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Blackboard Learn Training - Purdue University Calumet

Blackboard Learn Training

Blackboard Learn:

Essentials

Purdue University Calumet

Office of Instructional Technology

Last Revised - 12/18/2012


Blackboard Learn – Essentials

Table of Contents

Creating a Master Course .................................................................................................................................. 2

Working with Menu Items ................................................................................................................................ 3

Rearranging Menu Items ......................................................................................................................... 3

Adding a Menu Item ................................................................................................................................ 3

Hiding/Showing a Menu Item ................................................................................................................ 4

Renaming a Menu Item ........................................................................................................................... 4

What Do These Signs Mean? ................................................................................................................... 5

Example of a Customized Course Menu.................................................................................................. 5

Building Content .................................................................................................................................................. 6

Uploading a Syllabus ............................................................................................................................... 6

Creating a Content Folder for Module/Week/Unit ............................................................................... 6

Creating a Learning Module Folder for Module/Week/Unit ................................................................ 7

Creating an Item ....................................................................................................................................... 8

Creating a Web Link ................................................................................................................................ 9

Stretching Your Skills ...................................................................................................................................... 10

Making a Course Available/Unavailable ............................................................................................... 10

Looking at Student View ........................................................................................................................ 11

Reference Tool - Common Terms and Tools ............................................................................................... 13

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Creating a Master Course

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Creating a Master Course


1. Log in to Blackboard Learn at mycourses.purduecal.edu.

2. Click the Utilities tab located in the top right corner of the screen.

3. Click the link for Create a Master Course.


4. Fill in the form with your information.

5. Click Submit.

6. You will receive confirmation that your master course was created successfully.

7. Click on the My Blackboard tab to view your available courses.

8. Click the name of your course to enter the course.

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Customizing Course Menu

The course menu includes the links to content, Blackboard tools, and external

resources. You can add, delete, rename, and show/hide items for students. There are

different types of menu items, including content areas items and tool links.

Rearranging Menu Items

1. Enter your course by clicking on it.

2. Ensure that Edit Mode is On.

3. Hover over Discussions until you see a vertical two sided arrow.

4. Hover your mouse over that arrow until the mouse cursor change to a 4 way arrow.

5. Click the left mouse button, with your left mouse button still clicked, drag Discussions below

Groups.

Adding a Menu Item

1. Click the + icon at the top left corner of the course menu.

2. Click Content Area.

3. Type Learning Modules in the Name Field.

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4. Click the Checkbox next to Available to Users.

5. Click Submit.

Hiding/Showing a Menu Item

1. With Edit Mode On, click the drop-down button to the right of Groups.

2. Click Show Link to make the item available to students.

3. Hover over Groups and Click on the drop-down button to the right.

4. Click Hide Link to make the item unavailable to students.

5. Turn Edit Mode off and on to see what items look like when hidden and shown to students.

Renaming a Menu Item

1. With Edit Mode On, hover over Learning Materials.

2. Click the drop-down button

.

3. Click Rename Link.

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4. Type Learning Modules and click the green check box to the right.

What do These Signs Mean?

Example of a Customized Course Menu

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BUILDING CONTENT

Uploading a Syllabus

1. In the course menu, click on Syllabus – Course Info.

2. Hover your mouse over Build Content and select Item.

3. Name your item Syllabus.

4. In Step 2. Attachment, click Browse My Computer for the file for the syllabus.

5. Click Submit.

Creating a Content Folder for Module/Week/Unit

Reminder: A Content Folder is a way of organizing content items. Content Folders and

sub-folders set up a hierarchy to group related material together.

1. Mouse over Build Content and select Content Folder.

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2. Type Week 1 Module as the name for the folder.

4. Click Submit.

Creating a Learning Module Folder for Module/Week/Unit

Reminder: A Learning Module is a collection of Content Items that can be set in an order so

that students must view content sequentially or set to permit users to view the content in

any order.

1. Mouse over Build Content and select Learning Module.

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2. Type Week 1 as the name of the module.

3. Determine if it needs to enforce sequential viewing of the contents, and if you’d like to show the

Table of Contents.

4. Click Submit.

Creating an Item

Reminder: A Content Item is any type of file, text, image, or link that appears to users in a

Content Area, Learning Module, Lesson Plan, or Content Folder.

1. Enter the Content Folder/Learning Module by clicking on Week 1.

2. Mouse over Build Content and select Item.

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3. Name your item Week 1 Overview.

4. Enter some text in the text field for training purposes.

5. Attach a file as desired.

6. Click Submit.

Creating a Web Link

1. Hover mouse over Build Content and select Web Link.

2. Name your item Library.

3. Enter http://webs.purduecal.edu/library/ as the URL.

4. Scroll to option 4.

5. Click the Yes radio button for the option to Open in New Window.

6. Click Submit.

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Stretching Your Skills

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Making a Course Available/Unavailable

1. Log into the course.

2. Go to Control Panel. Click on Customization and click on Properties.

3. In Step 2, select Yes to make course available.

4. In Step 3, by default the start and end dates have already been set. The start date will be 7

days prior to the first day of the term and the end date will be 14 days after the last day of

the term. If you’d like to make the course available sooner than 7 days prior to the first day

of the term, reset the Start Date.

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5. Click Submit to finish making the course available to students.

Looking at Student View

1. Under the Control Panel, click Course Tools to expand that section.

2. Click Student View.

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3. To go back to a normal view, click Teacher View in the course menu.

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Reference Tool - Common Terms and Tools

Add Interactive Tool

Assign Textbook

Assignments

Build Content

Content Folder

Content Item

Course Link

Create Assessment

Create a File

All of the Interactive Tools can be used to

collaborate with the students in your course. The

tools available in the menu include: Discussion

Boards, Blogs, Journals, Wikis, Groups, Chat, and

Virtual Classroom.

The Assign Textbook feature allows you to add the

textbooks that you use within your course as a

piece of content.

Assignments are a form of assessment that adds a

Column to the Grade Center. Use the Grade Center

to assign grades and give feedback to each

student.

The Build Content drop down list contains all the

types of content you can create within your

course. There are options to create content, create

a new page, or create a Mash-Up. All of this

content can be organized in folders to create a

structure and flow through the course.

A Content Folder is a way of organizing content

items. Content Folders and sub-folders set up a

hierarchy to group related material together.

A Content Item is any type of file, text, image, or

link that appears to users in a Content Area,

Learning Module, Lesson Plan, or Content Folder.

A Link is a shortcut to an area, a tool, or an item.

Add a Link to a Content Area to provide quick

access points to relevant materials and tools.

Options for Links affect the availability and

tracking of the content items no matter where

they are accessed.

The types of assessments that you can add to your

course include: Tests, Surveys, Assignments, and

Self/Peer Assessments. All of these items will

automatically generate a column in the Grade

Center.

Use the File content type to add a file that can be

selected and viewed as a page within the course or

as a separate piece of content in a separate

browser window. Also, a collection of files or an

entire lesson, including cascading style sheets

(CSS), can be developed offline and uploaded into

a course from a local drive and viewed in order.

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Create a Module Page

Edit Mode

Learning Module

Lesson Plan

Module Pages are specialized content pages that

present content in discrete boxes. The modules

that appear on this page can be arranged in any

order.

The Edit Mode button allows you to change the

view of content on screen from the instructor’s

view (Edit Mode: On) to the student’s view (Edit

Mode: Off).

A Learning Module is a collection of Content

Items that can be set in an order so that

students must view content sequentially or

set to permit users to view the content in

any order.

A Lesson Plan is special content type that

combines information about the lesson itself with

the curriculum resources used to teach it. Default

Lesson Plan sections include the instructional level,

grade level, goals, and subject area of the lesson.

Additional sections can be added to the Lesson

Plan, arranged to appear in any order and

optionally displayed to students.

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