Blackboard for Faculty

Why use Blackboard (even for Face to Face teaching!)

Every course, when created in CUNYfirst, receives a "shell" in Blackboard for you to set up and use. What is it good for?

  • Store course materials (your syllabus, learning activities, readings, media, links to websites, exams and tests, ...) and make them available to you and your students anywhere there is an internet connection;
  • Record grades, have Blackboard calculate them into totals, and make all available to your students so that at any point in the semester they can see "where they stand;"
  • Create (self-correcting) tests;
  • Make students participate in online discussions;
  • Communicate with your students via email or via the Skype-like Blackboard Collaborate Ultra tool

Setting up your course in Bb can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 1.5 hours.

How to Access Blackboard (Bb)

  1. Activate your CUNYfirst account. This is a very important account used to access all CUNY-wide applications and services including Blackboard.
  2. Go to York College website > Faculty/Staff > Online Services > Blackboard. Use your CUNYfirst Login (also called "CUNY Login") credential to log in Bb.
    • CUNY Login username: firstname.lastnameXX@login.cuny.edu (XX stand for the last two digits of your CUNY employee ID)
    • CUNY Login password: your CUNYfirst account password.

Still having trouble? See our Accessing Blackboard FAQs

New Features and Tools Introduced in 2018 Year End Upgrade

This update includes features such as Attendance tool, Cloud storage services integration and audio/video feedback. Learn more on the New Bb Features and Tools page.

CTLET Recommended Workflows

Other Resources 

Lynda.com tutorials

Official Blackboard Complete Instructor Manual

Tip: If you have questions using Blackboard, you can type your question in your browser's search bar and find a variety of sites that can provide a solution.

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