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Frequently Asked Questions

Blackboard

You can directly log on to Blackboard using your Courgarnet ID and password. You can also access Blackboard from the AccessUH single sign on by locating the Blackboard Learn Icon.

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You should access the Course Request System and complete the following steps.

  1. Log on to the Course Request System using your PeopleSoft ID.
  2. From the course list, select the section you would like to request.
  3. Select if you would like the course combined with another section.
  4. Select the template you would like to use. The College of Technology Template is available, or you may copy a course from a Previous Semester. You can select your own course or to copy from another instructors. Please note a copy of another instructors course requires permission from that instructor.
  5. Type Special instructions if necessary.
  6. Click Submit Request.
For more details and to view screenshots click this tutorial. This process creates your Blackboard Course. Instructors are responsible for requesting their Blackboard Shells each semester.  

To add a TA to your course, complete the following steps:

  1. Log on to AccessUH and click on the Blackboard Request Access Icon to access the Course Request System. You can also access the Course Request System directly. 
  2. Click on ADD TA/Instructor at the top of the screen.
  3. Click the course(s) you would like to add a TA to and Continue.
  4. Click on the Begin Search button.
  5. Enter the name or PSID of the person you want to add. Then click on the Search button.
  6. Select the person and the answer questions regarding access.
IMPORTANT: A confirmation email will be sent to you. Click on the link to confirm your TA request. Please note that after you click on the confirmation link in the email, the TA/Instructor will be added to your course within 4-6 hours. For more information and screenshots click this tutorial.

Access your Blackboard course and complete the following steps to add a file.

  1. Select the content area where you would like to add the file from your course menu.
  2. Click Build Content.
  3. Click File.
  4. Type a name for your file.
  5. Click Browse My Computer to locate the file on your computer or Browse Content Collection to locate file in your Blackboard Content Collection.
  6. Locate and attach file.
  7. Select your file options. You may select for your file to open in a new window if you wish.
  8. Select Yes to permit users to view the content.
  9. Select Yes if you would like to track number of views.
  10. Select Date Restrictions if necessary.
  11. Click Submit.
To view a video tutorial click here.
  1. Select your Messages menu item.
  2. Select Create Message.
  3. Select the To Button to add recipients.
  4. Select the student(s) names you want to send messages to and click the arrow to send the names to Recipients.
  5. Type your Subject and Message.
  6. Click Submit.

To view screenshots click this tutorial.

Each semester instructors are responsible for requesting their Blackboard Course Shells. If you haven’t requested your course shell yet, follow this tutorial to request it. If you have requested your shell, but don’t see it on your Blackboard Course list you should contact your Instructional Design Team for assistance.

Each semester you should:

  • Prepare and upload your syllabus to Blackboard
  • Prepare and upload the course material to Blackboard
  • Add/update assignments/quizzes/tests
  • Ensure all links, videos, and multimedia content function correctly
  • Ensure all availability dates and due dates fall within the appropriate semester
  • Review the Grade Center and delete unnecessary columns
  • Send an email to your students welcoming them and instruction them on how to begin

Each semester you should:

  • Prepare and upload your syllabus to Blackboard
  • Prepare and upload the course material to Blackboard
  • Add/update assignments/quizzes/tests
  • Ensure all links, videos, and multimedia content function correctly
  • Ensure all availability dates and due dates fall within the appropriate semester
  • Review the Grade Center and delete unnecessary columns
  • Send an email to your students welcoming them and instructing them on how to begin

For more information you can also review the following videos to guide you in preparing your course:  How to Clean Up a Blackboard ShellHow to Create an Assignment, How to Edit Assignment Options, How to Upload a File, and How to Upload a Syllabus to Blackboard

Faculty Center

  1. Log on to AccessUH.
  2. Access the myUH Self-service Icon in the University Services.
  3. Click on the Faculty Center.
  4. Click on Class Roster.
  5. Click on the Syllabus Upload Link located to the right of your class details.
  6. Review and follow the prompts on the screen. 
For more information and screenshots view this tutorial from Enrollment Services. Please note you should upload your syllabus to the Faculty Center and to your Blackboard Course. 

You can view your class roster and email students from your Faculty Center by completing the following steps.

  1. Log on to AccessUH.
  2. Click on the myUH Self Service Icon.
  3. Click on the Faculty Center tile.
  4. Click on Class Roster.
  5. Verify the Current Term courses are listed. Click change term and select a different term if necessary. 
  6. Click on the Icon to the left of your Class to view your class roster. Continue to the next step to send emails to students.
  7. Select students and click notify selected students or notify all students.
  8. Type your message in provided Message Text box.
  9. Click Send Notification button.  

For more information and screenshots view this tutorial from Enrollment Services.

Through your Faculty center, you can submit final grades, view your class roster, and email students. You should post your syllabus and CV in your Faculty Center. Blackboard is where your students access your course online and do activities such as submit assignments, take quizzes and exam, and participate in discussions. Students can also view course content that you upload for them to access, including the class syllabus, view individual assignment/course activity grades, and email you through the course messages tool. Please note your syllabus is required to be posted on both your Faculty Center and in your Blackboard course shell. 

You are required to post your final grades in your Faculty Center.

  1. Log on to AccessUH.
  2. Click on the myUH Self Service Icon.
  3. Click on the Faculty Center Icon.
  4. Click on Grade Roster.
  5. Click on the Grade Roster Icon to the left of your Class.
  6. Select the appropriate grade by click on the drop down arrow to the right of each students name.
  7. Click Save. 

For more information and screenshots view this tutorial from Enrollment Services.

Respondus

You can use a program called Respondus to create the exam. Respondus works with Blackboard and is available for download from UH Software Downloads. The program allows you to type and format your questions in a Word Document and upload the questions to your Blackboard course. View this video to see a quick demo. Contact your Instructional Design Team for more information. View Respondus Tutorials.

Yes. You can use a program called Respondus to create the exam. Respondus works with Blackboard and is available for download from UH Software Downloads. The program allows you to use the text banks provided by the publisher to upload exams to Blackboard. View this video to see a quick demo. Contact your Instructional Design Team for more information. View Respondus Tutorials. 

Yes. You can use a program called Respondus to create the exam. Respondus works with Blackboard and is available for download from UH Software Downloads. The program allows you to type your questions in a Word Document and upload the questions to your Blackboard course. View this video to see a quick demo. Contact your Instructional Designer Team for more information. View Respondus Tutorials.

Mediasite

Mediasite is a lecture-capture system created by Sonic Foundry that allows instructors to record everything they say, do, and present in their classroom. Recordings captured via Mediasite are often posted online allowing students to view them at their convenience. Because Mediasite requires classrooms with special recording equipment, instructors will need to contact the Mediasite Administrator for their college in order to schedule a room for recording in advance. View the list to view the Mediasite Administrators for each college.

Training, Tutorials, and Assistance Requests

Please submit the Assistance Request Form and an instructional designer from you College of Technology will contact you to assist.

Tutorials are available on the College of Technology's Instructional Design Tutorial Page and in the Knowledge Base on the Instruction@UH Site. There are tutorials for Blackboard, Respondus, TurnItIn, CASA Cloud, Office Mix, and more. 

At the beginning of each semester, the Instructional Design team offers Blackboard Basics, Blackboard Grade Center, Respondus, TurnItIn/Feedback Studio, and How to Create Online Quizzes trainings to help you refresh your skills and/or gain new skills. You can view and register for upcoming trainings on our Workshop Schedule Page.