FACULTY/STAFF: Every course site has a Web video conferencing room, listed under Tools as Blackboard Collaborate. This platform is designed specifically for education, is simple and intuitive to use, and it opens in your browser, so there is no application to download. Great for office hours and snow days!
FACULTY/STAFF: Watch this 1-minute video on how to replace or update a file in Blackboard.
STUDENTS: Spring semester course books are now available for ordering from Labyrinth Books through your Blackboard course sites. New this semester: some books are available for rental.
FACULTY/STAFF: Be prepared for snow days! Every course site has a Web video conferencing room, listed under Tools as Blackboard Collaborate. This cloud-based platform is designed specifically for education, is simple and intuitive to use, and it opens in your browser, so there is no application to download. Best to familiarize yourself with the tool and have some practice sessions in advance of an emergency, so you and your students are ready to use it come the next big snowfall. (Limited to 50 users per course video room)
FACULTY/STAFF: If you give timed take-home exams through Blackboard, please use these instructions.
STUDENTS: Can't find your grades in a course site? If there is no My Grades link in the Tools area, your instructor has made it unavailable.
STUDENTS: Once your Princeton netID account has been closed, you will only have access to Blackboard as a "Guest," meaning you will be able to view little more than syllabi and course descriptions. Unfortunately, there is no way to mass package files from Blackboard to take with you. It is best not to think of Blackboard as a storage space where files can be downloaded. You will have submitted files from your computer to Blackboard, so make sure that you are backing up your computer and saving your intellectual property in a place where you can reference them later.
EVERYONE: The Blackboard staff wish all a safe and happy winter break / holiday season.
STUDENTS: Please do NOT install the OneClass Chrome Extension. This extension attempts to recruit your fellow students into joining OneClass when you log into Blackboard. It will email other students in the course on your behalf and may cause certain functions within Blackboard to stop working correctly.
FACULTY/STAFF: Need to schedule office hours with students? Use Web Appointment Scheduling System (WASS) calendar, which you can link to from your Blackboard site.
FACULTY/STAFF: The National Center on Disability and Access to Education has available one-page accessibility resources, or "cheatsheets," that have been developed to assist anyone who is creating accessible content. These free resources cater to less-technical individuals.
FACULTY/STAFF: learn more about the teaching tools available in Blackboard to help enhance student engagement and improve pedagogy.
FACULTY/STAFF: Try Inline Assignment Grading. Without leaving the Grade Assignment page, you can view, comment, mark-up, and grade student-submitted assignment files. There is an associated Grader App for iPads, available at iTunes.
Blackboard Outage: Blackboard will be unavailable from 8:00 PM, Monday Oct. 31 until 8:00 AM Tuesday, Nov. 1, as we apply a security update to the system. Please contact blackboard@Princeton.EDU with questions and concerns. Sincere apologies for the inconvenience this may cause.
FACULTY/STAFF: Use the Upload/Download button to export your Blackboard grades to Excel and import them back in.
FACULTY: A Piazza site can be created by the instructor simply clicking the Piazza link in the Tools area of the Blackboard course site. Piazza is a free online gathering place where students can come together to ask, answer, and explore under the guidance of their instructors.
FACULTY/STAFF: While editing a course site, or when the semester is over, it is very easy to make it unavailable to students and guests.
OUTAGE Tuesday, April 5, 5-6 AM: Blackboard will be briefly unavailable at some point between 5-6 AM, Tues., April 5 for emergency maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.
FACULYT/STAFF: DELEGATED GRADING ISSUE If you are using Delegated Grading, be aware that due to a bug, students who dropped the course are part of the total count, so it is possible that graders could be assigned dropped students, while some enrolled students may not be assigned to any grader. Please contact us at for a solution.
USE CAUTION REPLYING TO EMAILS: When an email comes from a class list, pay attention to whom your reply is being sent. If you just want the sender to see your response, make sure it is the sender's address, not the list address (nor a "do not reply" address), in the "To" field.
Send Email Advisory: If recipients replied to email sent from within Blackboard using the Send Email tool in recent weeks, the reply would have gone to "firstname.lastname@example.org," rather to the sender. If you were expecting replies and did not get them, this would explain why. The issue was resolved before noon on Sept. 16. We sincerely regret any inconvenience or misunderstandings this may have caused.
(Note: this DID NOT EFFECT the the course listserv addresses, such as ENG101_F2015@princeton.edu.)
FACULTY/STAFF: See what enhancements come with the recent upgrade. Using the new Student Preview, you can view your course exactly as a student does by using a special account the system generates for you.
Extended Blackboard Outage: Blackboard will be unavailable from 5:00 AM, Saturday June 6 through Thursday, June 11, as we move our Blackboard servers to a managed hosting environment and upgrade to the latest release. While this is an unprecedentedly long outage, it is unavoidable, and in the long run will enable us to manage Blackboard more effectively and efficiently. Should this prove to be a hardship in effectively managing your course or organization sites during this outage, contact blackboard@Princeton.EDU and we will help you with a work-around. Sincere apologies for the inconvenience this may cause.
EVERYONE: Video Everywhere allows you to record a video on the fly using a webcam and have it seamlessly embedded in course materials, interactions (discussion boards, blogs), and grading feedback.
FACULTY AND STAFF: If your course menu has recently reverted to the default color scheme, as opposed to one your selected for it, go to Control Panel > Customization > Style > Select Menu Style to reset it to the colore combinatio of your choice. We apologize for the inconvenience. We understand how some menus reverted, and it should not happen again.
EVERYONE: Google Integration is a feature that allows instructors to integrate Google Docs and Google Sites created in Google Apps at Princeton into their Blackboard courses to facilitate student collaboration.
FACULTY/STAFF: It is recommended that media needed for teaching in the classroom be digitized and streamed, as DVD, VHS, and CD players in the seminar-sized classrooms are starting to fail and are not being replaced. Click here for more information.
STUDENTS: Click on Tools in any course menu to access Refworks without having to do an additional sign-on.
The Blackboard system will be unavailable from
6:30 AM to 7:00 AM on Tuesday, December
30, 2014, for urgent software maintenance.
During this time neither students nor faculty will
be able to access Blackboard web sites. We regret
OUTAGE: Blackboard will be unavailable on Saturday, Dec. 20 from 7:00 AM to 12:00 noon for maintenance. We regret the inconvenience.
EVERYONE: Course-to-Course Navigation is a feature that allows students and instructors to jump from course to course while retaining the context of the page or task of the course they are jumping out of. For example, if you are working in the Grade Center of a course and jump to another course, you will land in its Grade Center.
FACULTY/STAFF: Copied your course from a pervious semester, but the dates are off? Use the new Date Management tool to adjust them.
FACULTY/STAFF: Your Google Docs and Google Sites can now be integrated into your Blackboard course sites for collaboration or simply sharing with your students. Quick-start video. Be sure to follow Princeton's Acceptable Use Policy and Usage Guidelines for Google Apps.
FACULTY/STAFF: Read about the new Test and Survey options that came with the latest upgrade.
FACULTY/STAFF: Read about the improvements to the Grade Center that came witht he latest upgrade.
STUDENTS: For fastest coursebook service at Labyrinth
~Class of 2017 -- buy your books in-store after registering
~All other students -- buy your books by September 9th online or in-store
EVERYONE: See what changed with the June 10th Blackboard upgrade.
EVERYONE: Gone mobile yet? Bb Mobile Learn app now available on most devices over 3G, 4G, and wifi.
INSTRUCTORS: Grade Center Improvements makes workflow easier and more seamless.
FACULTY/STAFF: New Test and Survey Options have been adde with the June upgrade.
FACULTY AND STAFF: Date Management is a new utility that allows instructors to have the system automatically shift content and tool dates in a copied course in a highly efficient way and see all the dates in one place ¿ due dates, adaptive release dates, test dates. Quick Hit Video
OUTAGE: Blackboard will be unavailable from 6:00 AM through 5:00 PM on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, for a software upgrade. During this time neither students nor faculty will be able to access Blackboard. We regret the inconvenience. Please contact the Blackboard support group (email@example.com; 609.258.0737) information or assistance.
Find out what changes the upgrade will bring: Upgrade 2014
FACULTY/STAFF: The Course Reading List submissions tool is now available for requesting your fall 2014 textbooks.
EVERYONE: Download Blackboard Mobile Learn, now available on Android, BlackBerry, HP webOS, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad over 3G, 4G and wifi networks.
STUDENTS: Not receiving email from Blackboard courses? It is most likely being filtered to your SPAM folder in Gmail. Instructions to remedy the situation.
FACULTY/STAFF: Did you know courses have their own listserv email addresses? It is the Blackboard course ID @princeton.edu. For example, for ENG101_S2013 it would be ENG101_S2013@princeton.edu
STUDENTS: Here are quick and easy instructions for submitting Assignments through Blackboard.
STUDENTS: Don't see a course listed you enrolled in? Give it 15 minutes, then verify your enrollment in SCORE.
FACULTY/STAFF: Piazza, an online gathering place where students can ask, answer, and explore 24/7, under the guidance of their instructors, can be integrated with your Blackboard sites with one click!
OUTAGE NOTICE: Blackboard will be unavailable Tues. Oct. 29, 6 - 8 AM, for maintenance.
Instructors: Avoid these pitfalls and gotchas when using the Grade Center.
See a brief YouTube Video about Discussion Board Improvements.
Global Navigation refers to the new set of links that appears at the very top right of the Blackboard frame. If you add a photo of yourself, it will appear in your posts to discussion boards, blogs, and journals. Access points to critical academic information are organized in one place to provide a consistent, quick, and easy way to find information.
The New Content Editor vastly improves the user experience for adding text and other forms of digital content to Blackboard Learn. Pasting from MS Word is no longer problematic.
Blackboard finally has a usable Calendar, that is more intuitive and easier to use, and features export to Google and Outlook; consolidated, color coded views; and filtering. It can be accessed by clicking on your name in the very top right of the Blackboard frame.
STUDENTS: Want to make better Discussion Board posts? This quick-start image shows you how to add YouTube Videos, Flickr Photos, etc., and paste from Word without losing formatting.