Getting Started

Getting Started
Getting Started with Blackboard
Log into Blackboard at
For Instructors
Blackboard is an ideal way to stay connected with today’s students – whether they’re around the world or just across the
campus. This short guide aims to help academic staff get started with this virtual learning environment.
Logging In
A. The Person icon
enables you to edit
your profile/ upload
your picture.
B. The Bb home icon
expands the Bb home
C. Posts Page- displays
the latest posts in your
courses; discussion
boards, wikis blogs and
D. Updates Page-lists all
notifications for every
course that you are
enrolled in.
E. My Grades Pagedisplays grades for any course where you are a student.
F. The Retention Centre is an instructor only tool used to
monitor student engagement. Alerts are displayed to
highlight inactivity by students.
G. The Calendar tool shows events for all courses.
H. The People (Smiley) icon shows all Blackboard users.
I. The Courses menu displays all your courses.
J. The Settings menu enables you to change settings.
K. The Home icon links to your Blackboard home page
L. The Help icon links to the Staff support page.
Login with your ID and Campus Account password.
If you have difficulty logging in, follow online instructions on
the login page. Call the ISS User Support Helpdesk on 091495777 if you require more assistance.
The Blackboard My NUI Galway Page
1. Global Navigation Panel – provides access to your profile
and communication for your entire course portfolio.
2. Number – displays the number of new items relevant to
your entire course portfolio, such as new posts, grade
results etc.
3. Logout Icon –click here to logout of Blackboard.
4. My NUI Galway- the home page tab for Blackboard.
5. Courses – tab which lists all of your courses and the
instructors on each course.
6. Personalise Page – enables you to change colour themes
to Blackboard.
7. Settings - provides options to manage courses such as:
hiding old courses from your home page and grouping
courses by year.
8. My Courses –displays all the courses in which you are
9. My Announcements –all your course and institution
announcements are displayed here.
10. Add Widget – button to add optional “boxes” that
include content, links or tools used to personalise your
The Course Interface Menu
Home Page is a course overview for
students in your course, encompassing
Announcements, Calendar items and
Staff Details is a space to put your own
profile, along with others involved in the
course delivery.
Course Information is a content area
for module information.
Learning Outcomes is an area for you
to define what a learner should
understand and be able to do after taking
your module.
Content is an area for you to upload
My Grades is a link for students to
access their course grades.
James Hardiman Library links to the NUI Galway library
Course Management/ Control Panel
Students do not see the Control Panel on the bottom of the
course menu on the left. This feature is for instructors only.
The Global Navigation Panel
Click on the drop down arrow beside your name. This menu
opens up the Global navigation Panel
Adding Content to Your Course
Ensure Edit mode is on.
The Edit Mode on: will display more icons on the course
interface menu
Content Information: Enter the name of the
Attachments: Attach a file by browsing and
selecting the file
Standard Options: facility to track the number of
views on your document
Submit: upload the file
Make the Course Available to Students
By default, your course is not available to students. The
Control panel menu provides the instructor with additional
functionality which students do not have access to.
In the Control Panel Menu, expand the
Customisation link.
Click on the Properties link.
To add resources to a content area: Open the Content area
on your Course Menu. The four buttons displayed allow you
to create/upload various content types to your course.
Within properties, under Set Availability, choose Yes and
click on the Submit button. Now your students can access
the course.
Post an Announcement
On your course Home Page, in the My Announcements
panel, click on the More Announcements link.
• Build Content: Add content to your course-Documents,
Images, Videos, PowerPoints.
• Assessments: Add tests, surveys and assignments
(including Turnitin assignments) to your course.
• Tools: Add tools such as Blogs, Journals, Wikis and
Discussion Boards to your course.
• Publisher Content: Assign a textbook (either required or
recommended) for your course.
Click the Create Announcement button and enter the
announcements details. Then click Submit.
Adding an Item (Quick Guide)
In the Build Content menu, choose Item.
Don’t forget to Log out
when you are finished
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