Blackboard Resources for Instructors

What is Blackboard?

Blackboard logo

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 (course shell) for each course taught each semester.  Student enrollments and faculty assignments are handled automatically by the system.  A fully functional course shell provides tools for displaying content, interacting with students, and assessing students’ work.  The system also 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 IslandID 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