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Understanding how to use Blackboard is critical. There are important things to know about each feature in Blackboard. So before you try to go it alone, and possibly find yourself "painted into a corner," we encourage you to explore the following resources:

  • Workshops - Workshops are recommended as a starting point when learning Blackboard. Each instructor-led workshop will provide an overview of the topic, hands on instruction, and time for questions and answers. Find out more and register for a workshop.

  • Tutorials - Tutorials are recommended as a refresher for faculty who have been through workshops or for those who have used course managements systems before. Within every Blackboard 9.1 course the last "Help" link (at the bottom of the course navigation), "Blackboard Help" points to Blackboard Support for Instructors. Use the Search button to search for step-by-step instructions on using Blackboard. In addition, check the ITS Blackboard home page for links to tutorials on specific building blocks in Blackboard for features like Turnitin and Blackboard Collaborate.

  • Tips & Tricks - Our Tips and Tricks were written to offer greater insight into the nuances of working in Blackboard. Understanding those nuances can help you work smarter in Blackboard.

  • Known Issues - There are known issues using some applications with Blackboard. Avoid the problems associated with those issues by becoming familiar with them and their workarounds yourself and then sharing that information with your students as well.

  • Individual Appointments - To set up an individual appointment regarding a specific question about some feature in Blackboard, call us at 618-650-5500 or email

  • Instructional Design Consultation - For an appointment with our Instructional Design & Learning Technologies Team regarding how to enhance your teaching through the use of Blackboard or other tools, call us at 618-650-5500 or email

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