Blackboard is Stony Brook University's learning management system (LMS), which allows instructors to supplement face-to-face classes, or launch online classes. Blackboard includes a variety of features that allow instructors to do anything from uploading course documents, to posting an announcement, to collecting and grading assignments. For students, Blackboard offers an easy way to contact instructors, download and access course documents, and check grades.
All courses are put into Blackboard, but instructors need to activate the course before students will be able to access it. All registered students (undergraduate and graduate) receive a Blackboard account at the beginning of their first semester at Stony Brook University.
Blackboard allows students to set their privacy settings, which shows/hides personal information from other Blackboard users. Changing privacy settings on Blackboard allows users to show/hide their personal information which includes being listed in the Blackboard directory and on course rosters that are visible to other students. Changing your privacy options only applies to other students. Instructors for courses you are taking will always be able to see information (email address, Stony Brook University ID number, NetID, etc.), even if it is hidden from other users.
Blackboard is a web-based course management system that is used as a tool to deliver a course completely online and/or to supplement face-to-face classes. Blackboard is available to all Stony Brook University students 24/7, from any computer with Internet access.
• Post online announcements
• Post course content (ex: syllabi, handouts, presentations, etc...)
• Send emails to students
• Pose questions for online discussions
• Collect and grade assignments/assessments
• Manage your grades and/or make them visible to you
• Create groups for discussions and projects
And much more...
Emails and announcements that instructors send through Blackboard are automatically directed to your Stony Brook University email address. It is your responsibility to make sure that you read these emails as they contain important information regarding your courses. For most students, your official University email account is Google Apps for Education but you may verify your official Electronic Post Office (EPO) address.
If you choose to forward your official University email to a personal email account, the University will not be responsible for any messages marked as undeliverable. You can set up email forwarding using these DoIT-provided instructions.
Find out what the tech requirements are for your courses to run smoothly.
Which browsers are compatible with Blackboard?
Blackboard has compiled a compatibility matrix to show which browsers work with your operating system.
As you teach or attend class for several semesters, the list of courses on the My Institution page will grow longer. You can hide old courses from this list to make it easier to find your current courses.
Navigating your Blackboard site for the first time can be tricky. Layouts vary and the site can be changed to match a variety of different layouts and appearances. This documentation will help you learn the basics about Course Site layout in Blackboard and how to adjust the layout of your course to make it work for you. This document covers:
Course content is one of Blackboard's main features that allows instructors to post course documents for online distribution. Putting documents on Blackboard allows instructors to put all their course materials in one place, and allows students to read these materials online and print them only if necessary. There are a variety of documents that instructors can post. These include but are not limited to syllabi, PDF documents, course readings, links to online content and much more.
One of Blackboard's key features is the ability to create and collect assignments online. Through Blackboard's assignment feature, instructors can collect assignments, check for plagarism, grade assignments and return submissions to students with comments and feedback.
For more information on the following Blackboard features, click the corresponding link.
A key feature of Blackboard is the Discussion Board. The Discussion Board is designed to facilitate online discussion and allows students to create new threads and respond to other students' posts. Discussion Boards are often used to supplement in-class discussions for face-to-face courses, and serves as a major tool for communication in online courses.
Instructors have the ability to communicate with their students on Blackboard in a variety of ways. Whether through announcements or emails, instructors can disseminate information on everything from cancelling classes to changes in assignments.
Through the Grade Center, instructors can organize their grades into columns, each representing a different assignment, as well as create calculated columns to run functions such as finding an average quiz grade or for finding a student's weighted total based on specific grading criteria.