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Index: Blackboard Articles for Instructors

Getting Started

If you’re new to teaching with Blackboard, you may want to start with this webpage from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL): Teaching with Blackboard

Getting Help with Blackboard

  • For basic assistance contact the UVM Helpline.
  • The Center for Teaching & Learning provides faculty support and training for Blackboard over email and in one-on-one Teams meetings. Write to the ctl@uvm.edu to start a support ticket.
  • To strategize teaching approaches with another faculty member, contact any of the CTL Faculty Associates.
  • In Blackboard, you can click “Instructor Help” to find more useful links and info.

Course Building

Course Management

Communication Tools

  1. Announcements
  2. Emails and Messages Tool

Tools for Student Work

  1. Blog Tool
  2. Discussion Board Tool
  3. Journal Tool
  4. Wiki Tool
  5. Adaptive Release
  6. Course Calendar
  7. Perusall – Social Annotation Tool
  8. Yellowdig – an Alternate Discussion Tool

Assignments, Tests, and Surveys

  1. Creating Assignments
  2. Assignments: Grading & Feedback
  3. Tests
  4. Importing Test Questions
  5. Granting Extra Time on Tests
  6. Test Access Log
  7. Back up Tests
  8. Surveys
  9. Respondus Monitor
  10. Respondus Quiz Building
  11. Respondus Test Editor


  1. Grade Center
  2. Back-up Grade Center
  3. Availability Dates
  4. Assignments: Grading & Feedback
  5. Goals & Alignments
  6. Grading Color Codes
  7. Creating Grading Groups
  8. Rubric Tool
  9. Delegated Grading


  1. LTI Tools
  2. Integrating Perusall
  3. Integrating Piazza
  4. Yellowdig for Instructors
Updated on August 23, 2022

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