|For Faculty: How to Get Started Using Blackboard
Network Operations Center
Why Use Blackboard?
The Blackboard System provides many advantages for both instructors and students:
At Dowling, the Office of Instructional Technology Support Services is your primary source of information about the effective use of Blackboard, including training and support.
How to Begin Using Blackboard:
Step I: Learn how to use Blackboard
Contact Tim Kelly to enroll in Dowling's Blackboard Tutorial shell. Completing this short course will help you become more comfortable with using Blackboard for your classes. You only need to complete this course once.
For a course for which you haven't previously used Blackboard, Tim will show you how to upload course syllabi, Powerpoint presentations, reading materials, announcements and other content. He can also show you how to use the discussion board and virtual classroom features, or the assessment or gradebook features of Blackboard.
If you have used Blackboard previously, you may need to export content from an old CRN and import it into a new CRN. You can follow the links at the bottom of this explanation page, or you can request an assist from the Blackboard Team.
Step II: Find Your Course Shell and Make It "Available"
Until you make your courses available in Blackboard, your students will not see them. The process is simple.
Browse to http://www.dowling.edu/mydowling/Tech/bbdocs/bb-available.html for complete instructions to make your assigned classes available. Short summary:
Your course shell is now active and visible to your students. There are instructions at the bb-available.html page to double-check that your students are enrolled.
Step III: Communicate to Your Students
Remember: students must first activate their Dowling email to utilize Blackboard. The activation process gives students their username and sets a password for all of their Dowling accounts. To activate, students should browse to http://username.dowling.edu and follow the instructions.
Step IV: Use the Blackboard System
The Office of Instructional Technology Support has extensive experience helping Faculty use the system most effectively. Consult with them freely for tips and tricks "from the field." You will find them most willing to help.
Tips for using Blackboard
Contacts for Assistance with Blackboard
Instructional Technology Support, RC 313A
Blackboard Technical Support, FH025
Technology Help Desk, FH032