Faculty Guide

When Blackboard is not accessible:


Checking Status

  • Announcements on Bb
    • If a planned upgrade, update, or maintenance is scheduled an announcement will be posted on Blackboard.
    • If the system is going to be unavailable, any advance notice will be posted as an announcement in Blackboard.
    • Scheduled updates generally occur on Tuesday mornings.
  • ITS Status Page

Assistance with Problems

  • An email account is set up to handle problems, questions, and concerns about Blackboard. Send an email to:


  • Members of the Blackboard Support Team on campus are available for issues requiring immediate attention.

    • Tami Regulski – (607) 777-6145
    • Carol Bell – (607) 777-6398
    • Andrea Witteman – (607) 777-6457

Accessing Echo360 Content

  • Blackboard is a delivery tool for Echo360 recordings.  Professors using Echo360 receive emails with the links to their Echo recordings.  These links can be directly forwarded to students via email or posted on the web at alternative locations other than blackboard.  Should a professor need their class links emailed again please contact the Educational Communications Center at ECC@binghamton.edu .

Sharing Documents Using Google Docs

  • Log in to Bmail and click on documents

    click documents

  • Click Upload – Files


  • Select the file to be uploaded and click open

  • Set the upload settings and then click Start upload



  • Right click on the item and set sharing by adding those you wish to access the document. Be sure to set the “Can View” and then click Share & Save.


How to Send Email from BU BRAIN/Self Service Banner

  • Log in using PODS password:


  • Click on Records Access Tab:


  • Click on View Class Roster:


  • Select the Term and click Submit:



  • Enter the Course Reference Number (CRN) and click Submit:




  • Click on Summary Class List:


  • To email the entire class, click on Email Class button:


  • Type your message and send the email.
  • To email one person, click on the email button :

    email button

  • Type your message and send the email.

If you are using Outlook or your class is large, please contact the Help desk for assistance.


Accessing Journal Article from Libraries Website

The majority of the e-reserve journal articles are available in print or via library subscription databases. Students will need the journal article citation to find the article. Below are instructions for finding articles from a citation.


Beachy, R. N. (2010). Science and Sustainability: The Emerging Consensus. BioScience, 60(6), 406-407. doi:10.1525/bio.2010.60.6.2


Option #1

If there is a ‘DOI’ (digital object identifier) number in the citation:

On campus: enter the DOI number in a Google search box to find the article.

Off-campus: use our citation linker (located on the Library A-Z list); enter DOI and click on ‘Look Up.’


Option #2

Click on the Journals & eBooks tab from the Libraries homepage at http://library.binghamton.edu/

Enter the name of the journal title – BioScience – in the search box and choose ‘Title Equals’ from drop down box; hit search.



From the result page, if available electronically, choose a database from the list based on the publication date (note: there may be more than one database option); click on name of database to access articles.


From the journal page, select the publication year (2010), volume number (60) and issue number (6).

Beachy, R. N. (2010). Science and Sustainability: The Emerging Consensus. BioScience, 60(6), 406-407. doi:10.1525/bio.2010.60.6.2


Scroll down to locate your article (generally organized by page number); click on the article title to view information about the article and to get to the full-text links (PDF or HTML).


To locate the print version (if available), click on the ‘Print Journals in BU Libraries’ for information about the library location and years available for the journal title.


For articles not available in print or electronically via a library database or other items, please contact the Course Reserves at 607-777-3940 / email: mainresv@binghamton.edu.



Last Updated: 5/5/15