How to… Blackboard Guides for Students

Blackboard is fairly intuitive and simple to use.  There may however be times when you could do with a little help.  Listed below are a number of guides that cover most aspects of Blackboard that you are likely to use.

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iSolutions Blackboard How To… Guides

How to Enrol Manually onto a Blackboard course

How to Enrol Manually onto a Blackboard course

Although you should be automatically enrolled on most of your Blackboard courses, occasionally you may have to enrol onto a course manually.

How to set up your Blackboard Avatar

How to set up your Blackboard Avatar

You may upload an “avatar” of yourself to Blackboard. It could be a photograph or illustration. The avatar will appear in the “Global Navigation” box at the top right of the Blackboard screen, beside your discussion board, blog, and wiki posts amongst others.

How to Download and Print Information from Blackboard

How to Download and Print Information from Blackboard

You may wish to download or print material that has been placed onto your Blackboard course.

How to Mark an Item of Content as "Reviewed"

How to Mark an Item of Content as "Reviewed"

You may see a button beside some content items labelled “Mark Reviewed”, this guide explains how to use such a button.

How to take a Test (or Survey) using Blackboard

How to take a Test (or Survey) using Blackboard

This guide covers the kinds of questions you may be asked in a Blackboard test or survey, and how to access results and / or feedback.

How to Post a Message on a Blackboard Discussion Board

How to Post a Message on a Blackboard Discussion Board

Your course may use the discussion board feature. This guide explains how it works.

How to Access "Group Areas" in your Blackboard Course

How to Access "Group Areas" in your Blackboard Course

Your course instructor may have set up “Group Areas”. This guide shows you how to access them.

How to Use Blogs Within Blackboard

How to Use Blogs Within Blackboard

This set of guides explain how to use Blogs within your Blackboard course, from posting new entries to reviewing the history of your posts.

How to Use Wikis Within Blackboard

How to Use Wikis Within Blackboard

This comprehensive set of “how to” guides explains how you can work collaborativly on a wiki within your course. Topics include adding a new page, editing an existing page, and review the history of a wiki page.

How to Customise the "My University of Southampton" Screen

How to Customise the "My University of Southampton" Screen

It is possible to customise the “My University of Southampton” screen. This is useful as you use Blackboard over successive years because it allows you to hide courses that are no longer relevant to you, meaning only current courses will appear.

How to submit an essay through the TurnItIn Plagiarism Detection Service

How to submit an essay through the TurnItIn Plagiarism Detection Service

This guide describes how to submit work such as an essay through the TurnItIn Plagiarism Detection Service.

How to Use the Blackboard Assignment Feature

How to Use the Blackboard Assignment Feature

This guide explains how to submit an assignment using the Blackboard assignment feature.

How to Check Assignment Results

How to Check Assignment Results

Use this guide to find out assignment results.

How to complete a "Self and Peer Assignment"

How to complete a "Self and Peer Assignment"

You may be asked to complete a “self and peer assignment”. This involves answering some questions within a deadline, and then following the deadline you can review the submissions of your peers and give them marks for their answers.

How to configure your Blackboard notifications

How to configure your Blackboard notifications

This guide explains how to set up extra Notifications within Blackboard.

Useful iSolutions Blackboard Web Pages

Getting Started With Blackboard

Getting Started With Blackboard

This web page provides general information about how to get started with your use of Blackboard.

iSolutions Blackboard Student F.A.Q.

iSolutions Blackboard Student F.A.Q.

If you have a question about Blackboard it may well have been answered in this list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Student Support for Blackboard

Student Support for Blackboard

This web page describes how to get help and support with Blackboard.