How to add a course on Blackboard

iSpring e-Learning authoring tools have the maximum copmatibility level with Blackboard LMS. Blackboard has known reporting issues with plain SCORM courses. Therefore, we incorporated these options especially for Blackboard. First, there is an option to publish your course in the Blackboard-compatible format for fluent reporting (it is still SCORM 2004 but with BB specific). iSpring also provides a certified Building Block to upload published course packages.

Publishing content to Blackboard involves three stages:

  1. Install the iSpring building block for Blackboard (do it only once).
  2. Publish your content for Blackboard in the iSpring authoring tool.
  3. Upload your content to Blackboard.

Did you know that iSpring is the only e-Learning authoring tool vendor that features a certified building block for the Blackboard LMS?

Install the iSpring Building Block for Blackboard

  1. 1Download the iSpring building block for Blackboard.
  2. 2Log in to your Blackboard account as an administrator.
  3. 3Open the System Admin tab.Blackboard log in and System Admin tab
  4. 4Go to Building Blocks/Installed Tools.
  5. 5Click the Upload Building Blocks button.
  6. 6Click the Browse button and navigate to the downloaded file iSpring_blackboard.war.
  7. 7Click the Submit button.

    "iSpring Plugin" will be added to the list of installed building blocks. Now that you have installed it, you have to enable it.

    Installing iSpring Building Block - Content Tool
  8. 8Find "iSpring Plugin" in the list.
  9. 9Choose Available from both drop-down menus to activate it.

Publish to Blackboard format

Open the publishing window by clicking the Publish button on the iSpring panel in PowerPoint. Then perform the following steps:

  1. 1Select the LMS tab on the left.
  2. 2Switch to the Learning Course tab on the top.
  3. 3

    Select Blackboard 9.x in the Type drop-down menu.

  4. 4Click the Publish button to produce a learning package.
  5. iSpring Suite publishing window:

    Publishing e-Learning course to Blackboard

Note: Check the General tab to make sure that you publish all slides and use the zip output option.

You can also tweak your course parameters (see the table below).

Blackboard Settings
Rate number of slides viewed Choose the minimum number of slides that must be viewed.
Score Specify how many points are awarded for viewing all slides.
Weight Specify how much weight the score above has in the final score.
Rate quizzes Select this checkbox to take the results of the listed quizzes into account in the final score.
Use total grade Select this checkbox if you want to add the total grade to the Blackboard Grade Book.
Max Score Specify the maximum score a user can get by viewing all slides and completing all quizzes.
Passing score Specify the minimum number of points a user should score to pass the lesson.

Learn more about report progress and copmletion settings

Add SCORM Content to Blackboard

Now that you have generated a zipped package, you can upload it to Blackboard:

  1. 1On the Content page in Blackboard, move the mouse over the More button and click the Add iSpring Content button.
    Adding SCORM content to Blackboard
  2. 2Click the Browse for Local File button and choose the package you have published with iSpring. Uploading iSpring Content to Blackboard
  3. 3Click Submit. Editing course properties
  4. 4

    Edit the properties of the content item, if necessary.

    Content Information
    Title Type your lesson name here.
    Description Type a brief description of your lesson here.
    Content Items
    Title Type the name for a content item here.
    Add to grade book Register the score of an individual content item in the grade book.
    Weight Specify the weight of a given content item in the lesson.
    Total mark
    Add total mark to grade book Select this checkbox if you want to add the total mark of the lesson to the grade book.
    Percentage mark Select this radio button if you prefer percentage to total score.
    Passing percent Specify how high a percentage the student should score to complete the lesson.
    Score mark Select this radio button, if you prefer total score to percentage.
    Max score Specify the maximum number of points a student can earn in this lesson.
    Passing score Specify how many points a student should score to complete this lesson.
    Content options
    Limit lesson duration Specify the period of time a student can study the lesson.
    Display after Specify the date and time after which the lesson becomes available.
    Display until Specify the date and time until which the lesson is available.
    Make content visible Select this checkbox to let students see this lesson.
    Track number of views Select this checkbox if you want the system to register how many times a given lesson has been viewed.
    Grade first attempt only Select this checkbox if you want to rate only your students’ first attempts to complete this lesson. For example, if a lesson includes several quizzes, and a student completes only the first quiz at first, the system will rate the first quiz. The next time the student views this lesson and repeats the first quiz, his/her new results will be ignored. The system will register only the results of the subsequent quizzes.
  5. 5Click the Submit button.
  6. 6

    Your package will be uploaded to Blackboard and will appear in the Content list.

    View added Scorm content on Blackboard