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Blackboard 9.1 FAQ

Converting Your WebCT Course


It is recommended to rebuild Blackboard courses from the ground up. Converting from WebCT archives may produce some errors with course files and permissions.

Please note that the Edit mode must be turned ON before you can add, or change any content or tool on the course site.

Please DO NOT delete any items on the Home Page transferred from WebCT before you move them to a content area on BB9 course site.

  • How do I restore a WebCT 4.1 course to my BB 9.1 course?
    • Contact Lance.stoll@utoledo.edu to code your course as BB9 course.
    • Contact UTLV@utoledo.edu or your instructional designer indicating the course number, section number, and the semester you would like to transfer from for a course.
    • UTLV will convert the backup and restore it onto your BB9 course site.

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  • How do I know what contents are not successfully transferred from the old course?
    • After the course was restored to the new site, you will receive a report in your email indicating the status of the process. You can also check the log on your course site:
      • Click Packages and Utilities under Control panel.
      • Click View Log.

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      • Your will see the log file. It shows the status of the resorting process. Then you check those areas that need attention and fix them with the help of your instructional designers and this FAQ page.

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  • I have a link on the left menu. How do I remove it?
    • When the Edit Mode is ON, click the contextual menu button to reveal a list of options.
    • Select Delete and Click it.

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    • Click OK, when a warning message appears.
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  • I have two Homepages on the left course menu. How do I remove one of them?
    • When the old course was transferred to the new system, the old homepage was transferred over as a content area.  It should not be removed from the course menu.  However, the Homepage link on the top of the left menu can be renamed to “Notifications” because it contains course announcements, calendars, and What’s New, etc. How do I rename it or other items on the course menu?
      • Click the contextual menu to reveal a list of options.
      • Click Rename Link.

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      • Replace the current name with a new name.
      • Click the green check mark.
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  • I used WebCT internal email to communicate with students in my course. Is there a similar tool in BB9?
    • Blackboard 9.1 has two communication tools: Messages and Email. The Messages tool functions exactly the same as the old WeBCT internal email tool. However, the email tool in BB9 is an external email. You can send email messages to students’ UT email account with it.  Although it is convenient to send out a message to students’ UT email accounts, you will not be able save a copy of the sent message on the course site. Therefore, the Messages Tool is recommended.   How do I change the Email (WebCT internal email) into Messages in the new system?
      • Click the contextual menu icon next to the Email (a term used in WebCT) to reveal a list of options.
      • Click Edit.
      • Replace the older term, e.g. Email with Messages in the box for Link name.
      • Click the Submit button.

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  • All my tests are transferred to the new system, how do I preview the questions?
    • Click the contextual menu icon next to a test or quiz to reveal a list of options.
    • Click Edit the test.

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    • Review all questions and make sure they are correct.
    • Click the OK button at the bottom of the page.

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  • All my tests are transferred to the new system, how do I set up quiz settings and make a quiz available to students?
    • Click the contextual menu icon next to a test or quiz to reveal a list of options.
    • Click Edit the test options.
    • Review each item under Test Availability carefully.

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    • Review each section of the settings, and make changes accordingly. If you are not clear to a setting, click More Help for details.
    • Click the Submit button.

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    • Note: Midnight is 12:00pm and End of day is 11:59PM. Always choose the End of day for the time of due dates, not Midnight.

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  • I could not find tests on the course, where can I find it?
    • Sometimes the quiz link on the course menu may not be transferred correctly. You may see an error message when clicking on it. If this is the case delete the link from the course menu. Look for the quiz link on the Homepage or another link titled Assessment on the course menu. If they are not available, try to locate them under Course Tools.
      • Click Course Tools.
      • Click Tests, Surveys, and Pools.

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      • Click Tests or Pools, you should see a set of tests or a question database. If you do not see anything in these two areas. It is likely that the tests are not transferred over.

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  • It seems that all the tests are not transferred over to the new course site. How can I copy the tests over to the new sites?
    • If you or your instructional designers used Respondus to upload the tests to your WebCT course before, it is likely that you or your instructional designers have copies of these tests in Respondus. Simply open these tests in Respondus, change the Personality to Blackboard 9, set up the settings and upload them to your new course. This is a lengthy process for the first time though; please contact your instructional designer for an individual session. If you do not know who is your instructional designer, contact UTLV@utoledo.edu or call 419 530 8835.

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  • All my assignments are transferred to the new system, how do I set up the settings?
    • Click the contextual menu icon next to an assignment to reveal a list of options.
    • Click Edit.
    • Review each section of the settings. Set assignment availability and due date

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    • Click the Submit button.

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    • Note: Midnight is 12:00pm and End of day is 11:59PM. Always choose the End of day for the time of due dates, not the Midnight.

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  • I have the old syllabus on the course site. How do I replace it with a new Word or PDF document?
    • If the syllabus is added on the left menu, click it.
    • Click the Click the contextual menu icon next to the syllabus to reveal a list of options.
    • Click Edit.
    • Click the Select a Different File button.
    • Click the Browse My Computer button.
    • Locate the new syllabus on your computer, and double click the file name.
    • Click the Submit button.

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  • I would like to add a new area on the left menu for resources.  How do I add it?
    • Click the + sign (Add Menu Item Button) and choose an item (create content area).
    • Enter a title in the name box, e.g. Assignments.
    • Check the box for Available to Users, and click the Submit button.
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  • I added a couple of URLs (web links) to web resources in the WebCT course. I could not locate them on the new course site. What happened?
    • It is likely that those URLs are lost. How do I add them back on the resources page?
    • Click the Resources link on your homepage or the left menu.
    • Mouse over the Build Content button to reveal a list of options.
    • Click URL.

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    • Enter a name for the web resource in the name field.
    • Copy and paste the URL (web address) of the resource.
    • Enter a description of the web resources in the text field (optional).
    • Click the Submit button.

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  • All the discussion topics are transferred to the new course site. How do I hide a forum temporarily?
    • Click the contextual menu next to a discussion forum
    • Click Edit.
    • Under Forum Availability, select No

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    • Click the Submit button.

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    • Please remember to make it available to students when you are ready. You can also set up a time window for the availability of this forum.

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Last Updated: 6/26/15