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  • How to Log In

    Blackboard is accessible via the MyIona Single Sign On System (SSO). To access Blackboard:
    1. Open your web browser. 
    2. From the Iona College homepage, go to Quick Links and select Online Services. You will see the MyIona SSO login page.
    3. Enter your Computer ID and Computer Password and click on the Login button. You will now see the MyIona SSO Landing Page.
    4. Click on the Blackboard icon to access the application.  No need to log in again.
    Please log out by clicking on the Sign Out button logout on the upper right corner of the main SSO page.


    Forgotten Password Help

    You can manage your Computer Password through the Password Station system. As long as you have set up your "forgotten password help" questions, you can change your password by clicking on the Forgot Your Password link on the Single Sign On System login page.

    *If you have not set up your help questions for Password Station, contact the Help Desk to reset your password (914) 633-2635.
  • How to Turn a Course On

    A course must be made available before students enrolled in the course will be able to view or access the course and its content.

    A course must be made available before students enrolled in the course will be able to view or access the course and its content.

    At the beginning of each semester your new courses are turned off by default. Once you have added your content to the course and are ready, you must follow the steps below to make your course available to your enrolled students.


    How to Turn a Course On

    1. Log into Blackboard.
    2. From your courses list, select the course you would like to turn on. (You should be on the home page of the course you would like to turn on.)
    3. On the Control Panel (on the bottom of the left hand side navigation), expand the 'Customization' section and click 'Properties'.
    4. In the Set Availability section, click Yes.
    5. Optionally, when making a course available, you can choose one of the following options in the Set Course Duration section:
      • Continuous (default) to leave the course available without a specified start or end date.
      • Select Dates to choose a start and/or end date. The start and end times are set automatically. The start time is midnight and the end time is 11:59:59.
      • Days from the Date of Enrollment to specify a specific length of time users have to access the course after enrolling. This is the best option for self-paced courses.
    6. Click Submit at the bottom of the page.
  • How to Add or Remove Users to a Course

    The Users page lists all enrolled users in your course and allows you to enroll or remove users from your course.

    The Users page lists all enrolled users in your course and allows you to enroll or remove users from your course.

    How to Enroll Users

    1. Log into Blackboard.
    2. From your courses list, select the course you would like to enroll students into. (You should be on the home page of the course you would like to enroll users to.)
    3. On the Control Panel (on the bottom of the left hand side navigation), expand the 'Users and Groups' section and click 'Users'.
    4. Select 'Find Users to Enroll' button on the top left hand corner of the 'Users' page.
    5. If you know the username of the student, enter it into the Username field. If you are unsure, slect the 'Browse' button. A new window will open, this window will allow you to search for students, find the student you would like to enroll. On the left side of the student, select the check box. Select the 'Submit' button.
    6. Under the 'Role' dropdown, make sure 'Student' is selected.
    7. 'Enrollment Availability' should be left on 'Yes'.
    8. Click 'Submit'.
    9. You will be brought back to the 'Users' page, and a green bar across the top should tell you that the new student was successfully enrolled.

    How to Remove Users

    1. Log into Blackboard.
    2. From your courses list, select the course you would like to remove students from. (You should be on the home page of the course you would like to remove users from.)
    3. On the Control Panel (on the bottom of the left hand side navigation), expand the 'Users and Groups' section and click 'Users'.
    4. You will be brought to a list of all the currently enrolled users of the course. Select the check box on the left of each user you would like to remove.
    5. Once you have selected all users to remove, select the 'Remove Users from Course' button from the top or bottom of the page.
    6. Blackboard will alert you that you are about to remove users and this action cannot be undone. Select 'OK' to proceed.
    7. You will be brought back to the 'Users' page, and a green bar across the top should tell you that the users were successfully deleted.
  • How to Add Content to a Course

    Blackboard provides many options for creating content. Learning how to add content will fill in your course to make it relevant and interactive for your students.

    Blackboard provides many options for creating content. Learning how to add content will fill in your course to make it relevant and interactive for your students.

    You can create many different content types in your course areas. Advance planning of the items to include in course areas can save you time and create a more organized final product. Consider your course goals, objectives, and audience demographics. Review your existing materials to determine what you can use online.

    As you create content, you can set its options, such as availability. This enables you to create content and make it unavailable to users until you are ready for them to view it.

    Types of content you can create are:

    • Item
    • File
    • Audio
    • Image
    • Web link
    • and much more.

    Item vs. File

    One of the most common types of content instructors have to upload are documents, i.e. Word or PDF documents. This is easily handled by two content types: Item and File.

    It is highly recommended to always use the Item content type. The Item content type will allow you to upload your document and provide additional information such as instructions. The File content type will only allow you to upload the file.
     

    How to Make a New Item

    1. Log into Blackboard.
    2. From your courses list, select the course you would like to add an Item to. (You should be on the home page of the course you would like to add an Item to.)
    3. Navigate to a content area (select one of the areas on your course menu on the left side of the screen, ie. Syllabus, Course Content, Discussions, etc.)
    4. On the top menu select the 'Build Content' menu.
    5. Select 'Item'.
    6. Enter a name for the Item.
    7. If you need to add any instructions or information, use the 'Text' field.
    8. Under 'Attachments' select the 'Browse My Computer' button and find the file you want to upload.
    9. Under 'Standard Options' you can control if this Item is available to our students, control when the Item will be displayed from and until, and whether you want to track the views of this Item.
    10. Once you have all the settings the way you want, select 'Submit' at the bottom.
     
  • Email in Blackboard

    The course email tool is a send-only tool. You can send messages from your course to course members' email accounts without having to launch office 365.

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        The course email tool is a send-only tool. You can send messages from your course to course members&#39; email accounts without having to launch office 365. You can send emails to individual users or to groups of users.</p>
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        You can send email to the following users or groups in a course:</p>
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        <li>
            All Users: Sends email to all users in the course.</li>
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            All Groups: Sends email to all of the groups in a specified course.</li>
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            All Student Users: Sends an email to all students in the course.</li>
        <li>
            All Instructor Users: Sends email to all of the instructors for a specified course.</li>
        <li>
            Select Users: Sends email to select users.</li>
        <li>
            Select Groups: Sends email to select groups.</li>
    </ul>
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  • How to Copy Course Content

    You can copy courses and use them as a convenient way to reuse and adapt existing course structures, materials, and content.

    You can copy courses and use them as a convenient way to reuse and adapt existing course structures, materials, and content.

    How to Copy Course Content

    1. Log into Blackboard.
    2. From your courses list, select the course you would like to copy the content from. (You should be on the home page of the course you would like to copy.)
    3. On the Control Panel (on the bottom of the left hand side navigation), expand the 'Packages and Utilities' section and click 'Course Copy'.
    4. Use the 'Browse' button to browse the course listing of your courses and select  the circle next to the course you would like to copy your content to.
    5. Select 'Submit'.
    6. Using the check boxes next to each item, select the items you wish to copy. If you want to copy the entire course, use the 'Select All' button at the top of the content list.
    7. Under 'File Attachments' select 'Copy links and copies of the content'.
    8. If you want to copy enrollments for the users of your course, check the box that says 'Include Enrollments in the Copy', leave it blank if you do not.
    9. Once you have made sure you had all the correct selections made, select 'Submit' at the bottom of the page.
     
  • How to Create Announcements in Your Course

    Announcements allow you to post timely information critical to course success for all of your students to see.

    Announcements allow you to post timely information critical to course success for all of your students to see. On the Announcements page, you can add, edit, and delete announcements. This is an ideal place to post time-sensitive material including:

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

    • Due dates for assignments and projects.
    • Changes to your syllabus.
    • Corrections/clarifications of materials.
    • Exam schedules.

    When you add an announcement, you can also send the announcement as an email to students in your course. This ensures that students receive the announcement even if they do not log in to your course. If you include links to course content, the email will not include links to that content.

     

  • How to Create an Assisgnment

    If you are grading student submitted files, the assignments tool saves time.

    If you are grading student submitted files, the assignments tool saves time. When you create an assignment using the assignments tool, a Grade Center column is created automatically. From the Grade Center or Needs Grading page, you can see who has submitted their work. You can use the inline viewer and grade submissions directly. You can also download submissions for offline viewing. Assignments with due dates will also show automatically in the course calendar.

    How to Create an Assignment

    1. Log into Blackboard.
    2. From your courses list, select the course you would like to add an Item to. (You should be on the home page of the course you would like to add an Item to.)
    3. Navigate to a content area (select one of the areas on your course menu on the left side of the screen, ie. Syllabus, Course Content, Discussions, etc.)
    4. On the top menu select the 'Assessments' menu.
    5. Select 'Assignment'.
    6. On the Create Assignment page, provide the name, instructions, and any files students need.
    7. Optionally, select a Due Date.
    8. In the Grading section, type the Points Possible and optionally, associate a rubric.
    9. Optionally, expand the sections to make selections such as anonymous grading and how the grade is displayed. To learn more, see Assignment Grade Settings.
    10. When all of your settings are the way you want them, select the 'Submit' button at the bottom of the page.

    Turnitin Assignment

    Iona offers Turnitin integration with Blackboard. This should be used as one element in a broader effort to deter plagiarism; including classroom instruction in scholarly integrity and academic skills like proper research, analysis, writing and citation.

     
  • Getting Help within Blackboard

    Blackboard provides terrific documentation on its website which is updated regularly. You can visit their website by using the link below:

    help.blackboard.com

    You can also contact CELTIC for support (914) 633-2146.
  • Supported Browsers

    Blackboard is a web based application. If you are experiencing problems, it can sometimes be fixed by changing which web browser you are using.

    Blackboard is a web based application. If you are experiencing problems, it can sometimes be fixed by changing which web browser you are using.

    You can run the browser checker which will evaluate the browser you are using and let you know if it is okay or not.

     

    If you would like more technical information about browser or plugin support, view this webpage.

  • Other Blackboard Resources

    A few direct links to Blackboard's resources on a few more advanced Blackboard topics.