Here are suggested steps you should take to get yourself off on the right foot during the beginning of the semester. Below you will find everything you need to get started in Blackboard. New to Blackboard? Or not sure where to start with adding content to your Blackboard course? Schedule an appointment with our staff to get you started and refer to our Course Navigation Reference Sheet.
Step 1: Verify Schedule
Verify your teaching schedule by referring to the MyPNW portal or by reviewing the class schedule. If you do not find your name, please contact your departmental secretary. If you are listed as the instructor, you should see your Blackboard courses, organized by term, at least one month prior to the start of the next semester. If you do not, please contact OIT.
Optional: A Course Merge (PDF) combines students from two or more courses onto one centralized course. This benefits instructors who teach multiple sections/courses which uses the same course content. However, depending on the circumstances, it may not be an option. All courses must be merged prior to adding course content.
Step 2: Update Syllabus
Update your syllabus using the PNW approved accessible syllabus template, with required policy disclaimers. Consider incorporating Blackboard and Technology Support information in your syllabus.
Step 3: Course Copy or Master Course
Do not waste valuable time each semester re-uploading lectures notes, remaking quizzes, discussion forums, etc…Perform a Course Copy (PDF) to copy materials from a previous course into an existing course. With a Master Course (PDF), you can build modules, experiment with course design, and optimize navigation without any students. Your master course may be copied into existing courses.
Step 4: Visit PNW Resources
Review the resources provided to begin building your course or schedule an appointment with a member of OIT for assistance with course building and design.
Search the Blackboard Alphabetical Resource List
Learn how add and upload content
Create a welcome banner and modify the course menu
Learn more about Tests & Quizzes
Create and grade Discussion Forums
Create and manage Groups
Create, manage, and grade Assignments
Learn more about the Grade Center and Final Grade Submission
Faculty are eligible for various free software
Schedule an appointment with OIT
Step 5: Make Your Course Available
It is important to Make Your Course Available (PDF) one to two weeks prior to the first day of class to provide students adequate time to review the syllabus and order their textbooks.
Step 6: Announce Important Events
Communicate with your students about when your course is available, when grades are entered, or any pertinent course changes by sending Announcements (PDF)
Step 7: Get Familiar with Your Classroom
Step 7: Schedule a ‘Meet and Greet’ with the AV staff to learn how to use the technology in your classroom by contacting the Customer Service Center.
Step 8: Add Applications and Programs
If you have any software requests in your classroom, contact the Customer Service Center the week before classes start.
Step 9: Class Roster Download
Download your class roster by going to myPNW, click the Faculty/Advisor tab, under Faculty/Advisor Resources click the first option, Summary Class List (Roster). You may also refer to the page on the Grade Center for more information