Blackboard Resources for Instructors

What is Blackboard?

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Blackboard is a web-based learning management system (LMS) designed to support fully online courses or provide a space for face-to-face course supplementation.  Blackboard provides many types of tools and features for enriching the learning experience.

How does it work?

Blackboard provides a space for each course taught each semester.  Student enrollments and faculty assignments are handled automatically by the system.  A fully functional course space, called a “shell,” provides tools for displaying content, interacting with students, and assessing students’ work and supports various media types for creating engaging content. Blackboard can be used for:

  • Uploading the syllabus and maintaining confidential students grades  through interactive grade center
  • Providing space for digital assignment submission and instructor feedback
  • Engaging students and instructors in discussions, blogs, wikis, and other interactive tools
  • Adding audio and video content

How to login to Blackboard? Blackboard login button

  • Access Bb at
  • Click the Login button and log in using your Island ID and password (same credentials used to access your university email).
  • Complete the DUO two-step authentication. More information about Duo is available on the Islander Two-Factor Authentication webpage.

How to use Blackboard?

Blackboard Technical Requirements: To ensure your computer runs properly in Blackboard on either PC or MAC, review supported browsers page.

  • Technical Help - If you are having difficulties contact the IT Service Desk at (361) 825-2692 or submit a ticket via email to

Online Resources

Blackboard Attendance

For each class meeting, you can mark whether a student is present, late, absent, or excused. The attendance records for each student appear in a single column next to other grades. You can use attendance as part of calculating grades just as you can for an assignment grade column.

Bb Resources and Tutorials

Pre-Semester Tutorials:

Other Blackboard Tutorials and Resources