Blackboard Learn is an application that allows for online teaching, communities, and a space to share knowledge. This equips teachers and students especially with a clean and customizable way to learn online. It can be accessed on the web, or through their IOS app, Blackboard. It can be used to teach K-12 and college classes, but it is mainly used for college classes.
Installing Blackboard Learn
To install Blackboard Learn on Chrome or Firefox, first check and see if the browser is able to host Blackboard Learn.
These are the versions that can support Blackboard Learn:
- Chrome: 63 and up
- Firefox: 57 and up
To check your version in Google Chrome, click the three dots on the top right of the screen and click on “Help” towards the bottom of the list. Then, click “About Google Chrome” and the version should be listed under Google Chrome.
To check your version in Firefox, click the three vertical lines at the top right of the screen and in the drop down list, click on the “i” icon and then click “About Firefox”. What should come next is a pop-up window that will show you the version you are using.
If your version does not support Blackboard software, you may be able to update it within the window or page that shows you the version you are using.
After this, go to blackboard.com and click on the big yellow button that says “Try Blackboard” or visit blackboard.com/try. Then, scroll down to where it says “Experience Blackboard”. This version will contain Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate, SafeAssign, and Blackboard Ally. Simply click “Try With Coursesites” and it will take you to a new page. Click “Register Now” and register as a teacher or a student. Enter all the information needed and then click “Submit”.
For students, the page will open up to your courses. Your teacher must enroll you for you to be able to see the course that you are in with them.
For teachers, to enroll a new student, go to the course’s Control Panel and under Users and Groups you will click “Users”. Then, click “Not Blank” which will show you all users. Click “Go” and all of the students enrolled will be shown. In this way you will be able to check and see if the student has already been enrolled.
To enroll new users, go to the course’s “Course Management area” and in the lower left corner click “Users & Groups” then click “Users”, lastly, do NOT use the search box, click “Find Users to Enroll.” Here you can choose to input the student’s username. Leave the Role list on “Student” and leave the enrollment availability set to “Yes” and click submit.
Or, if you do not know the username, click the Browse button. You can try to look for them by their full name. If your student has a common name or last name, you can search using the student’s email address. Once you have selected the student, click “submit”.
Depending on your school, this may or may not fully enroll the student if they require to pay tuition and/or fees. Should you encounter any other issues, your school or administration may be able to help.
For teachers, you can add many tabs to help your students navigate their course. On top right, select edit mode, and with this you may manipulate the tabs on the Course Menu on the left hand side. You can delete tabs by clicking the icon with the two down arrows in it and can add new tabs by pressing the plus sign at the top left of the Course Menu. There are mini icons next to each tab that will indicate if the tab has no content within it, whether students can see the content, and others. To find out what the icon means, hover over them. They will be displayed right next to the title of the tab. If the Course Menu is in the way, you can hide it by clicking the yellow tab on the right side.
With Blackboard Learn, you may make announcements, assignments, offer discussion boards, and many more. Making new posts to each tab is easy and simple. To do this, click on the tab you wish to add to, for example “Assignments” and click one of the grey buttons at the top to decide what content you would like to add.
They offer a way for you to add images, Youtube videos, slideshow presentations, and the ability to “Paste from Word” so that the format of the Word document is not lost. Interactive tools can be added as well such as blogs, journals, and groups, and tests and quizzes can be added to Blackboard Learn as well. Happy teaching and learning!