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Faculty Blackboard Help Guide

Blackboard Help

Blackboard Ultra

Learn more about our new Institution Page and Base Navigation in Blackboard Ultra from Rita Vela, Bb Consultant, who gave two training sessions for Davenport.  Each training contains the basics but depending on questions, other tips on using the interface emerged in each session.

Assignments & Rubrics


Should I use a rubric?

  • Should students see rubric descriptions?
  • Should students see rubric score range?
  • Should students see rubric after grading?

Should I use SafeAssign?

  • Should students see the originality report?
  • Should submissions be excluded from the Institutional or Global Reference Databases? (common for draft assignments)
A scoring tool you can use to evaluate graded work and for students to know your expectations for grades given
sample rubric

Tests & Surveys

Create Tests and Surveys

Discussion Board

An area of the Discussion Board where participants discuss a topic or a group of related topics
An initial post in the Discussion Board and all replies to it

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate
Interactive web conferencing environment to connect to your students individually or in groups


When using a rubric, don't forget to add feedback through the Show Feedback option.

Show feedback sample