Logging in the Blackboard LMS
If you made it here, there’s no point in sending you somewhere else to log in. BUT, in case you find yourself in BlazerNet, you can access your courses through the Faculty Dashboard on the Faculty Resources tab. Because you are already logged in using your Blazer ID, clicking on a course name will take you directly to that course shell.
Here, we're going to walk through logging in from this site.
First, note that the Bb icon on the right side of the screen below is available on the site home page only; the login link on the top navigation bar is visible from any page on this site:
Enter your blazer ID and password, and you will see the My Institution home page:
Click here for all the gory details about the My Institution home page. Right now, we're just concentrating on the course home page. Once you select the course shell you would like to access you will see the course home page.
Course Home Page
Getting Started in the Blackboard LMS
You can access your blackboard course shells through the Faculty Dashboard under the Courses & Training tab in Blazernet. But since you're already here, this page will walk you through logging in to the system from this web site, right after we list a few blackboard basics:
- Maximum individual Course size = 2 GB : the sum total of the files you load into your course cannot exceed 2 GB (this does not include files loaded by students in a given term)
- Maximum Individual file size = 50 MB: but you really shouldn't test this maximum out. Large files are difficult to access for some students on the other end (particularly if they have limited bandwidth connections at home). You should use our streaming server for large files.
- Only instructors from the previous and current terms, and students enrolled in the current term will have access to the system
- Seminars and labs don’t get populated with instructors. If you are teaching a course that contains a B,D, or E in its banner ID then you will have to request to be placed in the course as instructor (https://ask.it.uab.edu)
- Standard Course Timeline:
- Course shell loads 35 weeks before the academic term starts: you will be able to access and edit the course shell at this point in time; e.g. course shells for the Fall 2012 term (start date of August 15th) were loaded into the system on 12/14/2011.
- Note: You will not have access to any course shell unless you have been entered into Banner as the instructor of record.
- By default students can access their courses on the first official day of term; instructors can change this through the course request form
- By default, students have access to their courses for 10 days beyond the last day of term; instructors can change this using the course request form
- Instructors can view student enrollment details 15 days prior to the start of term, but you won’t be able to communicate (e.g. send announcements or email) until the first day of term unless you request that students get access to your course prior to the first class date.
- Your courses will be archived after 2 years plus 1 term beyond the course completion date.
Click to learn about logging in
Course Materials Overview
This section contains material that is directly linked to content covered in each of the four Blackboard Learn courses offered through UAB's Instructional Technology department.
Click one of the course icons below to access a matrix that links each topic contained in the course to help resources in the instructor manual, the Blackboard online help manual, and/or this website.
If you don't know where to start, click here
App of the Month for Mobile Device Users
There are over 500,000 apps in the Apple and Android Marketplace App Store. If you are like many mobile device users, going to the app store is like an online, endless mall—so many apps, so little time.
Although strolling through the App Store is a lot of fun, it can be overwhelming. So, the UAB Instructional Technology (ITIT) department invites you to attend our ‘Apps of the Month’ sessions where we share with you some of the interesting apps that we have found.
No mobile device, but still interested. No problem! ITIT has a limited number of iPads for use during these sessions.
Below you'll find summary information on some apps we've reviewed to date:
|Sundry Notes||Mobile Air Mouse||Dropbox|
|Screen Sync||Screen Sync||Readability|
|Go-to Meeting||JabberPad||Encore B2B|
- Insert NBC Learn modules onto your course homepage. This will display a module that allows you and your students to browse through and watch relatively current content in categories such as business and finance and general news items.
- Embed content directly from the Build Content menu in a content area. This allows you to browse all NBC archives and embed content into a course item.
- Embed content through the mash-up tool in the visual text editor. This is the most flexible option, allowing you to bring content into any Blackboard component that allows access to the text editor.
Insert NBC Modules
To insert one or more modules, click Add Course Module, scroll to NBC content, then select Add. The screenshot below shows two modules on display:
Click for additional detail on adding modules. Note that you can add/delete modules to your institution home page in the same way as you would your course home page. The difference is that you control what students view on your course home page.
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Embed Content directly from the Build Content Menu
To embed content directly from the Build Content menu:
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Embed content through the mash-up tool in the visual text editor
To embed nbc learn content into a specific content item, into an interactive tools such as a discussion, board, or an assignment, use the mashup tool in the text editor. This is the most flexible method of adding content, as it will allow you to add to items, blank pages, content folders, assignments, interactive tools, and test items:
Then follow the same steps described under the previous directions for adding the selected content.
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Using NBC Learn
The NBC Learn building block in Blackboard allows you to access resources through the NBC news archives and incorporate them into your course.
These archives allow you to access over 10,000 thousand video clips, news footage, documents, and images related to a number of fields in the natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and humanities. This service also include electronic artifacts such as primary source documents, images, charts and graphs from NBC partners.
This content can be embedded in a variety of locations within your course, including menu links, course items, discussion boards, blogs, wikis, and test questions.
This tool allows you to reinforce course concepts through historic video footage and bring real-world examples into the classroom that can help students connect theory to application. Students can view interviews with notable individuals from the arts, politics, science, and technology fields; they can also access a range of news stories from macro-social issues such as immigration and foreign policy all the way down to the impact of NAFTA on individual communities. This content includes:
NBC News Archives: Bring Real Events into Course Instruction
NBC News Archives On-Demand allows you to bring historical and current events directly into course material and classroom discussions.
This tool is now integrated with the Course Delivery and Community Modules of Blackboard Learn.
You can access 12,000+ pieces of professionally created educational multimedia content archived in dynamic collections, then download video clips and embed them directly in the Blackboard course environment. Search the archives in multiple ways, including by subject area, related topic or keyword.
Play videos at full-screen when used in the classroom. Read full text transcripts. The archives contain news footage of historic and current events, critical analysis and mini-documentaries covering topics from early American history to the modern day.
Barnes & Noble Nook Study
The nook study application is intended to be a study companion and provides students with some useful tools for studying and organizing course content, not to mention some significant savings if they elect to use the electronic version of a text.
As an instructor, the tools you will be primarily concerned with are:
- Textbook List Tool
- Link to Nookstudy tool
The textbook tool allows you to create a link to assigned course text(s) and give students the option to purchase it in digital or print form from within the Blackboard LMS.
The Nookstudy tool allows you to integrate etexts into your syllabus, course content, or assignments: You can create links to chapters, sections, or individual pages of an ebook for your class.
To add a a text link to your course:
Cick on the (add course link) button select Add Tool Link, and then click on Barnes & noble NOOKstudy:
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|Select your text and add a description:
This review will show you how to create a link to a text location inside a content area.
The full building block integration guide provides additional information; and this webinar provides additional inforamiton.
NOOKstudy is a feature-rich and easy-to-use software application that allows you to store and manage digital content for your classes – eTextbooks, class materials, personal notes, and teacher handouts - in a single location.
NOOKstudy is a free download, and can be used on either a Mac or PC. You should note that it is not available on nook readers - a little confusing and a cause of some irritation if you check out discussion boards - this is due to the nature of textbook presentation and something that Barnes & noble is working on for future iterations.
Some Key features:
- The ability to create course specific files where you can maintain and organize all electronic content related to your courses: syllabi, hand-outs, scanned written notes, links to content
- The flexibility to electronically highlight and take notes in a variety of colors for easier recall and improved organization
- Tools that allow you to tag content for future reference
- The option of having multiple eTextbooks open simultaneously to make studying more efficient
- One click access to complementary online reference materials and resources (e.g. Google, Wikipedia, dictionary, etc.) directly from the eTextbooks