Blackboard: How-tos


Course Management

Add Users to Course
  1. On the Control Panel located under Course Management click Users and Groups and then select Users from the drop-down list.
  2. On the Users page, click on the Find Users to Enroll button.
  3. On the Add Enrollments page under Enroll Users enter the username in the Username field or browse for the user(s) by clicking on the Browse button.
  4. If the user is in instructor, select Instructor from the Role drop-down menu.
  5. Click the Yes radio button to designate Enrollment Availability.
  6. Click Submit.
Entry Change the Course Entry Page
  1. On the Control Panel select Customization.
  2. On the Customization page select Teaching Style.
  3. On the Teaching Style page scroll down to Select Course entry Point.
  4. Select the desired entry page from the Entry Page drop-down list. (Menu links must have content in them to appear on the drop-down list)
  5. Click Submit.
Changing User's Availability in Course
  1. On the Control Panel located under Course Management, click Users and Groups and then select Users from the drop-down list.
  2. On the Users page, enter the student's username in the Search field or browse for the student by clicking the Browse button.
  3. From the contextual menu next to the user's name, select Change User's Availability in Course.
  4. On the Change User's Availability in Course page, under Role and Availability set the availability from the drop-down list next to Available (this course only).

*This Setting will only affect the course in which your are teaching. Availability is displayed in the far right column on the Users page. The column will state either Yes or No depending on the availability.

Check The Size of Your Course
  1. On the Control Panel, select Packages and Utilities.
  2. On the Packages and Utilities page, select Course Copy.
  3. On the Course Copy page, scroll to Course Files under File Attachments, select Copy links and copies of the content (include entire course home folder) radio button.
  4. Click on the Calculate Size button.
Last Course Access

If you want to see if students have accessed your course:

  1. On the Control Panel located under Course Management, Click Evaluation and then select Performance Dashboard from the list.
  2. On the Performance Dashboard page, the column titled Last Course Access provides information such as: whether the student accessed the course and when (if not, Never will appear).
Make Course Available

NOTE: Courses are marked (Unavailable) by default. This means the course will not appear on any enrolled student's course list. All the courses listed on your My Blackboard page under Courses you are teaching are available to you whether or not they are marked (Unavailable).

Once you make the course available, the course link will appear on each enrolled student's My Blackboard page. Students just click the course link and will be brought right into your course.

  1. On the Control Panel located under Course Management, select Customization.
  2. On the Customization page, select Properties.
  3. On the Properties page, scroll down to Set Availability.
  4. Select the Yes radio button to Make Course Available.
  5. Click Submit.

Course Content

Archiving and Downloading Your Course

Important Notes: To conserve space on the Bb server, please delete the Archive .zip files, e.g. ArchiveFile_12345.201020_2011081012345.zip from the Bb Export/Archive Course page after the package has been downloaded.

After the package has been downloaded, do not unzip/open an Archive package or remove files from the package. (Be patient. You will receive an email alert when the process is finished. Depending on the size of the course, sometimes the package does not appear immediately and can take up to several hours.)

  1. On the Control Panel located under Course Management, click on Packages and Utilities.
  2. Select Export/Archive Course from the Packages and Utilities drop-down list.
  3. On the Export/Archive Course page, click on the Archive button.
  4. On the Archive Course page, select copy options and click the Submit button.

To download your achieved course

  1. On the Control Panel located under Course Management, click on Packages and Utilities.
  2. Select Export/Archive Course from the Packages and Utilities drop-down list.
  3. On the Export/Archive Course page, click on the contextual menu next to the archive file you want to download, and select Open.
  4. You will be asked to set where to save the file if you haven't set this up in the browser
Checking Course Links
  1. On the Control Panel under Packages and Utilities, select Check Course Links.
  2. On the Check Course Links page, click OK to start the tool. The operation may take a few minutes to run; the length of the process depends on the number of links within a course.
  3. Read the results and repair broken links.
  4. After Check Course Links is run, a results page appears, explaining the status of each link to a Course Files item. Some broken links can be fixed by the instructor, while others cannot.
Course Cartridge Import

NOTE: You will see a message that the course content has been queued and that you will receive an email when the process is completed. You will need to wait a minimum of 15 minutes and/or up to a few hours for your content to be visible in the course.

  1. On the Control Panel located under Course Management, click on Packages and Utilities.
  2. Select Import Course Cartridge from the Packages and Utilities drop-down list.
  3. On the Import Course Cartridge page under 1. Add Course Cartridge Content, enter the Course Cartridge Download Key in the field provided.
  4. Click Submit.
Copy a Course
  1. On the Control Panel located under Course Management, click on Packages and Utilities.
  2. Select Course Copy from the Packages and Utilities drop-down list.
  3. In the Destination Course ID box, click on  Browse  to view a list of your courses. Select the radio button of your destination course, click on  Submit.  
  4. In the Select Course Materials, select at least one section you would like to copy.  Typically, to conduct a full copy, click on Select All button. (Note: While copying, the course availability of the source course is applied to the destination course.)
  5. Click Submit.

Note : It may take up to 24 hours to finish importing the package, DO NOT conduct a second copy. Please contact CIT staff if you find content missing after the copy.

Export/Import a Single Test
  1. Select Tests, Surveys, and Pools from Course Tools on the Control Panel.
  2. On the Test Surveys, and Tools page, select Tests and locate the test you wish to export on the Tests page.
  3. Select Export from the test's drop down menu and save file to your computer.
  4. Go to the destination course and select Tests, Surveys, and Pools from Course Tools on the Control Panel.
  5. On the Test Surveys, and Tools page, select Test.
  6. Click on the Import Test button on the top of the page.
  7. On the Test Import page, browse for the test file you exported and Submit.
  8. The imported test will appear in the list of tests on the Tests page.
  9. Deploy the test in your course.
Exporting and Downloading Your Course

Important Notes: To conserve space on the Bb server, please delete the Export.zip files, e.g. ExportFile_12345.201020_2011081012345.zip from the Bb Export/Archive Course page after the package has been downloaded.

After the package has been downloaded, do not unzip an Export package or remove files from the package. (Be patient. You will receive an email alert when the process is finished. Depending on the size of the course, sometimes the package does not appear immediately and can take up to several hours.)

  1. On the Control Panel located under Course Management, click on Packages and Utilities.
  2. Select Export/Archive Course from the Packages and Utilities drop-down list.
  3. On the Export/Archive Course page, click the Export button.
  4. On the Export Course page, select Course Materials from 3. Select Course Materials option, and click the Submit button.

To download your exported package

  1. On the Control Panel located under Course Management, click on Packages and Utilities.
  2. Select Export/Archive Course from the Packages and Utilities drop-down list.
  3. On the Export/Archive Course page, click on the contextual menu next to the archive file you want to download, and select Open.
  4. You will be asked to set where to save the file if you haven't set this up in the browser.
Import Package
  1. On the Control Panel located under Course Management, click on Packages and Utilities.
  2. Select Import Package/View Logs under Packages and Utilities 
  3. On the Import Package/View Logs page, click on the Import Package button.
  4. On the Import Package page, Browse to Select a Package from 2. Select a Package option and click the Submit button.
  5. Select materials to include from 3. Select Course Materials.
  6. Click Submit.

Note: It may take up to 24 hours to finish importing the package, DO NOT conduct a second copy. Please contact CIT staff if you find content missing after the import

Managing the Content Collection
  1. On the Control Panel click on Content Collection.
  2. Now click on the name of your course.
  3. Go through your files and delete any files you are no longer using and delete any duplicate files by selecting the check box to the left of the file(s) and then click Delete at the top of the page.

* When deleting duplicate files, make sure you do not delete the file that is linked to a content area. Usually, the most updated duplicate file has the highest number at the end of the filename... i.e. syllabus(9).pdf

* All video and audio files should be uploaded to Medial and linked in your Bb course.


Course Tools

 

Add Tool Menu Item
  1. Point to the plus sign on the Course Menu.
  2. Select Create Tool Link.

The following example shows how to allow students to see your grade:

  1. Name the link e.g. "My Grades"
  2. Select My Grades from the Type: drop-down menu
  3. Check the Available to Users check box.
  4. Click Submit.
Add a Manual Column in Grade Center
  1. On the Control Panel located under Course Management, click on Grade Center and then Full Grade Center.
  2. On the Grade Center Action Bar located at the top of the page, click on Create Column.
  3. At the minimum, fill out Column Name and Points Possible.
  4. Click Submit.
Hide/Show Columns in Grade Center
  1. On the Grade Center Action Bar located at the top of the page, point to Manage to access the drop-down list.
  2. Select Column Organization.
  3. On the Column Organization page, select the check boxes for the columns to show or hide. Select the check box in the header row to select all columns.
  4. Hover over Show/Hide button, click Hide Selected Columns or Show Selected Columns.
  5. Click Submit.
Hide/Show Users in Grade Center

You can hide user rows to reduce the number of rows in the Grade Center grid and help you focus on specific data. When you hide user rows, the data is retained and you can show them at any time. You can hide user rows using the hide functions in a user's contextual menu or from the Row Visibility page. On the Row Visibility page, you can also show hidden user rows.

NOTE: If you have made a user unavailable on the Users page, the User Unavailable icon(no icon) appears in the user’s first cell in the Grade Center. However, the row is not hidden in the grid. Unavailable users cannot access your course.

How to Hide User Rows Using the Contextual Menu:

  1. On the Control Panel located under Course Management, click on Grade Center and then Full Grade Center.
  2. In the Grade Center, move your mouse pointer over a student's name cell to see the Action Link (down arrow). Click it to access the contextual menu.
  3. Select Hide Row to hide the user's row. A message appears stating that the row has been successfully hidden.

How to Show Users on the Row Visibility Page:

  1. On the Grade Center Action Bar located at the top of the page, point to Manage to access the drop-down list.
  2. Select Row Visibility.
  3. On the Row Visibility page, select the check boxes for the users to show or hide. Select the check box in the header row to select all users.
  4. On the Action Bar, click Hide Rows or Show Rows .
  5. Click Submit.
Grading Assignments
  1. On the Control Panel located under Course Management, click on Grade Center and then Full Grade Center.
  2. Go to the individual student's cell for that assignment.
  3. Click on the cell drop-down arrows and select View Grade Details from the menu.
  4. On the Grade Details page, scroll down to Attempts and select Open Attempt on the right side of the page. You will be presented the assignment to grade.
Reorder Columns in Grade Center
  1. On the Grade Center Action Bar located at the top of the page, point to Manage to access the drop-down list.
  2. Select Column Organization.
  3. On the Column Organization page, Drag the all arrow symbol for the column, release to where you want the column to locate .
  4. Click Submit.
Remove Discussion Board Posts
  1. In Tree View, you'll see check boxes next to each post.
  2. Click the Expand All button to unfold all the threads, then click the check box at the very top to select all the posts.
  3. Click the boxes for any posts you want to keep to un-select them (For example, if you had a post at the beginning of the thread).
  4. Click the Delete button (next to the Message Actions and Collect buttons).

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Last Updated: 11/1/17