Documentation:Connect/Resources Index

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General Resources

Getting Started with Connect

Orientation to the Connect Environment


Tool Guides




Top 10 My Connect Modules

UBC Blogs Tool Link

Course Content

  • Getting Started with Your Course Environment (PDF)
  • Getting Started with Course Content (PDF)
  • Integrate Web 2.0 Tools in Your Blackboard Learn Course (PDF)
  • Getting Started with Twitter (PDF)

Communicate and Collaborate

  • Getting Started with Groups (PDF)
  • Getting Started with Interactive Tools (PDF)
  • Getting Started with Journal Prompts (PDF)

Assessing Student Learning

  • Getting Started with Assignments (PDF)
  • Getting Started with Building a Test (PDF)

Course Management

  • Getting Started with the Grade Center (PDF)
  • Getting Started with Needs Grading (PDF)
  • Getting Started with Automatic Regrading (PDF)

Other Resources


Course Content

Course Menu

The course menu on the left-hand side bar can be a mix of content areas and direct tools links.

Content Areas

Instructors create content areas to organize the course materials such as readings, assignments, discussion forum link based on their course structure (e.g. By week, By topic).

Content Items

Content items are the different kinds of course materials you can add to a content area such as URLs, HTML pages and syllabi.

Content Collection & Copyright

The Content Collection is where all of your course files are stored. You will need to include the copyright information for each file.

Resources below are developed by Blackboard Inc. There may be minor difference in wording and interface,

Course Reserves

Course Reserves allows you create a single list of articles, book chapters, and other media resources for your students to access from the UBC Library for use in your courses.


Kaltura is a video platform where you can integrate video into your course activities (e.g. video assignments, lecture capture).



Create and Upload Videos

Manage and Share Videos


Combine other online media (e.g. YouTube videos, Flickr photos) with your course content.

Voice Authoring

Facilitate and promote instruction, collaboration, coaching and assessment through voice and sound.

Course Home Page

Choose and customize the first page students see when they enter your course.

Manage Content

Edit, reorganize, and customize course content.


Communicate and Collaborate


Alert students with course reminders and updates.


What is a blog?

Weblog or blog is a tool used for personal online journals, discussions or a course space. In Connect, there are two blog tools available: Connect Blogs and UBC Blogs.

Connect Blogs

UBC Blogs


Foster discussions between all course participants in one centralized location.

General Resources

Create & Organize Discussions

Manage & Grade Discussions

Voice Board


Piazza is a Q&A style forum that can be easily integrated with Connect. Piazza allows:

  • Students and Instructors to post questions. Other students’ or Instructors can answer to the question.
  • Instructors and students to endorse students’ questions and answers.
  • Instructors to check the statistics to see contributions from the students.
Setup Instructions

The Piazza website provides useful resources such as:


Send email messages from within Connect to your students using your email address from the Faculty Service Centre (FSC).


Create student groups for course projects and peer to peer support.

Instant Messaging

Blackboard Instant Messaging (BbIM) is an instant messaging tool that can support study groups, meetings and office hours via web conferencing, VoIP and collaborative whiteboards.

More information on how to use Blackboard Collaborate Instant Messaging can be found at


iPeer is a web application integrated into Connect to develop and deliver rubric-based peer evaluations.


Journals provide a personal writing space for students for self reflection or private communication with the instructor.

Resources below are developed by Blackboard Inc. There may be minor difference in wording and interface,


Send internal text-based messages to other course participants that can only be accessed and archived within the course.

Web Conferencing

Facilitate classes, meetings, presentations, discussion groups via an interactive web conferencing tool.

General Resources

Web Conferencing in Connect

Web Conferencing Outside of Connect

Blackboard Collaborate Plan

Blackboard Collaborate Plan is a tool that can help you organize your content and activities for your web conferencing session.

More information on how to use Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing can be found at


A collaborative writing tool where you and your students can easily act as writer, editor, and publisher.

Assess Student Learning


Assignments may ask for text, to attach a file, enter comments, or a combination of these actions for submission.


Clickers (or Student Response Systems) are wireless handheld devices that allow students to respond to classroom polls and quizzes, regardless of class size and common student dynamics.

Respondus Quiz

Respondus Quiz is a tool for creating and managing exams and quizzes that can be printed to paper or published directly to your Connect course.

More information on how to use Respondus Quiz can be found at Please download the guide for the Blackboard Personality.


Create and attach rubrics for any graded course activity to help students understand how they will be assessed.

Tests, Surveys and Pools

The Assessments Tool (i.e. tests and surveys) in Connect allows you to offer tests to students that are auto-marked by the computer and provide them the opportunity to practice and receive just-in-time feedback on their results.

General Resources

Managing Assessments

Self Assessment Tools


Surveys are not graded. They are useful for gathering data from students that is not used to evaluate student performance.

Resources below are developed by Blackboard Inc. There may be minor difference in wording and interface,


Tests are sets of questions that are graded to measure student performance.

Test Questions

Test/Question Pools

Pools are sets of questions that can be added to any Test or Survey. Creating a pool will prevent you from questions to be accidentally deleted.

Grade a Test

Resources below are developed by Blackboard Inc. There may be minor difference in wording and interface,

Course Management

Grade Center

The Grade Center is a powerful tool to organize, filter, and manage student grades.

Anonymous and Delegated Grading

Anonymous nad Delegated Grading


Inline Grading

Managing the Grade Center

Needs Grading

The Needs Grading page shows you all the assessment activities that still need to be graded.

Organizing the Grade Center

Grading in Faculty Service Centre

Manage Course Availability and Dates

Set when students can have access to your course.

Monitor Student Performance

Monitor student activity and performance in your course based on a number of metrics.

Global Navigation

You can easily navigate between courses, see new course updates and set your Connect calendar.