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Blackboard Discontinued Fall 2020

Activate your Brightspace & Blackboard Courses


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How do I preview my Brightspace course as a "Learner"?

Every course in Brightspace now has  “Preview Learner” as a student  available to you in the classlist. Instructors now are able to "Impersonate" this “learner” (but not every student in your classlist) to get a real-life student preview of your course. 

While impersonating a “Preview Learner” in your own course you may explore your course from the student’s perspective: take your own quizzes, complete assignments, verify restrictions to your items, or check if your learning materials are displaying the way you designed them. 

How to enable the Preview Learner in Brightspace

Brightspace Essentials (Workshop recording, 18 min, chapterized)

Brightspace Essentials  (Workshop Recording, 18 minutes)

Turn on closded captions! "Brightspace Essentials" is the session for those who are planning to make their first steps in Brightspace. We will cover only the basics to help you get started: how to create a course structure, add files, videos and discussion modules for your learners.


1. UMA Brightspace Support

2. Brightspace Landing Page

3. Customizing your course homepage

4. Adding course materials to a course

5. Add visual appeal to your course

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Compare & Contrast Blackboard and D2L Brightspace (Workshop recording, 30 mins)

Where can I find UMA-specific Brightspace tutorials for Instructors?

You can find Brightspace Tutorials for UMA Instructors in 2 locations:

1. On our Faculty Portal:

2. UMA Faculty Orientation to Brightspace (UMS login required):

Live remote help (on Zoom) is available at the UMA Faculty Development Center, Mo-Fri, 10-4:

Where do I order textbooks for my courses?

To define textbooks for the courses,  please go to, click on UMA Quick Links - eCampus Textbook Requisition

Respondus Lockdown Browser (Instructors and Students)

LockDown Browser® is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system. 
How LockDown Browser Works

  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
  • Browser menu and toolbar options are removed, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop
  • Prevents access to other applications including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and remote desktops
  • Printing and screen capture functions are disabled
  • Copying and pasting anything to or from an assessment is prevented
  • Right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts and task switching are disabled
  • An assessment cannot be exited until the student submits it for grading
  • Assessments that are set up for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with other browsers

Learning Zoom (Beginners)

This is ANY TIME Training.  Click here to start the training. 

Course details

Collaborate more seamlessly using Zoom, the popular video conferencing tool. In this course, staff instructor Garrick Chow shows how to schedule, moderate, and participate in Zoom meetings. Garrick begins by showing how to set up your Zoom account and adjust audio and video settings. Next, he walks through joining and participating in meetings scheduled by others. Garrick covers how to use a variety of options during meetings such as adjusting views, muting your microphone, turning your video camera on and off, and sharing your screen. Finally, Garrick demonstrates how to host your own Zoom meetings, from scheduling and adjusting moderator settings to recording meetings. 

Contact if you have any questions after you have begun or completed this training.

Blackboard Essential Training for Instructors

ANY TIME Training: Blackboard Essential Training for Instructors Click here to start the training. 

Course details

Get the Blackboard training you need to quickly enroll students and start creating assignments. Patrick Crispen shows instructors how to customize their course sites, manage users, and add and organize course content, including multimedia and online assessments. He also shows how to enter scores, create grading periods, and more in the Grade Center. 

If after experiencing this training you have questions contact

Blackboard Grade Center

This is ANY TIME Training.  Click here to start the training.

Blackboard® Grading Center is a grade book module incorporated into Blackboard. It is set up much like Excel® or any other spreadsheet program. Like a regular grade book, the Grading Center allows you to track student progress, provide feedback to students, download grades to your computer, and create reports. This online training series helps you become familiar with Grading Center's flexibility and the many features that will make grading easy for educators.

Contact if you have any questions after you have begun or completed this training.

Accessibility Statement

The University provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities upon request. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for a workshop should contact the Faculty Development Center at or (207) 262-7979 to submit a request. Due to the lead-time needed to arrange certain accommodations, individuals should submit their request no later 1 week before the event.