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Blackboard Tutorials

Blackboard is KCC's web-based learning management system (LMS). It has many built-in features to support end-to-end delivery of face-to-face, blended and online courses in addition to integration with centralized registration processes. Blackboard also supports grading functions, class communication and collaboration. It can also make your work simpler, with less time spent preparing handouts and collecting papers, and more time spent teaching and interacting with students. KCeL offers faculty development workshops on the effective use of Blackboard's features for teaching and learning.

Below are step by step video tutorials on Blackboard’s features. Also included are videos of some of KCeL’s online teaching workshops and links to externally-produced resources.

Hyflex Teaching

Watch this short KCeL video, What is HyFlex?


What is a Hyflex Course?



Getting Started with Blackboard

The videos below will equip you with some basics for teaching with Blackboard.

Login and Access Blackboard

Upload an Avatar Image or Headshot to Your Blackboard Profile

View and Change Your e-mail Address in Blackboard

Best Practices Using Blackboard Basic Communication Skills (Email and Announcements)

Add Users to Your Course

Customize Your Course Menu and Navigation

Creating and Managing Course Content

View the videos below to learn how to create and manage course content in your Blackboard course.

Upload Your Syllabus

Upload a PowerPoint Presentation

Use the Discussion Board

Create Assignments

Grade Assignment Submissions

Copy Course Materials


Deploy a Test

Create Test Exceptions


Managing and Sharing Multimedia in Blackboard with Yuja

The videos below will help you learn to use Yuja, a video platform and media repository that allows faculty and students to upload, view, and record videos to a private course channel.

Launch Yuja in Blackboard

Upload and Share Multimedia with Yuja

How to Create Assignments Requiring Yuja Video Submissions

Grade Center

How to Submit Video Assignments Through YUJA


Conducting Synchronous Web Meetings with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a video web conferencing tool inside Blackboard that can be used for virtual office hours, synchronous web meetings, guest speakers, and more. Watch the videos below to learn how to use this tool.


Use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (Blackboard’s web conferencing tool)

Breakout Groups


Additional Guides and Resources

CUNY Blackboard Accessibility Guides

CUNY Multimedia Accessibility Guide

CUNY Guide to Creating Accessible Emails

Academic Commons Blackboard Resources

CUNY Blackboard User Guides

Blackboard Learn Help for Instructors