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Blackboard Learn Essentials Part 1

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Create 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.

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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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Working with Menu Items

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.

Rearrange 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.

Add 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.

Hide/Show Menu Items

1. With Edit Mode On, click the double arrow icon to the right of Email.

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

3. Hover over Email and Click on the Edit Arrow 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.

Rename a Menu Item

1. With Edit Mode On, hover over Modules.

2. Click the Edit Arrow.

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

Upload Syllabus

1. Hover mouse over Build Content and select Item.

2. Name your item Syllabus.

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

4. Click Submit.

Create a Content Folder for Module/Week/Unit

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

set up a hierarchy to group related material together.

1. Mouse over Build Content and select Content Folder.

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

3. Add content or a link to the presentation.

4. Click Submit.

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Create a Learning Module Folder for Module/Week/Unit

Reminder: A Learning Module is a collection of Content Items focused on a specific subject that

students can navigate at their own pace. For example, a Learning Module about the solar system

can include lecture notes, links to websites with pictures of all the planets, and assignments.

Instructors can create a structured path for progressing through the items. The path can be set 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.

2. Type Week 1 as the name for 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.

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4. Click Submit.

Create 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.

3. Name your item Week 1 Overview.

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

5. Attach a file as desired.

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6. Click Submit.

Create a Web Link

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

2. Name your item Purdue Calumet Homepage.

3. Enter http://www.purduecal.edu 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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Make a Course Available/Unavailable

1. Log into the course.

2. Under the Control Panel, click Customization to expand that section, and then click

Properties.

3. Scroll to Item 3 – Set Availability.

4. Select the radio button for No.

5. Click Submit.

6. Click on the My Blackboard tab and notice how your course has unavailable next to the

course name.

7. Repeat steps 1 and 2, then change the radio button to Yes.

8. Click Submit to make your course available again.

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Student View

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

2. Click Student View.

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 GradeBook.

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

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Create a Module Page

Edit Mode

Learning Module

Lesson Plan

(CSS), can be developed offline and uploaded into

a course from a local drive and viewed in order.

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

focused on a specific subject that students can

navigate at their own pace. For example, a

Learning Module about the solar system can

include lecture notes, links to websites with pictures

of all the planets, and assignments. Instructors can

create a structured path for progressing through the

items. The path can be set 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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