NOTE: All Banner generated courses, courses that have an assigned CRN number, including XL/cross listed courses, from Fall 2012 to Summer 2017 inclusive will be archived and then fully deleted from Blackboard on the weekend of January 11/12, 2020. Please backup/archive any courses older than Fall 2017 that you wish to keep offline by December 20th, 2019.

Instructors - Content Creation

Add a File

To Add a File to a Module or Content Area:

  1. Make sure the Edit Mode is turned ON.
  2. Go to the Module page or Content Area where you want to add the file.
  3. From the Menu Bar, Select Build Content and choose File.Provide a name for the File.
  4. Provide a name for the File.
  5. Edit any of the Standard Option if necessary or applicable.
  6. Click Submit.

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Add a Content Folder

  1. Make sure the Edit Mode is turned ON.
  2. Navigate to the content area where you want to add a Content folder.
  3. From the action menu, choose Build Content and then Content Folder.
  4. Type a name for the Content Folder.
  5. Edit any of the Standard Options if necessary or applicable.
  6. Click Submit.
  7. Click on the name of the Content Folder to access it and being adding materials within it.

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Build a Discussion Forum

  1. On the Course Menu under Course Tools click Discussion Board.
  2. On the Discussion Board page, click Create Forum on the action bar.
  3. On the Create Forum page, type a Name. Choose a descriptive and unique name because users click this name to access the forum.
  4. Optionally, type instructions or a description in the Description box.
  5. In the Forum Availability section, select Yes to make the forum available to users. You can create forums ahead of time and set the availability to No until the discussion is ready to start.
  6. For Enter Date and Time Restrictions, you can set forums to display on a specific date and time and to stop displaying on a specific date and time.
  7. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Use the pop-up Date Selection Calendar and Time Selection Menu to select dates and times or type dates and times in the boxes. Display restrictions do not affect the forum availability, only when it appears.
  8. Select the Forum Settings based on your specific needs.
  9. Click Submit.

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Organize Content

Hide / Show Content

The instructions below will show you how to hide or show content course menu and content areas.

Hide Content Area

If you would like to hide an entire course menu item, and all the content items and tools within it:

  • Ensure that Edit Mode is on.
  • Click the Option Menu next to the Content Area/Course Menu item you want to hide.
  • Press Hide Link.
  • Blackboard Learn will then add a slashed through square icon to indicate the course menu item is hidden from student view.

Show Content Area

If you would like to show a course menu item that has previously been hidden:

  • Make sure that Edit Mode is on.
  • Click the Option Menu next to the Content Area/Course Menu item you want to show.
  • Press Show Link.

Reorder Content

Use the action bar to the left of any content within a Content Folder/Area to drag and drop the item up or down the page.

Reorder Course Menu

Click and drag the double headed arrow to the left of the course menu item to reorder the navigation.

CAUTION when DELETING Keep in mind, when you delete a course menu item. If it's a "Content Area" then you are also deleting the content contained within the area.


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Add an Item

To Add an Item to a Module or Content Area:

  1. Make sure the Edit Mode is turned ON.
  2. Go to the Module page or Content Area where you want to add the item.
  3. From the Menu Bar, Select Build Content and choose Item.
  4. Provide a name for the Item.
  5. Type or copy and paste the content into the editor. Click the arrow to expand or compress the editing options.
  6. Add any attachments and edit any of the Standard Options if necessary or applicable.
  7. Click Submit.

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Add a Module

  1. Make sure the Edit Mode is turned ON.
  2. Go to the Content Area where you want to add the module.
  3. From the Menu Bar, Select Build Content and choose Learning Module.
  4. Provide a name for the Learning Module.
  5. Edit any of the Learning Module options or Standard Options if necessary or applicable.
  6. To show a structured view of the Learning Module, select Yes under the Table of Contents option.
  7. Click Submit.

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Create & Manage Groups

You can create formal groups of students to collaborate on work, and create these groups one at a time or in sets. You can manually select group members or allow students to self-enroll. Each group has its own space, or homepage, with links to tools to help students collaborate. Only you and group members can access the group tools.
Two group creation options:

  • Create a single group
  • Create a Group Set

About Group Enrollment Methods

Self-Enroll allows students to add themselves to a group using a sign-up sheet.
Manual Enroll allows you to assign each student in your course to a group. Manual enrollment is available for both single groups and group sets.
Random Enroll is available for group sets only and automatically distributes membership into groups based on a designated number of students per group or the designated number of groups. Random distribution applies only to students who are currently enrolled in your course. You can enroll additional students manually.

Accessing Groups

On the Control Panel, expand the Users and Groups section and select Groups.

How to Create a Single Group

  1. Access the Groups listing page and point to Create Single Group on the action bar to access the drop-down list.
  2. Select Self-Enroll or Manual Enroll.
  3. On the Create Group page, type a Name and optional Description.
  4. Select the Yes option to make the Group Available. If you do not want the group to be available at this time, select No.
  5. Select the check boxes for the course tools you want to make available to the group.
  6. Select the Grade option and type Points possible for Blogs, Journals, and Wikis, if you want to grade student submissions.
  7. Select the check box for Allow Personalization to allow students to add personal modules to the group homepage. Only the group member who added the modules can view them.
  8. For self-enroll Sign-up options, type the Name of Sign-up Sheet. Type the Maximum Number of Members. Select any other Sign-up options you want to include.
    -OR-
    For manual enroll Membership section, select the students from the Items to Select box and click the right-pointing arrow to add the selected names to the Selected Items box.
  9. Click Submit.

How to Create a Group Set

  1. Access the Groups listing page and point to Create Group Set on the action bar to access the drop-down list.
  2. Select Self-Enroll, Manual Enroll, or Random Enroll.
  3. On the Create Random Enrollment Group Set page, type a Name and optional Description.
  4. Select the Yes option to make the Group Available. If you do not want the group set to be available at the present time, select No.
  5. Select the check boxes for course tools you want to make available to the group set.
  6. Select the Grade option and type Points possible for Blogs, Journals, and Wikis, if you want to grade student submissions.
  7. Select the check box for Allow Personalization to allow individual group members to add personal modules to the group homepage. Only the group member who added the modules can view them.
  8. For self-enroll Sign-up options, type the Name of Sign-up Sheet. Type the Maximum Number of Members. Select any other Sign-up options you want to include. OR For manual enroll Group Set Options section, type the Number of Groups to create. OR For random enroll Membership section, type the Number of Students per Group to create or the Number of Groups. Select an option to Determine How to enroll any Remaining Members in the groups.
  9. Click Submit.

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Announcements

  1. Make sure the Edit Mode is ON.
  2. In the Course Menu, click Announcements. From the action bar, Create Announcement.
  3. Provide a Subject and Message.
  4. Set the Duration.
  5. Set Date Restricted if necessary.
  6. Check box to send students an email containing the announcement if you desire.
  7. Optionally, link to a course area, tool, or item using the Browse button.
  8. Click Submit

How to Edit or Delete Announcements

  1. Hover over the announcement you want to edit or delete. Slect the drop-down arrow and choose edit or delete.

How to Reorder Announcements

Announcements appear below the movable bar in the order posted, with the most recent announcement appearing first.

  1. Select the announcement and drag it up or down.
  2. To move an announcement to the top of a list permanently, select the announcement and drag it above the movable reading line.

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Creating Rubrics

  1. Under the Control Panel, click on Course Tools, and then Rubrics.
  2. Click on “Create Rubric”
  3. Provide a Name for the rubric. A description is not necessary.
  4. Under Rubric Type, select the type of Rubric Grading System
  5. Click the drop down arrows beside each column to rename or delete the column
  6. Click the drop down arrows beside each column to rename or delete the row
  7. Provide descriptions and points for each of the cells.
  8. Once complete, click Submit at the bottom of the page.

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Using the Text Editor

To access the Text Editor on Blackboard:

  1. Click Learning Materials on the course menu.
  2. Click a Module Name to access the folder
  3. Click Build Content and create Item
  4. Under Name, enter the name of the item.
  5. Underneath, you will see a textbox. This is the Text Editor.
  6. 6. Use the button to utilize the full screen function of the text editor. (NOTE: Remember to exit full screen once you are finished in order to see the Submit button.)
  7. If you do not see a full list of tools, click the button in order to show or hide.

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Using the Math Editor

To access the Math Editor on Blackboard:

  1. Click Learning Materials on the side bar.
  2. Click a Module Name to access the folder
  3. Click Build Content and create Item
  4. Inside the Text Editor, you will see the following symbol: ƒx. Click to open the Math Editor.
  5. Use the Math Editor to insert equations and formulas.

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