How to export tests from BlackBoard to Word

Occasionally you will need to export a test from Blackboard to another format – such as Adobe PDF or Word for keeping a printed copy off line. You cannot easily do this directly out of Blackboard, it is not designed with that in mind. You CAN do so through Respondus.


Firstly – Install and configure Respondus on your machine. You may have it installed already; it is a test generating tool available from the VCCS on the Teach tab in Blackboard.screen-shot-2017-01-18-at-10-07-53-am

Once Respondus is set up and running on your machine, follow this procedure:

1)  Click the Retrieval & Reports tab in Respondus.

2)  Click the Retrieve Questions button

3)  Verify the sever settings in the Wizard window. They should be set for the VCCS Blackboard server: Click Next

screen-shot-2017-01-18-at-10-15-37-am4)  When prompted, enter your Blackboard username and Password.

5)  In the appropriate drop downs, select :

1- the Course to retrieve questions from

2- Which Exam (test)/Survey/Pool you wish to pull from

3- Name for the file you are creating

Click Next when ready

6)  Respondus will talk to Blackboard, retrieve your questions, then notify you that the File is Saved with a pop-up. Click OK on the popup.

7)  When the message –Completed Successfully— appears in the Respondus window, click the Finish button.Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 10.22.10 AM.png

8)  Go to the Start tab in Respondus. Click the Open button.

9)  Select your file (named in step 5-3) can click the Open button.

Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 10.26.07 AM.png** Important – you will NOT receive a message or see anything when the file is open, it will just do it and wait for you.

10)  Go to the Preview & Publish tab.

11)  At the bottom of the window you will see two main options.

1 – Save to File – will allow you to save as a text (TScreen Shot 2017-01-18 at 10.32.34 AM.pngXT) Rich Text (RTF) or Word (DOC) file.

2 – Send to Printer will allow you to print a hard copy or “print” to a PDF file if that option is installed on your machine.



Students – How to Create Portfolios on Blackboard

Blackboard has numerous resources available to students, including portfolios.  Students can compile past work into these portfolios to share with prospective hiring managers or graduate schools.  Multiple portfolios can be created for different purposes, such as displaying research or examples of writing.  Read below to learn how to create a portfolio.

Creating Portfolios

The My Portfolios page is the launching point for viewing, creating, and reviewing portfolios. Access the My Portfolios page from the global navigation menu at the top right of the page. Select “Tools” and click “Portfolios”.

To learn how to make a portfolio, watch the step-by-step video below.


Artifacts are evidence of learning, frequently accompanied by reflection by the artifact owner. Artifacts are pieces of content that you can attach to a portfolio and reuse.

Course artifacts are graded content from your course and remain available to you even if you no longer have access to your course. Personal artifacts are any content—text, files, links and multimedia assets—you create/upload.

Using the Content Editor

Learn how to share your portfolio here.

FREE VoiceThread training!

FVoicethread logoaculty: want to learn how to have your students create virtual presentations or conduct oral or video discussions? Look no further than VoiceThread!  On Friday, October 28, at 12:30pm VoiceThread will be conducting a customized training for USD faculty. In this online session, participants will learn the basic features of VoiceThread. An expert VoiceThread trainer will share a variety of examples from real courses and show you how VoiceThread works in the Blackboard environment.

Sign up!

Content to users outside of a Blackboard course (Passes)

What if a student is waitlisted and still needs access to course materials? Or you are collaborating with a user who is not at USD and s/he needs access to course content? Faculty users in Blackboard can issue a Pass!

Passes allow faculty to share a file, folder, or entire course worth of content to any user. Passes generate a shareable URL that can be set to expire on any date.

Click the Content Collection tab to get started, and follow the directions on this page or this  handout!

Blackboard Upgrades!

Love Blackboard? Well it’s just getting better with a bunch of new updates!


  1. Goal Performance Dashboard: Using the Goal Performance Dashboard, students and instructors track progress toward learning objectives as specified within a degree, certificate, or program. The Goal Performance Dashboard provides a personalized learning opportunity for students to progress through content at their own pace and as they master concepts or skills.
  2. Announcement Date Restriction Default: When creating an announcement, “Not Date Restricted” is now selected by default.
  3. Browser Support: Learn 9.1 now supports the Microsoft Edge browser. Some new browser releases no longer support NPAPI plugins. Without these plugins, some Learn features may not render correctly.
  4. User Interface: Users can navigate from thread to thread without having to return to the main Discussions page.
  5. Bug Fixes: A comprehensive list of bug fixes contained in this release can be found on Behind the Blackboard.
    Assessments Test completion status bar floats and covers test questions.
    Grading Unable to print more than one page of a student grade report.
    YouTube Users are unable to embed YouTube videos using YouTube Mashup or Video Everywhere.
    Assessments Calculated formula questions do not go to next screen or answer box is not visible.
  6. BB StudentBB Student Mobile App: With Bb Student, you can view course content and participate on your mobile device:
    • Stay on task with push notifications, a due date list, and activity stream updates.
    • Take assignments, tests, and quizzes and review your submissions.
    • View your course grades as well as individual test and assignment grades.
    • Participate in discussions.
    • Collaborate with your class through video conferencing.
    • Attach assignment files from Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive.