Downloading the Poll Everywhere PowerPoint Add-in on Classroom Computers

Presenters can download integration software for PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides via the Poll Everywhere website. If you’re using Poll Everywhere on a classroom computer, however, you will need a special version of the installer that doesn’t require administrative credentials. Instructions for downloading this installer are posted here:

Poll Everywhere PowerPoint Add-In

Download the installer software here and run the installer package. You won’t need administrative credentials so long as you choose “Just me” when it asks if you would like install for everyone or just you. You won’t need to open a separate program, but you will need to click on the “Poll Everywhere” tab in PowerPoint and log in every time you run Poll Everywhere questions in your PowerPoint presentation.

  1. To log in, click the “log in” button and type in your address in the username/address field.
  2. The app will recognize that you need to sign on via single sign on and prompt you to click the link to the single sign on form.
  3. Click the link and enter your portal/Blackboard credentials.

You’ll be logged into the app, which will allow you to run poll questions when you run your PowerPoint presentation in presentation mode.

How to Use the Student View in Blackboard

Blackboard instructors can view a course exactly as a student sees it in order to verify the availability of items to students, try an assessment from a student’s point of view, or to see what the course looks like as a student generally.
To view a course from the point of view of a student, select “Go To Student View” from the top-right of your course site.

This will create an example student called “Demo User” in your course.  You will become the demo student and you will be able to click around your course and see what it is like from the point of view of a student.

When you are ready to return to the instructor’s view of the course, click Return to Teacher View at the top-right.

If you submitted an assignment or took a test while using the Student View, when you return to Instructor view, you will find the results in the Grade Center under the student name “User, Demo” (Demo User).  You may also add the Demo User to Groups so that you will be able to see the groups in Student View.

This Demo User is temporary and will be deleted automatically within 24 hours. You can bring it back whenever you’d like by using Student View again.


We hope you find the Student View useful in your course.

How to Merge Courses in Blackboard

If you are teaching several different course sections of the same course, or two cross-listed courses, you may want to combine your students into one course site in Blackboard.  Blackboard administrators can combine courses in Blackboard by using the “Merge Course Enrollments” tool, which will copy (merge) students from one or more sections into another.

Instructors that would like to request a course merge should complete the merge request form.

Blackboard administrators should merge courses according the following instructions:

1. Select the Admin tab in Blackboard and click the Courses link to search for the parent course (to which all courses will be merged).

2. When you have identified the parent course, click the chevron (options menu) to the right of the course name and select Edit.

3. Under the General Information section, select the checkbox “Select Courses to Merge” to open Child Courses.  Click the Browse button to search for and select child courses. You can select one or more courses at once. When all child courses have been selected, click the Submit button in the course search window.

4. You may optionally change the name of the parent course to indicate that will be a combined course. To do this, modify Course Name from the General Information section at the top.

5. Click the Submit button at the bottom of the screen to finalize the merge.

All students will be copied from the child course into the parent course automatically and will be maintained going forward. In the Grade Center of the parent (main) course, there will be a column showing the original section the student was in before the merge as a reference.

Courses can be un-merged after merging from the course search screen. Click the chevron (options menu) of the child course using the Separate option. The students from the child course will be unenrolled from the parent course, but will remain in the child course.


– The merge function merges in the students from the child courses but does not merge or copy course material.  You will need to post the course material you wish to distribute in the main parent course as you normally would, or use the course copy function to copy material from one course site to another as desired.

– The merge function does not copy student grades, assignment submissions, or tests from one course to another.  It only copies the student enrollments and maintains them going forward.

How to use the Assignments feature to collect student work

Blackboard “Assignments” are a way to collect student documents and files in Blackboard.

Adding an Assignment item to a course allows an instructor to post instructions or a document, retrieve the completed assignment as another document or file from a student, and review and grade that assignment via the Grade Center. Blackboard also provides enhanced file management options, including bulk downloading and cleanup of these submitted items. The Assignment feature can accept any file type from students.

How to create an Assignment:

1. In your course, toggle Edit Mode at the top right to “On”.


2. On the left of the course site, click on the name of the Content Area where you wish to add the Assignment, for example, “Assignments”

3. Click the “Assessments” button and then click “Assignment”

Assessments > Assignment

Give the Assignment a name, type or paste some instructions into the text box

You may add file attachments (“Assignment Files”, such as lists of questions for students to answer, articles to read, presentations to review, maps or spreadsheets to analyze) using the “Browse My Computer” button.

Set options for Grading and Availability. You may set the “Number of Attempts” section to allow the students to submit more than once. The Grade Center will record and preserve all attempts.

4. Click the “Submit” button on the right to post the Assignment.


What the students see:

Students can view the assignment in the selected content area on the left side of the course.

They can look at the assignment and download any necessary documents the instructor has posted. After doing the work necessary to complete the assignment, students should click the assignment link (the name of the assignment is a link) to upload and submit their work. They may use the “Browse My Computer” button to find the files they want to submit, and they can also post comments about the Assignment in the text box. These comments will appear in your Grade Center. A student can submit multiple files for one assignment if desired, but students can only submit an Assignment once unless the instructor sets the assignment options to allow multiple submissions (see above, step 3).

How to view submitted Assignments (Grade Center):

Instructors retrieve and grade Assignments through the Grade Center, much like any other kind of assessment.

When a student submits an assignment, a yellow exclamation mark will appear in the student’s cell in the Grade Center. Click the drop-down arrow and select “View Grade Details” or a particular attempt to review and grade the students attempt(s).

View Assignment Attempt



You may download all the students’ papers at once by clicking the drop-down arrow to the right of the column heading at the top, and selecting “Assignment File Download”:



Allowing Students to re-submit an Assignment

If a student needs to re-submit a single-attempt assignment, the instructor may manually reset the student’s previous submission by clicking the drop-down arrow next to the exclamation mark that represents the student’s submission in the Grade Center, and then clicking “View Grade Details” > “Clear Attempt” button.

We hope this information is helpful!

How to opt-in to receiving SMS notifications in Blackboard

If you would like to receive text message (SMS) notifications from Blackboard to your mobile phone, you may opt-in using the “Notification Settings” options in Blackboard.  Here’s how:

  1. Log into Blackboard at
  2. Click your name at the upper right, then click “Settings” here:
  3. Click “Personal Information“, then “Edit Personal Information”
  4. Scroll down and verify that your mobile phone number is correct.  Make corrections and then click “Submit” at the bottom.
  5. Click your name again at the upper right, then click “Edit Notification Settings” under Settings.
  6. Click the “courses I am taking” link.
  7. Scroll down.  For every event for which you would like to receive a text message notification, check a box in the “SMS” column.
  8. Click Submit at the bottom.

Going forward, whenever one of the events listed occurs, you will receive a text message from Blackboard.

We hope this information is helpful.