If you haven't used Blackboard yet, you'll need to access it through the MyGRCC single sign on portal. Visit signin.grcc.edu and sign in with your GRCC credentials - the same username and password you use to log in to your GRCC email - to get started. See IT's help page on the portal for further instructions and information if you have trouble.
Once you've signed in, Blackboard is the first option on the list. Click the Blackboard icon to log in.
Your list of courses will be in the third column on the right, organized by term. Fall 2020 courses will be at the top, with older courses below. Click on a course's name to access that course in Blackboard.
By default, the landing page for your course will be the Announcements page. Announcements in Blackboard are communications from you to all of your students - use them to notify students of upcoming assignments, tests, or any other course information they need to know. The Announcements page will look something like this:
Most of the content in your Blackboard course will be housed in Content Areas. On the navigation menu, most of the options will lead to these content areas:
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DLIT offers an online, self-paced Blackboard Basics workshop that provides step-by-step instructions for many of the Blackboard tools and processes you'll need to use to finish the remote semester. Register for Blackboard Basics ONLINE at the CTE Faculty Professional Development page to get started.
When you click the Create Announcement button, you'll see this menu:
For more information, view this video from DLIT's Blackboard Basics training:
A Discussion Board is a tool for sharing thoughts and ideas between students and instructors in a course on an asynchronous basis. Asynchronous means that participants do not need to be online or in the same location at the same time. They also allow students time to thoughtfully consider their own responses carefully before sharing. A well designed discussion board will duplicate the discussions that would have taken place in a traditional classroom. Additionally, discussion boards allow you to:
To better understand the structure of Discussions in Blackboard you should think along the lines of different levels. In each Blackboard course there is one Discussion Board. Within the discussion board are many Forums. Forums are the individual topics that you wish to talk about in a course. A typical course will have several Forums. Threads are the individual posts that students create in response to the topic or prompt in a single Forum; students can post back and forth within these threads in Replies, student (or instructor) responses to Threads that have been posted to a Forum.
See these videos for more information on creating and managing Discussions in your course:
Creating an Assignment in Blackboard creates a dropbox to which students can submit their work. It will also create a gradebook column for the assignment and let you use the Blackboard Annotate in-line grading tool, making it easy to give students feedback and grades. If you have students turning in a paper, presentation, or any non-exam deliverable, Assignments are the way to go. To get started, navigate to a Content Area in Blackboard, mouse over the Assessments drop down in the action bar (next to Build Content), and select Assignment.
Some additional Assignment options you may want to explore:
To set up a test in Blackboard, you first create it from scratch and then deploy it to a content area. To get started creating a test, navigate to the Course Management area of the left-hand navigation menu. Click the arrow to expand the Course Tools options and select "Tests, Surveys, and Pools." At the next menu, select "Tests" and then click "Build Test."
Take a look at this video from Blackboard to see how to get started building tests:
NOTE: If you have tests in Word document form that you need assistance importing into Blackboard, please contact us at DLIT@grcc.edu - we can help!
Once your test is created (or converted and uploaded), you must deploy it to a content area for students to be able to take it. To get started, navigate to the content area where you want your test to appear. Mouse over Assessments in the Action Bar and select Test. At the next menu, select the test from the list of options next to Select an Existing Test and Submit. You'll see the Test Options screen for that test:
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There are some other options on this screen, covered in the above Blackboard video walkthrough. If you have questions about these options, please email us at DLIT@grcc.edu.
Respondus Lockdown Browser is our main remote proctoring software. The lockdown browser will keep students in the Blackboard page and prevent them from opening or accessing other programs and websites while they're taking the test. Students can download the browser from this link, or from their Blackboard home page. As the instructor, you do not need to download the browser; you'll activate and set options for proctoring through Blackboard.
Respondus Monitor is not a separate program; Monitor options enable video proctoring in Respondus, using a student's webcam. Monitor will flag events for your attention that may indicate student cheating.
To add Respondus monitoring to a test, navigate to the Course Management > Course Tools menu on the left-hand navigation options as you would to create a test. From the Course Tools menu, select Respondus Lockdown Browser. Blackboard will show you a landing page with some welcome information and tutorials. Click the orange Continue to Lockdown Browser button to continue, and you'll see a list of the Tests in your course with drop-down arrows next to each one.
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We recommend enabling just a few of the Advanced Settings for Lockdown Browser to make your proctoring more effective. You should definitely enable Allow students to take this exam with an iPad and Allow students to use Lockdown Browser for Chromebook; depending on your needs, you may want to turn on the Calculator and "Allow access to specific external web domains" options.
Blackboard has provided video and written tutorials and information for all major Blackboard course functions. Visit Blackboard Learn Instructor Help to get started.
For more specific questions, or anything not covered in Blackboard's tutorials, email us at DLIT@grcc.edu