Getting Started with Blackboard

Log in to Blackboard and choose the “Courses” option from the black menu bar located on the screen’s left side. Then, you have several options:

If you are looking for a course from a previous semester

  • Press the small arrow located on the right side of the “Current Courses” header
  • On the drop-down menu that opens, choose the specific semester in which the course took place

If you are looking for a course in the upcoming semester

  • Use the arrows located to the left and right of the “Current Courses” header to choose “Upcoming Courses”

If you are looking for a non-curricular course or workshop

  • Use the arrows located to the left and right of the “Current Courses"”header to choose the right category, such as “Training and Professional Development” or “Department and Special Projects”

For all courses

  • Once you chose a category, a list of the relevant courses will appear
    • Within this course list, you can search for a specific course based on course name or Course Reference Number
How to Find Your Course

To create or add content to your course, visit the Blackboard website for in-depth resources to assist with the process.

You can visit the Blackboard website for in-depth resources to utilize and/or develop discussions for your courses.

Most Illinois Tech instructors use the “Original View” in Blackboard. This is the classic course site with a dark menu bar on the left side. The “Ultra View” is a more modern design and a different arrangement of the elements of your course site.

Preview Ultra

To preview the “Ultra View,” log in to Blackboard and go to your course:

  • Click on the lock in the upper-right corner to make your course unavailable
  • Click on the little pencil that appears next to the lock
  • Click “Try the Ultra Course View”
  • You'll receive an email when your course has changed—review your course and select either “Use the Ultra View” or “Back to Original Course” to go back to the “Original View.” Proceed carefully: once you select “Ultra View,” you can't go back to the “Original View.”
  • Click the lock icon to make your course available to students again

Note: Some content types will NOT convert. Learn more about this, and learn more about the “Ultra View.”

Instructors who teach multiple sections of the same course may prefer to manage those sections through a single course. To request a combination of two or more courses, fill out the Illinois Tech Course Merge Request Form.

  • Your courses will be merged within three business days
  • Fill out a new form for each set of combined courses
  • Wait until your merged course is created before adding content to the site

It's possible to content some or all materials from one course site to another.  Note: To copy a course, you must be listed as an instructor in both courses.

Instructions:

  • Log into Blackboard
  • Go to the course that you want to copy
  • In the Control Panel, click "Packages and Utilities"
  • Click "Course Copy"
  • Select "Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course"
  • In the field for "Destination Course ID", paste the course ID (or browse) for the course you wish to copy the material into
  • Select the checkboxes next to all the content you wish to copy
  • Do NOT include enrollments in the course copy
  • Click SUBMIT

In Original View 

  • Go to the course
  • Scroll down to the Control Panel
  • Click Users and Groups
  • Click Manage Users
  • Click Add
  • Enter the user's ID
  • Select the desired role
  • Press Submit

In Ultra View

  • Click "View everyone in your course" under Roster
  • Click the + (plus-sign icon) in the upper-right corner
  • Select Enroll People
  • Enter the name or ID of the user
  • Click the + (plus-sign icon) next to their name
  • Select the desired role
  • Press Save