This section is for faculty, students and staff. It provides an overview of the tools and features available to Blackboard users.

Overview

ToolDescription
AssignmentsIf you are grading student submitted files, the assignments tool saves time. When you create an assignment using the assignments tool, a Grade Center column is created automatically. From the Grade Center or Needs Grading page, you can see who has submitted their work. You can use the inline viewer and grade submissions directly. You can also download submissions for offline viewing.
Blackboard CollaborateBlackboard Collaborate™ is a simple, convenient, and reliable online collaborative learning solution. Collaborate has unique in-session tools, such as breakout rooms, an interactive whiteboard, application sharing, polling, and a hand-raising feature, that enhance engagement and the face-to-face feel of online classes.
BlogsInstructors create and manage blogs, and only enrolled users can view and create entries and comments in them.
Course CalendarCourse calendar events appear to all members of the course. Common entries include upcoming tests, due dates for assignments, or special lectures. Course items with due dates automatically appear in the course calendar. Only instructors may create course calendar events.
Discussion BoardBuilding a sense of community among students is crucial for a successful online experience. With the discussion board tool, course members can replicate the robust discussions that take place in the traditional classroom.
GlossaryEach course can have its own glossary of terms. Each entry consists of a term and an accompanying definition.
Grade Center

In the Grade Center, you can provide and manage your students' grades for assignments, tests, discussion posts, journals, blogs, and wikis, and for ungraded items, such as surveys or self tests. You can also create grade columns for any activities or requirements you want to grade, such as special projects, participation, or attendance.

JournalsJournals are a personal space for students to communicate privately with you. Students can also use journals as a self-reflective tool to post their opinions, ideas, and concerns about the course, or discuss and analyze course related materials.
SafeAssignUse SafeAssign to review assignment submissions for plagiarism potential and create opportunities to help students identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase. SafeAssign is effective as both a deterrent and an educational tool.
TasksYou can use the tasks tool to organize projects or activities—referred to as tasks—by defining task priority and tracking task status.

Tests, Surveys, and Pools

You can use tests and surveys to measure student knowledge, gauge progress, and gather information from students.


For further information about any tool or feature, click on the corresponding link in the table. You will be brought to the Blackboard support website.