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PORTAL UPDATE:  Scheduled maintenance on the Portal was completed on Saturday, May 6th.

Full details on the new features can be found on the What's New page.


On this page:

Portal Training Workshops: Summer 2017

Recent Updates: What's New (new features from Portal upgrade)

Tips for Instructors:   Instructor Guide | Course Makeover Guide | Understanding Turnitin Originality Reports | Creating a Turnitin Assignment (Video)  Youtube "play video" icon

Tips for Students: Course Access | Submit an Assignment | Submit to a Turnitin Assignment

Recently Reported Issues:  MyMedia | Accessing Discussion Boards | Course Builder Role and Tests, Surveys, and Pools


Portal Training Workshops

Portal Training Sessions for July 2017
Sessions include: Getting Started (July 13, 2017, 10:00am - 12:00pm), Grade Center (July 19, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00pm) and Collaborate (Webinar tool)


Recent Updates

What's New

See an overview of the changes and new features that were introduced as part of the annual Portal upgrade in May 2017.


Tips for Instructors


Instructor Quick Start Guide

Instructor quick start guide A one-stop shop for anyone teaching, setting up or supporting an online course! Find out how to access Portal courses, perform common course tasks, troubleshoot issues, and explore additional support resources with this quick start guide for instructors.


Course Makeover Guidecourse makeover guide

Need to revamp your online course? Learn how to take a fresh new look at your online course content and structure.  In addition, get tips and tricks on how to customize the appearance of your course, organize your course materials, and create a clean, easy-to-navigate course site that is engaging for students with this guide on giving your course a makeover!


Understand Turnitin Originality Reports

When reviewing Turnitin assignment submissions, instructors are given an Originality Score. In addition to viewing the score, it is also important to view the Originality Report, which is more detailed. For support with this aspect of the Turnitin assignment review process, please see Understanding Turnitin and the Originality Report (PDF).


Creating a Turnitin Assignment (Video) Youtube "play video" icon


Tips for Students


Course Access

Having trouble getting into the Portal or finding your course? Learn how to log in and access your course.

Submit an Assignment

If you Instructor has set up an Portal assignment, you can upload your completed assignment directly from your computer.

Submit to a Turnitin Assignment

You can also upload your completed Turnitin assignment to your Portal course.


Recently Reported Issues


MyMedia (November 10, 2016)

We have been made aware that videos uploaded to MyMedia may not be processing.

MyMedia is investigating.


Course Builder Role and Tests, Surveys and Pools (October 14, 2016)

Resolved as of May 8, 2017.

We have received reports that the Course Builder role cannot create new Test, Survey and Pool items in Portal (Blackboard) courses.

We are currently investigating the issue.

Existing Test, Survey and Pool items in Portal courses can be accessed by the Course Builder role.


Accessing Discussion Boards (October 8, 2016)

Resolved as of May 8, 2017.

Portal (Blackboard) Course roles including Instructors and TAs will receive an "Access Denied" error message when trying to access Discussion Board forums that are set to be unavailable to students.

We are currently investigating the issue.

Forums that are set to be available to students can be accessed by all course roles.