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 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 login 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, take the following steps for preparation:  Prepare Your Computer for Blackboard.

  • NOTE:  Your computer may operate fine without preparation; however, the steps will ensure optimal performance.
  • Technical Help - If you are having difficulties contact the Helpdesk 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.

In January 2018, Blackboard transitioned inline grading from Crocodoc to Box View. While the new Box View offers several improvements, including improved rendering fidelity and expanded support for new file types we have found some limitations listed below.

The New Box View findings:

  1. Assignments must be graded before students can view comments.
  2. Posted comments cannot be edited. Instructors can delete existing or add new comments.
  3. Comments will not print, they can only be visible in Blackboard as pop-ups.
  4. Each marking session is timed to 60 min. If you do not save the draft before 60 min, the comments will not be saved.
Screenshot of new box view

Bb Resources and Tutorials

Pre-Semester Tutorials:

Other Blackboard Tutorials and Resources