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Blackboard is ASU’s learning management system. It has powerful capabilities in three key areas: instruction, communication and assessment. It can be used to:

  • Create powerful learning content using a variety of Web-based tools
  • Develop custom learning paths for individual students or groups
  • Facilitate student participation, communication and collaboration
  • Evaluate students’ work using a rich set of assessment capabilities

Blackboard Support

Feeling confused about Blackboard? Do not worry – you can get face-to-face training throughout the semester and/or access our training materials.

  1. Using your ASU user ID and password, log in to Blackboard at
  2. Select the “Support” tab. If you are an instructor, you are automatically enrolled in the course.
  3. Choose the “Blackboard Support” link. If you are an instructor, the Blackboard Support course will be listed in the My Courses module on the “Angelo Bb” tab.

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In order for Blackboard to work optimally please follow the following browser guidelines provided by Blackboard.

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  • Want students to collaboratively work on a project?

    A Wiki is a collaborative tool that allows students to create and contribute to one or more pages of course related materials. The wiki tool allows students to create pages, edit pages, and comment on entries. The tool keeps track of page editing history and can be used for a variety of collaborative projects.

  • Plagiarism is a serious problem that is running rampant through colleges across the nation. Fortunately, there are two plagiarism detecting tools built into Blackboard: SafeAssign and Turnitin.

    • SafeAssign- effective as both a deterrent to plagiarism and an educational tool about plagiarism.
    • Turnitin- improves the student writing cycle by preventing plagiarism and providing quick feedback to students.
  • Want students to share ideas with you?

    Journals allow students and instructors to share ideas and thoughts through journal. However, Journals can be customized in ways that the Discussion Board cannot. The instructor has better control over who can and cannot view entries, and journals can be downloaded by the instructor for reviewing while offline or for archiving. 

  • Want to Collaborate Online?

    Blackboard Collaborate gives you the functionality you need to support a 21st century teaching and learning environment, such as two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, breakout rooms, and session recording. 

  • Online Discussions

    The Discussion Board is a channel of digital communication for posting and responding to messages. The conversations are longed and organized into threads that contain a main posting and all related replies. Discussion forums can be set up for the entire class or within a group. Additionally, discussion grades can be put directly into the Blackboard grade center.

  • Keeping students on track!

    The Blackboard Calendar allows you to select views (month, week, and day) and color code the events to differentiate courses and personal items. Items with due dates automatically appear on the calendar. If an instructor changes a due date, the calendar gets updated as well. Moving a calendar item (by clicking on the item or drag and drop) simultaneously changes a due date for an instructor

  • Want to collect papers electronically?

    Assignments allow instructors to create coursework and manage grades and feedback for each student separately. 

  • Need a class dictionary of common terms?

    The Glossary in Blackboard consists of a term and definition field. The terms are grouped alphabetically onto one page. There is a search engine that will allow you to access certain words starting with certain letters. Glossary terms can be entered two ways:

    • Manually entering each term and definition.
    • Uploading a group of terms and definitions using a comma delimited Excel file.
  • Looking for a quick way to update students? 

    With Announcements, you can post timely information critical to course success. You can add, edit, and delete announcements from the Announcements page. This is an ideal place to post time-sensitive materials including:

    • When Assignments are Due
    • Changes to the Syllabus
    • Corrections/Clarifications of Materials
    • Exam Schedule
  • Individual Ideas - Building Character!

    A Blog is a collaborative tool that allows students to post their personal reflection about the course or discuss and analyze course related materials. Blogs are often themed on a single subject. Blogs are an effective means of gaining insight into students’ activities and provide a way to share the knowledge and materials collected and created by the group with the rest of the course. A blog is different from a threaded discussion as each entry does not need to continue the discussion of the previous post, but can be a complete thought on its own.