Standard Blackboard Course Shell FAQ

What are the changes to the Standard Blackboard shell?

This 5:30 minute YouTube video outlines the changes made to the Blackboard Shell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeKDEgLMEjc

Are there help videos available to watch if we cannot attend a training session?

Yes, Tracy Helixon made several videos. You can access each one by clicking on the title below:

Who will be required to use the standard Blackboard shell?

All faculty who use Blackboard for their courses will be required to use the shell.

Am I required to have two custom buttons?

No. Custom buttons are optional.

Can I have more than two custom buttons?

No. Additional custom buttons could detract from the goal of providing a consistent Blackboard presence across courses.

Can I add to the name on one of the pre-established buttons? For example, can I change the Tools button to Tools and Tests?

No. Adding words to the buttons could detract from the goal of providing a consistent Blackboard presence across courses. We encourage you to add links directly to the content folders in the “Assignments” section of the course instead. Remember that you can copy the same link into multiple content folders to give students quick access to course resources