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How to take the online orientation

After your employment requirements and documents have been met and received you will be assigned an employee ID and username. Your system hire date will be the day these credentials are issued. Within 24 hours you will be emailed  -- to your Columbus State email -- a confirmation that you have been registered for adjunct orientation in the College's employee learning management system "Cornerstone." Follow the link in that email to log in to Cornerstone and complete the orientation. Here is a help guide to navigating your Cornerstone transcript.

Locating Cougar ID Number, Computer/Email Password, and logging in to email

Your Cougar (employee) ID number and computer systems username will be emailed to you at the personal email address you listed on your hire forms. (You may need to check your spam folder.) Alternatively, you can use the College's password recovery/discovery system ( help obtaining your password please call the IT Help Desk at 287-5050.

You can access college email by going to and logging in with your username and password. 


Security Alert! The college is frequently targeted by phishing attacks, which are attempts to lure employees into giving away their credentials to those who want to infiltrate and steal data from our systems. These often appear legitimate by referencing systems we use such as Blackboard or Microsoft Office. The College will NEVER ask you to submit your name and password via an emailed link nor will it threaten to cut off your access to any system. Do not provide your information. When in doubt, call the IT Help Desk at 614-287-5050. View the Information Security slides in the “Computer Systems, Technical Support and Information Security” section at the bottom of this page.

The content below is for informational purposes only. The most current information will be in the Cornerstone course.

 + Getting Started
Includes: Adjunct Contract and Pay Dates; Employee
ID, Computer Password, Parking Leave Form, Benefits and more.

Completing your hire forms
All new hire forms must be turned in to Human Resources (Rhodes Hall 115) before you can receive your employee ("Cougar") ID and computer systems/email password. See the Pre-employment documents page for relevant documents. Questions? Contact Keith Kipp, 614-287-2174 or Deborah Plummer, 614-287-5075.

Where is my ID and parking pass?

For parking information see the employee parking web page. The Parking Office may be contacted via email,, or by calling ext. 2323.  Here is map of parking locations for the Columbus Campus. During peak times finding a spot can take some time. Locations that are often overlooked are the Abbott Labs lot (28-S) on Mt. Vernon, about a quarter mile West of Cleveland Ave., and the Jefferson Ave. lot (32-S).

What is my Cougar ID Number and Computer/Email Password?

Shortly after all your completed hire forms are submitted, your Cougar (employee) ID number and computer systems username will be emailed to you at the personal email address you listed on your hire forms. (You may need to check your spam folder.) Alternatively, you can use the College's password recovery/discovery system ( help obtaining your password please call the IT Help Desk at 287-5050.

Security Alert! The college is frequently targeted by phishing attacks, which are attempts to lure employees into giving away their credentials to those who want to infiltrate and steal data from our systems. These often appear legitimate by referencing systems we use such as Blackboard or Microsoft Office. The College will NEVER ask you to submit your name and password via an emailed link nor will it threaten to cut off your access to any system. Do not provide your information. When in doubt, call the IT Help Desk at614-287-5050. View the Information Security slides in the “Computer Systems, Technical Support and Information Security” section at the bottom of this page.

Do I need a key card to access classrooms and other areas?

Ask your department if you need key access to classrooms. Rooms that are labs are often locked to secure equipment. Key access forms must be approved and submitted to the College Police department to enable access. See: Key Access Request Form.

How do I sign my contract and when am I paid?

Note two updates to the slides below: The current pay rate is $51.37 per contact/load hour (see the Contract Facts link below).

An addition to the adjunct contract, beginning in SP17: "A contact/load hour, for the purposes of this Agreement, is defined as one (1) hour of instructional time, in the assigned mode of delivery, and one and one quarter (1.25) hours of outside classroom activity such as, grading, class preparation, responding to student needs and completing any college-mandated training."

Are there any benefits?
Download this summary of benefits available to adjuncts (PDF). Benefits include sick leave. Adjuncts are responsible for finding substitutes if they will miss class and departments maintain a list of qualified substitutes. Likewise, you can serve as a substitute for others. Consult your department about taking sick leave, finding substitutes and serving as a sub.

Leave Request Form (Submit to Chair following sick leave)
Substitute Pay Form (Completed by sub.)

Do I get office space?
Check with your department. Most departments have shared space for adjuncts to work in and meet with students. Several adjunct areas include:

NH 325 - English and Sciences
NH 408 - Humanities 
DE 216 - open to all
DH 431- Math
TL 335 or 337 Pysch and Soc
FR 308A - Justice and Safety

How do I know what room I am teaching in and what equipment it has?
Look up your room assignment via Cougarweb or on the course schedule for the current semester (some rooms are assigned just before the semester). You can preview most of the Columbus, Delaware and regional center classrooms through a preview site maintained by media services.

How do I make copies of materials for class?
Contact the office associate in your department for support making copies.

 + Academic Policies and Practices (Includes student characteristics; syllabus; Cougarweb, reporting and forms; exams, grades and feedback; faculty observations; college resources and success tips.)

This video will orient you to teaching at the college. It reviews some strategies for successful teaching and covers basic academic policies, practices, reporting systems and requirements. View the reference links below the video too. Your first resource for answering questions should be your academic departments. They have lots of experience supporting new adjuncts entering their programs.

Columbus State Students



Course Outline and Syllabus


Syllabus Policy

As noted in the video, several required sections in the syllabus have been placed online to reduce the size of the syllabus shared with students. Direct students to this Syllabus Page for this information. You should also go over this information with your students at the start of class. See the college's Procedures 5-10 (B) for the full details.

Feedback and Finals


Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)

The policy and practices video summarizes the importance of providing frequent formative assessment to give students feedback on their learning and to help faculty adjust their teaching accordingly. This resource page explores this topic in more depth.

Final Exam Schedules

Refer to the academic calender for the semester in which you are teaching to identify your final exam time. Classes are required to meet during final exams at the scheduled time and location only.

The Starfish Early Alert System

Starfish is found inside Blackboard. It is a monitoring tool that lets you send kudos and warnings to students who are not attending or doing poorly. Warnings are copied to relevant retention and intervention specialists. Some departments have arranged to have the Blackboard grade book trigger alert notices through the Starfish system. Check with your department to see if this is enabled. Here is a printable overview of Starfish. Contact Ryan Fissel (614-287-2550) for Early Alert training.


Reporting and Forms


Adding students to a course via Blackboard

This is a guide for using the online Add Form found in Blackboard during the first few weeks of the term. This will enable you to route an add request to the registrar's office without having to fill out an Add/Drop form. (See below for more details on the FAC and Blackboard).

Using Cougarweb

Cougarweb is the system where you report attendance for federal financial aid, mid-term progress reports and final grades. It is also where you view your official roster. This is also where you go to accept your teaching contract. To access CougarWeb go to or click on the link to Cougarweb in the upper right corner of the College home page. Click the log-in link at the bottom and enter your college username and password. Then select "Cougarweb For Faculty." Here is a manual describing Cougarweb processes.

Adjunct Faculty Observation and Evaluation

Departmental Evaluation of Faculty

1st year Adjunct

Observed first semester by Chairperson, Peers, Lead Instructors or Coordinators

Years 2 and Thereafter

Observed once per year by Chairperson, Peers, Lead Instructors or Coordinators

The above timelines represent a minimum number of observations to be completed. Faculty or Chairpersons may increase these numbers as appropriate.

View a copy of Faculty Observation Report

View a copy of the Online Faculty Observation Report

Student Evaluation of Faculty

Course evaluations are completed through the “evaluation toolkit” accessed through Blackboard.

  • Students and faculty receive an email when the course evaluation opens. The student email contains a link to each course they will evaluate
  • Evaluations remain open until the term closing date with reminders sent every 2-3 days
  • Faculty will be emailed an access link to read evaluations five days after the grade submittal deadline. These are also accessible via the course evaluation tab in Blackboard
  • Only the faculty can see the results of their individual evaluation.  Chairs, Deans, Administrators will see aggregate evaluation results. 

This is a printable version of the evaluation.

Other Academic Support

Teaching at a Regional Learning Center?

Delivering instruction at a Regional Learning Center is designed to mimic what an instructor would encounter on the Columbus or Delaware Campus. SMART Classroom technology is available in all classrooms. Site Specialists are assigned to a location to ensure that the facilities are clean and prepped and that the equipment is functioning properly. Most locations have academic and financial aid advisors, testing center resources, tutoring resources, computer labs, and other student services. For site specific information, visit or speak with a site specialist directly.

The Library

The College Library has many services for faculty and students. See the faculty services page for a detailed listing. Services include:

  • Library instruction sessions customized for a specific research assignment.
  • How to link to online resources and remain compliant with copyright law
  • Avoid fines for late materials owned by the Columbus State Library.
  • Customized resources for courses.

The library is located in Columbus Hall, on the Columbus Campus, and Moeller Hall on the Delaware Campus. A librarian is available at the Columbus Campus Center for Technology and Learning (TL) computer commons and at the Delaware Campus Learning Center to provide reference assistance.

Testing Center

The Testing Center can proctor exams for online classes or any exam that cannot take place during class time. Exams are proctored to the instructor's specifications. Exams can be on Blackboard-only computers, on lock-down browsers, or paper and pencil tests. There are Testing Centers on the Columbus campus, Delaware campus, and sites in Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg. The Testing Center can arrange for a proctored site, or an at-home test through ProctorU, for students outside central Ohio. In some departments, the lead faculty submits test information for all classes to the Testing Center, so please consult your Distance Learning Lead Faculty member or lead faculty member. Read more about Testing Center information and forms.

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 + Creating An Environment for Learning (Includes: "First Four Weeks," student names and first generation students)

The First Four Weeks: A Critical Time for Students and Faculty

Many Columbus State students arrive with apprehension and uncertainty about how to navigate college. You can do a few small but significant things to help build relationships with students and reduce their concerns. Use this First Four Weeks checklist to identify actions you can take. Consult your chairperson and mentoring faculty for more advice.

Also take advantage of this condensed list of essential student advising and support resources to direct students to the appropriate office for guidance.

Learn and correctly pronounce every student’s name. Failing to remember or mis-stating a name can leave a student feeling unwelcome, particularly if the student is an international student or feels part of a cultural minority. Develop a strategy for learning and remembering names. This brief article from Faculty Focus underscores the importance of knowing names and strategies for avoiding both student and faculty embarrassment.

Use the students' preferred name. Both Title IX and FERPA regulation protect transgender students’ right to “privacy related to their transgender status, including their birth name or sex assigned at birth.” College rosters contain student’s legal names and not all transgender students have gone through the legal name change process. The College’s Gender Identity Task Force recommends the following strategies to ascertain student names in a manner that protects their privacy:

  • Ask students to introduce themselves using the name they use. (Many non-transgender students may appreciate this also). If concerned about verifying student identity, speak with them privately.
  • Read last names from the roster and ask students to supply their first names. Avoid using Mr. Mrs. and Ms.
  • Provide students with large index cards folded in half. Ask students to write their preferred name on the outside and their legal name on the inside. Collect at end of class to take attendance and learn names. (Note: Some faculty use cards to invite students to discreetly disclose any concerns or needs they may have.)
  • For online courses, adjust Blackboard discussion post settings so students’ names appear as anonymous. Then require students to post their preferred name at the beginning of each post.
  • When making introductions, ask all students to identify their preferred gender pronoun and model this when introducing yourself. Eg. “My name is ____ and I use the pronouns she, her and hers.” Note not all students identify with binary gender categories. Some may use plural pronouns  --They/them/theirs -- or alternatives such as ze/hir/hirs. If students question this practice of pronoun identification the ensuing discussion can be about creating a classroom environment where ideas can be discussed and debated while preserving mutual respect.

To learn more about these recommendations and communicating effectively with all students contact Brett Welsh, Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion (614-287-2426) or Phyllis Gorman, Assistant Director of Professional Development and Retention (614-287-3860).

Don’t assume “college knowledge.” Many community college students are “First Generation College Students,” students who are the first in their family to attend college. These students may lack understanding about “how college works”: the language of college, college schedules and curriculum, how to interact with professors and peers; and how to find and utilize support resources. Moreover, they may feel too intimidated to ask for clarification and help. Some steps you can take help First Generation students succeed: Communicate proper college expectations

  • Foster Self-efficacy by creating "Mastery Experiences" (progressive challenges that are attainable).
  • Social learning activities that help students realize that all students working to learn content and college processes
  • Explain college vocabulary: "syllabus," credit hour," GPA, etc.
  • Teach students how to “read” a lecture, take notes and study (Eg. Not understand bullet point hierarchy)
  • Make it known students can join Generation One Trailblazers (GOT) to meet other First Generation students
  • For more information: view these excerpts from a workshop on First Gen students; attend an upcoming workshop or contact the GOT leadership.

Resources for Students

Quick Reference Guide to many student support services.

Autism Social Support Group

Counseling Services
Columbus: NH 010, 614.287.2818
Delaware: 614.287.2570
Help with Crisis intervention, Mental health counseling and Alcohol & drug counseling.
Suicide Prevention Guide (pptx). Use and share with students.
Victim Advocacy (crime, sexual harassment, stalking, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence)

Global Diversity and Inclusion: Programs include cultural celebrations, student and employee development and support/membership groups.Programs for employees and students include Safe Zone, Pono Learning Community and the Diversity and Cultural Inclusion Council.

GOT Network (Generation One Trailblazers)
Support and mentoring network for first generation college students. Students without family experience with higher education may have difficulty adjusting to the expectations of college or lack social support for pursuing education. Consider putting this resource in your syllabus.

Speech Lab: The tutors in the Communication Center can assist you with the speech preparation process. Staffed by Communication instructors, the lab is open to faculty, staff, and students at convenient times.

Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL): SEaL coordinates programs and leadership opportunities for students to grow and become involved during their time at CSCC. In addition, a representative from Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services (FCDJFS) works on campus three days a month in the SEaL office to support students participating in the Ohio Works First (OWF) program; students with housing questions also may visit SEaL in Nestor Hall Room 116 to learn about community resources.

Tutoring Support Services: One stop source for identifying tutoring in many subject areas.

Writing Center: Tutors work with writers on a variety of projects such as essay assignments, research papers, résumés, business letters, lab reports, and scholarship applications. Tutors can help with any stage of the writing process, from generating ideas to revising and polishing.

 + Student Conduct (Includes student cheating, misbehavior and the Behavioral Intervention Team)

The students and faculty at Columbus State have positive and respectful relationships. There are, however, some students who still need to learn how to be students and can behave in ways that are disruptive to their, and their fellow students, learning. The videos below review how to respond to academic and behavioral misconduct and how to take advantage of college resources that can support you in stopping and correcting this behavior so you can focus on teaching.

Student Conduct Process: Introduction

Food for Thought

Classroom Management: Finding the Balance Between Too Rigid and Too Flexible, from Faculty Focus, March 2013
Creating a Community of Learners, from The League for Innovation's Getting Results professional development course

Student Conduct Process: Academic Misconduct

Food for Thought
Columbus State hosted, in 2014 conversations with professor and author James Lang. Lang is the author of Cheating Lessons,a book exploring the relationship between the design of the learning environment and students' inclination to cheat.

Read an interview with James Lang in Inside Higher Education

Read Lang's three-part essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education summarizing Cheating Lessons
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Student Conduct Process: Behavioral Misconduct


Student Conduct Office and Reporting Incidents

Learn more about academic and behavioral misconduct in the student conduct section of orientation. You can learn more at the Student Conduct web site and access the online Incident Report Form.

Campus Police and RAVE

You can learn more about campus police at their web site. Calls to 911 will alert College police. The direct number to the College Police Department is 287-2525 (Columbus) and 740-203-8585 (Delaware). You can sign up for text message alerts for weather and other emergencies. Learn more about RAVE. Campus police can also provide escort service to your vehicle if you are working late in the evening.

 Food for Thought

Tips for responding to common non-threatening behaviors:

Title IX, Anti-Harassment, Non-Discrimination Resource Page

Student Conduct Process: Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

The BIT web page

Contact Information

Terrence Brooks Director, Student
WD 1099 287-2815

Renee Hill Dean, Student Life Eibling 201 287-5299

Ameena Kemavor

Director, Counseling

Nestor 010 287-5416

Tiffany McClain Director, Disability Services Eibling 101 287-2571

Lt. Smith, or
Lt. Werner
Columbus State Police Delaware 047
Moeller Hall

Joan Cook Human Resources SX-135 287-2636

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 + Supporting Students With Disabilities (Includes classroom accommodations, testing, and universal design)

Chances are you will encounter a student with a documented disability who will seek accommodations. This slideshow will review some of the requirements for supporting students with disabilities and how you can partner with the Disability Services Department to help students receive appropriate support. (This slide show does NOT have sound.)


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Contact: Disability Services, Eibling Hall 101, 614-287-2570

+ FERPA, TITLE IX and Additional Training (Includes FERPA basics, Behavioral Intervention Team, and referral to Safety, Colleague, Blackboard, Starfish Early Alert,Faculty Staff workshops & College Knowledge)

FERPA and Title IX

All employees are required to complete training in student privacy law (FERPA) and sexual harassment (Title IX). This training is managed by the College's Office of Equity and Compliance. You will receive an email from shortly after you are hired notifying you that you are have been registered for the required classes and the directions for completing them.

FERPA Basics to Know:

You are considered a “school official.” You may not disclose an Education Record to anyone other than a student and other officials on a “need-to-know” basis.

At Columbus State, the following is considered Directory Information and can be shared with individuals who request the information, unless there is a privacy restriction on a student’s record.

Address (home/present)

Telephone Number (home)

Program of  study/technology

Participation in officially recognized activities and sports

Weight and height of members of athletic teams

Enrollment status (less than half-time, half-time, part-time, full-time, over full-time, inclusive dates and quarters of enrollment)

Degrees, certificates, transfer module and awards received (including Dean’s List)

Most recent previous educational agency or institution attended


The following may not be released:





Social Security Number

CougarID Number


Student Identification Number

Grade Point Average

E-mail Address

Country of Citizenship


Safety Training

  • If you only teach online (no face-to-face courses on campus) you do not need to complete any safety modules.
  • If you teach on campus and are not exposed to blood borne pathogens, hazardous chemicals, or electrical equipment, then you must complete the Fire Extinguisher and Emergency Preparedness modules.
  • If you work with students in clinical settings only (not on CSCC campus), you must complete the Bloodborne Pathogens, Hazard Communications I & II and Personal Protective Equipment modules.
  • If you work on campus in labs with the potential for bloodborne pathogens and/or hazardous materials, complete Fire Extinguisher, Emergency Preparedness, Hazard Communication I & II, Personal Protective Equipment and/or Blood borne Pathogens modules.
  • Safety Training for employees is available online through Blackboard. Log in to Blackboard and click on the “My Organizations” tab. Select “Health & Safety Training 2019.” The modules are listed in the left column. Contact the IT Help Desk (287-5050) about accessing the modules. Contact Tim Butcher (614-287-3860) about the module content and requirements.

Utilzing the College's Behavioral Intervention Team

The Columbus State Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a committee dedicated to educating the college community about proper responses to any behavioral issues—from concerning behavior to a potential emergency. You can access the 35-minute “BIT 101” training video in Blackboard under “My Organizations.” The video will prepare you to respond to a situation in a timely manner and take the proper steps to make referrals and provide documentation.There is a brief quiz at the end which allows you to earn a certificate for your professional development portfolio. For information about the Behavioral Intervention Team at a glance, please see the online brochure.

Blackboard and Starfish Early Alert

Blackboard is the College's online course management system. See the module below for more information on using Blackboard and receiving technical help. FOCUS is a student early alert system found inside Blackboard. It is used to generate notices to students and support staff when their attendance or academic performance shows they are at risk of not passing. For training contact Ryan Fissel at 614-287-2550. Here is a printable overview of FOCUS.

Faculty and Employee Professional Development

The Professional Development and Retention unit within Human Resources offers Faculty and all-employee professional development opportunities each semester. See the Faculty Professional Development page for upcoming and past faculty programs. Also see the event registration site for other upcoming programs. The office of Global Diversity and Inclusion sponsors Safe Zone workshops and other events throughout the year.

College Knowledge

College Knowledge sessions highlight a different College Executive Office every month and are an opportunity for anyone, but particularly new-to-the-college employees, to come and listen, learn, ask questions and talk about how we can collaboratively support that division’s work to ensure student success. Each college division will host a session twice a year. Each session will provide updates on organizational changes and new initiatives. Register for College Knowledge here.


Some faculty may need use the Colleague system to access student records to support student advising. If you need access to Colleague, your chairperson must submit a request to the IT Help Desk (287-5050) requesting your access and stating which Colleague modules you need to use. Successful completion of either online or in-person training for each module is required before access is granted. For more information contact Barbara Allen, 614-287-5297.

 + Computer Systems, Technical Support and Information Security (eMail, IT Help Desk, Network Drives, Phishing and Security)

Use your Columbus State email!

You will receive information about your computer systems username and password with your employment offer letter. A copy of your account information is also sent to your chairperson. All College email communication -- with students and colleagues -- should be conducted through your college email. Many important course management and college event announcements are sent via employee email. Your computer log-in information provides access to college email and online systems. If you have trouble logging in to any system call the IT Help Desk at 614-287-5050.

To learn about using, and home set-up for, Outlook 365 email and One Drive cloud storage call the IT Help Desk at 614-287-5050.

Technical help: IT Support Center and Faculty Assistance Center

The IT Support Center (IT Help Desk) provides technical support for the entire campus community and is the place to go for assistance with student or employee email accounts, CSCC Wifi, Cougarweb and other computer-related issues. Students may use the IT Support Center for Blackboard questions. The IT Support Center is open seven days a week with business hours into the evening. Call them at 614-287-5050 or email

The Faculty Assistance Center (FAC) supports faculty with Blackboard and other online learning issues through phone calls, emails, online faculty requests and walk-in consulting. Call 287-5991. The FAC is part of the Distance Education and Instructional Services division that assists faculty in the instructional design of Blackboard courses, works with faculty in the production of multimedia , provides support for faculty using Blackboard, and performs other media services for the college. See Blackboard Faculty Assistance below. (See below for more details on the FAC and Blackboard).

Remote storage and network drives

There are two ways you can store files online. One is by using Microsoft OneDrive. OneDrive allows you to store and share files in the "cloud." You can access One Drive by logging in to web mail at and opening the options menu in the upper left corner. See IT help resources for OneDrive, tutorials in Blackboard,or call the IT Help Desk (287-5050) for assistance in getting started.

The College also has a network storage system that allows you to save files on the Columbus State network and access them anywhere via the web. Each employee has personal storage space. Faculty may have access to shared space with their academic department. This may be used for sharing instructional resources and other departmental information. Check with your chairperson, lead instructor or program coordinator about use of the shared drive. Your chairperson may have to submit a request to IT to have this created. To access network storage go to Log in with your credentials. Your personal space will be in the "Home" folder.

Voicemail Guide For help with voice mail contact the IT Help Desk at 287-5050.

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 + Blackboard and the Faculty Assistance Center (Online gradebook, educational technology and support)

Looking for help? See the Faculty Assistance Center

What is Blackboard?

Blackboard is Columbus State Community College’s online course management system. Every CSCC course is automatically given its own space in Blackboard called a “shell.” There are two types of Blackboard shells: a “live” shell that will house the actual active course for students; and a “developmental” shell that is available only to the instructor or team of instructors for the purpose of creating or re-visioning a course.

How do I access Blackboard?
Go to: or to the Blackboard link at the top of the CSCC website homepage. Log in using your CSCC username and password and you will see the Blackboard portal. If you are assigned to teach a CSCC course, you will automatically be assigned as a “User” in your course shell and the name of the course will appear in your Blackboard portal. Select the course name and you will enter your Blackboard course shell.

How do students access Blackboard?
Students go to: or to the Blackboard link at the top of the CSCC website homepage. They will log in using their CSCC username and password and if they are enrolled in a CSCC course, they will automatically be assigned as a “User” in the course, and the name of the course will appear on their Blackboard portal. When they select the course name they will enter the Blackboard course.

Do I have to use Blackboard? I am only teaching classroom-based (traditional) courses.
Faculty who teach classroom-based (traditional) courses are required to use the Blackboard Grade Center. This is important because during the semester, students can see their individual grades and their progress in the course. The Blackboard Grade Center is convenient and easy for faculty to use and adds up all your totals for you at the end of the semester. Some CSCC academic departments require all faculty to upload the syllabus to Blackboard as well. Adjuncts, consult with your department chair or lead instructor regarding expectations for using Blackboard.

Blackboard can be useful in other ways to enhance the teaching and learning process. In addition to housing the syllabus and grades, some instructors teaching traditional courses often use Blackboard as a repository for course information such as: textbook information, course calendar, faculty contact information, homework assignments, useful web links and other supplemental files and course materials. Other uses include making announcements to the entire class or sending individual emails to students; offering a place for students to upload assignments, take online tests or quizzes, and to participate in online discussion boards or journals; and tracking and encouraging student progress and attendance.

What is the Blackboard Online Registration Instructor Permission Form (BORIPF)?
You can add students to your course by completing and submitting this form located in Blackboard during the first weeks of  the semester. See the form for directions.

How do I download my Grade Center at the end of the semester to turn in to my department?
Academic departments require that all Grade Centers are archived at the end of each semester. You can download your online Blackboard Grade Center and print it out or email it for archival purposes. Find out more here. The Faculty Assistance Center can also help you download your Grade Center.

What if I want to change the content in my Blackboard course?
Every new semester you will need to update your course with your updated syllabus, course calendar, faculty information if your office hours change, and other semester-specific dates. There are tutorials provided by the FAC and Blackboard that can help you, or you can consult the Faculty Assistance Center to learn how to update course content.

In regards to changing any of the actual course materials like presentations, assessments, etc. -- it is best to find out your department’s policies by talking to your Distance Learning Lead Faculty member or other discipline-specific lead faculty member. Some departments do not permit the academic content of the online courses to change.

The Faculty Assistance Center (FAC)

The FAC supports faculty with Blackboard and other online learning issues through phone calls, emails, online faculty requests and walk-in consulting. The FAC is located in the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation (CT building).

Faculty Assistant Center (FAC)
Digital Education & Instructional Services (DEIS) Division
(614) 287-5991

  • Monday-Thursday 8:30am-5pm
  • Friday 8:30am-4pm
  • Or by appointment

Blackboard Training

One-on-one training and small group training available by appointment in the FAC.

Online workshops for beginning Blackboard users:

  • Introduction to Blackboard
  • Grade Center 1
  • Blackboard Assignments
  • Discussion Boards

Online knowledgebase

General information on teaching online at Columbus State

Tutorials provided by Blackboard