Clean Up Your Bb Course List

January 31, 2013 in BB Tutorials, BB Tutorials, Distance Learning, Faculty, Student


I don’t know about you but my Blackboard course list can get quickly out-of-control. Thanks to some improvements in Bb, we now have the option to organize all our courses by term. This makes it much easier to find things and turn off courses in past terms. Another great thing is this option is available for both faculty and students.

Watch the video or follow the directions to learn more:


Step 1: Go to your “My Blackboard Courses” module.

Step 2: Click the gear wheel icon in the upper right hand corner of the module. You must hover over the corner for the icon to appear.

Step 3: Go to Item 1 “Terms” and click the “Group by Term” checkbox.

 Step 4: Make your selections for how you would like your terms to appear.

Step 5: Click  the Submit Button

Now, your courses should be organized by term in Blackboard. You can even use the arrows to the left of each term to expand or collapse the list.

Seeing Blackboard through the Eyes of a Student

February 16, 2012 in BB Tutorials, Discovery Fridays, Faculty

image of student using laptop

Sometimes you don’t know what you DON’T know… and this is probably one of those things.

Did you know that every faculty member has TWO active Blackboard usernames? Well you do!

All of us have our username that we use each day to log into the MyVCCS/MyWCC portal like jdoe123. This username can also be used to log into Bb directly, by going to This should not be news to anyone.

All of us also have a second username that we can use to log into Bb directly as a student. This second username is the same as your normal username with an underscore student added to the end, such as jdoe123_student. (Note: The password for both is the same)

Why do we have a second username? This username allows us to enroll ourselves in our Bb courses using the student role and view our courses as a student would see them.

This can be very useful for checking:

  • Content Areas
  • Assessments
  • My Grades Tool (Adding yourself as a student is the only way to view this tool in Bb)

I add my student username to all my courses to check my gradecenter and the student’s My Grades tool to assure that graded items are displaying and calculating correctly.

How do you add your username_student to your courses? You use the same process you would for adding any student to Bb, just enter your username_student. If you have never added a student to a Bb course see this short tutorial: How to add a user to your Bb course.

How do I access my course as a student? You go to and log directly into Bb using your username_student and your normal username’s password.

Please remember that you must make your course “available” to students and while logged in as a student, you cannot edit or change any content. You are a STUDENT.

Also you cannot be logged in as a student and as faculty simultaneously in the same browser. You can get around this by using different browsers, such as Firefox and Explorer.

This can be a very useful tool for inspecting and fine tuning your Bb courses. If you have any question about setting this up, please contact Distance Learning and we will assist you.


Ken Fairbanks
Director of Distance & Distributed Learning
Wytheville Community College