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Danley Hall, Room 102

(580) 559-5884 or (580) 559-5770

Important Dates and Deadlines

Instructional Designer

Wendy McKibben
Instructional Designer
Admin. Building, CETL Room 213




February 15 2017

It is time to archive your FA16 shells... I have instructions on how to archive your shells on the Blackboard How-To Guide Tab. Look at the PDF called: How to Backup Blackboard Shells.

January 24 2017

Okay, everyone can log back into Blackboard. (1:49 pm)

Folks...Blackboard is down and IT is working on it.(1:10 pm) I will post when we get it back up.

A Memo to Students about Studying for Finals:

"The end of the semester is rarely pretty. You’re tired; I’m tired. You’ve got a zillion things to get done—ditto for me." 

December 6 2016

Hey All:

Hopefully when the system updates tonight crocodoc will come back up with the reboot. I will check first thing tomorrow.(5:00 pm)

Crocodoc is down right now. IT is looking into it and I will post here when they get it back up and running.(3:24pm)

November 22 2016

Hello All:

Just wanted to let everyone know we are working on the SP17 shell load course name error today. The course ID is correct in that it says SP17 but the course names are reading FA16...we had hoped the fix would be really quick and easy but we ran into a snag. I will post here when we are able to fix this error and re-run the load files. Thanks for your patience while we work on this situation. If you have any questions feel free to call me at ext. 844 or email me at

November 16 2016

In a couple of days we will be loading the SP17 shells into Blackboard. I just want you all to be thinking about the fact that some of your links inside your syllabus will NOT be correct anymore due to the changes being made to the ECU website. I have updated the BB Template for this coming semester and have constantly been checking my CETL page links to be sure they are working. Go ahead and use these resources to help you update your syllabus. If you have questions or concerns give me a call at ext. 844 or email me at 


I have been asked to post information about Blackboard Building Blocks on both the Faculty CETL pages and the Student CETL pages. So far I have gotten a few done and they are housed under the How To Tabs on both the Faculty Pages and the Student Pages. Over the next week or so I will continue to post more information about each of the B2s on Blackboard. If you have not gone to check out my Student CETL Pages yet here is the URL:

Center For Excellence In Teaching and Learning


CETL Training Lab is in the Administration Building

Second Floor

Room 214a

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


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


Information on East Central University's Specific Technology

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 East Central University 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

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 successful 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.