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CETL: Information for Faculty: General

Blackboard for Instructors

Technical Support

ECU provides services to aid students in success. The Help Desk provides assistance for the following services:

  • MyECU​
  • Blackboard
  • Email
  • WiFi

Contact Information: 

Helpful Links:

Blackboard Login


Password Reset

Important Dates and Deadlines

Student Web Mail Users

IT Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Why am I unable to enroll on MyECU?
  • How can I login to Blackboard since I've recently changed my name?
  • Does the Help Desk work on student electronic devices? 

Instructional Designer

Wendy McKibben's picture
Wendy McKibben
Instructional Designer
Admin. Building, CETL Room 213

Curriculum Specialist

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Destiny Darbison
Administration Room 217

Center For Excellence In Teaching and Learning


CETL Training Lab is in the Administration Building

Second Floor

Room 214a

Workshop Documentation

Please find below PowerPoints, notes, and other related documents of the workshops and seminars we've had concerning Blackboard. 



November 20 2017

We have added a how-to clean up the grade center guide under the Blackboard How-To Guides Tab>Blackboard How-To Grades Center Box.

September 19 2017

We updated the B2 Mobile Apps on Blackboard. Everyone should be able to download the BB Instructor App now. -Wendy

September 7 2017

All: We have found that when you have your demo student available in the users area, and you send out an email or announcement/email, it will return an error message in Blackboard. The demo student does not have a real email address so therefore, blackboard sends back an error for that email address, but your students are still getting their emails and announcements! You can hide the demo student and just use the "student preview" eye icon to see the course as your students see it (rather than using the "student view" option). This will keep the system from creating that demo student in your users/grade book area. Talk with Destiny if you want more information on this tool. If you have questions or concerns let us know. -Wendy

BB Server Failure Log

December 1, 2017

Blackboard down at 10:00 am; Back up at 10:30 am

October 12 2017

Blackboard down at 1:00 pm; Back up at 1:33 pm

October 11, 2017

Blackboard went down at 2:05 pm; Back up at 2:55 pm

October 6, 2017

Blackboard went down at 9:27 am; Back up at 10:38 am

October 4, 2017

Blackboard went down at 1:10 pm; Back up at 2:25 pm

September 26, 2017

Blackboard went down at 11:30 am; Back up at 1:50 pm

September 14, 2017

Blackboard went down at 10:36 am; Back up at 10:55 am

August 30, 2017

Blackboard went down at 11:10 am; Back up at 12:47 pm. IT reboot began at 1:06 pm; Back up at 2:09 pm

August 14, 2017

Blackboard went down at 2:15 pm; Back up at 2:53 pm

August 2, 2017

Blackboard went down early am; Back up at 9:06 am


Here are the links to the Student CETL Pages:

Main Page

Student Help

Accessibility Information

Privacy Policies

Upcoming CETL Workshops and Seminars

Each of our trainings, unless otherwise noted, will be held in the CETL Lab, ADMIN 214. We have limited space available, so reserve your spot soon! To RSVP, simply click on the workshop/seminar you'd like to attend, and then fill out the Registration form at the bottom of the page (name and email). You will receive a confirmation email from Room Reservations <>--it will likely go to your quarantine, so you will need to be on the lookout for it. You can also cancel your registration at any time. Let us know if you have any questions! 

Blackboard Shell Request Form

The Blackboard form is for online courses that do not have automatic deployment of a shell and those courses that will be developed prior to the start of a semester.

BB Development Shell Form

Online and Blended Course Development Policy

East Central University uses Blackboard as its Learning Management System. Online and blended courses should get an automatic shell created inside Blackboard each semester in order for each professor to load their materials into those shells.

Back in 2015 Oklahoma became one of 27 states in the U.S. to join SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement initiative). This is a nation wide collaborative of states to make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines and make it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education. The benefits for students include access to educational offerings, better resolution of complaints, reduced institutional costs and enhanced overall quality of distance education. East Central University signed the SARA Reciprocity Agreement: Click here for more details: State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Overview

I would just like to point out a couple of details for everyone here:

1) The institutions agree to evaluate the effectiveness of its online learning offerings, including the extent to which the online learning goals are achieved.

2) Faculty responsible for delivering the online learning curricula and evaluating the students' success in achieving the learning goals are appropriately qualified and effectively supported.


Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What are the options for multiple and single attempts and the Grade Center?

A: Here is a link to show all of the options: Multiple Assignment Attempts

Q: How do I upload or download Grade Center Items for Working Offline?

A: Click on this link to get the full how to on Uploading or Downloading Grade Center Items

Q: How do I override grades?

A: Click on this link to get the full how to on Overriding Grades

Blackboard and Login Information

Blackboard News:

Here is a link to check your browser for Blackboard: Browser Checker

Here is a link to a video tutorial on how to use the Blackboard Calendar: Bb Calendar Video Tutorial

How to login to Blackboard:

  1. Access the Internet and go to the ECU Home Page.
  2. Click on Login at the top of the web page then select Blackboard from the menu. 
  3. Enter your User Name and Password and click Login
  4. After logging in, the first page displayed is called My Blackboard. The classes you can access are listed under the title My Courses.
  5. Click on the name of a class to enter the class.

CETL Mission Statement: The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) supports the mission of East Central University by working with faculty, staff, and students to foster success in learning environments through the exploration and use of effective pedagogical practices and instructional technology to support higher education both on campus and through distance education.