Blackboard: Getting Started (Virtual/Online Workshop)

Note: This is a virtual/online workshop that is hosted via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. On the day of the training, you will access the training session at


This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the Blackboard Learn interface and organization features. You will focus on navigation, the course style, and the process of planning, adding, and organizing links on the course menu.

Along the way, you will examine different strategies for organizing the course menu, which is the students’ access point to tools and content. Finally, you will consider ways you can influence your students’ impressions of the online learning environment.

Workshop Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Navigate the course Control Panel
  • Create, edit and move course navigation buttons
  • Create content folders
  • Add items to a content area
  • Use basic Blackboard communication tools
  • Create a simple Blackboard test
  • Establish best practice expectations for student participation

If this session date does not work out for your schedule, we would be happy to set up a one-on-one deskside consulting session, or even a customized departmental workshop. Details on how to request these are found on

For questions about this workshop, please contact KU IT Educational Technologists at or 785-864-2600.

Educational Technology

Instructions for Participating in a Blackboard Collaborate Meeting


We highly recommend that you attend any prerequisite workshops listed below since familiarity with the skills and concepts taught in them is essential to benefit fully from subsequent workshops.

However, if you have independently learned the skills and concepts of the required workshop(s), your "equivalent skills" will be accepted as a substitute for attending the prerequisite workshop(s).

To help you determine your skill level, click workshop titles below (if any) for descriptions which outline the topics taught in each workshop and that are assumed in later sessions. You are expected to know the commands and concepts listed within the descriptions for the prerequisite workshop. In most cases, you can also refer to workshop handouts and other helpful materials from the workshop description page.

In addition to any specific prerequisites listed, you should have, as a minimum, basic computing skills.