Getting Started with your Site: Tools Overview
Blackboard sites contain a large number of tools. Some of these are standard Blackboard tools, while others are optional plug-ins that the university has bought and integrated into Blackboard. This helpsheet offers a brief overview of the tools that are available and how they might be used.
All tools that are available on a site can be viewed by clicking on Tools in the site menu.
Instructors determine which tools are available. They may also decide to give a tool a dedicated button on the site menu, if it is particularly important or regularly used. Below is a selection of the tools available.
WebAssign is an online education platform built by educators that provides affordable tools to empower conﬁdent students in a virtual learning environment.
Set goals and achievements against tasks in this module (not currently used at Lincoln)
Send important announcements to all students and staff enrolled on this site
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Schedule and join Blackboard Collaborate Ultra web conferencing sessions and view recorded archives.
Create and manage blogs for Sites and Site Groups.
Track important events and dates through the Calendar.
Instructors can post contact information about themselves and others.
Content Market Tools
Access all Content Market tools (not currently in use at Lincoln)
Create and send private and secure Messages to course members.
Create and manage Forums within the Discussion Board.
View a list of important terms and their definitions.
View goal performance within a site.
Create and manage formal groups of students to collaborate on work.
Create and manage journals that can be assigned to each user in a group for the purposes of private communication with the instructor.
Set up a Microsoft Teams meeting from this site (saved to Blackboard Calendar no Outlook invite is sent)
Displays detailed information about students grades and marks – not available to staff
Access the Panopto folder associated with this site
Pearson Custom Tools
Access and Manage Pearson’s Custom Integration for this course through Blackboard.
Pearson’s MyLab & Mastering
Access and Manage Pearson’s MyLab & Mastering products for this course through Blackboard.
Single Sign-On Link to Poll Everywhere.
Create and manage personal Portfolios and Artifacts.
View a list of users enrolled in the Course.
Send email messages to different types of users, system roles and groups.
Create and manage student portfolios of work
Use tasks to keep track of work that must be completed. Each Task has a status and a due date.
UL – Reading List
Tool for creating a link to the UoL reading list managed by the Library
Create and manage wikis for Sites and Site Groups