How Do I Import the Faculty Institutional Review Board (IRB) Informed Consent Form into My Blackboard Learn Course Shell?

NAU's Institutional Review Board has created a sample informed consent form for students who agree to participate in research. The consent form is a Blackboard Learn (Bb Learn) test that you can include in your course shells to make it easier to implement research projects in courses. You can check the test results to see which students have agreed to participate in your study.

Use the sample test as your starting point, and then modify it as needed to better fit your research project.

NOTE: Depending on which browser and operating system you are using, what you see in your browser might look a little different from the screen shots you see in these instructions.

Log in to Blackboard Learn

To log in to Blackboard Learn (if you are not already logged in), follow these steps:

  1. Go to
    Screenshot: Blackboard Learn login page
  2. Click the Login to Bb Learn button.
    login button
  3. On the Central Authentication Service (CAS) page, in the UserID field type your NAU login ID, and in the Password field, type your password.

    (NOTE: If you have already authenticated through CAS from some other campus website, you might not have to complete this step or the next. Instead, you automatically will be routed to the Blackboard Learn My Institution tab.)
    Screenshot: Type your UserID and Password. Then click theĀ LoginĀ button.
  4. Click the Login button.

Navigate to the Correct Course

After you have logged in, make sure you are on the My Bb Learn tab, and then from the My Courses block, select the course in which you would like to use the informed consent test.
Image of selecting a course from the My Courses list in Bb Learn.

Configure Blackboard Learn for Editing

Near the upper right corner of the window, make sure the Edit Mode button is set to ON. You click the button to toggle between ON and OFF.
Screenshot: Set the Edit Mode to ON.

Add the Informed Consent Form from the Content Collection

  1. In the Control Panel, click Course Tools.
    Image of the Course Tools in the Control Panel of Bb Learn.
  2. From the Course Tools menu select Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
    Image of the Course Tools menu expanded and showing the "Test, Surveys, and Tools" button.
  3. On the Tests, Surveys, and Pools page, click the Tests link.
    Image of the Tests page.
  4. Click the Import Test button.
    Image of the Import Test button.
  5. Click the Browse Content Collection button.
    Image of the Browse Content Collection button.
    A new Blackboard Learn pop-up window will be displayed.
  6. In the new window, in the Content Collection menu on the left, click Institution Content, which will expand that menu.
    Image of the new Bb Learn window with Institution Content.
  7. From the Institution Content menu select the institution folder.
    Image showing the institution folder in the Bb Learn window.
  8. In the Select File or Folder list, first click on Shared Content link, then click on e-Learning Center link, and then click on the IRB Faculty Resources link.
    Image showing the IRB Faculty Resources folder.
  9. Select the radio button next to the file named TestExportFile_ELC-BbLearn-Faculty-IRB-Resources_Consent for Participating in Then click the Submit button in the lower right corner of the window. If you don't see the Submit button, you might need to scroll to the right or expand the Blackboard Learn window to find the button.
    Image of the zip file with the submit button.

    After you click the Submit button, you will be returned to the Test Import page in your Bb Learn course.
  10. On the Test Import page confirm that the Selected File/File Name is the same as that of the .zip file described above, and then click the Submit button on this page.
    Image of the Test Import page were you can confirm that the file name is correct.
    You will see a confirmation message that says Test Import Complete.
    Image showing the "completed import" message.

Use the Informed Consent Form in Your Course

Now that you've imported the test, you need to decide where you want to use it in your course. In Bb Learn this is called deploying the test. First, navigate to the folder, learning module, or lesson plan where you want your students to find the informed consent form. Then follow these steps.

  1. From the Create Assessment menu, select Test.
    Image showing the Test choice in the Create Assessment menu.
  2. On the Create Test page in the Add Test section, you'll see a list of available tests. Select Consent for Participating in Research, and then click the Submit button.
    Image showing the selection of the Consent for Participating in Research test in the Add Test list.
  3. On the Test Options page, select the settings that you want for the test. For example, type a description and set Make the Link Available to Yes. You must make the link available so that students can see the test.
    Image showing a description for the test and making the link available.
  4. After you've selected all of your settings, click the Submit button to return to the folder, module, or lesson plan where you added the test.
    Image of Submit button
    The Consent for Participating in Research link should appear on that page.
    Image of the Informed Consent added to the bottom of the organizational structure of Bb Learn.
  5. If you have a list of items on that page and you want the consent test to appear higher in the list, click the gray up/down arrow to the left of the consent test, and then drag and drop the consent test to position it where you want it in the list.
    Image showing the informed consent test being dragged to a new location in the list of items in a folder, module, or lesson plan.