Supported Technology


The Information Technology Commons supports Blackboard and its related technologies. For assistance with any of these, please contact the Tech Commons at You may also call 304-367-4810.

Supported Software & Tools


Our current version of Blackboard is Blackboard Learn 9.1 201404. Here is some helpful information on this service pack:

Blackboard Manuals & Resources:

Blackboard Learn 9.1 is our online course management system that provides a set of tools that facilitate a web-based learning environment.

Blackboard Learn 9.1 On-Demand Learning Center

Blackboard provides short, on-demand videos and resources for building content, communication, collaboration, and assessment.  Each of the links below provides several helpful videos and documents. 

NOTE: If you are using Google Chrome to access these videos, you may have to enable Flash. Click here for the instructions to do so.

Publisher Content Assistance

Big Blue Button

BigBlueButton is a web conferencing system designed for online learning. It provides real-time sharing of audio, video, slides, chat, and screen.  Students are engaged through the sharing of emoji icons, polling, and breakout rooms.

Big Blue Button Tutorial Videos


Ensemble, or Fairmont State Video, is an online video platform. Instructors use Fairmont State Video to enhance teaching, learning, and communication and to manage course media in an easy to use video content management system.


This guide was designed to help with the formatting of syllabuses, course descriptions, outlines, etc., for Blackboard documents. These are basic HTML codes that will allow you to format a document to be viewed over the Internet easily.

Lockdown Browser by Respondus

Respondus LockDown Browser™ is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment begins, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.

LockDown Browser Demo Video (requires Adobe Flash Player)

Monitor by Respondus

Respondus Monitor works with the LockDown Browser. It uses a student's webcam to record the assessment session. Respondus Monitor enables online exams to be taken in non-proctored environments and deters students from accessing other resources during an exam (such as a phone, a second computer, etc.). It also ensures the right student is taking the exam, and that the student isn't getting help from others.

Respondus Monitor Training Video (If prompted choose Blackboard Learn Original)

StudyMate by Respondus

StudyMate Class, a companion tool to Respondus, is a tool that can be used to create learning objects, practice quizzes, and unscored exams.

StudyMate Class Demo Video (requires Adobe Flash Player)

    MS Office 365 and Email

    All Fairmont State students, faculty, and staff have a free online Office 365 account. This account provides an email account, online storage, as well as access to the various online MS Office 365 applications (i.e., MS Word, MS Excel, etc.), which are all conveniently accessed from a single interface available wherever and whenever you need it.

    Safe Assign by Blackboard

    The Safe Assign plagiarism tool makes it easy to identify students who submit unoriginal work, and also acts as a powerful deterrent to stop plagiarism before it starts.

    SafeAssign by Blackboard


    Turning Technologies - Student Response System (Clickers)

    TurningPoint 8 software

    NOTE: The no install software can be downloaded onto a flash drive and carried from computer to computer.


    Download TurningPoint 8 No Install

    Download TurningPoint 8 Install


    TurningPoint 8 Resources

    Download TurningPoint 8

    TurningPoint 8 User Guide

    TurningPoint 8 Webinar Schedule

    TurningPoint 8 Video Tutorials