Bb Learn Quickstart for Instructors

Bb Learn Quick Start Guide for Instructors

General: Accessing a Bb Learn Course | About the Layout | Getting Started with Course Content

Building Content: Creating New Page | Creating a Discussion Forum | Creating an Assignment | Building a Test | More Advanced Features

Communicating with Your Students: Creating an Announcement Area in the Course Menu | Create an Announcement | Sending Blackboard Messages | More Advanced Features

Grade Center: Getting Started with the Grade Center | Video Tutorials


Welcome to BbLearn

Blackboard (Bb) Learn is NAU's choice for a learning management system. Bb Learn is an environment that can house an entire online course or elements to supplement your in-person course. Bb Learn is stable and robust, with tools to enhance your online instruction and your students' online education.

Accessing a Bb Learn Course

  • Open your browser and type http://bblearn.nau.edu in the address bar
  • Click the green Log in to Bb Learn button.

  • Bb Learn

  • If necessary, log in with your NAU ID and password at the CAS authentication page.

  • CAS login

  • Select your course under the My Courses area
  • My Courses Area

About the Layout

Getting Started with Your Course Environment (PDF)
This printable resource highlights the new layout and features of Bb Learn.


Building Content

Getting Started with Course Content (PDF)
This printable resource shows what content can be created and where to create the content.

Creating New Page in Your Course

There are many ways to create a page in your course. The most direct way is to add a blank page in the Content folder.

  • Select the Content folder in the Course Menu.

    Content on Course Menu

  • Select Build Content.

Build Content

  • Select Blank Page.

Blank Page

Creating a Discussion Forum in Your Course

  • Select the Discussions in the Course Menu.

Discussions in Course Menu

  • Select Create Forum

Create Forum

  • Enter forum Name and a Description.

Introduce Yourself Discussion

  • If it is a gradable discussion, scroll down the page to the Grade area and choose a grade option.

Grade Discussion

  • Finally, select Submit.

submit

Creating an Assignment

  • Select Content from the Course menu.

Content from Course Menu

  • Select Create Assessment.

Select Assessment

  • Select Assignment.

Create Assignment

  • Enter Assignment Name and Instructions.

Assignment Info

  • Decide how many points to assign.

Grade points

  • Decide when the assignment is due. Make sure the check box is selected.

Due Date

  • Enter Submit.

Submit

Building a Test

Course on Content Menu

  • Select Create Assessment.

Create Assessment

  • Select Test.

Select Test

  • In 1. Add Test, select the Create button.

Create Button

  • A new screen will appear. Scroll down and under 1. Test Information, enter the Name of your test. The description and instructions are optional.

Enter test name

  • Select Submit in the lower right hand corner.

Submit

  • Next, add a question by selecting Create Question. Choose a question type.

Create Question

  • Enter a Question Title and Question Text.

Question Info

  • Configure the answer. Note: For the purpose of this guide, False is selected. The types of questions will dictate the configuration.

  • Select Submit to add the question to your test.

Submit

  • Enter the number of points the question is worth.

  • At this point, you may choose to create more questions (See video tutorials for the many questions types). Once the questions have been created and the points changed then select OK in the lower right-hand corner.

OK

  • Now select the newly created test in the Add Test selection box to add this particular test to your Content folder.

Add test to Content

  • Select Submit.

Submit

  • A Success message will appear near the top of the screen.

Success Message

  • To make the test available to your students, scroll down the screen to 2. Test Availability. Select the radio button Yes to make the link available to students.

Make test available

  • Select Submit to add the test to your Content folder.

Submit

  • Verify that your test is inside your Content folder.

Test on Content Page

More Advanced Features

Visit Blackboard Learn's On Demand Learning Center for more video tutorials on understanding and building content.


Communicating with Your Students

Creating an Announcement Area in the Course Menu

  • Select the plus (+) in the Course Menu.

  • Select Create Tool Link

Tool Link

  • Scroll to Announcements in the Type field. Type a name for Announcements area. Check Available to Users. Then select Submit.

Announce Submit

Create an Announcement

View this video tutorial to learn how to create an announcement. You may access the Announcements area by either going the newly created Announcements area (above) or by going to Course Tools then Announcements in the Control Panel as will be seen in the video tutorial.

Sending Blackboard Messages

Blackboard Messages is equivalent to the internal Mail feature in Bb Vista. View the video tutorial to learn how to send Blackboard Messages.

More Advanced Features

Visit Blackboard Learn's On Demand Learning Center for more tutorials on Communicating and Collaborating with Your Students.


Grade Center

Getting Started with the Grade Center (PDF)
This printable resource highlights the new layout and features for the grade center.

Video tutorials on the Grade Center are also available at the Bb Learn On Demand Learning Center.