At Wichita State, the chosen LMS is Blackboard. The following topics should assist in getting you started using Blackboard. For more information, please visit Wichita State’s Office of Instructional Design and Access website to view their Blackboard tutorial videos for students. Topics include: submitting assignments, SafeAssign, discussion boards, tools, and computer basics. If you still need more assistance, the Blackboard for Students website covers many issues you may encounter.
Before accessing Blackboard, make sure you are using the proper browser. Blackboard is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, but NOT Internet Explorer. You will need three pieces of information to access Blackboard: the web address of Wichita State’s Blackboard site (https://blackboard.wichita.edu), your username, and your password. It is also possible to access Wichita State’s Blackboard through your myWSU portal; however, this is not recommended because it will log you out without notification, which is especially problematic if you are attempting an assignment or test.
Once you are logged on to Blackboard, select Courses in the ribbon at the top of your screen.
The course list screen will now be available and you should see the titles of each of your courses. To access a course, click on the title.
Each department and/or instructor will has the ability to design and edit the look and navigation of their course; however, some common elements exist.
There are two ways you can contact your instructor through Blackboard.
Your instructor can add assignments to different areas of your course. You might access assignments from a link on the course menu called Assignments. Or, your instructor might incorporate assignments into each week’s content. Ask your instructor if you have questions about how your course is organized.
From within your course, navigate to the test and click on the title. On the next page, select begin. At the top of each test or survey, you can view the information about multiple attempts, the timer, navigation, description and instructions. You will also be informed if you must complete the test after you open it or if the instructor has allowed multiple attempts. Select the arrows next to the information section to collapse or expand it. If your test is timed, the timer status bar will keep you updated. If your instructor chooses auto-submit, the test will be submitted when the allotted time is reached, whether you have completed the test or not. If the instructor has chosen continue beyond the time limit, you may continue until you are finished and the instructor will determine final scoring. Please note that if you save and exit on any test, the timer will continue to run.
You can view grades for all of your courses or for one course at a time. To view grades for all of your courses, select the arrow next to your name in the upper-right corner. In the menu, select My Grades. To only view the grades for the course you’re in, select the My Grades link on the course menu or from the Tools page. Click on an assignment’s title to view details about the assignment, such as instructor feedback and your grade. If your instructor used a rubric, select View Rubric to view the details. Select the View Feedback icon to view instructor feedback in a pop-up box.