In order to print each section, click on plus sign to open the section first.
    1. The Discussion Board is a tool for sharing thoughts and ideas about class materials.
      On your home page; click on the course that you want to post a message.blackboard discussion forum settings screenshot
    2. From the Course Menu under Course tools click Discussion Board. blackboard menu highlighting the discussion board
    3. Click on a desired Forum title. A forum is a way to organize discussion into topics. Within each Forum, users can create multiple threads. A thread includes the initial post and any replies to it. Some Discussion Forums can be graded and some are moderated by your instructors (Moderated posts must be approved by your instructor before you can publish it to your class).
    4. Once you click on a Forum, click on Create Thread.Create thread button from the discussion board screenshot
    5. On the Create Thread page, type a Subject.
    6. In the Message text box, type your reply. You can use the content editor functions to format the text and add files, images, web links, multimedia, and mashups.
    7. You have the option to add an attachment and can do this by clicking on the Attachments and browse your computer for the file. You can attach multiple files. After you add one file, the option to attach another file appears.
      Click Submit to create the thread.
      submit threat screenshot

Discussion Forum pdf

This is the section where you can email your instructor or where they will send you emails. Click on the heading Course Messages to access. Please note: your instructor may change the name for this tool i.e. Email.

Course Messages pdf

There are two ways to view your announcements:

    1. On the Tools panel on your home page, click Announcements to view all announcements from all of your courses.
      blackboard announcement settings
    2. Click on your course, and click on Announcement on the course menu. This will allow you to view the announcement from course selected.
      Course menu, highlighting Announcements

Announcements pdf

You can manage the notification settings for all of the courses you are enrolled in. From the global navigation menu, select Settings and then select Edit notifications settings. You can select which notification types you receive and the methods used to deliver them to you.

    1. From the global navigation menu, select Settings and then select Edit notification settings.
      global navigation menu screenshot
    2. On the Edit notification settings page, select the link for Courses I am taking to change notification settings for all courses at once.
      edit notification settings screen shot
    3. Under Settings, select how your notifications are delivered by selecting the check box for Course messages received.
      1. Dashboard – Course Message notification would appear in the Global Navigation Menu in the Updates tool.
      2. Email – email notification messages are sent to the email address you provided in your personal information.
        settings screen shot
    4. Finally, click Submit to proceed.


You need to communicate to your professors several times during the semester. There are some ways that you can contact your professors.

  • Send personal email.
  • Communicate through blogs, journal or course message.
    1. Click on Groups on the left sidebar. left sidebar screenshot
    2. From the list of groups, pick the group you wish to join and click Sign Up. group sign up button screen shot
    3. Users are able to view current members in the group as well as the maximum amount of members allowed. Click Sign Up to join the group. sign up sheet screen shot


Your instructor controls which tools are available. If this tool is not available, your instructor may have disabled it.

A wiki is a collaborative tool that allows you to contribute and modify one or more pages of course related materials. A wiki provides an area where users can collaborate on content. Users within a course can create and edit wiki pages that pertain to the course or a course group.

Instructors and students can offer comments, and your instructor can grade individual work.


  1. On the Wikis listing page, select a wiki title.
  2. On the wiki topic page, click Create Wiki Page on the action bar.
  3. On the Create Wiki Page, type a Name for the wiki page.
  4. Type information in the Content text box. You can use the content editor functions to format the text and include files, images, web links, multimedia, and mashups.
  5. Click Submit.

Students can exchange files between group members if the instructor has granted access to this tool.

  1. Find your group name under My Groups.
  2. Click your group name for more options. Click File Exchange.
  3. Click Add File on the action bar.
  4. Under Name, enter the name of the file that you wish to exchange. Click Browse My Computer to find the file.
  5. Click Submit.

File Sharing pdf

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