The "Coursework" navigational area in Blackboard 9.1 is envisioned to be the one-stop-shop for students to access all of the course materials and activities for the course from within a single link. Instructors are encouraged to use Content Folders, Learning Modules, or Lesson Plans to organize their materials and activities in a meaningful way. The labels attached to those Content Folders, Learning Modules or Lesson Plans will likely mirror the structure already laid out in the course syllabus (e.g. "Week 1," "Module 1," "Chapters 1-2," "Lab 1," "Photosynthesis," etc.). Students should be encouraged to check this link every day, knowing that everything they need to know for the week is located therein. It is expected students will find it much easier to locate important information in one central location, and that instructors will no longer feel the need to create cumbersome announcements explaining where to locate materials as was often the case in the old Blackboard 8 course structure.
There are three general structuring options available for use within the Coursework content area: Folders, Learning Modules, and Lesson Plans. To use any of these three structures for organizing your course materials,
Give the item a "Name" and add any additional "Text" or "Description" for this item. The naming structure should parallel the coursework structure outlined in the syllabus (e.g. "Week 1," "Module 1," "Chapters 1-2," "Lab 1," "Photosynthesis"). The "Text" or "Description" field could include items like the learning objectives as well as highlights of important due dates.
Course materials and activities are added to a Folder or Learning Module by simply clicking on the name of the Folder or Learning Module to open it, and then selecting the appropriate content type from the options at the top of the screen: Build Content, Assessments, Tools, or Publisher Content. When using the Lesson Plan, after completing the Content Information tab, click on the Curriculum Resources tab to add the appropriate content type from the options at the top of the screen.
Increasingly, academic textbook publishers are developing and offering web-based services to accompany their textbooks. That content may be added in a variety of ways from simply adding a Web Link to an external site, to choosing the appropriate publisher content from the Assessments, Tools and/or Publisher Content contextual drop down menu in any content area.
If you choose to use publisher content in your Blackboard course, please note: The role of ITS with regard to support of publisher content does not extend beyond the uploading of a course cartridge or the installation of a building block. Any technical or support issues encountered after this become the responsibility of the faculty member, in conjunction with his or her publisher sales and/or service representative. For additional information, please visit the Using Publisher Content web page.
Once you have added content, you have the ability to go back and edit the title, reorder, copy, move and delete. Follow these instructions to edit the content.
Need to deploy an electronic test to a student who missed class? Have materials that should be visible only to one group of students? Want to restrict the time during which materials will be visible to students in the course. Adaptive Release rules are used to control the release of course content. Follow the instructions for Adding Adaptive Release Criteria.