1. Assignments

Assignments - How do I add for student to view and download?

2. Classlists

If you only want to see a list of students, you can use the Grade Center

  1. Under the Control Panel in the bottom left of the window, select "Grade Center"
  2. Under Grade Center, select "Registered Users". This will give you a list of all students enrolled in your class

Grade Center

NOTE: If you do not see any students in this list, then the SiRIUS system has not populated your class yet. Contact your college SiRIUS Administrator/Course Builder if this problem occurs. 

To see all users in your class, you must use Users and Groups

  1. Under the "Control Panel" menu on the left, select "Users and Groups"
  2. Under "Users and Groups", select "Users"
  3. When the "Users" page opens, select the "Show All" button at the very bottom right corner of the page. You will now see every user in the class, including instructors and teaching assistants.

NOTE: If you do not see any students in this list, then the SiRIUS system has not populated your class yet. Contact your college SiRIUS Administrator/Course Builder if this problem occurs.


3. Content

How do I add text, files, folders, images, links?

Best Practices: Course Content

Create Course Areas for Content

4. Discussions

5. Email

How do I enable the email tool?

The email tool is available by default for both students and instructors. Students are able to email instructors, TA's and individual students; instructors may email anyone in the class.

Students may wish to protect their personal information and configure privacy settings for each course in which they are enrolled. They may do so by selecting the Privacy Settings (found on My Courses OR by selecting their name on top right) and follow the Privacy Settings link.

How do I edit email settings for the class?

  1. Under the Control Panel section on the left, expand Customization > Tool Availability
  2. Scroll to find the Email tool, and select the down arrow > Edit Email Settings
  3. On the email settings, select who the students may email (by default, this is set for students to email the instructor, TA's and select users)
  4. Submit the changes

How do I set an email link to the instructor somewhere else in the course?

If you want students to be able to email you using an email address somewhere else in the course,  add the note "You can email the instructor at instructorname@usask.ca". The easiest way to do this is to add an "item" in your content area or syllabus. Here's how:

  1. Navigate to the folder you want to put this email message in, such as the syllabus area. 
  2. Select "Build Content" then "Item" 
  3. For name, enter "Contacting the Instructor" 
  4. For the text, add whatever you want such as when your office hours will be, phone number, etc. 
  5. Add "Email: instructorname@usask.ca (or whatever email address you prefer). 
  6. Highlight the email address in the text editor. 
  7. Click the icon in the editor that looks like the chain link. This add Hyperlink icon opens the "Insert Link" window. 
  8. Change the type from "http" to "email" from the drop down list. 
  9. In the URL, make sure it states mailto:instructorname@usask.ca 
  10. Select "Submit" to save the changes 

This email link will now appear in your text. When students click the link, their email program will launch with your email address as the recipient.

If the students have not set up their email program, they can copy your email address and paste it into whatever they are using (like Hotmail or Google Mail). This lets them easily email you using the email program they already are familiar with, without using the Blackboard email tool at all

6. Grades

7. Public

The University of Saskatchewan encourages making course material available to the general public through its Open Courseware (https://ocw.usask.ca) project.  

The default course template created for all credit courses at the University of Saskatchewan makes this easy. The left-hand course menu contains an entry called "Public". Any content added to this "Public" area is automatically visible to anyone in the world through the open courseware site. The Syllabus folder (see next question) is also public so any syllabus-related information put in that folder is also visible to the general public. Material put elsewhere (such as in "Course Materials") is by default not shown to the general public and is instead private to the course.

Instructors have the ability to completely turn off public access. To do that expand the course control panel, select "Customization" then "Public and Observer Access". Change "Allow Public Access" from "Yes" to "No" then select "Submit" to save the changes. 

  • When set to "No", none of the course materials (including the syllabus and public folders) are available to the public.
  • When set to "Yes", the material marked as public (like the Syllabus and Public folders or others you opt to enable) are available to the public.

You can also control those menu items are visible to the general public.

  • Move your mouse over a menu item for a course folder (like "Syllabus", "Course Materials", or "Public")
  • Select the options menu icon for that menu item (the circle with a "v" in it) that appears.
  • A popup menu appears of things you can change about that menu item
  • If the menu item is already available to the public, you can select the "Hide from Public" option to hide it so the public cannot see it.
  • If the menu item is not already available to the public, you can select the "Show to Public" option to make it available to the public.

For consistency, we recommend you place public information in the "Public" folder and not try to make other folders available. If you don't want to make any material available to the public,  don't put anything in the public folder.

Instructors may want to visit https://ocw.usask.ca/ and search for their courses to see how it looks to the general public. Note that changes made in Blackboard may take 24 hours before the public areas appear in the Open Courseware system.

8. Syllabus

All courses at the University of Saskatchewan are expected to provide a public syllabus. Information about what is expected in a syllabus can be found at http://www.usask.ca/gmcte/resources/teaching/syllabus which also links to the more formal "Academic Courses Policy on Class Delivery, Examinations, and Assessment of Student Learning" policy (http://policies.usask.ca/policies/academic-affairs/academic-courses.php).

Instructors can create the course syllabus using a word processor like MS-Word. We recommend saving this as a PDF document to make available online.

Once this PDF version of the syllabus is created, you can easily make it available to the public as follows:

  1. Log into your course as the instructor or teaching assistant
  2. Select the "Syllabus" menu item in the course menu.
  3. Make sure "Edit mode" is set to "on" so you can modify the course
  4. Select the "Build Content" then "File (attachment)" option.
  5. Enter a name like "Syllabus for (your course name here)"
  6. Click the "Browse my computer for copyright cleared file" button
  7. Select the PDF file containing your syllabus and upload it.
  8. Make sure the "Permit Users to View this Content" setting is set to "Yes"
  9. Select "Submit" to save the syllabus in your Blackboard course.

Once you do that, if you have left public access to your course enabled (see previous point) then the syllabus will automatically be made available to the general public through the Open Courseware system.

9. Teaching Assistants/ Adding others to course

  1. Log into the course.
  2. If you do not see the course menu on the left you may have to select the blue or green vertical bar on the left side of the page to show the menu.
  3. Expand the "Control Panel" section of the left-hand menu if it isn't already expanded.
  4. Select "Users and Groups" to expand that section of the control panel menu.
  5. Select "Manage Users"
  6. Select "Add"
  7. Enter OR browse for the username of the person (NSID) to be added (you may have to ask them for their NSID). You can enter several usernames separated by commas.
  8. Select the role they should have. A "Teaching Assistant" has all the privileges that an instructor has, but does not get listed as an instructor when the course name is shown to students in the course list.
  9. Select "Submit".

You can also remove users by selecting the checkboxes beside the people you want to remove, then click the "Remove from Course" button.

If you want to change a person's role, you must remove that person, then add the person back in the new role.

 User Types Explained

10. View as Student

Select the Student Preview  icon at the top right of the screen (beside the edit mode) to switch the view to Student Preview. Here you are able to take a test, complete and assignment and see exactly what the students will see in your course. Even the Control Panel will disappear. If you complete an assignment, you will be able to grade that assignment when you switch back to instructor view.