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Best Practices

When working with Blackboard, there are many best practices for the instructors to follow and to help the class run smoothly.  Some of best practices in different aspects, such as Internet browsers, video, and tests, file upload, are highlighted below.

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When creating tests to administer through Blackboard Learn, the following guidelines may help avoid student submission issues:

  • Do not use Force Completion. This option will submit the exam at the slightest network interruption. It is best to leave this option unchecked and instead use the timer and Auto-Submit options to limit student access to the test.
  • Do not use special characters in the Exam name.
  • Keep question pools under 200 questions.
  • After deploying a test/quiz, take the assessment and make sure it functions as expected.
  • Try as much as possible to avoid making changes to your assessment after deployment.


  • Avoid uploading video directly into your Blackboard Learn course. This can greatly increase the size of your course making it difficult or impossible to back up. Instead, consider uploading videos to UH SharePoint, UH OneDrive, YouTube, or Microsoft Stream Classic and linking or embedding to the video in your course.