Customizing your Blackboard Course List

Reordering Courses

The My Courses module located on your Blackboard homepage contains links to each course in which you are enrolled. To organize the order in which your courses appear, use the following instructions:

  1. Log into Blackboard and hover your cursor over the My Courses title bar.
  2. gear icon should appear in the upper right corner of your My Courses box. Click there.
  3. The Personalize: My Courses screen will appear.
  4. Use the drag and drop arrows in the left side of the screen to position each of your courses.
  5. Click submit to save your selections. Your Blackboard homepage should reload reflecting your changes.


Hiding Courses

As a Blackboard user, you also have the option to hide courses from your My Courses module display. Hiding a course does not delete the course, change your access or enrollment, or alter course content in any way. If you need to enter the course later, you can “show” a hidden course at any time.

  • Log into Blackboard and hover your over cursor the My Courses title bar.
  • gear icon should appear in the upper right corner or your My Courses box. Click there.
  • Check or uncheck boxes corresponding with the courses that you wish to view or hide. Any course that is checked under the Course Name column will appear in your My Courses list. You may modify this list at any time.
  • To hide a course, make sure that all check marks are cleared for the corresponding row.
  • Click submit to save your selections. Your Blackboard homepage should reload reflecting your changes.



For a PDF version of this post: Customizing your Blackboard Course List


YouTube Mashup Malfunction

Blackboard’s YouTube Mashup tool is currently experiencing a  widespread malfunction. At this time, any attempt to search for or play a video embedded via the YouTube Mashup feature will result in one of the following unfortunate error messages:

Mashup Search Error

Mashup ErrorHere are two simple workaround options for incorporating functional YouTube clips into your Blackboard course until this issue is resolved: Read the rest of this entry

SafeAssign Videos

Safe Assign instructions posted by our colleague Pat at the Terre Haute campus.


For those that are familiar with SafeAssign, you know what a great tool to instruct students on plagiarism and to create opportunities to help students identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase. But it has had its share of technical issues.  With the last version of Blackboard we now have a revamped version of SafeAssign that works better with class assignments.  Below are some tutorials that will get you up and running on the “new and improved” Safe Assign.  These tutorials were created by our friends at Ivy Tech Lafayette.  Thanks, Lena Harper and crew, for sharing. Check these out for some good info on SafeAssign.
o Creating a SafeAssignment:
o Syncing SafeAssign:
o DirectSubmit through SafeAssign:



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Burning the Midnight Oil

Let’s all admit it – online classes means working on stuff at 11pm or later. (We’ve all been there, both as faculty and student. Personally I did my best work as a student at 2am.)

I’ve become a big fan of f.lux. It’s software which automatically adjusts the color temperature of your monitor based on the time. Basically – when the sun goes down, your monitor will get less blue so it’s not as hard to look at.


It’s free, and available for both Windows and OS X. Get it at

Training Portal Instructions

Attached to this post are the directions for employees to register for events via the Employee Training Portal. (These assume you’re an Ivy Tech Evansville employee – if you’re from another region, you’ll just need to change your search terms.)

Click Here to View the Training Portal Directions

Student Guide: Reviewing Test & Quiz Submissions in Blackboard

1. Enter your Blackboard course and select the My Grades tab on the left side of the screen.


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Blackboard Printing Workaround

The December update to Blackboard has broken printing – when attempting to print anything from within Blackboard, it only prints the first page of content. This is unfortunately present in all major browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer.)

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Animated GIFs in PowerPoint

Newer versions of Microsoft PowerPoint now support animated GIF files.


Remember – Just because PowerPoint has a feature, doesn’t mean you should use it.

Papers and weird file formats

We’ve all been there: a student has sent us their research paper, and Word refuses to open it. It’s not corrupt, it’s just not a Word file.

Here’s file extensions for some of the more common word processors that aren’t Microsoft Word, what program they were created in, and ways you can open them.

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Socrative – In Class Polling and Quizzes

As much as traditional tests are used to measure student learning, there are times that you want more immediate interactivity and feedback. Socrative is a student response system that allows you to do polls or quizzes in real-time and see feedback instantly.

Socrative is free, and works in any classroom where students have access to computers or their own mobile devices. There’s no complicated signup process for students either, just give them a quiz number and they’re ready to go.

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