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Technology Manual for Law Faculty and Staff

Set Course Availability

Courses will be available to registered students at a pre-defined date before the beginning of the semester.  Note: faculty are able to make their courses available to the learners enrolled in their courses up to two weeks prior to the first day of the semester. Please see the instructions here on how to make your course(s) available to students. Until courses are made available to students, the course will display as not available, but you will be able to access it.

Class Rosters

To create a list of students enrolled in your course:

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Users and Groups section and select Users.
  2. On the Users page, select Go. All users appear. You may download the list in spreadsheet format. To learn more, see Work Offline With Grade Data.
  3. On the Control Panel, expand the Grade Center section and select Full Grade Center.
  4. Point to Work Offline and select Download.
  5. Select the columns that you want to download. The list of students is included automatically.
  6. Select Submit and save the file.

Upload a Syllabus

To upload a syllabus into your Blackboard course, first, login into Blackboard and select your course under “My Courses.”

  1. Please ensure Edit Mode is toggled “ON“.
  2. Next, click on an existing content area (or folder) on the Course Menu.
  3. On the Action Bar, click Build Content.
  4. Click File.
  5. Enter a name, students will see this as the title of the file you upload.
  6. Scroll down and click “Browse My Computer” to find the file. (Repeat this step to add additional files.)
  7. Under Options select Yes for “Permit Users to View this Content” to make the syllabus file available to students.
  8. Click Submit.

See also Blackboard help page.

Create Content Items

To create content items, visit the Blackboard help page.

To create a content folder, please review Create Content Folder video below.

Send an Email

When you send email from your course, the students receive it in their UDC email accounts, such as firstname.lastname@udc.edu. Replies go to your UDC email account, not to the course.

Blackboard keeps no record of sent or received emails. Keep a copy of important messages in your inbox in case you need them later.

You can send email to these users or groups in a course:

  • All Users: Sends email to all users in the course.
  • All Groups: Sends email to all of the groups in a specified course.
  • All Teaching Assistant Users: Sends email to all of the Teaching Assistants in a specified course.
  • All Student Users: Sends an email to all students in the course.
  • All Instructor Users: Sends email to all individuals designated as instructors for a specified course.
  • Select Users: Sends email to select users.
  • Select Groups: Sends email to select groups.

Don't send email through Blackboard Learn without a subject line. A blank subject line blank can prevent the message from being delivered.

To Send an Email:

Find the email tool for all of your courses through the Tools panel on the My Institution tab. As an instructor, you can also add a link to the email tool directly to the course menu.

  1. From the course menu, select Tools > Send Email.
  2. On the Select Users or Select Groups page, select the recipients in the Available to Select box and select the right-pointing arrow to move them into the Selected box. Use the left arrow to move a user out of the recipient list. Select Invert Selection and the selected users are no longer highlighted and those users that weren't selected will be highlighted.

    To select multiple users in a list on a Windows machine, press the Shift key and select the first and last users. To select users out of sequence, press the Ctrl key and select each user needed. For Macs, use the Command key instead of the Ctrl key. You can also use the Select All function to send an email to all users.

  3. Type your Subject and Message.
  4. Select Attach a File to browse for files from your computer. You can attach multiple files. After you add one file, the option to attach another file appears.
  5. Select Submit.

The system will send you a copy of the message. A receipt page appears after the message is sent listing all recipients. This page doesn't confirm that users received the message, just that the message was sent.

To Post an Announcement & Send an Email:

In addition to posting an announcement for students on the Announcement board, you can send an announcement as an email. 

  1. Select Announcements from the course menu.
  2. Click the Create Announcement button on the top left.
  3. Add teh Subject Line and message for the announcement.
  4. Scroll down and click the Email Announcement box.
  5. Click the Submit button on the bottom right. 

Use the Calendar

You can use the course calendar to provide students with dates for course-related events. Course calendar events appear to all members of the course. Common entries include upcoming exams, due dates for assignments, or links to scheduled online lectures. Course items with due dates appear automatically in the course calendar. Only instructors can create course calendar events.

Find and Navigate the Calendar:

You can access the calendar from your course, from the Tools panel on the My Institution tab, or from the My Blackboard menu.

  1. View events by day, week, or month.
  2. Use the arrows to navigate to another month.
  3. Select the plus (+) to create a new event. You can also select a date to create an event. Assign the event to the appropriate calendar, select the date and time, and add a description.

    NOTE: Students can't create an event on a course and institution calendar.

  4. Select an event to manage it. You can also select and drag an event to change the date.
  5. Select the calendars you want to show, such as institution, personal, or course. By default, all calendars are visible. You can change the color of each calendar to suit your preference and to easily determine which events correspond with each calendar.