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Bb Learn Announcements

Instructors: Midterm Grade Submission

Instructors who wish to submit Midterm Grades from their Bb Learn course(s) may do so now. The open period for Fall 2013 Midterm Grade submission will expire at 2:15 p.m. CDT, Friday, October 18, 2013. For step-by-step guidance, go to Bb Learn grade submission.

Major Internet Explorer problem

Internet Explorer 11 crashes in Blackboard Learn whenever the instructor’s Edit Mode is ON. The solution: Use Chrome or Firefox.

New features for 2014

New features for Instructors include Date Management (to easily adjust course dates from one semester to another) and Inline Grading for discussions, blogs, wikis, and journals.

Courses from all previous semesters are unavailable to students.

Update: 7-1-2012
This page now links to major sources that provide up-to-date resources for Instructors and Course Builders. Learn how to use all aspects of Blackboard Learn and find answers to your questions by accessing these resources:

  • ISU Customized Help* (Check here first.)
  • All Other Bb Learn Help
    • Blackboard Help for Instructors (at
    • Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors (video tutorials at
    • Blackboard On Demand Learning Center (video tutorials at

ISU Customized Help (Check here first.)

*NOTE: ISU has customized some Blackboard Learn functions to make it easier for users to complete tasks such as enrolling students and submitting Midterm and Final Grades. The other referenced resources (at and do not provide accurate help on topics listed under ISU Customized Help.

Login Problems? Username / Password Issues

Blackboard Errors? First check Browser and Java Issues.

Can’t find what you need here? Contact ISU Bb Help.

Beginning the Semester

Beginning of the Semester Checklist

Request Creation of a Bb Learn Course or Organization (Best Practice: Do this well before the start of the semester.)

Add Students to a Bb Learn Course (also add Demo Students, and Non-ISU Participants)

Add additional Instructors, TAs, Graders, Guests

Manage Files in your Content Collection with Blackboard Drive

During the Semester

Midterm Grades

SafeAssign (plagiarism detection for assignments in Bb Learn)

Submit Test and Evaluation Services (TES) Forms So That Scores Are Automatically Uploaded to a Bb Learn Course

Adding Video to your Bb Learn Course

Classroom Recordings: Adding Panopto Recordings to Bb Learn

TurningPoint (clickers) Integration

Respondus (Windows-only Application to Create and Manage Tests)

ISU Blackboard Users Group

Workshop and Seminar Schedule [Handouts]

Wrapping Up the Semester

End of Semester Checklist

Final Grades

Request Copy or Creation of Bb Learn Courses for Any Future Semesters

All Other Bb Learn Help

Blackboard Help for Instructors (at

FAQs, Searchable Topics, and Step-by-step Instructions

Blackboard Help for Instructors

Blackboard Help for Students

Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors (video tutorials at provides dozens of brief video clips with fuller explanations than those at the Blackboard On Demand Learning Center (below). Best practice tips are sprinkled throughout almost every video.

To access the tutorials and files:

  • Login to with your Iowa State University NetID and password.
  • Once you are on the site, look under the Software menu and select Blackboard.
  • Click on the link, Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors.

Blackboard On Demand Learning Center (video tutorials at

More than 100 video tutorials (brief and to the point)

Understanding & Building Your Course

Communicating & Collaborating

Assessing Learners

For Students

Username / Password Issues

Having trouble logging in to Bb Learn? Username and Password Not Working?

  • Your Username (ISU NetID) and Password for Blackboard Learn are the same as those for your ISU email account.
  • For help with Username and Password,
    please visit Passwords and Accounts or contact the Solution Center at 515-294-4000 or
  • If your Bb Learn Username begins with a "w.", contact your course instructor.

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