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Instructor Help

The Instructor Help Blackboard site provides step by step information on how to use features and tools in our campus' SacCT system (Blackboard).

Best Practices

Online Exams: Strategies to Minimize Cheating
This list provides a variety of ways to make your tests more secure.

Course Syllabus Templates
Whether you teach a face-to-face course or fully online, the syllabus is an essential tool for guiding students through the structure and requirements of your course.



Assignments - Download Individual Assignment Submissions
Download individual assignment submissions from the grade center.

Assignments - Download Individual Assignment Submissions after January 2018
Download individual assignment submissions from the grade center.

Assignments - Download All Student Assignment Submissions
Download all student assignment submissions in batch from the grade center.

Assignments - Instructors [UPDATED]
Learn how to create and grade online Assignments in SacCT for students to complete and turn in through your course.

Assignments - Anonymous Grading [NEW]
Enable anonymous grading during the assignment creation stage to eliminate grading bias for high-stake assignments.

Assignments - Delegated Grading
Assign specific users in your course to grade particular sets of student assignment submissions.

Assignments - Reconcile Grades [NEW]
Grades entered by delegated graders need to be reconciled by instructor. Learn how to review and finalize grading done for assignments.


Blogs - Save Blog Entries
Save individual student blog entries or all student blog entries on one page as a PDF file. 

Browser Settings

Java: Enable Java Plugin
Learn about the recent changes to the Java plugin on web browsers and how to enable it.

Flash - Viewing Flash Content in Firefox Browser
Recent changes to Firefox browser disables the automatic playback of Flash content. This guide provides examples of affected content and workaround to playback Flash video.


Calendar - Create Course Events [NEW]
The Calendar tool can be used to provide students with dates for course related events. The most common entries are course items with due dates, exams, and instructor office hours.

Course Data

Course Reports - How to Run and Read Course Reports [NEW]
Run course reports to assess student activity in your course.

Retention Center
Identify and notify students who may be falling behind in class.

Course Management

Adaptive Release
Adaptive Release is a way for you to limit who has access to content in your course, such as assignments, files, folders and tests.

Export or Archive Your Course
This process creates a backup of your course, in a zip file format, that you can save to your computer. The exported course or archive can later be imported to SacCT.

Import an Archived Course
An alternative course copy process. Copy a course from a previous semester to a current course, using the export and import feature in SacCT.

Import a Course Package
Use this process to import a course that you have exported or archived.

Add a Profile Photo
Add your photo to your SacCT User Profile page. Your photo will display across different areas in SacCT where you and peers will interact.

Discussion Board

SacCT: Communicate & Collaborate
Learn how to use several SacCT communication tools which include: Messages, Send Email, Announcements, Calendar, Discussion Board and Blogs.

Discussions - Download Discussion Posts
Download posts from a discussion forum(s) and a summary of posts completed by student.

Groups - Create a Group Discussion [NEW]
Learn how to setup a private discussion area for group members to post to.


Course Messages - Download Course Messages/Send Email Content
Save individual course messages and attachments from SacCT and learn to locate messages sent via Send Email feature to your SacLink Email.

Getting Started

SacCT: Quick Start
Learn how to get started creating a SacCT course. Become familiar with the SacCT interface, learn how to add and manage content and how to use key tools in a course.

SacCT Basics: Activate Course and Add Content

Grade Center

Grade Center - Categories [UPDATED]
Categories provide an option to organize grade center columns into specific sets. These categories are required in grade center calculations such as dropping a low score and are used to create calculated columns like Weighted or Total.

Grade Center - Assigning Letter Grades [UPDATED]
Set your final letter grade column in SacCT and enable the grades to be imported into My Sac State (Faculty Center).

Grade Center - Creating Columns [UPDATED]
There are three main types of columns in the grade center: columns that are created manually, calculated columns and columns that are automatically created by SacCT. Learn how to create these types of columns in your grade center.

Grade Center - Download Your Grade Center
Download full grade center columns and scores to an excel spreadsheet.

Grade Center - Dropping Scores [UPDATED]
Learn how to drop scores from a set of items in the grade center.

Grade Center - Grading Periods
Grading Periods are a way to organize your columns into manageable periods if you have numerous grading columns.

Grade Center - Histories
The Grade Center keeps a consecutively history of every grade and every change. The history shows who did the change and when.

Grade Center - Manage Columns [UPDATED]
Keep your grade center organized. This guide will introduce you to the Column Organization feature in the grade center where you can re-order and hide/show columns.

Grade Center - Text Columns
Create a column that contains non-grade information.

Grade Center - Upload/Download Grades
Upload or download grades to/from the Grade Center.


Journals - Create Entry for Instructors [NEW]
Use this process to create a Journal and add the first entry to guide your students.

Journals - Save Journal Entries
ave individual student Journal Entries as a PDF file


Notifications Dashboard - For Instructors
See all the "Needs Grading" items (tests, homework, etc.) from all your courses in one convenient list without always having to check each course. To learn more about other areas on the Notifications Dashboard, see the Notifications Dashboard Bb page.

Global Navigation Menu
Short descriptions about each feature icon in the Global Navigation menu. You can also see the My Blackboard and Navigation site for more information.

Publisher Content

Publisher Content in SacCT [NEW]
Use the Publisher How-To resources to start working with Publisher content in your course.


Respondus: Creating Tests for SacCT
Use Respondus to convert a single quiz or exam from WebCT to Blackboard, and then upload that new test to SacCT.

  • NOTE: If you use Repondus to connect to SacCT from off-campus, you need to first use SacVPN to connect to the campus network. See instructions at the SacVPN site.

Respondus LockDown Browser for SacCT
Start here to use Respondus LockDown Browser to secure online tests.


Instructors may use rubrics to explain the evaluation process to students. Associate rubrics with blogs, wikis, discussion boards, assignments, short answers, essay questions in tests or pools, and even file responses.

Student Preview

Student Preview Mode [NEW]
The new Student Preview function in SacCT allows you to experience your course(s) as your students would. This function replaces the “Test Student” account you may have created in the past. You do not need to create a separate test student account.

Supplemental Instruction

SacCT Supplemental Instruction Courses
Create weblinks in your course to an associated Supplemental Instruction course.


SacCT Template Course
A SacCT Template is now available to faculty to use as a starting point to develop their online or hybrid course(s).


SacCT: Online Tests
Learn the basics for creating a test and survey.

SacCT: Copying a Test into a Course
Learn the steps on how to copy a test from one course into another.

Print a Test from SacCT Using Respondus [NEW]
Use Respondus, a test editing application, to retrieve an exam(s) from a SacCT course(s) to save or print out.

Tests - Creating Extended-Time Tests
Create copies of your tests that have a longer duration for students who require more time due to special needs (learning or physical disability).

Tests - Download Test Results
Download all test question responses to an excel spreadsheet and specific essay or short answer question responses as a PDF file for easier review.

Tests - Large Exams
Follow these recommended steps to split your large exams (over 50 questions) into smaller exams in your SacCT courses.


Access Turnitin Submissions
Access Turnitin assignment submissions and originality reports outside of SacCT through the Turnitin website.

Turnitin - Create a Turnitin Assignment [UPDATED]
Learn how to create a Turnitin assignment from your SacCT course.

Turnitin - PeerMark for Instructors
Learn how to use the PeerMark feature within SacCT.


Wikis - Save Wiki Content
Save Wiki pages and student wiki contribution information as a PDF file.

Last updated: October 26, 2017