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Blackboard Resources and Instructional Guides for Faculty

The following instructional guides and videos provide instruction on common tasks in Blackboard. You will find the guides are arranged in roughly the order one would need them when completing a task in Blackboard.

A Note on Ultra: Many of the links refer to Blackboard Ultra.  With the exception of Collaborate Ultra, George Mason uses the Blackboard Learn Original Experience.  Disregard instructions that include "Ultra" in the section header.

Important Blackboard Instructions

This section includes important instructions regarding Blackboard. We highly recommend that all faculty review these instructions before using Blackboard.

Administrative Functions

This section includes instruction on administrative functions such as copying a previous course and adding users.

If you are new to Blackboard, skip this section and proceed to "The Blackboard Interface". Return to this section after you have familiarized yourself with Blackboard.

The Blackboard Interface

This section is an orientation to the Blackboard interface and how to customize the interface.

Communicating with Students

This section covers various tools to communicate with students. Asynchronous methods include the announcements tool, email, messaging. Synchronous methods include Blackboard Collaborate and the Collaboration text chat tools.

Assignments and SafeAssign Assignments

This section covers creating an assignment, creating an optional grading rubric, using SafeAssign to evaluate for plaigiarism, and grading assignments.


This section covers creating and grading assessments (exams, quizzes, tests).

Community Tools

This section covers tool designed build community in your including discussion boards, journals, blogs, and wikis.


This section covers how to create and manage student groups.

Gradebook Functions

This section covers using the grade book to calculate final grades and creating filters (called "Smart Views") to view a portion of the students.

Support Resources

This section covers contact information and links to Blackboard and online learning support resources.

CHHS Support Resources

  • Terri Ann Guingab, CHHS Instructional Designer
    Provides online course design training and support
    Contact for guidance on how to convert/build an online course
    Phone: 703-993-1912
  • CHHS Introduction to Online Teaching Course
    Self-paced course on how to effectively teach online
    Contact Dr. Charlene Douglas for access to the course
    Phone: 703-993-1937

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