(s) you would like to add a TA to and Continue.
  4. Click on the Begin Search button.
  5. Enter the name or PSID of the person you want to add. Then click on the Search button.
  6. Select the person and the answer question regarding access role for this person.
The TA/Instructor will be added to your course within 2-3 hours. For more information and screenshots click this tutorial.

Access your Blackboard course and complete the following steps to add a file.

  1. Select the content area where you would like to add the file from your course menu.
  2. Click Build Content.
  3. Click File.
  4. Type a name for your file.
  5. Click Browse My Computer to locate the file on your computer or Browse Content Collection to locate file in your Blackboard Content Collection.
  6. Locate and attach file.
  7. Select your file options. You may select for your file to open in a new window if you wish.
  8. Select Yes to permit users to view the content.
  9. Select Yes if you would like to track number of views.
  10. Select Date Restrictions if necessary.
  11. Click Submit.
To view a video tutorial click here.
  1. Select your Messages menu item.
  2. Select Create Message.
  3. Select the To Button to add recipients.
  4. Select the student(s) names you want to send messages to and click the arrow to send the names to Recipients.
  5. Type your Subject and Message.
  6. Click Submit.

To view screenshots click this tutorial.

Each semester instructors are responsible for requesting their Blackboard Course Shells. If you haven’t requested your course shell yet, follow this tutorial to request it. If you have requested your shell, but don’t see it on your Blackboard Course list you should contact your Instructional Design Team for assistance.

Each semester you should:

  • Prepare and upload your syllabus to Blackboard
  • Prepare and upload the course material to Blackboard
  • Add/update assignments/quizzes/tests
  • Ensure all links, videos, and multimedia content function correctly
  • Ensure all availability dates and due dates fall within the appropriate semester
  • Review the Grade Center and delete unnecessary columns
  • Send an email to your students welcoming them and instruction them on how to begin

Each semester you should:

  • Prepare and upload your syllabus to Blackboard
  • Prepare and upload the course material to Blackboard
  • Add/update assignments/quizzes/tests
  • Ensure all links, videos, and multimedia content function correctly
  • Ensure all availability dates and due dates fall within the appropriate semester
  • Review the Grade Center and delete unnecessary columns
  • Send an email to your students welcoming them and instructing them on how to begin

For more information you can also review the following videos to guide you in preparing your course:  How to Clean Up a Blackboard ShellHow to Create an Assignment, How to Edit Assignment Options, How to Upload a File, and How to Upload a Syllabus to Blackboard.  

Through your Faculty center, you can submit final grades, view your class roster, and email students. You should post your syllabus and CV in your Faculty Center. Blackboard is where your students access your course online and do activities such as submit assignments, take quizzes and exam, and participate in discussions. Students can also view course content that you upload for them to access, including the class syllabus, view individual assignment/course activity grades, and email you through the course messages tool. Please note your syllabus is required to be posted on both your Faculty Center and in your Blackboard course shell.