NOTE: All Banner generated courses, courses that have an assigned CRN number, including XL/cross listed courses, from Fall 2012 to Summer 2017 inclusive will be archived and then fully deleted from Blackboard on the weekend of January 11/12, 2020. Please backup/archive any courses older than Fall 2017 that you wish to keep offline by December 20th, 2019.

Instructors - Getting Started

Humber Template

Download Humber Template here.
Version 20.07.22 - Release Date July 22, 2020.
Check the release notes to see what has been updated in this version of the template.

Part A: Downloading the Humber Template Using Google Chrome

The following download instructions and screenshots are specific to Google’s Chrome Internet browser. The file downloading process may be slightly different for other Internet browsers.

  1. Click on Humber Template link at the top of the document to download it to your computer as shown below:
  2. Google Chrome will automatically download the file (Humber template) in the "Downloads" folder on your PC.
  3. Note, when you will download a file, you will see it at the bottom of your Chrome screen as shown below:

Part B: Uploading the Humber Template to a Blackboard Course

  1. Log in to Blackboard and click on the course where you want to upload the template into.
  2. On the left side course menu, under Control Panel in Packages and Utilities click on Import Package/View Logs.
  3. On the Import Package/View Logs page click Import Package.
  4. On the Import Package page, Under Select a Package, choose Browse My Computer and upload the Humber Template from the location where it was saved.
  5. Under Select Course Materials, choose the Select All button and then uncheck the box for Announcements. Announcements are automatically added to each site.
  6. Click Submit at the bottom of the page.
  7. It will take a few minutes to process. You will see a status bar at the top of the screen. Once the process is finished, the status bar will indicate import completion. An email will also be sent to you when the process is complete.

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Humber Blackboard Template - Version 20.07.22
Release Notes

New Features and Updates:

  • Content has been re-organized into more logical structure
  • Added Accessible Word templates for faculty for Student Welcome Letter, Critical Path
  • Updated Infographic for "Understanding Blackboard Navigation" along with an Accessible PDF text version
  • Instructor Contact Information is now an Item instead of a Contact card
  • 10 icon sets faculty can use in their courses (with instruction on how to embed into course)
  • Provided two sample modules for faculty needing to develop content – Learning Module Method and Content Folder Method
  • Instructions for Faculty PDF providing faculty with instruction of what they need to do and tips and best practices for teaching online
  • Instructions for Students document

Please note that faculty can roll over their courses and older templates from previous semesters when building their new courses. However, the modifications listed above will not appear in their course unless the newest template is downloaded and used. We strongly encourage faculty to upload the most recent template so that they can maximize the features of Blackboard.

Need help downloading/uploading the new template? Please contact our staff at the Studios.

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Gold Master Blackboard Site

The Gold Master Blackboard site demonstrates the potential of Blackboard Learn 9.1 by exhibiting good/better/best practices when it comes to the various Blackboard Learn 9.1 tools.

How to Access Gold Master Blackboard Site

You can access Gold Master Blackboard Site at Blackboard OpenEducation system. Click on the link below to enrol in the Gold Master Blackboard Site:

Enrol in the Gold Master Blackboard Site

  1. Access the Gold Master Blackboard Site at
  2. Click on Enroll and create a new account.
  3. After creating a new account on Blackboard OpenEducation system, click on "Go To Course" located at the right side of the page.

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Course Copy

You can copy content from an old course with content into a new course (which is typically blank) using the Course Copy option.

NOTE: Be very careful when performing a course copy! It takes just seconds to corrupt valuable content if the course copy is.

  • Done in the wrong direction.
  • Done from/into the wrong course (wrong year, wrong semester).
  • Done multiple times into the same course.


  • Do not perform a "course copy" multiple times into the same course. The "course copy" process is an additive which means it leaves in place whatever content is already in the destination course.

Copy your course

  1. Login to the course containing content.
  2. Verify you are in the right course. (check semester, year, course number, and source content)
  3. Under Control Panel, expand Packages and Utilities, select Course Copy.
  4. For Destination Course ID, click on the Browse button to select the course where you want to add content. Verify that you have selected the correct course. Check semester, year, course number, typically blank course.

  5. Click on Select All to copy your course content to the destination course
  6. Uncheck Announcements because you do not want to copy old announcements over to your new course
  7. Under Discussion Board, select the second option: Include only the forums with no starter posts
  8. You may also uncheck Retention Center Rules if you are planning to create new rules

  9. Under FILE ATTACHMENTS, select the third option: Copy links and copies of the content (include entire course home folder)

  10. Lastly, click on the Submit button
  11. You will receive an email when the copy process is complete.

Blackboard displays a "Success: course copy action queued" message. This means the copy is not complete, but the request has been sent to the server.

After receiving the completion email, you may need to log out and wait a minimum of 15 minutes before the destination course will show all of the copied content. If your course contains large files, the copy process will take even longer.

Edit and clean-up copied results

Old content such as discussion posts, and announcements will have copied over from the original course and should be deleted within the new course.

  • Delete old discussion posts
  • Delete old announcements
  • Update due dates on tests
  • Update due dates on assignments
  • Replace files

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Welcome Letter

  1. Log in to Blackboard and access the course to edit its Welcome letter.
  2. Make sure the Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Click on Getting Started on the course menu bar.
  4. Click on drop down menu button beside the Welcome Letterlink.
  5. From the drop down menu bar, choose Edit in Blackboard
  6. The Welcome letter will open in Blackkboard's built-in content editor. Edit your Welcome letter using the tools available in the content editor.
  7. To save your changes and edits, click on the Submit button.

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Critical Path

  1. Log in to Blackboard and access the course to edit its Critical Path document.
  2. Make sure that Edit Mode mode is ON
  3. Click on Getting Started on the course menu bar.
  4. Click on drop down arrow button beside the Critical Pathlink.
  5. From the drop down menu, choose Edit in Blackboard.
  6. The critical path document will open in Blackkboard's built-in content editor. Edit your critical path using the tools available in the content editor.
  7. To save your changes and edits, click on the Submit button.

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Course Outline

  1. Log in to Blackboard and click on the course where you want to upload the course outline to.
  2. Make sure the Edit Mode is ON.
  3. On the Course Menu bar, click on Getting Started.
  4. On the Getting Started page, click on the drop-down menu beside Add Course Outline Here.
  5. Choose Edit from the drop down menu bar.

  6. Edit the name of your course outline in the Name field.
  7. Attach your Course Outline by clicking Browse My Computer

  8. After you have attached the Course Outline, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Submit. to upload the course outline.

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Course Messages & Email

Messages are private and secure text-based communication that occurs within a course and among course members. Although similar to email, you must be logged in to the course to read and send messages.

NOTE: For optimal performace and to avoid any delay/lag with the Course Messages tool, configure your Internet browsers to auto-clear cache on exit. For help with clearing browser cache, see the tutorial at

Accessing Messages

  1. From the Course Menu under Course Tools click on Course Messages.

How to Send a Message

NOTE: Course messages in Blackboard are internal to Blackboard. Outside email address cannot be entered and email messages cannot be forwarded to an external email address.

  1. On the Course Messages page, click Create Message on the Action Bar.
  2. On the Compose Message page, select To and a list of students enrolled will appear.
  3. In the Select Recipients: To line box, select the users and click the right-pointing arrow to move them to the Recipients box. You can use the Cc and Bcc functions to send the message to those users that may be interested in the message, but are not the primary recipients. When using Bcc, other recipients do not know that the users listed in the Bcc field are receiving the message.
  4. Type the Subject.
  5. Type your message in the Body. You can use the Text Editor functions to format the text and include files, images, web links, multimedia, and Mashups. You may only upload from your course's Course Files section.
  6. In the Attachment section, optionally, add an attachment from your computer.
  7. Click Submit to send your message.

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Edit Mode On/Off

When working as an Instructor or Course Builder in Blackboard 9.1 there are two different modes: the ON mode and the OFF mode.

The On/Off modes can be accessed by the ON/OFF button.

To change between the ON and OFF mode, click the button. It will switch to the mode that is not displayed. If you click the button when the Edit Mode is ON, the edit mode will turn OFF. If you click the button when the edit mode is OFF, the edit mode will turn ON.

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Blackboard Terminology

Listed below is some helpful terminology when navigating Blackboard Learn and our Humber help documents.

Action Bar

The Action Bar is a row at the top of a content area or course tool page containing page-level actions such as Build Content, Assessment, Create Column, and Search.

Action Link

An Action Link, sometimes called a dropdown arrow or dropdown menu, is the small button that appears beside the names of items when you hover over them. It gives you options to Edit, Delete, and Hide the item amongst other options.

Breadcrumbs Path

The Breadcrumbs Path or Orientation Bar is the trail created at the top of your page as you navigate through Blackboard. You can use it to go back to previous pages and expand the trail by clicking on the ellipsis (…).

Content Area

A Content Area is a page that contains links to content that the instructor has added through the Build Content and Assessment tools on the Action Bar. Content Areas are added as links on the Course Menu.

Course ID

The Course ID is the unique identifier for the course including a six digit course number, underscores (_), and hyphens (-). It can be found at the top of your Course Menu.

Course Link

A Course Link is a shortcut to an existing item in your course including Content Areas and Course Tools.

Course Menu

The Course Menu, sometimes called the Sidebar, is the vertical menu on the left side of the course window. The Course Menu allows you to access Content Areas, Course Tools, and the Control Panel.

Edit Mode

Blackboard allows you to switch between Edit Mode: ON, where you can view and interact with the course as an Instructor, and Edit Mode: OFF, where you can view the course as a Student. To change Edit Mode, click the button at the top right of the course window.

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Course ID

New Course IDs (Banner generated)

With the college wide roll out of the new banner enterprise system in the Fall 2014 term, the Blackboard course IDs will now look different..

  1. The new Blackboard course ID will consist of a 4 or 5 digits CRN followed by 6 digits term ID. For example, 1234.201530 where:
    • 1234 is the CRN
    • 201530 is the term ID

Old Course IDs

  1. In the past, the course IDs consist of 6 numeric digits. See below:

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