Blackboard Help & FAQ

UNMC uses the Blackboard Learn System for the campuses online learning environment.  All courses are provided space on the system and include online content, schedules, announcements, discussion and collaboration tools, testing and a grade center among additional learning materials and links used in UNMC courses.


Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS)

General Help

Adding Contact Information
Making a course available/unavailable

Testing Tools

Create a test
Adding questions to a test
Build a Pool of questions
Create random block of questions
Anonymous grading
Search and add questions to a test
Faculty Guide to Mobile Testing

Grade Center

Downloading Grades
Downloading Assignments
Changing Letter grade display and adding new grading schema 
Customize views
Smart Views
Grading Rubrics
Color coding
Grade question by question
Anonymous Grading
Extra Credit 

Adding Content

Add announcement
Set entry page
The Text Editor
Add a blank page
Creating Content in a Course Area
The Assignment Tool
Safe Assignment
Glossary Terms
Lesson Plans
Adaptive Release
Creating a Mashup
Uploading .zip or Presenter files

Communication Tools

Sending email to students
Starting a Discussion Board forum
About the Discussion Board
Creating Forums in the Discussion Board
Creating Threads in the Discussion Board
Creating Group Discussions
Participating in the Discussion Board
Managing Discussions

Grading Discussion Board Participation

Viewing Discussion Board Statistics

Managing Courses

Content Components Editing and Customizing including the course menu and general layout.
Exporting/Importing a course
Guest access
Turning tools off/on
Tool link in menu or content area


Viewing course roster
Setting up groups
User activity reports
Monitor student performance


UNMC Testing Best Practices
On Demand Learning Center for Students