We will be upgrading Blackboard at the end of June. This year's upgrade will feature a major interface change which you should find easier to navigate and more flexible. In addition, there are a number of small but useful improvements, such as a new email editor. You can see an early version here: http://bbls-test.hamilton.edu.
When you enter any course in the new version, you will see a "Quick Start Guide" window open up. Before you click Cancel, check out the following features, which will help you set up your course and explain many of the available tools: