Faculty Announcements


Welcome to the Fall 2018 Semester!


See "Bb Tools" and "Teaching with Bb" links to the left for additional online resources.


Effective December 31, 2018, Blackboard Instant Messenger (Blackboard IM) will no longer be available. Click here for more information.

What's New with Blackboard upgrade?

Blackboard was upgraded to the Q4 2017 release on May 20, 2018.


More efficient grade center cleanup: Instructors can now delete multiple columns at once. Selected manual and calculated columns are removed completely. Selected columns associated with gradable items are cleared of attempt and grade data but remain in the Grade Center. Go to Grade Center, Column Organization.

Submission receipts enhancements -Students will receive a notification email for each assignment attempt with information about the submission including attached files. Students can also access receipts at any time on the My Grades page in the submissions filter area. Click here for more information.


Collaborate Ultra Sessions for groups - Instructors can choose to add Collaborate Ultra sessions to group pages. See: Collaborate for Groups


Discussion Board "replies to me": Keeping up with large discussion board forums is made easier by giving users a "New Reply" count. Unread replies to their posts can be easily identified and read.


Chemistry Notation Support: The math editor found in the Content Editor has been updated to a newer version of WIRIS. This version adds tools specific to chemistry including an embedded periodic table of elements.


Click here for a flyer of the upgrade overview

Click here for a feature guide with detailed information




Click on links below for useful information








Submission Confirmation Receipts


Administrators and instructors can keep track of all student submissions, regardless of whether the attempt or assignment is deleted or the submission history is changed. A submission receipt is captured at the time of submission and includes information such as attached file information, date, time, etc. This feature provides evidence for academic disputes, giving students assurance about their work.

A receipt is generated for each group member when a student submits on behalf of the group, and the anonymous state of an assignment is respected. For assignments with multiple attempts, students receive a different number for each submission. Students will now receive an email with their submission notification. Instructors can run a report listing all student submissions. Click here for more information.








Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience

Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact with your students. Collaborate with the Ultra experience opens right in your browser, so you don't have to install any software to join a session. Click here for frequently asked questions and a Bb video. For more information on how to get started with Collaborate in your Blackboard course, click here.






Blackboard Mobil Learn Apps:

The Blackboard Instructor Mobile Learn App is a mobile solution that helps instructors and those in teaching roles manage their courses, and easily communicate with learners and quickly complete administrative tasks. Click here for a video on the Instructor Mobile App.


For additional help with the Instructor App, click here.


Student Mobile Learn App: There is also a new app designed especially for students to view content and participate in courses. The app is available on iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices. Click here for information on the Student App.







Blackboard Jumpstart Training

Blackboard is the college’s academic learning management system (LMS).  All PGCC faculty are expected to use Blackboard to support and enhance every credit class offered on campus. This training is mandatory for all faculty who will be teaching at the college for the first time.  Sign up by searching for “Blackboard Jumpstart” in Cornerstone!


  • Online via Blackboard
    • August 13–September 10, 2018      
  • Largo Campus at Adjunct Summit
    • August 25, 2018







Blackboard Instant Messenger (IM)

Effective December 31, 2018, Blackboard Instant Messenger (Blackboard IM) will no longer be available. 
Blackboard has completed an assessment of what would be required to continue developing and supporting Blackboard IM. They have determined that the product requires significant investment and developmental updates that are not aligned with their strategy and therefore have chosen to discontinue Blackboard IM.

New users for the fall 2018 term will need a technician from eLearning Services to send an invite in order for them to get the download file to install Blackboard IM on their laptop or computer. Please submit an askPGCC ticket to request this service. 


eLearning recommends using Bb Collaborate Ultra for a replacement to Bb IM.






Important Dates

August 23: Courses starting on August 27th will become available to students in Blackboard.
August 27: First day of fall 2018 semester.


All other courses will become available to students 4 days prior to the start date of the course.








Information for Faculty Teaching Online and Hybrid/Online Courses

Online Student Orientation

There will be no on-campus Online Student General Orientation for the fall session. eLearning will be available in CAT 109 for student drop-ins between 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 23rd.

Individual Instructor-led Course Orientation sessions will be held between 5:00pm and 8:00pm on Thursday, August 23rd. Click Here for schedule.


Online Tutoring - SMARTHINKING

Smarthinking is an online tutoring service that Prince George's Community College has made available to online students. Smarthinking provides tutoring in a variety of subjects, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!  Please inform your online students about this valuable tool. Note:  Due to the limited licensing, we are only able to extend this service to online students at this time. Smarthinking can be accessed through the "Quicklinks" button in your course.



eLearning Online Student Orientation “Course” in Blackboard

All online and hybrid/online students have been enrolled in the Blackboard course “eLearning Online Student Orientation". From this Blackboard course, students can access the online student orientation and other helpful information to help them get started in their online course.







Information for ALL Faculty Teaching With Blackboard


Bb Course Site Availability

All Blackboard courses will become available to students 4 days prior to the start date of the course. Students registered for regular-semester classes that begin on Monday, August 27th will be able to access their courses in Blackboard on Thursday, August 23, 2018.







Need Help With Blackboard?

The eLearning website has a wealth of information on Blackboard and other tools used with Blackboard.

  • The Teaching with Blackboard page has a variety of tutorials and other training materials to help you teach with Blackboard.
  • New to Blackboard or still searching for an answer? Our How Do I? page has additional tutorials on getting started with Blackboard.
  • See the list of Known Issues or the eLearning blog for updates and workarounds.