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  • Welcome to Blackboard Online courses Orientation!
    In this Orientation, you will find instructions
    for logging in, navigating and utilizing the
    Blackboard course management system.
  • Think of Blackboard as a tool to help you
    complete your online course or class. After
    viewing the material presented here, we hope you
    will find Blackboard easy to use and intuitive.

  • Get Started
  • Login
  • Access your courses
  • Announcement
  • Faculty Information
  • Course Documents
  • Assignments
  • Discussion Board
  • E-mail
  • Student Manual
  • Grades
  • Groups
  • Student Homepage
  • Virtual Chats

Get Started
  • Click Blackboard on the Main Page or go to
    http// to access your
    Blackboard account.

  • You will need your Missouri ST userid and
    password to access Blackboard Online courses.

Access Your Course
  • When you have successfully logged in, your
    homepage will come up on your screen which lists
    all of the courses you are enrolled in under "My

Access your courses continued....
  • Access your Blackboard course list by clicking
    the Courses tab located in the title bar of the
    Blackboard page.
  • Once you are in the Course List section, you can
    view a detailed list of the courses you are
    enrolled in. You will be able to see the course
    ID and instructors.

Access your courses continued....
  • Clicking on the link to your course name will
    take you to the main page of the requested
  • The navigation area of each course page consists
    of a series of links or buttons located along the
    left side of the screen.
  • Selecting any of these will take you to the
    corresponding area of the course.
  • Some of these links or buttons may or may not be
    in your course depending on how your instructor
    has set it up.

Course Menu Options
  • When you first enter a Blackboard course site,
    the Announcements page for that site is
  • You can also display the announcements for your
    course by clicking the Announcements button in
    the left-hand menu.

Announcements continued....
  • Like announcements in a traditional classroom,
    your course instructor may post announcements
    about assignment changes, due date reminders,
  • Many instructors post a Welcome announcement,
    which welcomes you to the course, directs you to
    access and read the course syllabus, and points
    you to your first assignment.

Announcements continued....
  • Its important to regularly check your course
  • By default, announcements are listed for seven
    days to avoid cluttering this page with older
  • Your instructor can override these default
    setting and have an announcement listed for more
    or less time.
  • You can still access older announcements by
    clicking the VIEW ALL tab at the top of the
    Announcements page.

Faculty Information
  • Many online instructors use the Staff Information
    area to introduce themselves to you by providing
    information about their professional backgrounds
    and research interests.
  • They can also can provide you with their contact
    information, such as phone numbers, mailing
    address, and office hours.
  • Students can create similar introductory pages
    using the Homepage tool in Blackboard.

Note Some instructors will have information here
while others will not. It is important to check
for this information because it can help you be
successful in your course.
Course Documents
  • In the Course Documents area, you often will find
    important documents for your course, such as the
    course syllabus, presentation files, and
    electronic journal articles.
  • In Blackboard, a document appears as a link,
    similar to an attachment in many email programs.
    By clicking the link, you can open and view the
  • Once you have opened the file, you can use it as
    the application allows, such as printing it or
    saving a copy of it on your local computer.
  • To open the document in a separate window, you
    are able to right-click on the link and select
    open in new window from the pop-up menu.
  • Remember, to open a file, you must have an
    application capable of opening that type of file.
    For example, you cant open a Visio chart file
    unless you have Microsoft Visio installed on your
  • Fortunately, many software publishers provide
    free viewer programs which can be downloaded from
    their websites and installed on your computer.
  • These viewer programs allow you to view, but not
    edit, an existing file.
  • Microsoft viewer download page
  • http//
  • Acrobat Reader download page http//

  • For many online courses, instructors use the
    Assignments area to organize course assignments,
    such as required readings, projects, term papers,
    discussion topics, etc.
  • Course assignments are frequently organized into
    folders. Some teachers organize their courses by
    timeframe, such as Week 1 or Unit 2, whereas
    other teachers may arrange their courses by
  • If you find assignment folders, just click the
    folder name, which is a link to the assignment
    items within that folder. Your assignments for
    that week or topic will be displayed

Assignments continued
  • From this area, you can write comments to the
    instructor or grader and upload the file.
  • You have three options at the bottom of the page.
  • Click Cancel to exit the upload assignment screen
    without saving any changes.
  • Click Save to save the information that you have
    entered and be able to return later to continue
  • Click Submit to submit that information to the

NOTE Once you click submit you can not make any
changes unless the instructor enables you to.
Assignments continued
  • Once you have submitted the assignment you can
    view that information.
  • You will also see the grade and comments from the
    instructor once the instructor has graded the

NOTE An exclamation point ! indicates the
item still needs to be graded by the instructor.
Discussion Board
  • In a traditional classroom, you have time to ask
    questions and also spend time answering and
    discussing questions posed by your teacher.
  • In an online class, this can be done using the
    Discussion Board tool in Blackboard.
  • You can access the Discussion Board through the
    Communications area.

Discussion Board continued....
  • You can also access the Discussion Board by
    clicking the Discussion Board button in the
    left-hand menu if your course instructor has
    enabled that button.
  • Online discussions are organized into forums,
    which identify an electronic space for discussing
    a specific question or problem. Sometimes,
    instructors also include a discussion forum for
    asking general questions about the course content
    or assignments. Within a forum, messages are
    organized into threads, which begin with one
    persons answer to a question or problem and
    include all replies to that initial posting.
  • The Blackboard Discussion Board tool enables you
    to have asynchronous, threaded discussions. Using
    this tool, you can read messages posted to the
    discussion board by your instructor and
    classmates, and they can read messages posted by
    you, anytime and anywhere. By reading other
    peoples messages and replying to those messages,
    an electronic discussion occurs, similar to
    hearing what other people say in a classroom
    discussion and responding to those ideas.
  • Having a discussion in this way can be confusing
    at first because multiple conversations are
    occurring and these conversations unfold slowly
    over time. However, the research on asynchronous
    discussions shows that students like having time
    to read and construct thoughtful replies, and
    that this results in more in-depth discussions.

  • Blackboard includes an E-mail tool which allows
    you to easily email your instructor and other
    students. You can access the E-mail tool through
    the Communications area.
  • With the Blackboard E-mail tool, you can send an
    email message to everyone in your class or just
    to selected individuals.
  • When you use the Blackboard E-mail tool to send
    e-mail, Blackboard sends your message to the
    e-mail address which each Blackboard user has
    listed for their Blackboard account.
  • By default, this e-mail address is their Missouri
    ST e-mail address, but they can change this to
    another address. As the sender, Blackboard
    automatically sends a copy of your message to
    your e-mail account for your records.
  • To protect student privacy, you address e-mail
    messages by name, so e-mail addresses are not
    revealed to other students. Also to protect
    privacy, Blackboard sends messages using Blind
    Carbon Copy (BCC) addressing, so the other
    recipients do not know who has received the
  • Because of this, it is important that you include
    a descriptive subject line, including the course
    number, for your e-mail message. Otherwise, the
    recipients may assume your message is spam or a
    computer virus.

Student Manual
  • To help you learn more about Blackboard and how
    to use specific Blackboard tools, an online
    Student Manual is available within Blackboard.
  • You can access the Student Manual through the
    Tools area or by clicking the Bb Student Manual
    button in the left course navigation area if your
    course instructor has enabled that button.
  • To help you locate the information you need, the
    online Student Manual is organized in both a
    table-of-contents and index/search format, and
    individual help topics are often linked to
    related topics. Individual help topics can also
    be printed if needed.

  • Blackboard has an electronic grade book tool.
  • If your instructor has enabled this tool, you can
    check your course assignment grades and evaluate
    your performance.
  • You access your Grades through the Tools area.

Grades continued...
  • Individual assignment grades can be displayed as
    points, percents, or letters depending on your
    instructors grading policy.
  • Total points and class averages are automatically
    calculated, so you can compare your performance
    with the course grading scale and with other
    students in your class.
  • Additionally, grades from Blackboard
    quizzes/exams are linked to detailed pages of
    your submitted quiz/exam answers.

Note These grades are not your official course
grade. Your instructor determines your final
course grade at the end of the semester and
submits it to the Registrar.
  • Blackboard has a Groups tool to assist group
    members as they work on their class project.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others
    is seen as an important skill, and being able to
    work collaboratively online, in our global
    economy, is even more important.
  • You can access your Groups through the
    Communication area.

Groups continued...
  • In this area, you will have access only to your
  • When you click on your group name, which is a
    link to your groups electronic workspace, you
    will have access to a private discussion board,
    chat room, file exchange, and e-mail.
  • These tools work just like the ones available to
    the entire class, except only you and your group
    members have access to this space.

Student Homepages
  • With Blackboard, you can create a homepage
    introducing yourself to your instructor and
  • By completing and submitting an online form, you
    can talk about your educational and professional
    background, include a digital photograph of
    yourself, and share your favorite websites.
  • You can also learn about the other students in
    your class by viewing their homepages. You access
    the Homepage tool through the Tools area.

Virtual Chats
  • Using virtual chats, you can have a real-time,
    online conversation with your instructor and
    classmates, similar to Instant Messaging.
  • You can post messages to others in the chat
    session, and you can read the messages posted by
  • You access the Collaboration (Chat) tools through
    the Communications area.
  • The Blackboard collaboration tools include a
    whiteboard, web browser, and other useful
  • Your instructor can archive a chat session, so
    you can review what was discussed later.

Congratulations!You have completed the
Blackboard Orientation!
  • Get Started
  • Login
  • Access your courses
  • Announcement
  • Faculty Information
  • Course Documents
  • Assignments
  • Discussion Board
  • E-mail
  • Student Manual
  • Grades
  • Groups
  • Student Homepage
  • Virtual Chats