Adding Content, Assessment, and Communications Tools in Blackboard (How-to)


Terminology changes (alphabetically listed):

First term is Original Course view > Second term is new Ultra Course view term.

New terminology (alphabetically listed)

More details can be found at Learn the Terms.

Adding Content 

You can add content and provide resources to students using Blackboard. 

Creating and Adding Content
Reusing and Editing Content

Communication Tools

Building a sense of community among students is crucial for a successful blended or online experience. Blackboard Learn has a variety of communication tools to help you engage and interact with students in an efficient and reliable way.

Learn Ultra Guides:


Announcements are an ideal way to post time-sensitive information critical to course success. When you add an announcement, you can also send it as an email to students in your course. Students receive the announcement even if they don't log into your course.


If you enable class conversations for individual content items, students can can ask for help, share sources, or answer questions others have about the content with you and their classmates. As the conversation develops, it appears only with the relevant content, not on the discussions page.


A sense of community among students is crucial for a successful online experience. With online discussions, course members can replicate the robust discussions that take place in the traditional classroom. 


You can create groups of students within your courses so they can interact with each other and demonstrate their knowledge.


Journals are personal spaces for students to communicate privately with you. Students can also use journals as a self-reflective tool. They can post their opinions, ideas, and concerns about the course, or discuss and analyze course-related materials. 


You and your students can send messages to each other, multiple people, or an entire class. Messages activity remains inside the system, and you don't have to worry about email addresses that may be incorrect or outdated.


You can include a recording of your feedback so it appears with any text you've added for a student. 


Use the Roster link on the Course Content page to view your class list, connect with your students, and match faces to names if their profiles are up to date. You can also send messages to anyone involved with your course.

Collaborate Web Conferencing

Blackboard Collaborate is a powerful all-in-one platform that can be used on a computer, tablet, or mobile device anywhere, anytime. It allows you to web conference and connect with one student or your entire class. You and your students can collaborate using audio, video, and recording capabilities. You can also use private and public chat, a whiteboard, application sharing, a clip art library, and add and edit content at any time.

Learn Original communication tool guides :

  • Announcements
  • Blogs (Gradable item)
  • Discussions (Gradable item)
  • Email from within Blackboard
  • Groups: Create groups of students within your courses so they can interact with each other and demonstrate their knowledge.
  • Journals (Gradable item)
  • Wiki (Gradable item)

Assessment and Evaluation Tools

You can use the different assessment/evaluation tools in Blackboard to measure student knowledge, track progress, and gather information from students. See links below to guides on using the following assessment and evaluation tools:


Getting Started with Assignments

Tests, Pools, and Surveys

Tests, Pools, and Surveys

Best Practices

If you have any further questions, please schedule a Blackboard Consultation or Training or contact the ITS Support Center at (515) 271-3001.