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Technology In the Library: Blackboard

Presents additional information about student websites and technology tools.

Blackboard Login

Blackboard Student Services provides support to students and faculty for learning management systems. It is a tool that allows faculty to add resources for students to access online. Powerpoint, Captivate, video, audio, animation, and other applications are created outside of Blackboard and added into Blackboard courses for students to enhance teaching and learning efforts.

Log-in Information

  1. Go to http://bb.csueastbay.edu/.
  2. Enter Credentials(Net.id and password).
  3. If an error occurs with net.id or password during login click here 

For after-hours and weekend Blackboard support, use the contact information below:

Phone: 855-414-9911

Live Online Help: Live Chat

The various Sections of BLACKBOARD are elaborated in the order below:

 

Discussion Board

It is in other words a bulletin board where messages can be shared or read by the entire class. New messages can be posted or students can reply to the existing messages. The "Discussion Board" is highly essential especially for online or partial-online courses wherein it acts as a means of interaction between students and professors. 

How to use:

  • Login to blackboard from bb.csueastbay.edu.
  • Click on the course for which a query needs to be posted.
  • Click on Discussion Board on the leftside of the page.
  • Click on Discussion Forum.
  • For creating a new Discussion click on "Create Thread" on the top left corner.
  • Enter subject and required content.
  • Click on "Submit"
  • To reply click on the thread that needs to be replied.
  • Enter required content and click "submit".

Video Demonstration:

E-portfolio

An electronic portfolio (also known as an eportfolio, e-portfolio, digital portfolio, or online portfolio) is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user, usually on the Web. Such electronic evidence may include inputted text, electronic files, images, multimedia, blog entries, and hyperlinks. E-portfolios are both demonstrations of the user's abilities and platforms for self-expression, and, if they are online, they can be maintained dynamically over time.

An e-portfolio can be seen as a type of learning record that provides actual evidence of achievement. Learning records are closely related to the Learning Plan, an emerging tool that is being used to manage learning by individuals, teams, communities of interest, and organizations. To the extent that a Personal Learning Environment captures and displays a learning record, it also might be understood to be an electronic portfolio.

E-portfolios, like traditional portfolios, can facilitate students' reflection on their own learning, leading to more awareness of learning strategies and needs. Results of a comparative research, by M. van Wesel and Prop, between paper-based portfolios and electronic portfolios in the same setting, suggest use of an electronic portfolio leads to better learning outcomes.

How to Login

  • Login to blackboard from bb.csueastbay.edu using your net.id and password.
  • On the top of the page click on My E-portfolio.
  • Based on requirements you can choose to create a Personal or Basic Portfolio.
  • Enter the Title for example "Cryptograhy and Network Security".
  • Enter a short description about your portfolio.
  • Choose menu style.
  • Choose availability (i.e) permission for other users to view your portfolio. This can be changed at a later time also.
  • Choose the "Comments option".
  • Click "Submit".
  • You will now be able to view your portfolio on "My E-Portfolio".

How to use

To Create an E-Portfolio:

  • Go to My E-Portfolio.
  • Click on Create Portfolio.
  • Add the Title and hit submit.
  • Click on the icon of page 1 to edit the title of the page for example "Introduction".
  • To add content click on "Section 1".
  • To add more pages, Click on the " + " icon on the left side of the E- portfolio page.
  • Click on save .
  • Click on Done Editing.

To share the E-Portfolio :

  • Click on the More option of your E-Portfolio.
  • Click on share option.
  • Click on the "Courses" from the drop down menu of "share a snapshot with".
  • Click on the Browse and search for your course using the options.
  • Hit submit.
  • You can also share the snapshot with the users, external users, organizations, institution roles and all system accounts using the same procedure.

To add information to the existing E-Portfolio:

  •  click on"Edit".
  • Add the pages and Section.
  • Yo can also edit the previous pages and section by clicking on the pencil icon of the Title.
  • Once you are done editing, click save
  • Click Done Editing

To add an image on the e-portfolio: 

  • Click on the insert/edit image icon ⇒  from the toolbar menu of that Section.
  • Click on browse my computer and choose desired file.
  • You can also copy and paste the URL of the image.
  • Click Insert.
  • Click save and then done editing.

To add a youtube video to an eportfolio:

  • Click on insert/edit Embedded media icon ⇒ from the toolbar menu of that Section.
  • Click on browse my computer and choose desired file.
  • You can also copy and paste the URL of the Video. 
  • Click on "Insert".
  • You can View the video after saving it.
  • Click on done editing.

Video Demonstration:



E-portfolio Download

How To package and Download a Personal Portfolio

Packaging your personal portfolio in a zip file allows you to store and move your portfolio on your personal computer. Any personal portfolio and its contents may be downloaded as a compressed zip file. The zip file contains the HTML pages and artifacts that make up the entire personal portfolio. This tool is useful for allowing users to archive older personal portfolios onto a personal computer.

1.     On the Portfolios Homepage, Click on My Portfolios.

2.     Place the cursor on your E-Portfolio to get the list of menu and select Download.


3.    A pop up will appear similar to the image below.

4.     Click on the Hyperlink "Click to download Portfolio". A pop-up window appears with options to open or save the personal portfolio.

Video Demonstration:

Online Storage

Online storage on blackboard is a place where any class presentations, course-work, images and videos that might be used in your portfolio etc. can be stored and used. 

  • Login to blackboard from bb.csueastbay.edu using your net.id and password.
  • Click on "My Online Storage".
  • Click on upload and upload files.
  • Click on Single file on the top right side of the page.
  • Click on browse and select desired file.
  • Click on Submit.
  • Set permissions for the uploaded file if needed.  

 

Wiki Page

Blackboard’s Wiki tool provides a collaborative space within a course where students can view, contribute, and edit content, as well as comment on their classmates’ content.  Blackboard Wikis are created by faculty, and once created students can add pages or comment on other Wiki pages.

How to Use

Create wiki page

  1. Navigate to your course Home Page.
  2. From the Course Menu click Tools, and then click Wikis on the adjacent page.
  3. Select the desired Wiki.
  4. Click Create Wiki Page.
  5. Provide a name and enter content in the text editor.
  6. Click Submit to finish your work.

Edit Wiki Page

  1. Click the Wiki link you would like to edit.
  2. Click Edit Wiki Content.
  3. Make your edits in the text editor.
  4. Click Submit to save your work.

Video Demonstration

Turn-It-In

Turn-it-in is a plagarism checker that some professors use to check to see if the work is genuine. It compares the assignments articles on the internet and also to the old assignments that have been turned in earlier by students.

How to Use:

  • Login to blackboard from bb.csueastbay.edu using your Netid and Password.
  • Click on the desired subject.
  • Click on "Course Materials" on the left side.
  • Click on the assignment.
  • Click on upload and choose the required document.
  • Click on Submit.
  • Logout and log back in to blackboard.
  • Go to course materials and click on the assignment. The level of plagiarism will be shown.

Note: You can use turn-it-in multiple times to resubmit your assignments and it will show you the report for as long as your assignment is not past its due date. Once it is beyond the due date the report can be viewed only after 24hours.

Video Demonstration:

Online Examination

Video Demonstration:

Tests Grades

Checking Test Grade in Blackboard

1. Go to the “My Grades” link in the Blackboard course menu.

2.  To review assessment (such as quizzes) details, click on the ‘test name’ (HOS 4520 Quiz 1) link to get to the test details you submitted.

3.  The test details will be visible here. To see the test question details, click on the ‘Calculated Grade number/score’ (20.04) to get to the test answers and specific question feedback

Note:  Not all of the professors allow students to see the question/answer details.

 

 

 

Assignment Details

Checking Assignment Grade & details in Blackboard

1. Go to the “My Grades” link in the Blackboard course menu.

2. To view a graded assignment, click on the ‘item’s name’ (test windows).

3.  To Review a Graded Assignment, click on the respective assignment name link to open the graded attempt (see new page below).

  • This area will show the uploaded files (Word/Excel/etc.) along with the professor's comments.
  • The Grade will be listed here (in this example, it is 450 out of 450 points).
  • To view the rubric, click on the table icon to open the rubric and see the breakdown of the grade and comments.
  • Under Submission, you will see a list of files or the text that the students submitted to the professor.
  • To download files, click on the down arrow with the line button next to the file name.

 

Resubmitting Assignment

Resubmitting an Assignment in Blackboard

 

1. If the Assignment due date is not past the due date, inside the Blackboard course go to the folder containing the already attempted Assignment and click on the ‘Assignment name’ (Write a short description on CSUEB)

 

2. The Review Assignment Submission page loads with details, comments, and attempts (see below). In case the instructor allows multiple attempts for students to submit assignments, click on the ‘Start New’ button to resubmit the assignment again.

3. There will be an option to upload the assignment again (browse my Computer) or write the submission.

4. When finished, click on ‘Submit’ button.

 

Submitting a Voicethread

Submitting a Voicethread and recording in Blackboard

 

On your computer:

  1. Log in to Blackboard.

  2. Navigate to your course.

  3. Click on the VoiceThread assignment link provided by your instructor.

  4. If you’ve already created the VoiceThread you wish to submit, select it from the list on the left, and then click “Submit Assignment” on the right.  Be sure to check the box to “share with class” if you want your classmates to see your submission.  You’re done!
    Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 10.17.37 PMContinue if you haven’t yet created the VoiceThread you want to submit.

  5. Click on the “Create new VoiceThread” button at the top of the page.
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  6. Click “Add Media” and add all of your slides to your VoiceThread. You can repeat this process as many times as you need.  Click here for more about creating a VoiceThread.

  7. Click “Comment” at the top of the page.

  8. Record your comments.  Click here for more about commenting on a VoiceThread. Close the VoiceThread when you’re done.

  9. Click “Submit Assignment” at the top of the page, then confirm by clicking “Submit Assignment” again on the pop-up.
    Note: If you want to share your submission with your whole class, check the box for “and share with class” before submitting.  If you don’t check this box, your submission will only be shared with your instructor.
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  10. You’re done!  You can now navigate back to your Blackboard course.
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On your mobile device:

  1. Login to Blackboard in your mobile web browser.

  2. Navigate to your course.

  3. Tap on the VoiceThread assignment link provided by your instructor. This will open the VoiceThread app. If you are prompted to tap a blue button to “Open in the VoiceThread App”, tap that.

  4. If you’ve already created the VoiceThread you want to submit, tap on that VoiceThread on the left, and then tap “Submit Assignment”. Be sure to check the box to “share with class” if you want your classmates to see your submission. You’re done!

    Continue if you haven’t yet created the VoiceThread you want to submit.

  5. Tap on the “Create VoiceThread” button at the top of the page.

  6. Tap on the + icon to add slides to your VoiceThread. You can repeat this process as many times as you need. Click here for more about creating a VoiceThread.

  7. Tap “Done” when you’re done adding your slides.

  8. Now you’re back on the submission page.  Select the VoiceThread you just created, and then tap “Submit Assignment”. Tap “Share with class” if you want the rest of your class to see your submission.  If you do not check this box, your submission will only be shared with your instructor.  You will see a green confirmation at the top of the screen when your submission is complete.

  9. Tap on the X in the top-right corner of this page to go back to your course.

Note: It is very important that you click “Submit Assignment” in order for your instructor to grade your work.  If you forget to do this, you can always come back to the assignment page and submit later.  You will not need to redo your work.


Submitting a Commenting Assignment

On your computer:

  1. Log in to Blackboard.

  2. Navigate to your course.

  3. Click on the VoiceThread assignment link provided by your instructor.  This will open your assignment.

  4. Review the information on the left to see how many comments are required.
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  5. Record your comments on the VoiceThread. The VoiceThread you see on the assignment page is interactive, so you can participate right there. Click here for more about commenting on a VoiceThread.
    *Note that private comments will not count toward your total number of comments.

  6. Click “Submit Assignment” in the top-left corner of the page.
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  7. You’re done!  You can now navigate back to your Blackboard course.
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On your mobile device:

  1. Login to Blackboard in your mobile web browser.

  2. Navigate to your course.

  3. Tap on the VoiceThread assignment link provided by your instructor. This will open the VoiceThread app. If you are prompted to tap a blue button to “Open in the VoiceThread App”, tap that.

  4. Review the information on the page to see how many comments are required. Once you’re ready to record, tap on the green “Record Comment” button.  This will open the VoiceThread.

  5. Record your comments on the VoiceThread. Click here for more about commenting on a VoiceThread.

  6. Tap on the X in the top-right corner of the VoiceThread. This takes you back to the submission page.

  7. Tap “Submit Assignment”. You will see a green confirmation at the top of the screen when your submission is complete.

  8. Tap on the X in the top-right corner of the page to go back to your course.

Note: It is very important that you click “Submit Assignment” in step #6 above in order for your instructor to grade your work.  If you forget to do this, you can always come back to the assignment page and submit later.  You will not need to redo your work.


Submitting a Watching Assignment

On your computer:

  1. Log in to Blackboard.

  2. Navigate to your course.

  3. Click on the VoiceThread assignment link provided by your instructor.  This will open your assignment.

  4. Watch the VoiceThread on the right side of the page.  The VoiceThread you see on the assignment page is interactive, so you can participate right there.  Make sure to watch every single comment from start to finish.

  5. Click “Submit Assignment” in the top-left corner of the page.
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  6. You’re done!  You can now navigate back to your Blackboard course.
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On your mobile device:

  1. Login to Blackboard in your mobile web browser.

  2. Navigate to your course.

  3. Tap on the VoiceThread assignment link provided by your instructor. This will open the VoiceThread app. If you are prompted to tap a blue button to “Open in the VoiceThread App”, tap that.

  4. Review the information on the page to see how many comments are required. Once you’re ready to record, tap on the green “Watch Comment” button.  This will open the VoiceThread.

  5. Watch all comments on the VoiceThread. Make sure you watch every single comment start to finish, including text comments.

  6. Tap on the X in the top-right corner of the VoiceThread. This takes you back to the submission page.

  7. Tap “Submit Assignment”. You will see a green confirmation at the top of the screen when your submission is complete.

  8. Tap on the X in the top-right corner of the page to go back to your course.

Note: It is very important that you click “Submit Assignment” in step #5 above in order for your instructor to grade your work.  If you forget to do this, you can always come back to the assignment page and submit later.  You will not need to redo your work.


Troubleshooting Tips

Error message reading any of the following:
The authentication failed; the signature on your request did not match the expected value.”
“Could not find Org for this launch.”
“Oh, buttons!  We are unable to find path.”

Please contact your instructor and ask him or her to refer to the troubleshooting tips here.

Instructors is unable to grade your work or you forgot to click “Submit Assignment” after doing your work.

You may have forgotten to click the “Submit Assignment” button after completing your work. You can simply go back into the assignment and click “Submit Assignment” at a later time. You will not need to re-do your work.

You’re not automatically signed in to VoiceThread when you click on a VT link

Make sure your web browser accepts third-party cookies.

When you click on a VT link, you see a page titled “VoiceThread Account Verification”.

This means you already had a VoiceThread account under your email address, and the system is now trying to connect that existing account with your Blackboard profile.  You’ll only need to complete this step once.  To proceed through this page:

  • Click on the link that says “Set it here” to set a verification password for your account.

  • Proceed through the steps to set a password.  This will involve receiving an email from VoiceThread.

  • Use that password you just set on the verification page.