Getting Started

Getting Started with Blackboard

All courses at CFCC whether online, hybrid, or face-to-face are provided with a Blackboard course shell.  If you are new to Blackboard the Online Learning Team recommends the following resources to help orient you to the Blackboard environment and some of its most commonly used tools.

In addition to the online resources, the Online Learning team is available for one-on-one consultations or help.  Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Faculty Introduction to Blackboard

All faculty are auto-enrolled in the non-required course, Faculty Introduction to Blackboard.  Its purpose is to introduce faculty who are new to or unfamiliar with the Blackboard Learning Management System.  You will be introduced to the course environment while having the opportunity to interact with Bb tools and navigation.

 Getting There

  1. Log in to MyCFCC
  2. Click the Bb icon labeled “My Classes”
  3. Under the “Course List” section, find the heading “Courses where you are: Student”.
  4. Click the “Faculty Introduction to Blackboard” link to enter the course.
  5. Follow the directions posted on the landing page (Announcements) in the course.

Beginner’s Checklist

Below are recommended resources for learning how to use the most common tools while adding and creating content in your Blackboard courses.   We suggest working through the checklist in the order presented to aid in the basic construction of your Blackboard course. When you have completed the checklist, there are additional tools and feature tutorials on our How to Tutorials page.

The checklist below includes hyperlinks to specific Blackboard tutorials or you may choose to access the printable version with the web addresses provided.


This section will orient you to Blackboard’s navigation and control panel.  You will learn how to add items to the course menu and become familiar with common Bb functionalities and terms.

  1. Your Course Environment – edit mode, course menu, home page
  2. Course Environment Functions and Terms
  3. Add Menu Items
  4. Control Panel Overview

Communication Tools

These tools in Blackboard are used primarily for communicating important course information to students.   You are provided with the basic instructions for implementing these tools in a course.  More specific and advanced tutorials for some of these features can be found on the How to Tutorials Page.

  1. Announcements 
  2. Calendar
  3. Email
  4. Discussion Board

Course Content

Content Areas are created and linked in the course menu.  These areas serve as containers for housing and presenting your instructional material.  You can include content such as text, file attachments, links to websites, tests, assignments, and multimedia.

  1. Creating and Adding Content to a Content Area
  2. Adding Textbook Information
  3. Edit and Manage Content

Course Files

With Course Files, you have access to all of your files for a specific course. You can organize, view, manage, and link to files as suits your needs.

  1. Intro
  2. Uploading Files To Your Course


Here you are going to find general information for using the assignment tool.  Instructions for creating and editing, and grading  assignments are provided.

  1. Getting Started With The Assignment Tool
  2. Creating and Editing Assignments
  3. Grading Assignments (you may choose to revisit this after going through Grade Center)

Grade Center

The Grade Center contains student assessment submissions and other grading information for the course. Due to its flexibility, it can be complicated to learn how to manage, so it is strongly suggested that you spend some time working in this area of your course. It is strongly suggested that you view the How to Tutorials or contact a member of the Online Learning team before setting up your grade book.

  1. Overview of Grade Center
  2. Customizing The View

Tests and Quizzes

Blackboard has a test tool that allows you to create your own self-scoring tests. This is just one method for providing a quiz or test in Blackboard. Test and quizzes created by the instructor offer a variety of question types. Additionally, some publishers have test banks that can be exported to Blackboard and there are third party tools (i.e. Respondus and BYU Test Generator) that can be used to help facilitate test creation.

  1. General Overview
  2. Creating a Test
  3. Setting the Test Options