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FCLD - Teaching with Blackboard

Blackboard Courses are Restored

All courses have finished migrating to the new Blackboard Cloud Server. Please check your courses and let us know if you are missing anything.

The newer Cloud Version of Blackboard comes with three new exciting features:

  • Drag and drop files into content items such as items, assignments, blogs, wikis, journals where you would add attachments (indicated with dotted lines)
  • Toggle course availability (available on/off) for students by clicking the lock icon in the upper right, next to the Student Preview (eyeball) button and Edit Mode button
  • Students will now be emailed a receipt of any submissions they make using the assignments tool

Faculty are encouraged to contact FCLD with any concerns and/or questions about migrated courses at Students experiencing technical difficulties with Blackboard should email for assistance.

Blackboard is an online learning management system (LMS) that provides ready-made online course templates for teaching online or supplementing face-to-face instruction. Blackboard allows you to post articles, assignments, and other course documents, and includes teaching tools such as discussion boards, blogs, journals, online tests, and surveys. In an emergency (pandemic flu, flood), instructors should plan to use Blackboard to continue teaching. The Faculty Center for Learning Development (FCLD) provides training and support for instructors using Blackboard.  Students needing Blackboard Support should call (860) 515-3742 or submit a ticket.

  • Your username is the first part of your email name (do NOT include @hartford part)
  • Your password is last four digits of your University ID.
For Faculty Blackboard support, contact FCLD at (860) 768-4661 or

What’s New in Blackboard
Blackboard Guides and Videos
Blackboard FAQ Guide
Blackboard Help For Instructors (From Blackboard's Help Site)
User Guide

Course Site Information

Blackboard course sites are created automatically for all scheduled courses using the course listing information in the Banner system. You will receive instructions for logging in to Blackboard when you apply for University e-mail.  Instructors who wish to combine multiple course sections into one course must use the multiple section request form on the Course Requests page. New instructors are encouraged to attend a seminar on Getting Started with Blackboard. For a schedule of seminars, as well as other resources on Blackboard, please visit the FCLD website.

NOTE: In order to access courses, instructor assignments must be registered in the Banner system. If you need help getting listed in Banner, please contact the Registrar's Office at (860) 768-4594.

Additional information about Course Copies, Availability and Course Requests can be found on the Course Requests page.