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Quick Course Tasks

Below are quick instructions for some of the most common tasks in your Blackboard course.  Some may have links to more detailed information:

Make your course available.

If you see a red X in front of your course name on the Main tab, the course link is not available to students.

course unavailable

To make your course available, click directly on the red X.  It will change to a green O, and the course link will then be available to students.

course available

You can change it back to unavailable by clicking on the green O.

Change the Course Homepage

You can change the "homepage" or entry point of your course so that your preferred Course Menu item is the opening page:

1. From the Control Panel, use the Customization menu to choose "Style."

customization-style

2. Scroll down to option #4 and choose the Course Menu item you want to be the landing page for the course

choose new entry point

Click Submit.

Make an Announcement

1. Click the Announcements button.
2. Click the Edit Mode switch to “On” (this makes all the editing tools appear).
3. Click the “Create Announcement” button.
4. Enter information as needed and click “Submit.” (Note: Announcements will display unless
otherwise restricted by a date range, most recent on top.)

NB: Do not paste text directly from MS Word into Blackboard text boxes.  Please see "Using Paste from Word."

Add Material to a Content Area

1. Make sure the Edit Mode switch is “On” (this will display all content areas of the course, even those which are unavailable or have no material in them).
2. Go to the content area in which you wish to add your material (e.g., upload a syllabus).
3. Click the “Build Content” button, and under the column "Create," choose Item.
4. Type in your text in section 1 and/or Browse to the document in section 2.
5. Set options as needed and click “Submit.”
6. To create a new folder, use the Build Content menu to choose New Folder, under the New Page column.
7. For tests, surveys, or assignments, click that option under the “Create Assessment" button menu.
8. Choose discussions or journals from the Add Interactive Tool button.
8. For wikis and blogs, choose Campus Pack wiki or Campus Pack blog under the Add Interactive Tool button.

For more detailed info:
See Course Content section of Bb Documentation site.

NB: Do not paste text directly from MS Word into Blackboard text boxes.  Please see "Using Paste from Word."

Make Changes to an Existing Item

1. Make sure the Edit Mode switch is “On." (this makes visible all the chevrons for item menus).
2. Go to the content area in which you wish to add your material (e.g., upload a syllabus).
2. Click the chevron next to the item you need to modify (a long menu should pop up).
3. Click the first option, “Edit,” to change information or replace a file.
4. Note that there is a “Copy” button which allows copying this item to another course space; and
there is also a “Delete” option if necessary.

Modify Your Course Menu

1. Make sure the Edit Mode switch is “On" (this makes the entire menu and all options visible).
2. Links to areas of the course which are hidden or have no content will display empty or crossed out box icons.
3. Click the chevron to the right of any menu item to see the options for that item.
4. Click the double-headed arrow to the left of any menu item to drag-and-drop it to a new location.
5. Click the plus sign to the left of the course title for options to add content areas or links.
6. Click the “Edit Mode” switch to “Off” when you are done to see how this looks to students.

For more detailed information:
See Managing the Course Menu

Send an email

1. Under Control Panel, use the Course Tools pulldown and choose Send Email
2. Pick the option which best suits your purpose.
3. Enter subject and text, attach file if needed, then click “Submit.”
4. You'll get a copy of the email in your email inbox.  Please note: this is your only record of the email.  No record is kept in Blackboard

NB: Do not paste text directly from MS Word into Blackboard text boxes.  Please see "Using Paste from Word."

send email

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